The One Hour Challenge

What gets you out of bed in the morning?No, I don't mean the sun shining through your bedroom blinds, the obnoxiously loud buzz coming from the alarm on your phone, or the whine from your four legged child that needs to be taken outside. But what truly drives you to wake up and live?Some days I wake up because the daunting list of things I have to get done that have been hanging over my head before I even caught some shut eye the night before. Some days it's the early morning shifts at work. But everyday it's for me....more
Thank you so much for the reminder and the encouragement! We get so used to believing that ...more

Motivate Your Life

This might seem obvious to some people but motivation doesn't just pop out of thin air. Some people think that maybe if they just jump into something the motivation will come. And maybe that's true sometimes. But we everyday people can't just cross our fingers and hope.The truth is motivation starts with you.That's right. Nobody else is going to find it for you. You might think some people do, but in the end it was you who decided to change your mindset. You have to want to be motivated.Let me say that again. You have to want to be motivated....more

That's Okay; I'll Keep Writing

This April, I'll have had this blog o' mine for four years. FOUR YEARS. That's a long time. If my blog was a kid, it would be in nursery school. Image: Bruce Guenter via Flickr via Creative Commons license ...more
pretty_bartender do you!  i don't blog for anyone else -- first and foremost I blog for me.  The ...more

Stop Self Sabotage Once and For All

I am my own worst enemy sometimes. I set goals for myself, make a plan to achieve them, hit the ground running and then I systematically undercut myself until I ultimately fail. I know what I'm supposed to do, but I sometimes can't get out of my own way to get it done. Sound familiar? Why do we do this and how do we overcome it?...more

Things I've Gotta Stop Doing (And You Probably Should, Too!)

I didn’t make any formal New Year’s resolutions this year.  Now that I think of it, I actually haven’t had a New Year’s resolution in quite a few years.  Is it because I’m perfect and free of flaws and don’t need to change a solitary thing about myself?Yes.  Yes it is....more

"Be the kind of woman who, when your feet hit the floor in the morning, the Devil says 'Oh no, she's up!'"

By: Cindy G. CastilloBeing the kind of woman who, when your feet hit the floor every morning, the devil says "oh no, she's up!"The first thing that comes to mind is literally -- being grounded. Know where you stand. When both your mind and your body are sure of where they are and where they're going, there's nothing that can knock you down. Sounds a lot like a tree doesn't it? That's one of the reasons why I often look at trees for a source of inspiration....more

Are you really happy or just really comfortable?

By: Cindy G. Castillo Being happy or being incredibly comfortable?Both can sound and feel quite the same -- but they're not. Trying to tell them apart takes wisdom, something that'll only come with time, experience and much thought.When I think of being incredibly comfortable I think about settling. Whether it's a relationship or a career, settling shouldn't be an option. Of course, that's only speaking from personal opinion....more

This is where I Write (with a capital W)

  It's so important to find a good writing spot, don't you think?   It's certainly not impossible to write without one, of course. You can put pen-to-paper or fingertips-to-keyboard pretty much anywhere. Even the cavefolks managed it way back when it was hammer-to-chisel-to-cave-wall. If you want to communicate something badly enough, you'll find some way to do it. But if you really want to write from your guts, you need a good spot to do it in.   ...more

I've Written THIS Many: NaBloPoMo Day 10!

It's Day 10 of NaBloPoMo!     Seems like a good time for a little update on how things have been going for me. Let me tell you a little about why I decided to do NaBloPoMo in the first place.   In the middle of last summer, I weighed 185.8 pounds....more

Who needs a life coach when you've got the Internet?

Quite frequently I post about starting over.I recommit to posting on this blog.I jump into a new fitness and/or diet plan, and promise myself "This time I will see it through to the end."...more