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It’s the 4th of July and I’m working.

I’m not just working a normal 8-5 day though. I’m working some crazy hours at a volleyball tournament… and I have been for a week…do these tournaments end? Does sleep still exist?

This event has been one wild ride (long days, broken equipment, canceled plane rides, bacteria infections), but as I sit here today in my live-streaming lift, above the crowd, I realize how absolutely amazing this entire experience is. I am traveling the country with my job and I’m only twenty-three. How exciting is that? And the great part is I love what I am doing. Now, there are times when I’m so frustrated I have to dig deep to get out of bed and go to work, but I can honestly say in every bad day there have been good parts.

The people I work with are a constant good part, constantly challenging me to grow and learn. I am living out a dream and sometimes I simply can’t believe it. I keep trying to figure out how I got here and I simply can’t believe the bad things that had to happen to make this dream come true. Everyday I wake up I know that I am going to be around people that make me laugh and that believe in my talents. How amazing is that?

I woke up today and checked my social media outlets, my only connection that let’s me know there is life outside of volleyball, and everyone back in Florida has pictures up of the beach and boats they are spending their 4th on. At first, I was jealous (not of the beach or the boats), but of having the day off  and then I realized this:

USAV LifeI am here and while I can’t say I will ever come to Reno by choice I can say I love that I am here to celebrate my 4th of July.

I have never wanted a “normal” life and this whole experience is anything but normal.

Today I am smiling… even though I am about to fall over with exhaustion… because I am exactly where I am supposed to be.

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You've got enemies?“You know, if you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything, wouldn’t you, at any time? And you would achieve nothing!” – Margaret Thatcher

I know very little about this women, Margaret Thatcher, but I love that she said this. In this world you have to make choices that aren’t popular and you have to make people you love upset. Maybe you’ll even make people you don’t’ know upset, but you have to make those choices. This world focuses too much on being liked and admired and it costs them everything.

Now, I am not saying you should go out and treat people badly, but I do think you need to stick to your convictions. I would say I am pretty stubborn with my convictions and view points, but I always try to make people feel like their point is valid as well. I hope that I never make someone feel less because my feelings are different than theirs. However, I will not apologize for being who I am and if that means people don’t like me… well, at least they don’t like the real me.

I am moving forward in life knowing that it is okay for people to not stand by my convictions, but I cannot allow that to let me waiver.

Today I am smiling for being me.

(Verses for convictions.)

Smile and start living the life you were meant to live.

“Everyone has a secret they haven’t shared. Everyone has a past no one’s heard about. Everyone has talents that people don’t notice. Everyone has weaknesses hidden inside. Everyone has a story left untold, so never start judging someone thinking you know them back to front. Because the truth is, you probably don’t.”

Today I am smiling because I don’t know everything about everyone. Everyone has a unique journey.

‘There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of trial, error, and experimentation. The “failed” experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiments that ultimately “work.”‘

 

Smile for every lesson learned 🙂

I am the type of person that does not settle. I am constantly looking for the best option and it makes it very hard to keep up with me. I am always on the move and find it very difficult to just sit down and do nothing.

This becomes a problem because I end up over doing it sometimes, but I don’t know how to not. I want to make sure I’m making the best choice for my future and in my mind that’s being constantly busy.

So far it’s turned out pretty great, so I’m smiling for never settling.

Direction. Find a direction to go in and keep going?

We go to college and expect to find all of the answers, find ourselves, find out who we “were meant to be.” You’ll go through the four years and along the way everything will start to make sense. Then you’ll graduate and life will just go along on its merry way with you on board.

Too bad that’s a fairytale.

When do we ever truly figure out who we are? We always think we have who we are figured out, but then we get another test from life  and learn an new lesson and wham we’re changed. Or we say yes when we could have said no… everything can change just like that. Then the what if games begin and we could start going crazy.

Well the truth is we never really have it all figured out, we never stop finding ourselves. We just have to keep going and make the best choices that we can to be the person we want to be.
Smile for the never ending discovery.

 

“The important thing is not to be bitter over life’s disappointments. Learn to let go of the past… and recognize that everyday won’t be sunny. And when you find yourself lost in the darkness and despair… remember it’s only in the black of night you can see the stars, and those stars will lead you back home. So don’t be afraid to make mistakes, to stumble, to fall, cause most of the time the greatest rewards come from doing the things that scare you the most. Maybe you’ll get everything you wish for… Maybe you’ll get more than you ever could have imagined… Who knows where life will take you. The road is long and in the end… the journey is the destination”

 

Smile for the journey that is life.

I recommending doing things that you have never done because usually they turn out to be better than anything you could have imagined because you had no previous expectations.

Today I am smiling for doing something new 🙂

Smiling for productivity.