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There are always FLOWERS for those who want to see them.-Henry Matisse
 
 
Do you ever have that feeling that fate is pushing you in a particular direction and the more you fight against, the more your life seems hectic and out of sorts?  Over the last few weeks, I felt like the universe was trying to tell me something and I just wasn't hearing it.   Maybe it was the cold rainy weather, perhaps the kid's new sports schedule, or could it be I was in a funk because my birthday was coming up. Whatever the case, I found myself with a lack of motivation.  One morning at the studio Erin mentioned an audible book she had been listening to.  The book "Let your mind Run, A memoir of thinking my way to victory" By Deena Kastor and Michelle Hamilton. Deena Kastor, an elite runner, and an Olympic medal winner narrates a story of how cultivating positivity can give you a competitive edge.
I downloaded the audible and started listening to the book.  Right away it had me reflecting on my mood.  Had I been letting negative thoughts affect me.  Granted I am not training for an Olympic medal, but I do have it in my interest to be the best mom, wife, friend, trainer and just an all around good human.  Negative thoughts had me questioning if I was even good at any of these things.  By focusing on the negative, was I missing out on the positive?  
I started thinking about a drill that one of my coaches once did with me.
The coach was explaining in detail a drill to me consisting of wall balls, sprints, and thrusters I looked at him feeling defeated before it even started.  The coach stopped and had me look around the room he said to find all the items that were yellow.  I scanned the room and looked for yellow. After 30 seconds he had me close my eyes and asked me to make a mental list of everything black in the room.  I was stunned I couldn't think of anything black.  When I opened my eyes and saw all the items that were black, I was amazed.  Since I focused on the yellow that is all that I had seen. Point?  If we look hard enough, we will find something negative if that is where we place our focus on. However, the same can be true for the positive. That day I attacked the drill, it was challenging, but I went in with an open mind and embraced the workout.  I was present with each rep and stayed in the moment.  I remember finishing that workout feeling accomplished, stronger and proud.
With all the changes that a new season brings it left me looking at all the things I needed to get done and all the new commitments I had.  I was missing out on the important stuff, the fun stuff.  
I began to try and change my mindset in my day to day life or at least try.  As little obstacles came up, I decided to focus on the positive.  Waking up at 5:30 am might seem like a bummer (sleep is good) but wow what a sunrise!  On Friday I watched my daughter play soccer with her friends.  As I watched her run up and down the field little negative reminders of the things I had to get done crept into my mind.  I cleared my mind, to be present, enjoy!  
This week I challenge you to dismiss the negative thoughts and replace them with something positive.  Look for the flowers along your path.  Try out the #soluckytolivehere.  Focus on the good and be present.  Enjoy yo self!
Beautiful Sunrise #soluckytolivehere

See you on the road!

NIKI 







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