Pleasant Presence

It is Monday, I'm updating on time, and I'm feeling SUPER motivated, you guys!

I am, for the most part, accomplishing all of my goals that I set out to reach this week. I'm still going to concentrate on those goals, but I'm making great progress. The only thing I haven't really done is to begin my Half Marathon training. But, according to the program on my app, as long as I start this week & stick to it, I'll be ready by November. Isn't it crazy how much you can accomplish in just a few short months? Well, I mean, I have to put the work in first. But that still feels pretty great. I know I can do this. My life is, once again, a little bit chaotic. The stresses are slowly starting to pile on, from apartment hunting (hopefully the last time in awhile!!), upcoming changes at work, being in a bridal party, and putting in daily efforts toward my goals. I can do all things through coffee who strengthens me. Just kidding: I'm working my ass off. But I'm also making time to take care of myself, and that feels amazing. I meal prep every single night and it makes my tomorrows easier. I figure out what workout I'm going to do and when I'm going to do it, and then I crush it. I allow myself one day off of the wagon (cheat meals, if you will) and then I get right back on. The more that I contemplate the hecticness, it's very reminiscent of my life about 3 years ago, when I was a senior in college. My schedule was jam packed, but I made time for myself. And that's when I lost my first 20 lbs. Any time I start to feel fed up, or tired, or that I just don't have time... I'm going to remember that girl, who was on the treadmills at 5:30 AM four days a week, before the work day even began. When I lost 50 lbs, I vowed to always remember that girl & how badly she desperately wanted this & how she never made excuses. They say that you should never look back, but sometimes your best motivation is the path that you've already ignited. I'm probably going to post my goals & old photos on my mirror, as a daily reminder of where I've been and how lucky I am to be able to continuously work so hard. My final thought for today will be to touch upon the title of this entry. So, at my day job, we participate in Secret Shopper reports. In our most recent report, the shopper described my physical attributes (I am the only 5'5, Caucasian, female, 20something employed there...) and noted that I was a "pleasant presence." And, quite honestly, it made my day. This woman is a total stranger, whom I will never see again. But, in that 5 minute interaction, she saw me as a "pleasant presence." She doesn't know my life story, what I'm fighting through, or what I'm hoping to become. She has no idea the darkness I've known, and has no idea that I am CONSTANTLY making an effort to be the light that she effortlessly recognized. I will continue working on my so-called "Life Motto," but this woman has inspired me to refine it even further: I will spend the rest of my life striving to be a "pleasant presence." I encourage you to do the same. QUOTE OF THE DAY “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassions, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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