5 Ways To Get Motivated When You’re Feeling Blah

Do you ever find yourself in an unmotivated state? You know what you need to do but you don’t feel the desire to do it. You feel like it’s taking forever to get to the outcome that you have picture your head. You almost find yourself losing hope that you will ever get there. The good news is that it will not last forever and is only temporary.  I want you to take a moment to stop and think about what would happen if you let those temporary moments dictate your journey.  Words that come to mind are regrets, defeated, stagnation, depression, etc.  For myself, I don’t want to give temporary moments that type of power over my journey.

I have felt like this a time or two. Wait, multiply that by at least 10 lol and I am quite sure I will feel it again in the future. Does this mean that I am giving in to the thought that I am going be unmotivated? No, well, maybe yes. Stay with me though, it means that I have acknowledged it and will be able to help myself when it happens again. You see, in life when working on goals, preparation is BIG. Are you able to prepare for everything that happens? Probably not, but that shouldn’t stop you from making preparation for what you can.

I can remember when I first started creating photos for my blog. It seems like it took forever for me to get the lighting better and I am not where I want to be but I am proud of my progress. There were so many frustrating unmotivated moments. I think about it now and can laugh but I promise you it wasn’t funny back then. What if I let those temporary moments tell me that I couldn’t do it?  I wouldn’t be able to exercise my creative side or even know that part existed anymore.

My feelings for those moments were real but not valid. The power to make them valid is within me. Your motivation can be like your driver license. As long as they are valid, you are licensed to drive but as soon as they expire you are not. It is real that you are a driver but it is not valid because of your expired license.

Until you go to the DMW and get it renewed, it cannot be use to show you are licensed to drive.  That is how I think about the unmotivated moments. They are real but I have the power to make them valid and I can choose not to.  I can choose to renew my motivation and make it valid. Of course I need help along the way.

Now let’s get to some ways I get through the unmotivated moments. Of course, you may have different ways and that is perfectly ok.  I said 5 but I added a bonus one.

  1. Get some fresh air and go for a walk
  2. Go and read a magazine, blog, book, etc that has nothing to do with what you are working on
  3.  Take a nap
  4.  Gardening
  5.  Love on myself
  6. Binge watch a show on Netflix (Don’t judge me lol)

All of these ways help me to step back, relax, and reset.   I may do one or three depending on the severity of the unmotivated moments. These cause me to step back from the frustration and give myself moments to breathe. After these moments, I am able to think about my why and regroup if needed.  My motivation is recover and I am ready to continue on.


What ways do you use to get out of the unmotivated moments?

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6 Steps To Eliminate Excuses

This was originally posted on here 10/11/14.  I decided to republish it because I enjoyed it and it is a helpful reminder to not let excuses deter us


Stumbling blocks have the potential to cause regression towards a goal.   Excuses are stumbling blocks that lead to failure or not even trying.  Phrases such as “I can’t” or “I don’t have time” should be toss to the bottom of the ocean without the ability to come back up when it comes to the betterment of your life.  Those phrases should be replace with I can or I will make time.  Anybody that has accomplished any goals in life did not give energy to excuses.    Excuses cause you to be stagnant.  Excuses are designed to demolish your hopes and dreams.

Excuses are tools that cause you to participate in self-defeat.  Who knew that you had the power to create damaging tools? Who knew that you  had the power to destroy your hopes and dreams?  I often hear individuals mention stumbling blocks from others but what about the stumbling blocks call excuses that they create for themselves.

When I looked back over my life and reflect on goals that I have accomplished, I noticed that I use some valuable tools  throughout the process but excuses were not a part of them.  There have been times when I said, I can’t or I just don’t have time but I had to push those negative thoughts (excuses) out of my mind.  When I let excuses controlled me, I didn’t attempt to try to accomplished goals.  I didn’t even really make goals.  I mean if I want something to change in my life,  I had to look at excuses for what they were (stumbling blocks).  So, I had to invest time in myself and put in the work.  I had to believe in myself.  When it comes to the betterment of your life, it is imperative to make time.  Your life is valuable.  You are important, you are special, & you deserve it.

