Joining the Movement

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As Rising Tide Society is making waves and lots of creatives are coming together to create a sense of community over competition I find myself contemplating, “do I fit in?” I think of myself as a creative and as a boss lady, but do I really belong with the Rising Tide Society? I’m not a business owner, I don’t have an Etsy shop (maybe someday…) instead I have a full time job – one I love and work really hard at. I realize many creative entrepreneurs of the Rising Tide Society are working their way to full time. Running a side shop while working a 9 – 5. But what happens if you love your job and it is more demanding than a typical 9 to 5? Although opening up my open corporate event planning business or running an Etsy shop may be a day dreams of mine, I’m not there yet, instead I am focused on my marketing job and growing my department. Does this make me less of a boss lady? Does it eliminate me from being a creative?

By nature of what I do I feel like I am a creative. I love to collaborate with others, I’ve worked in the event planning industry, I style photo shoots on a regular basis for interior design and home decor, I manage multiple social media accounts, and am the editor of Capitol Lighting‘s blog, Live Brighter. I’ve designed my daily / weekly planner for the past 4 years myself, I’ve created invitations for baby showers, bridal showers, save the dates and weddings, but yet somehow I don’t feel like I truly belong as a Rising Tide Society member.

Until I went to today’s Tuesdays Together in Fort Lauderdale! The group of creative and entrepreneurial men and woman were so welcoming and confirmed I too am a boss lady and fellow creative! You don’t have to own a business to be owning it in your profession. I am so happy I made the time to go to today’s meeting. It was so well worth it and inspiring to be surrounded by other like-minded individuals.

I constantly have to reminder myself: “You can do anything, but not everything”

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I keep this little daily dose of truth as my desktop background as a friendly reminder, download it here.

After meeting all of the wonderful creatives from today’s session and discussing Routines, I am revved up and excited! I can’t wait to thrive in the spirit of Community Over Competition!

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So, if you are feeling like I was about joining and actively participating in Rising Tide, I say do it! Jump both feet in, get wet and make waves, because I can honestly say I feel so much better about deciding to truly join the movement. You too are a boss lady (or gentleman) and are a fellow creative! Go and make your day dream happen!

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Strive for Progress, Not Perfection

Friends, I need your help. I am struggling to stick to my workout/healthy eating routine (I don’t want to call it a diet, because a diet is just a fad, I want this to last). Some of you may look at me and think that I don’t need to lose any weight and that I am crazy for having this goal, but my body composition has certainly changed from what it used to be. I know this happens to most as we get older and don’t continue to be as active, but the change in my body regardless of how minimal it may appear, feels so much different than what it used to be. Going from pushing my body to it’s limits with two-a-days as a college athlete to rarely working out has made a huge difference, and not in a good way! Ideally, I would like to lose 8 pounds, but if I am toning and leaning out, I don’t really care about the final number on the scale… after all, muscle does weigh more than fat. With all of the said, I think I can hold myself more accountable if I share my progress with you. So here it goes, today starts the day I share this journey. I plan on kicking it into high gear without a gym membership but instead at home with plyometric circuits, high intensity training, yoga and running. I want to strive for progress, not perfection!

Current Weigh-In:

Weight: 135.2 lbs | Fat Percentage: 25.1% | Activity Level: Low (running and yoga a couple of times a week, very sporadic)

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Let’s do this!

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You’re Stronger Than You Think

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During Wednesday night’s yoga class the instructor made that statement as we were all attempting a new move and it just seemed to stick. I reflected on those thoughts the rest of class and realized it applies to so many things, not just physically, but wherever you are in life right now, at this very moment or any moment for that matter. As I continue to grow and determine my path, this hit me hard. I am stronger than I think, I can do (or accomplish) more than I thought… and I will, I will seize the day! I will take every day as an opportunity to do what I love and go after my dreams and I hope you do the same! This saying is just too good not to share.

Happy Friday!

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