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motivational Archives · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
motivational Archives · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
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On fear and it's impact on life.

I spend my days trying to teach kids that those fears we harbor inside ourselves can actually keep us from achieving, doing or becoming what we want most. They inhibit success and can trap us. Nothing is worse than not knowing what could have been, that is why you just need to reach for your dreams and get over being afraid to fail. I am not sure exactly what shaped my thoughts on fear. I know when my mom felt trapped in marriages I picked up on it but I think there must have been something more that made me so set on moving beyond fear. Fear is supposed to help protect us from injury right? Walking down a dark alley makes you fearful because it is a bad situation and you...

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Reflections on past present and future.

Do you reflect on your life journey? Do you see how one thing leads you to another, does it help you to face the future and the present? Looking back and reflecting upon the journey is something I tend to do. It gives me perspective on the current events when I look back to see how we got here. I always try to see the positive side of things when I reflect and I seldom have regrets about things. I tend to look back and reflect after the accomplishments in life, it comforts me and gives me the strength to face what is in the future. N got the official "we want to fly you out here for an interview" communication yesterday after applying to a number of different places. He has...

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My garden teaches me a lesson about life.

Yep you read the title right, my garden educated me today. Yesterday we spent money on our garden, you see we love to grow and enjoy stuff and since we had just received some product rebates we had some "free money". We couldn't think of a better way to burn free money. So we bought some perennial flowers, some berry bushes and some herbs. Our last danger of frost is like june 15th here in Northern Arizona so we had to cover and bring some of the tender plants inside last night. This morning when I was taking N to work we dragged the plants back outside to get some sun and I figured it would be nice to do my computer work outside to enjoy the warmer weather and the...

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Persistence often pays off..

This is a lesson that is very apparent in my file right now. I try to teach my students that perseverance and persistence will lead you to great things. Often times we fell the urge to give up right before we are about to experience success. Those who succeed are often those who kept trying after all the others had quit. This idea is also proving to be true with the ole job search N has embarked upon. Yesterday after putting his resume tape online and applying to all the places he could he got a bite! Tri-Cities, Washington has scheduled a phone interview for Saturday with him. Yay. So, if you feel like your efforts are pointless and that you should just throw in the towel and give up remember that...

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The job search begins!

The resume tape is just a bout done, there are about 4 months left on his contract and the job search is under way! Job searching can be a tedious and stressful time for anyone. You sift through the possibilities, talk yourself out of the ones you feel are unachievable and then you pursue the ones you feel best suited for. Eventually you end up with another less than fulfilling job somewhere else but is it the job for you? The worst thing you can do is sell yourself short when job searching. This is something N and I learned first hand a few years back. It's natural to not want to feel rejected so your tendency is to not be willing to put yourself out there when you aren't sure you...

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We all end up where we are meant to be eventually.

I just read a great blog post about U-turns and life. The author articulately compared life is with getting lost while driving. Oh, Dang! I just closed the tab for the blog I was wanting to link to. The blogger just left me a comment so now I have the url again, yay! Follow the link and read the post for yourself! Eventually we all end up where we are meant to be, the route and surroundings may not be preferable at the time but it gets us to where we are supposed to be sooner or later. This is perfectly obvious in my life right now. Today marks the day when my partner reached a goal that he set out for over 5 years ago. Today marks his first day...

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My interview by Janelle

I participated in the citizen of the month great interview experiment and totally forgot to post my own interview questions here. It was fun to interview someone and to be interviewed. Janelle over at junk food for the soul interviewed me and thankfully she asked about my interview and reminded me to post it! I totally forgot...

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Happiness is…

Everywhere you turn someone is talking about how to achieve what you want or how to be happy. Books like The Secret and Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships all talk about how those things you choose to surround yourself with can have a major impact on your happiness and success and they are right. Do you feel like you are happy with your life? How is your mood and outlook on a day to day basis? Do you think you have room to improve? The people you surround yourself with can have a major impact on your mood and you also impact their mood whether you believe it or not. Have you ever found yourself feeling drained, stressed or down after talking with someone who was not in the...

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Enjoy the holidays- family members and all!

I am going to be honest, the holidays make me very anxious. I find that old issues and grudges resurface during this time and they make the holidays almost impossible to enjoy. Visiting certain family members means enduring blatant insults, being judged, openly criticized and manipulated. Certain people will go on and on about all the problems and issues they have without regard for anyone else. In general the entire encounter is draining and often extremely emotionally abusive. I do not enjoy being in such an unhealthy situation and the dread often robs me of the enjoyment of the holidays. Dealing with these people and issues is not an easy task. All I want is acceptance and tolerance from those certain family members during these gatherings. If everyone could just be on...

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Write for a blog carnival or read what others have written.

Occasionally I will post a compilation of several articles that touch on motivational living or on living more simply and naturally. I enjoy reading what others have written on these topics and want to share the articles with you also. You can read these compilation articles by selecting one of the two the categories that most interests you. I will summarize the interesting article and link to them so that you may visit them if you wish. | motivational living | living more simply and naturally | If you are writer that feels your article would be beneficial to my readers you can submit your on topic article by visiting the appropriate submission page for the particular category. If you are looking to draw readers to your own site that is...

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A Carnival of Motivational Writing November 2007

I will be hosting the November issue of motivational writing over at gather.com. If you have a motivational article or story that you would like to submit click the above motivational writing link above. If you need to read some motivational stuff or if you need a pick me up you can visit http://motavation.gather.com/ where the November issue will be published. I encourage you to check out gather.com, it's a very popular social networking site where you can publish content and earn gift cards. Also, stop by and check out all the motivational content posted over at: http://motavation.gather.com/....

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Staying positive and motivated in life

I just read a blog post over at http://ProBlogs.com about staying positive. I believe that your outlook on a situation can and will influence the outcome of the situation. I see it everyday as a teacher. If you expect people to fail they usually do but if you have hope in them and if you believe they are capable of greater things they will also begin to buy into this belief. Once I heard a motivational speaker say that if you act how you want to be you will eventually be how you how you are trying to act. We are truly capable of anything we believe. Along the way hard work is necessary but if you are committed and you really want it you will make it happen. The power of...

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Learning to attract what you want….

“The THOUGHTS we choose to think are the tools we use to paint the canvas of our lives.” - Louise Hay So much of life is a self fulfilling prophecy. We can very easily become products of our environment if we allow it. This is a very difficult concept for people to understand and it is even harder for those that have had trauma in their lives. It is so easy to believe that bad things are bound to happen to you especially when that is all you have experienced up to this point. but think about it, you were expecting bad things to happen right? Then they did and you proved yourself right which in turn solidified your belief in the notion that bad things are bound to happen to you...

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