You can not achieve greatness without reaching for greater things. I may not achieve all my great goals but I know I can achieve, always going after them!
My eyes are so set on being a motivational speaker. Even if I never get there, there is one thing most of you know about me, I WILL NEVER GIVE UP! You always hear, look at the journey not the destination. Life has picked this destination of motivational speaking about 7 years ago or maybe even longer. But I found my purpose at the bottom of my life……when everything was coming to an end, when life seem to be failing me. Thats when I just tripped over my purpose.
The purpose was to be more positive, to help others do the same and to (ILnspire) inspire our younger generation. Even my dang auto correct on my phone at 3 am when I can’t sleep, is telling me my next move. IL. Stand for Illinois, thats where I came from and thats where I am moving back in only a few weeks.
Illinois is were I am meant to be now and some people get it. Some people understand what I am doing….this is amazing! It helps me know I am on the right course, where I am meant to be…..because getting people to understand me has been the hardest part and I have people young and old in my life that get it! I am meant to meet and interact with all of you. What you share with my life helps me strengthen what I share to yours and everyone elses life.
This new journey back home is a strange one, and as always promised in my life it comes packed with challenges. I have grown to understand that these challenges are what shapes my inspiration in the future. There is a mystery to my methods but there is no shortage of desire to get there.
Someone was talking with me about it being more enjoyable to bring someone along on their journeys and vacations. They could not be more right I would absolutely love to share my life’s journeys with no other then the right person or people. BUT, here is the thing, If I waited to do all that I have done with a significant other or even a friend I would have done very little to nothing for the last 7 years of my life.
I have done so much with my life already but if I waited for others these last 7 I would have never work on a cruise ship…..TWICE! I might have missed my opportunity to explore Canada, the Caribbean Islands, Alaska, New York, Ohio, Alabama and other places. I might have missed discovering the heart I have for children and the strongest connection I have ever felt in my entire life with inspiring our younger generation. I am gonna miss the great connections I have made here in Florida but I am sorry Adults, I am probably going to miss your children even more.
Speaking of Florida if I would of waited to go with someone on my dream list Florida tour these last (almost) 5 years, I would not have a destination list longer then Floridians that have lived here all their lives! I saw as far down as Key West, to the oldest city of St. Augustine and as far up and over as the border of Alabama. I have seen a plethora of beaches on the East coast, the West coast, in the Panhandle and in the keys. I have seen so much sea life in nature, dolphins swimming by me in the water and jellyfish riding the wave right up to my beach chair. I have seen manatees, alligators and turtles galore. Florida has a Cave….I have been in it. Florida has a wolf Preserve….I have huged a wolf….yea! Sushi, smoked salmon, ahi tuna…..the food I have eaten is so awesome. The gardens and natural parks I have visited. Riding my bike alongside the Ocean….WOW. The parks, Disney, SeaWorld, and so many others. The list goes on and on. Journeys to be jealous of…..journeys within the journeys. If I waited for someone to go with me I can’t even imagine how many things I would have missed how many things I would have never discovered.
I Discovered new skills. New skills with children of course, both regular education, special education and stealing the attention of my friends kids. New talents in writing too. If you know me I am a man of many skills and I came across the wonderful skill of photography in the best way possible…..I was taking pictures of Alaska with my phone and after I posted the pictures someone asked “what kind of camera do you have?” It blow my mind and transfered to being obsessed with wanting to photograph the moon and buying a nice camera and doing just that!
Norman Vincent Peale said “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” I have never heard that quote till after I took my pictures of the moon and my mind just exploded with positive reality. I believe so much, that everything happens for a reason, so much that I think you are foolish to not believe. Our lives are full of fresh ideas and new adventures but we have to let ourselves follow that path. No its not always safe. Yes its littered with changes and challenges, but dang it….play it safe and you live for nothing more then the story of what someone else has already done. Create your own story, live your own life, don’t wait and remember everything happens for a reason.
