Had To Share This

Monday was one of those days where I needed some inspiration and motivation to deal with the multitude of things being thrown at me. I came across a YouTube video with Joel Olsteen and decided to take a listen to it. I wasn’t sure if the title applied to my current frustrations but I thought, ‘Why not?’ Turns out, it did apply directly and indirectly to my situation. I thought it was worth sharing with you guys.

Who gives you inspiration and motivation during those frustrating times???

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What Are You Waiting For?

my-dream

Do you remember in one of the ‘Scary Movie’ scenes, Cindy is outside  yelling, “What are you waiting for?” (If not, go watch ALL the Scary Movie’s. Well worth the chuckle or two, or hundreds you’ll get.) And the principal is on top of the building, thinking she’s talking to him. So he jumps. That scene popped into my head as I was on a FREE call for motivational speaker, Les Brown. Actually, Les was traveling so he had a guest speaker, Wade Randolph. Man, was he on FIRE! He must have been if that scene jumped into my mind, eh? Lemme explain, before it sounds too weird.

The basic topic was: Fearful or Fearless! How does that relate to the scene? In the principal’s case, he was fearful for his wrong doing and chose to deal with his situation in a rather grisly manner. Cindy, on the other hand, was tired of being afraid and bravely bellowed out to the unseen killer stalking her and her friends. Fearful and Fearless. I know, I know, an odd way to look at it but hey, there you have it.

Listening to Wade Randolph was a first for me but I’m glad  I had the opportunity to hear his powerful words. One of the things he said, which hit a chord with me, is: ‘You’re never too young to learn. You’re never too old to learn.”

BAM! That’s what I say! I’ve heard, so often, people share their dreams or goals with me and then sadly dismiss the pursuit of their dreams because of age.  I don’t know how many times I’ve said to people, ‘Age ain’t but a number.’ I get there are certain things we can do depending on our ages but let me tell you this, dreams aren’t included in those types of conditions, limitations, laws, or whatever you want to call it.

How many times have you read about a young child who believes strongly in a cause and sets out to prove a point to the world? A point that is not only accomplished but recognized. Or, one of my favorites, when you see a ninety-year old person getting their diploma, whether for high school or college.

What are your dreams? If you had the complete go ahead, everything set in place, what would you be doing? Why aren’t you doing it? What’s really stopping you?

That being said, I wanted to encourage each and every one of you to go for it! 

Mama Kat’s Writing Workshop Prompt

One of the prompts for this week from Mama’s Losin’ It! is right up my alley. I chose:  Do you love YouTube? Share five of your all time favorite YouTube videos. Choosing which prompt I wanted to do was the easy part. Having to narrow down my favorite videos to a mere 5 was the hard part.

5. I can remember being a little girl and just singing my heart out when this song came on the radio. Of course, it didn’t really matter to me what The Manhattan’s song was about. I just liked the lyrics. However, I did think the song was about a man having to let his maid go. Don’t ask me how I came up with this but it did give me a good chuckle when, as an adult, I heard the song again and understood what it was really about.

4. If you read my blog, you know I like me some Tequila! No feet discrimination, I say!

3. Remember when you were just starting out with make-up? Did anyone else start off with the light blue and pink eye shadow?? Man, that was so popular when I was in Junior High. I think what makes me chuckle about men and make-up, is how much they don’t pay attention to the process we go through. Even when their wife does make-up videos.

2. One motivational speaker I NEVER get tired of listening to is Les Brown. I follow him on Twitter and have liked his Facebook page. Recently, he started a group on Facebook and I was excited to get an invite to the group.

1. I came across Katie Piper’s story as I was browsing through YouTube one day. Katie had the misfortune of meeting a man who changed her life in a way you wouldn’t imagine. Although Katie had a tough time at some points, she managed to turn things around and share her struggles with the world. I admire people like Katie because sometimes, just sometimes, it’s the not just the power of thought but having the strength to have that power.

