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Thought of the Day: Comparison is the Thief of Joy

30 Jan

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Thought of the Day

I’ve been thinking about a lot of things lately and I’ll share them with you gradually so that we can focus our attention and work through each issue together. Today I want to talk about what other people think about me and you.

OK maybe it’s just me we’re talking about here … but I’m not convinced. It seems like we all struggle with comparison to some degree: in business, socially, economically, appearance, accomplishments and on. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in what others think or compare ourselves in some way to those around us – especially those we look up to.

The problem with this, is that it takes the focus off of our goals and can create fear (which I’ll talk more about later), which may, if we’re not careful, immobilize us to inaction and a wasted life. I don’t mean to sound dismal but I do want to make this point: It does not matter what other people are doing when it comes to your goals and your life.

It just doesn’t. It doesn’t matter what they think about what you’re doing and how you’re doing it. Looking back on your life, you’re not going to remember the things other people did, you’ll look at what you accomplished, who you were and who you impacted. Did you make a difference?

So let everything else fade away and don’t let the opinions of others weigh you down or even dim your light in the slightest bit. Go for it! Break free and let today be the day that makes all others seem boring. Today is your day.

~ Kate

....too true
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Accept Your Flaws and No One Can Use Them Against You

21 Jan

Kateupdates Not PerfectKateupdates Happy Monday!

Woah it’s been a crazy few days. So, as I’m sure you noticed, I didn’t share my grocery basket with you yesterday but that is only because I didn’t get to go grocery shopping as planned. Instead, my amazing husband is going to hit up the grocery store for me since he has MLK day off. This whole starting a business thing is proving to be pretty time-consuming and until I’m completely done with my “office-job” next month, Daniel has been pitching in and helping even more than usual. ::love him::

OK so today I want to encourage you with this thought: you will never be perfect. I’m not trying to single you out here because the same thing applies to me. This is a lesson I’ve been learning for some time and I need reminded of it because I’m a bit of a perfectionist. There, I said it. Whew. That means, when it comes to eating healthier and choosing to make my health a priority, it only makes sense that I would try to apply my perfectionist tendency to those topics as well.

And, because I let it “all hang out” here on my blog, Facebook page, YouTube channel, I get lots of feedback on what I’m eating, how I’m eating it and if there’s a better alternative. I love getting comments and learning right along with you as to what truly is healthiest to eat and do but I want to say that this health journey is never going to be perfect. Mistakes happen. Indulgences happen.

So, if you mistakenly eat something that has ingredients you typically avoid, don’t beat yourself up or freak out. Just avoid it in the future. Do I sometimes eat peanuts in my fruit and nut mix because that’s what the grocery had and I was hungry? YES. Did I eat cheese while hanging out with girlfriends last night, even though I’m allergic to dairy and it’s not really Paleo? Yep. I’m not perfect. Neither are you. And that’s OK.

Decide what’s important to you and don’t beat yourself up about the little things. The road to extraordinary isn’t perfect. It’s unique, just like you.

Good. Now that we got that out-of-the-way, we can have a way less stressful week. 😉

~ Kate

P.S. I’m going to share my grocery basket AND this fabulous recipe for Almond Meal Chicken Fingers soon so stay tuned.

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My Secret Revealed: I’m Out of the Nest!

15 Jan

It’s time to let you in so that you can share in my joy. Are you ready? OK first, mark your calendars for January 25, 2013. You’ll see why in a minute …

If you’ve been with me since I said I had something so wonderful to tell you but just couldn’t yet, I’m sorry to keep you in suspense for so long. The truth is that everything wasn’t final until yesterday so I didn’t want to count my chickens before …well,  you know. But now, the time has come for the biggest announcement I have ever made on this blog. And you get to be a part of it.

If you’ve been reading my blog for even a week, you know that I like to share encouraging posts on occasion. Posts that are meant to inspire you to DREAM BIG, take chances and live life to the fullest. These posts are straight from my heart and often, they are meant to encourage myself, too.

For example, do you remember when I told you this?

Gasp.

Gasp.

Or how about this?

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Or this one?

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Well, this birdie just flew the coop.

This morning, I let my boss know that he should start looking for someone to replace me because I’m starting my own business. I’ll stay with them for a month or so to help them get someone to replace me but then I’m done and solely focused on my business. He was excited for me, prayed for me and it was all around a great meeting!

Today my life is forever changed. I’m taking the risk, I’m jumping from the nest …

I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!!

… and a little scared. But mostly excited 😉

I know this is my time.

I’ve been thinking about this for sometime and praying a lot, too. Doors have been opening left and right and it’s very clear to me that it is time to fly. And guess what? I am. 

On January 25, 2013 KateFinley.com will launch, offering Integrated Marketing and Public Relations Consulting services. (Public Relations, Media Relations, Social Media and Marketing)

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More to come but thank you for being excited with me and sharing in the joy. I wish you the same!

What’s your BIG dream? Are you pursuing it? Are you about to leap from the nest?

~ Kate