Thursday, September 1, 2011

Daily Reminders

I spend A LOT of time in the kitchen....not because I'm a fabulous chef....but because it's where the mass quantities of food for the week are prepared & packaged and it's where my family comes together for meals & quality family time.

Since I spend a significant amount of time in the kitchen (including the times when I'm dieting and I'm staring the freezer at my post-show chocolate goodies), I decided that it would be the perfect place to put some daily reminders about staying the course & not losing focus.

Every time I get something out of the freezer or walk by the refrigerator, I see these three things.

 1) The poem Invictus by William Ernest Henley - I've talked about what this poem means to me before but for those of you who missed it, this poem is an incredible source of motivation. I see it as my reminder that I cannot be broken, not matter what the circumstance.

2) "If you're going through hell, keep going." magnet - this quote by Winston Churchill is simple yet true. The "hell" you may be going through is only temporary so keep moving forward.

3) Show posters & tickets - This letter size poster & Tom's tickets for the show are a reminder that it's too late to back out now! :) I'm on the list of registered athletes and Tom has a seat at the pre-judging and finals shows!!

Excuse the crumbs...I just made The Princess a sandwich :)
My last daily reminder is my travel mug! My sister generously donated this mug to me when I was telling her about the mugs I saw at Starbuck's that allowed you to add a photo or make a collage. She had one at her house that she wasn't using so new free mug for Tenecia! I went through a bunch of my old magazines and cut out words that jumped out at me. The end result is pictured above so now when I'm enjoying (while secretly complaining about) my black coffee or Yogi tea, I get to read some quick tidbits of motivation.

What about you? Do you have any daily reminders to keep you focused and striving for your goals?


  1. I love that you post the tickets up. I just have the daily reminders in my head and on my calendar and pretty much walk around looking at my calendar all day long. I pull it out and stare at it all the time. It goes everywhere with me and when I need to get motivated, I pull it out, look at it, count the days :o)

  2. That is a GREAT idea. My daily reminder is my Ars jiggling with every step ;) Ha ha... I have my meal plan stuck to my fridge so every time I go to take something out it is staring me in the face reminding me to stay on track. It doesn't always do its job 100% but it makes me think twice... or three times :)

  3. Awesome! I love all the reminders. :D