My Other Job As A Judge

I think, as God was going down His list of creating moi, when He came to the column marked: Singing, He used that opportunity to show God does have a sense of humor.

I adore singing. I am a beast when it comes to not learning the words right, having no clue that you’re suppose to stay in tune, and have this amazing ability to want to belt out the songs that are nowhere near my, uh-hem, voice range.

I give the most amazing performances in my house. I do not, I repeat, do not get deterred as the neighborhood dogs gather in my front yard howling during my free concerts. I can ignore them and my own four-legged grand-dogs.

I told ya, I’m the beast!

The only time I’ve ever watched American Idol is when Sanjaya Malakar was a contestant. That was because of the snippets I heard about him not really having talent and his crazy hair styles. I watched two shows with him and that’s it.  I loved him! He was so adorable, hopeful, and  doing his thing.

On the other hand, I will spend hours watching various auditions for hopeful singers on YouTube. I get into my judge mode, I make my calls before they open their mouths and a lot of times, I’m just as blown away as the real judges.

I tend to gravitate towards the singers who have been through hard times and are sometimes placing their last shred of hope in the hands of strangers. I love a happy ending. Kevin Skinner comes across as a good ol’ country boy but wow when he starts singing. I bawl every time I watch Lascel Wood’s video. Luke Lucas cracks me up in his  youthful crush. Matt Cardle did make it through after his audition. I watched another video and he is amazing. Little Anna Graceman gave me chills as she performed! Only 11 years old at the time!!!!!! Katie Smith is cute as a button and has an awesome voice. I love the jaw dropping moment when Greg Pritchard opens his mouth! You never know what talent will come out of the unique package presented on stage!

I’m sharing a few of my faves I’ve come across during my unofficial status as a judge. I have been inspired to practice for the next concert. Enjoy!

In The Saddle Again

Jeannie and I went to visit a couple who share her love of horses. They have an impressive stable of champion horses they train. I’m a big fan of the Rocking Horse cantor Tennessee Walking Horses (TWH) do in competitions. I become giddy and clap like a child when I watch this particular cantor. When “M” offered to ride one of the horses, guess what I requested?

I was impressed with Fabio, the horse “M” rode. He is beautiful and vain. He has an amazing mane he likes to toss around, hence the name. He is also padded. (I call them high heels for horses.) When “M” finished riding, she asked me if I wanted to ride Fabio.

Ummm, lemme see……….

No!

I haven’t been on a horse in 30 years, let alone to get on a padded TWH. Not this kid. I’m not falling and breaking bones. Then that little voice inside me said, “Why not? You want to. You gonna let a little bit of fear stop you from doing something you really want to do?” 

And I saddled up!

Talk about scared. TWH’s tend to be high energy and sensitive to the mood of their rider. Jeannie teased me because I was “led” but I didn’t mind. I sat on Fabio cheesing from my left ear to my right ear! As “M” led me around the stable, I tried to relax and ease my anxiety. I could tell Fabio was picking up on how nervous I was by the way he was walking. I took a deep breath, told myself to relax and Fabio picked up on the change in my anxiety. We finished the ride like champs.

Turns out Fabio is a champ! A 2 time world-champion horse! I didn’t know this until after we left. I was so excited to have ridden a horse. Then to find out he is world champion horse. 

For me, it was a nice reminder about how amazing things can happen when you face your fears. If I had given into my fear, I wouldn’t have the amazing memory of riding a world champion horse. Instead, I would have the thoughts of, what if I had ridden the horse, why didn’t I ride? And all the other things that come along with regrets. 

After we left, we went to Jeannie’s house and while I was nervous about riding again, I was all too happy to ride Miss Kitty, a Missouri Foxtrotter. I fell in love with Miss Kitty from the first day I saw her. This time I wasn’t led! I took the reins and impressed Jeannie a time or two. It truly was an awesome day for me. I’m looking forward to this summer where I’ll be doing more riding.

