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    Happy New Year 2017!


     

    The LAST day of the year is a perfect time to reflect and set your sights on new goals - from athletic to professional to personal.  

    Don't be afraid to set them high and give it everything you've got - 2017 is the year to believe in yourself and your unlimited potential.


    What is your wish for yourself in the New Year? 

     

     

     

    Momentum SPARK Crew at the Twin Cities Marathon

    Momentum SPARK Crew at the Twin Cities Marathon

    It's a little gesture, just a small token, but our "you got this!" SPARKlets made a big impact at Sunday's Twin Cities Marathon in St. Paul, Minnesota.  After the race, I was delighted to see this wonderful message float into my inbox:

    I wanted to say thank you. I was handed a “You got This” bracelet at (mile 22? 24?? of) the Twin Cities Marathon. I can’t recall the exact miles but it was the PERFECT spot for the motivation I needed JUST THEN. I remember thanking the person who gave it to me and thinking “I need to tell them THANK YOU” as at that moment the thank you I mumbled was not enough.  I have not taken this off my wrist although my marathon was 2 days ago.
    It is a reminder than not only can I run 26.2 miles, but I “Got This” when I parent my two young kids and get overwhelmed with life in general. I do cross fit on a regular basis and can think of many workouts in the future that I will be looking at my wrist (hello planks!). 
    I also found an additional bracelet on the road as I continued to run the marathon and picked it up, barely able to bend over at that time! My 6 year old daughter has been struggling with not feeling good enough and I shared that with her. It has been empowering in a way I never would have expected and I would not have thought of on my own to buy a bracelet as we get through this bump in the road. Plus, she (as do I) thinks it is cool that we both share a special bracelet.
     

    I cannot thank you enough. I’m one story of many people I am sure you motivate, but I am excited to look into your company further. In a world, where people can be quick to complain, it is nice to have a positive experience and share that with others.

    Again, thank you!

    Angela

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    When people ask me why I do what I do, it's stories like these that fuel me.  We all crave making a difference, and I'm inspired to see people like Angela out there, tackling their big goals and achieving remarkable dreams.  

    Then to know, in the middle of her great achievement, she's thinking of how to Share the Spark of positivity with not only another person, but the next generation of great achievers?  It's an incredible testament to the power we all have in us to reach out and support those around us through the power of words and the belief that you can do anything.  

    Thank you, Angela, for your remarkable story and congrats on your completing the Twin Cities Marathon.  Keep us updated on all of your accomplishments because you, my friend, are a inspiration!

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    We keep hearing about how we inspire you, be we thought it was time to share how you inspire us!

    Each week we will feature some of the pictures and stories from our fans because we believe the greatest inspiration comes from people who dare to dream big and live out their adventures. 

    Would you like to be featured? Email jerusha@designsthatmoveyou.com for more info.

    Motivation Monday - Hitting The Reset Button

    Motivation Monday - Hitting The Reset Button

    Happy Motivation Monday everybody...  Or, should we say "Momentum Monday?"  Personally, I think that has a marvelous ring to it!

    Now that we've officially wandered into fall, the weather is starting to change, the leaves are starting to burst into magnificent colors, and we are heading into the home stretch of 2016.  Maybe it's the thought that we're on the brink of bidding bon voyage to one year and looking towards the next that has a lot of people feeling very introspective.  It seems a lot of people are asking themselves "have I done all I set out to do this year?" or "are there changes I can make to my life that will help me feel more fulfilled?" or "what's that one goal I've always wanted to make time to tackle?"

    Well, believe it or not, this is a perfect time to ask these sorts of questions of yourself.  After all, you don't have to wait for a new year to make those changes that will bring you closer to the life you've always wanted!  If you sit down and ask the hard questions now, not only do you finish 2016 with a bang, you've got a remarkable head start on setting (and achieving) your goals for 2017.  

    So let's do it!  Let's hit "reset" and do a little self-evaluation!  Let's explore who we are, what we are doing, and where we are going.  Let's get the road map to our dreams all plotted out and then start on the path to turning dreams into goals and goals into accomplishments to be proud of.  Sit down and ask yourself:

    What are my strengths?

    The first step to figuring out what is or isn't going well is identifying what is.  By identifying what our strengths and gifts are, we can structure our goals in a way that cater to what we naturally are really, really good at.

    Do I have a list of what I want out of my life?

    It may sound crazy, but simply getting out on paper all of those things that you've always wanted to do (or wanted for yourself) is a very powerful exercise.  By announcing them, you've given them a sense of weight that they didn't have before.  So sit down, don't worry about how crazy they may seem, what others would think, or even your own self-doubt...  Write it out!

    Am I making things harder on myself than I need to?

    Let's face it...  We all self-sabotage.  We over-complicate.  We're faster at listing all the reasons something will never work than we are exploring the reasons they will.  Instead of saying "I'll never run that marathon I've always wanted to run because I'm not fit and I have no time to train," say to yourself "I want to run a marathon, but first I need to block out time to add running to my daily routine."  Once you'be folded that new routine into your life, see if running that marathon is now more obtainable.

    Do I not try because I am scared of failing?