It would be beneficial to sit down and create solutions instead of drooling in excuses. Excuses will take control over your life.  You may not even recognize yourself.  You may compare your life to others.  You may express how  you do not have as much time as someone else to get things done (that is an excuse sneaking in it).  It is not about anyone else time but about how you can work with the time that you have.  It’s about learning how to make your time beneficial for you.  It may be easier to blame others instead of understanding the responsibility you  have in the situation.  You have the power to take control back over your life.  Here is a process that I use to help eliminate excuses and move forward.  It may help whether it be work or personal related.

1.  Take a look at the situation and write down a desired outcome.  Write down the goals you want to accomplish.

2.  Conduct research regarding solutions concerning the situation. Invest time in yourself.  Ask for help if needed.

3.  Develop a list with solutions including the steps to go along with them.

4.  Create a schedule and time frame to complete the steps in the solution.

5.  Make time and follow through the steps. Sometimes you may have to adjust this process. That is alright.  You are a work in progress.  Never give up on yourself.  Make sure to celebrate your progression.

6.  Goal accomplished. You took control back over your life. You eliminated excuses by focusing on solutions. Celebrate. You did it!

So, the next time that inner voice says, I can’t, you tell it I can and I will.  I am important, I am worth it, and I deserve it!

By spending time on creating and progressing towards the solution, you will not have any time to entertain excuses.  You will have eliminated excuses out of your mindset by feeding the mind positive information regarding solutions.  It is important for you to remember to invest in yourself.  By participating in the process of creating and progressing toward solutions, you gain some positive attributes.  Three are positive self-esteem, confidence,  and hope.  These positive attributes will spill into all aspects of life.  You will find yourself having the courage to tackle and achieved more goals.

How do you eliminate or tackle excuses?  I would love feedback.

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Strawberry Watermelon Mint Tea Smoothie

We all know that heat comes with summer.  It is always nice to have a yummy cold beverage during the heat waves.  I love smoothies and I learned that watermelon and mint have a cooling effect so they would be perfect to help you cool down.  Smoothies do not always have to consist of milk or yogurt.  I like making them with tea also.  Here is a strawberry watermelon mint tea delight smoothie that I like to drink to give my body some great nutrients and to help cool off on a hot day.  My kids love it also.

Strawberry watermelon mint tea delight smoothie


Strawberry Watermelon Mint Tea Delight


  • 1 cup of frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup of brewed green tea
  • 1/2 cup of watermelon
  • 1 tbsp of chia seeds
  • 4-5 mint leaves


I add all of the ingredients together in the blender and mix until I get the consistency that I want.  Pour in a glass, cup, or jar of choice and top off with a couple of mint leaves.


Cheers to the summer while cooling off!!

Strawberry Watermelon Mint Tea

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5 Simple Ways To Encourage Yourself

5 Simple Ways to Encourage Yourself

When you are working on goals in your life, sometimes you need to encourage or motivate yourself.  I discussed in a previous post about motivating and encouraging yourself.  In order to find encouragement when needed, it may be helpful to have a list of ways in place that you can pull from.  I know getting encouragement from others is great and it is good to have support like that but sometimes you need a little more or sometimes you may not have that support.  Or better yet, sometimes you may need both.

Picture this.  You have created 8 steps that will help you accomplish your recent goal.  You have made it through 4 steps but you get on step 5 and you get tired, things may not be happening fast enough for you (so guilty of this), lose your focus, or lose your way.  Actually, I have been guilty of all of them before.  There are obstacles coming up from everywhere.  Your tank of energy is on E.  You feeling down like you can’t make it through step 5 and making it to step 8 is not looking for very promising in the future.

There is no one there to tell you to push on.  There is no one there to tell you that you only have 3 steps left.  There is no one there letting you know how far you have made it.  So, where will you get the energy/strength and encouragement from to push on through step 5 and make it to step 8?

If you have a list of ways in place where you can encourage yourself, you can get your push from it.  You can get that cheerleader screaming “You almost there” and “You only got a little ways to go” from it.

I will share my list.   I have complied a list of 5 ways I encourage myself.

