I Did It February 23, 2015
Well after 5 years of hard work I finally got my Black Belt. I don’t think I will ever find the words to describe what it was like taking that test,or how truly amazed I am that I did everything required of me. The test took place over the course of three consecutive days,Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I can’t talk much about what I had to do because it is meant to be a surprise and a challenge for each person testing.I can tell you it was not easy,and a points I was not sure where to find the strength to keep going, I just refused to give up , so somehow the strength was there. There were a few times I thought I might just fall over but thankfully I did not.Each day presented it’s own challenges both physically and mentally, It was difficult at times to stay calm and keep a clear head with all the adrenaline pumping through my system. I did get worked up a few times, and I had to collect my self,and calm down to move on, I was very proud of myself fore having that ability is such a stressful situation, since it’s something I have always struggled with.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has been there for me through all of this, Everyone who watched the kids to get to class , helped me stay motivated and focused on my goal. Thank you to Master Jo and all the staff at TOMA fo their dedication and support. My family for always being there to help. I couldn’t have done this with out you.
I put a lot of hard work and dedication into achieving my goal, I could have given up many times but I didn’t. If you have something you want, you can have it ,as long as you work hard and don’t give up. It is not always easy to get the things we want, and sometimes It can seem like we will never achieve them, one thing I know for sure is ,you never achieve anything by giving up.We all deserve the things in life that make us happy, you simply have to allow yourself the opportunity to go after what you want, you deserve it, we all do. We only get one life, go after the things you want, while you can.
Tip of the Day February 17, 2015
Creating Opportunities February 16, 2015
Four more days and counting, I know I just keep going on about the whole Black Belt thing, but I’m just so excited. TOMA was the first thing I did for myself after having my kids, one was 10 at the time and the other was 5 , giving that to myself really helped me realize how important it is for all of us to have an outlet. We all need to give to ourselves, to take care of ourselves, and to make time for the things we want to do. TOMA was my starting point, it’s what opened my eyes to the fact that I wasn’t taking good care of myself. It was a wake up call for me and it was the catalyst for some pretty big changes in my life. I now had a goal, something to strive for ,and I was going to have to dedicate time and effort to me ,in order to reach it. I made time to get to class, time to practice on my own,and I made other changes as well. I started taking a closer look at how I had set up my schedule ,for work, the kids activities, even babysitting and aftercare. I looked and I realized I could change things to fit the way I wanted to live,and little by little I changed each one of them. It was so wonderful to feel the control I could have in my own life, to direct things the way I wanted them. This did not happen over night It has been a continuous process, and will probably o on for the rest of my life. I stuck with what was working and changed what did not, Of course nothing ever stays the same ,but now I was ready to deal with change in a positive manner,so when things changed, I did too. I rearranged my hours at work to fit in with my kids after-school activities. I was able to change times ,places and days for babysitting, make arrangements for rides to activities and of course fit in time for me to do what I wanted and needed to. I made time to meditate on a regular basis, time to work out, even time to make appointments( something I still have some difficulty with) now and again. I always manage to the most important appointments, like Dr visits and anything pressing ,like car repair, but I still need work on the little things like haircuts. I was so happy ,and still am ,with what I was able to do I wanted to share it with others,so I started this blog. It’s pretty amazing what you can do when you decide you want something, and you do whatever it takes to get it. When you look for ways to succeed and you allow yourself to ask for what you need to to make it work, then all that’s left is the doing. You can create the opportunities you want in life, and I am so grateful for the one I have coming up. I work very hard to get myself to this point, now all that’s left is the doing. I am excited and a little nervous, but I know I can do it. Now I just have to keep it together the rest of the week, wish me luck on that one.
Have a wonderful week, stay warm, and take care.