Watch out fear!

I’m in the saddle again!!!!!!!!!!!

We face fears constantly. Sometimes we’re bound by them. Other times we directly challenge them. Some we pretend aren’t there. All kinds of ways to deal or not deal with our fears. One of my favorite quotes is: “Only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” by FDR. When you really think about that quote, it’s true. We learn fears as we’re taught the dangers of things as a child. The things we are taught to keep us safe can at times roll over into other areas of our lives blurring the lines. 

What are some fears you’ve faced? What are some things you would do if you faced your fear?


A Song to Match My Mood

Day 5: A song to match my mood





I admit it. I liked the Hannah Montana show. I also admit, I like some of Miley’s songs. When I first heard “The Climb”, I thought the lyrics were inspirational. It reminds me of a couple of my favorite inspirational speakers, Les Brown and Tony Robbins. They had their fair share of struggles before success. Life can hand us some challenges which bring about doubt, questioning and shaky faith. It’s during those times we need to find the strength to keep making the climb. Enjoy.

I can almost see it
That dream I am dreaming
But there’s a voice inside my head saying
“You’ll never reach it”

Every step I’m taking
Every move I make feels
Lost with no direction
My faith is shaking

But I gotta keep trying
Gotta keep my head held high

There’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be a uphill battle
Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose

Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb

The struggles I’m facing
The chances I’m taking
Sometimes might knock me down
But no, I’m not breaking

I may not know it
But these are the moments that
I’m gonna remember most, yeah
Just gotta keep going
(From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/m/miley-cyrus-lyrics/the-climb-lyrics.html)

And I, I got to be strong
Just keep pushing on

‘Cause there’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be a uphill battle
Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose

Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb, yeah!

There’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Somebody’s gonna have to lose

Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb, yeah!

Keep on moving, keep climbing
Keep the faith, baby
It’s all about, it’s all about the climb
Keep the faith, keep your faith, whoa

Favorite Quotes

If you know a little something about me, you know I love quotes. 
I don’t know how many times in my life I have heard or read a quote that matched
 what I needed to hear at that exact moment.
 I think this quote sums up how I feel about trying to keep a positive spin
 in my life and my mind;
 even on the trying days:

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. 
Well, neither does bathing –
 that’s why we recommend it daily.”
 Zig Ziglar


Repeat after me.
 If you want to keep on getting what you’re getting 
then keep on doing what you’re doing.

 – Les Brown

Everything you buy, think, say and do 
is a statement of what you believe you are worth. 
Alan Cohen

There is little success where there is little laughter. 

-Andrew Carnegie


Fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind. 
~ Dale Carnegie

The period of greatest gain in knowledge and experience
 is the most difficult period in ones life.
~ Dalai Lama

Fear can keep us up all night long, but faith makes one fine pillow.

 -unknown


Don’t take tomorrow to bed with you. 
-Norman Peale

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. 
~ Dalai Lama



Take the first step in faith.
 You don’t have to see the whole staircase.
 Just take the first step.
~Martin Luther King






Most folks are about as happy
 as they make up their minds to be.
 ~Abraham Lincoln 



Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 
 Matthew 6:27

Courage is about doing what you’re afraid to do. 
There can be no courage unless you’re scared 
 Eddie Rickenbacker

Choose your words carefully. 
They may come back to destroy you.

~unknown~

Your actions speak so loud
 I can’t hear your words
~unknown~

It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it. 
-Lou Holtz

You can tell the size of your God
 by looking at the size of your worry list. 
The longer your list,
 the smaller your God.
~unknown~

“Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles;
 it empties today of its strength”

 ~ Unknown

The state of your life is nothing more
 than a reflection of your state of mind. 
-Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

“If you are carrying strong feelings about something that happened in your past,
 they may hinder your ability to live in the present”
~unknown~






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