1.  Read my bible (I love Proverbs)  and one on one with God.

2.  Encourage someone else.

3.  Seek and identify how far I have made it and remember the benefits of accomplishing the goal.

4.  Read inspirational quotes and words.

5.   Go for a walk.

These seem so simple to do but they can be so easy to forget.  While writing this post, I was like, I do these at some point or another.  What is the big deal about writing them down in a list form?  They are not secrets that have been hiding away.  They are just common activities that I participate in.

But there is a big deal,

The big deal is to have something in place for when the times come when I will need that boost of encouragement when I am alone.  The big deal is to remind me that I have what it takes to get through the rough patch.

I have already prepared myself for this time if it should come.  You know that time.  That time when the negative voices want to meet up and have their say in your head. Trying to cloud your thoughts and make you feel like you just can’t do it. Cheering you on to quit.  Yeah, that time right there.

Instead of going through the woe it’s me phrase and possibly end up quitting,  I can go back to the list that I created and remind myself that I got this. Go through the ways on the list and push through.  There are a lot of benefits that I gain from this list.  I will discussed just a few.  I will not only gain encouragement  but I will  gain strength also.  I always gain strength from my times with God.   I even have a way on the list to stop and relax /clear my mind for a moment if I have to by going for a walk.  There is also a way on the list to help someone  while helping myself.  It is not all about me.

True be told, if you think back on it, the times that you have accomplished a goal, you have had to encourage yourself at one point or another along the way.

Your list may be totally different from mine, but the end result is the same.  Being able to encourage ourselves is the goal.

Your list does not have to look like mine.  Your list may be totally different from mine but the end result is the same.  Encouraging ourselves is the ultimate goal.   I know you may have heard this before and it may even seem common to you.  But have you noticed how things we categorized as common and positive seemed to slide through the cracks of life during some of the most difficult time.  What we thought was so common was easily forgotten during those times.

By creating a list, we have something to refer back to when we seem alone and our motivation has reduce significantly or left.  The list may help give us the push we need to get through step 5.  The list  may help reduce the number of times we end up listening to the negative voices or even talking ourselves out of completing what we started.  I know I have talked myself out of doing things before that could have been beneficial to me.

By establishing a list of ways to encourage ourselves, we are empowering ourselves.  The list is another tool to get you through step 5 and make it on to the finish line.   Tools set you up for success.

What are some ways you participate in to encourage yourself?

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Pineapple Orange Ginger Smoothie

Pineapple Orange Ginger Smoothie | When Juicing Meets Blending

Pineapple Orange Ginger Smoothie


What a great way to welcome in June with this delicious looking jar of healthiness.  I have been experimenting with juicing and blending  but blending (smoothies) almost always make the list of “I want one” in our household.  You know that phrase when the kids see something that look good to them and say, “I want one.”

My kids are not to fun of juicing  because the majority of my juices are made up of veggies with a fruit added to help with the taste. I guess they are not very tasty in their book but they still drink them though.  They are not on the “I want one” list.  I often alternate between juicing and blending but I love making mixtures with the combination of both ( juicing and blending) sometimes.  It seems like we are getting the benefits of both in one.  When I am doing a combination of both, I normally juiced a veggie to add but I wanted it to be delicious.  So, I decided to add a fruit(orange-because of the color that it is when it is juiced) and that is when this Pineapple Orange Ginger Smoothie was born.  The kids love it.

When the ingredient list is small, juicing and blending together is really simple and easy.

Honest moment: They will be able to get some benefits from all of the ingredients  but I didn’t add any green veggies because I didn’t want to change the summery (I don’t really know if that is a word lol) color. Isn’t the color beautiful?

Pineapple Orange Ginger Smoothie

Pineapple Orange Ginger Smoothie

  • Time: 10 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 cup of frozen pineapples
  • 3/4-1 cup of juiced orange
  • 1 inch of juiced ginger root
  • 1 tbsp of maca powder
  • sprinkles of coconut flakes (optional)



First, I juiced the orange and ginger root. Next, I added the juiced mixture to the blender with the frozen pineapples & maca powder and blend until it is the consistency that I want. Pour in a jar or glass of choice.  Add sprinkles of coconut flakes if like and enjoy.


Cheers to the summer!!

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