Hey all! Happy Monday to you!!
You didn’t know this, but the Motivational Mondays are brought to you by my Executive Assistant, Mady, 99.9% of the time. She even has the wisdom to come up with those quotes a lot of the time. She also happens to be my gorgeous eldest daughter.
Today I am highjacking Motivational Monday because it’s about Mads.
A few years ago she came to me and told me she had found her hero in life, Dana Linn Bailey. I could see the sparkle in her eye as she described who this woman is. You should know this, my girl is not easily impressed with anyone. She has some pretty high standards and knowing this I thought this lady must be something special. Then she told me that DLB did female body building competitions and that is what Mady wanted to do. She had competed in cheer in High School and has always been driven to be the best. She is also very dedicated to whatever she puts her mind to.
So she began to lift weights and train. She did her first show in a bikini she made herself. Impressive. She and her cute husband do it together and support each other. Crucial. They have spent HOURS in the gym year after year. Mindblowing. They have this crazy healthy diet that would make most people cry. Dedication. She has competed a few times and each time she gets better. She hasn’t won but she has placed higher each time. Here is the thing I am most proud of. She doesn’t win but she is happy to just improve. She celebrates each little victory. Maturity and Wisdom. Standing on a stage in a tiny bikini for all the world to judge your body. (in heels) Bravery.
Madysen has worked a few jobs over the years. She hated each and every one of them. She wasn’t doing what she loved. I have tried hard to teach her to find something she loved to do and make it work for her. There is a company that she is an ambassador for, Deer Antler Spray and they make supplements. (Use code mady20 to get 20% off any of their products.) The owner happens to be a neighbor and a few months ago he needed an assistant. She applied for the job and got it. She is working in a field she is passionate about. They have sent her to different shows to be a representative for them. This last week she and her husband got to go to Las Vegas to work at the booth for the Mr. Olympia show. A dream come true for both of them. I guess I should say the dream come true would be actually competing but this was a good one too!!
Saturday night she was coming around the corner and Dana Linn Bailey was there. Imagine her meeting this woman that had helped her start on the path to this amazing part of her life. This lady is actually as good of a person as Mady hoped she would be. It was so cool for her to be able to meet her hero and it happened because Mady has worked hard, followed her passion, and been steady and persistent year after year. It’s hard. I can’t even begin to imagine putting in the physical effort it takes. Let alone LOVING it!!
So Madysen is your Monday Motivation. Hard work.Bravery.Dedication.Belief in Self.Wisdom.Creativity. She has used all of her skills in the best possible ways to make things happen for herself. We ALL have our own set of skills.
I am the first person that will admit it is hard to chase after what you want in life. Whether it is something as big as Mady’s dream or trying to be the best mother and wife you can be, it is hard work. I know that people work hard everyday at jobs they don’t like and do things because they have to. That is part of being alive, right? However, you can put your heart into doing the things you love or are passionate about. Whether it’s a few minutes a day or two hours a day. Just love yourself enough to nurture those things that bring you happiness in life. Wake up that wild heart of yours and bring it to life without any apologies. Some people may look at you like you are weird but guess what? You will be a happier person. Swing on the swings with your kids, run like Phoebe, paint your heart out, wear the clothes you really want to wear, laugh hard and often, just do it!!
LOVE YOURSELF ENOUGH TO DO IT!! YOU ARE WORTH THE TIME AND EFFORT!!!