    More often than you probably realize, the real reason you don't do more of what you've always wanted to do is because you're scared of trying and then falling short.  But have you ever asked yourself "if I don't hit my goal, what's the worst that will happen?"  If you set out to run a marathon but you end up dropping out at mile 7, you may not have finished, but you're still 7 miles further into your dream than you were when you before.  Trying and failing is almost always better than failing to try.

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    To quote that remarkable and seemingly fearless innovator David Bowie: "Tomorrow belongs to those who hear it coming."  So what's tomorrow saying to you?

    Have fun,

    Jerusha

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    We keep hearing about how we inspire you, be we thought it was time to share how you inspire us!

    Each week we will feature some of the pictures and stories from our fans because we believe the greatest inspiration comes from people who dare to dream big and live out their adventures.

    Would you like to be featured? Email jerusha@designsthatmoveyou.com for more info.

    Momentum Motivator Caroline Tackles the Incan Trail

    Momentum Motivator Caroline Tackles the Incan Trail

    On Monday, we shared a little about what makes Caroline from "So She Did" tick, but that only scratches the surface on some of the amazing adventures she's had. 

    "I love to travel," she proudly shares.  In fact, she loves it so much that one of the reasons she went to college was to find opportunities to explore the big, wide, world.  And explore she did, as she landed an opportunity to study abroad in Argentina...  Which led her to want to see the sights Peru too.

    When it came time for her and her husband to start picking vacation destinations, she was not at all indecisive.  "My husband and I have an agreement to alternate choosing our destinations, but of course he’s a sweetheart (and I was a bit pushy) so I got first pick!"  And so, Peru it was (and her husband is a total champ, btw).

    During their two incredible weeks surrounded by the wonders of Peru, they challenged themselves to their limits by taking on some of the wildest, most physically demanding excursions there are, all in the name of fun...  Including a grueling, but awe-inspiring, four-day journey along the Incan trail.

    "Our hike was explained to us as 4 days of easy, grueling, astonishing, and the culmination," she says.  Day one she says was the "easy setup" (!) of walking 15k at a low elevation.  But day two, things got serious with a 12k hike and an elevation of 13,776 feet, capped off with a stop at the highest point, called Dead Woman's Pass.  Supposedly it's named because the vista looks like a woman laid to rest, but Caroline observes "I think it was because I was going to die on my way up there."  Um, who can blame her?

    Day three she describes the landscapes and views as some of the most breathtaking sights she'd ever witnessed in her life.  After spending the night in a cloud forest, she hiked along the edge of the Amazon Rainforest, stopped at two scenic waypoints (one of which was so pretty she almost refused to leave), and arrived at the famous Inti Pata just in time for sunset. 

    Finally, on day four, the woke up early and nearly sprinted the final 5k to Machu Picchu...  Only to find that the famous Sun Gate should have been renamed "Cloud Gate."  "We couldn’t see anything!" she said.  Undeterred, they finished their hike and were duly rewarded for all their efforts.  As the day marched on along with them, the sun burned off the clouds and left behind views too beautiful to describe .  Caroline wistfully recalls, "it was beyond incredible.  All the photos will never do it justice.  It is so much larger in real life than I thought it would be."

    The moment wasn't just about gorgeous views and physical challenges, however.  Caroline enjoyed a sense of reverence for all she'd seen and done, and it was a revelation that made the whole journey truly meaningful.  "Walking the Incan Trail there, knowing it was the way the Incan people would take, and that they hid the trail to protect this sacred site is really awesome to think about.  I loved touching the walls and knowing people literally slaved to find rocks or make rocks that fit so perfectly together that they’ve withstood earthquakes, downpours, wind, and, in general, the test of time."

    Caroline was so moved by her whole experience that strongly believes people should get out there and see the sights for themselves.  "Seriously, if anyone has questions about planning their Incan Trail hike – they can even email me at atwoodcc@gmail.com because I need to tell them to do it!"  And with such gorgeous pictures, a fascinating story, and a sense of empowerment that comes with truly pushing yourself to the limit, I can see why! 

    Through it all, there was one major accomplishment that she was able to check off of her list along her journey that made me chuckle...  And I bet you could never guess what it was...

    "My #1 goal for the trip was to touch a llama."  Yup, that's right.  All the things she saw, all the trips she took, all the adventures to be had in Peru, she wanted to touch a llama.  And I'm thrilled to report, she got her wish.  "I also met my new best friend, a llama, (at Inti Pata)," Caroline proudly brags.  "So, goal achieved!"  Woo-hoo for hitting your goals!

    For more about her trip through the Incan Trail, as well as some gorgeous pictures, and some info about some other trips she took during her vacation, be sure to head to her blog "So She Did" and check out her Instagram for even more breathtaking pictures from her amazing journey through Peru.         

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    We keep hearing about how we inspire you, be we thought it was time to share how you inspire us!

    Each week we will feature some of the pictures and stories from our fans because we believe the greatest inspiration comes from people who dare to dream big and live out their adventures.

    Would you like to be featured? Email jerusha@designsthatmoveyou.com for more info.

    Have fun,

    Jerusha