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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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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I finally started a FB page! I would appreciate your support

Happy Saturday Everyone! It has almost been a year since I started this blog and I have finally started a Facebook page.  I will share updates on my blog posts and I will post quotes and thoughts of inspiration and motivation.  I will also share health and fitness tips.

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Benefits of a Gratitude Jar

A gratitude jar can be a great way to remember what you are thankful for.


I know that sometimes the different roles you play in life may have you so busy until it seems like you just don’t have the time to stop and sit for a second.  I encourage you take a second and sit and think about the good and blessings in your life.  Your life will be so much better, I know mine is.

I am also working on (finding) no making time to do just that.  I have improved in this area but I am still a work in progress.  In a previous post, I discussed how to start your day off with acknowledging and appreciating what you do have.  It does help start your day off GREAT!

I was searching the web and the gratitude jar caught my eye.  You write down things you are grateful or thankful on a piece of paper and put it in the jar.  Pick a specific time to read the notes you put in the jar.  So, I decided to make one for the family.   I got a mason jar that I already had at the house, got some ribbons and letter stickers from target and that was it.

In family discussions, my kids do acknowledge their blessings but adding more ways to get them to participate in this will only make them more aware of them.  Kids can sometimes forget lol.  Well, adults can sometimes forget too.  I have been guilty lol of that.   This gratitude jar will help eliminate room for negativity in my family’s life as a whole.  As I move along this journey towards a healthier me, it not only helps my life but my family as well.  I incorporate whatever improving I am participating in their lives as well.

Let’s motivate each other.

What are some ways you participate in to acknowledge gratitude and thankfulness?  I would love feedback.

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Celebrate the Progress Steps!!


Happy Dance!!!  I have been looking for a home finance organizer for a reasonable price and I found this yesterday for under $3.00 YAY!!

While on this journey toward a healthier me, I am working on improvement in every aspect of my life.  As I stated in a previous post, I was looking for a better way to document and manage finances and bills.  I was previously using a tablet (yeah, I know, a little ole fashion lol).  Things just work a lot better with organization.  I have made progress toward one of my goals on my list.  I am so excited.

Celebrate the progress steps along the way of accomplishing your goals!!

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How are you doing on your goals? I would love feedback. Let’s motivate each other 🙂

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