I like positive people. I like honest people. I like people who communicate. I like people that are more about others and less, all about themselves. I like people with no societal agenda for approval. I like people that can picture memories and not just selfies. I like real people! I like original people. I like people that have the ability to see and except the originality in others. I like people that can see the good in others and acknowledge it. I like those that can not just say it, but are truly grateful for who and what they have in their lives. I like people that try new things. I like people that take risks and destroy failure and keep going. I like people that try their best no matter how good or bad they are. I like people that understand perfection should be a personal definition not a magazines definition. I like natural people and nature people.
This could be anyone and everyone! There is no gender here. There is no nationality here. There is no age here. There is no political or religious view. Its just people being people and excepting each others humanity.
We can not have a perfect world but we could make it better then what it is now. We can accept ourselves for who we are. We can accept others for who they are. We can embrace differences as a one-of-a-kind. We can all appreciate one anothers efforts and praise those for simply trying their best.
I like people that look for the positives in other people and things.
This is a world where we can decide who we are. What do you decide?
This blog post is to good. I NEED TO SHARE IT AGAIN. If you have heard it before it’s time to hear it again. If you have not heard it before it’s time to start listening!
I was never one to be to excited about celebrities. They were great on screen or in concert and that’s it for me. I did not need to meet them. I didn’t care what they were doing with their life outside of the big screen.
My opinion of them has changed over time. There are so many videos being produced of their background stories. So many celebrities went through such terrible times to get where they are now. But their drive to move on, to succeed and change their lives is amazing and they deserve to be under the spot light.
Their pre-famous struggles inspire me so much and I have never really admitted that through my negativity toward the celebrity world. My background does not compare to most of them but it really shows me hope. It really shows me that if I stay true to me and keep moving forward I will find my fame. I will find what makes me an inspiration in helping others have more positive lives.
Sometimes I get so discouraged with my goals and right now I have gotten to comfortable in that mind set. I need to set aside my desire to help others all the time and help myself first. I’m not fully happy where I am in life right now and it is only me that can change that. I will not run back to the comfort of the past because the answers lie in the future. It’s time to try new things and move on. It’s time to motivate myself to inspire and help others even more but first it’s time to motivate myself. It’s time to drop the new negatives and move on. It’s time to ignore the naysayers and do what my heart says is right.
If I have learned anything from celebrities it’s this: My past does not decide my present. I can’t stop when it gets hard. I can’t hide when everyone is against me. I will fail and fall over and over but it is so important that I get up and try again.
I always tell my life path and goals story to everyone I meet. It is so benificial to do this. You never know what resources you can find or what advice people have for you while reaching your goals. By now I am sure 90% of you on here know I want to be a motivational speaker for children. I was telling my story to a coworker from the city on Friday and she randomly said “You are so in tune with all the kids, and you do so much volunteering for them as well. I think you should try to write children’s books with your positive messages through life.”
My mind just exploded right then. I am not the best writer but it’s a work in progress and the ideas are already in my head. So in my state of not being able to sleep I took an aptitude test evaluated by actual people to see what they say! Honestly if it’s meant to be it won’t matter. 15 years ago I didn’t know what a positive life style was, 6 years ago I didn’t now I would be starting a blog about positivism with over 350 posts. I was told I can’t write my own quotes but I have over 60 memes I made myself with my own quotes and photography. 5 years ago and again even more recent I had no idea of working on a cruise ship. It was near impossible but I did it…..TWICE! Almost 4 years ago I had no idea I would uproot my whole life to move to Florida…..thanks to my best friend here I am. I just went to the beach a couple days ago too! I Had no idea I would have the desire to be a motivational speaker but through my blog and job searching it became my main goal. I had no idea I would be working with children, I had no idea I had such an amazing connection with them. I had no idea I would be working to become a motivational speaker for children.
You get the idea? I tell everyone my story. I tell everyone my goals. You never know until you start talking and networking, what is going to happen with your life. Children’s books are just another avenue to go after. I will try anything because you never know till you try.
Your life can be full of wishing you tried that, full of could have been, or full of regret! Or it can be full of try everything. If you fail just move on. I never said I would be good at any of these things I have tried in my life but one failed oppertunity to the next I will find the right place for me. I believe everything happens for a reason and I also believe in the subtle signs our life gives us.
My life is rediculously hard right now. I try very hard to not complain about it. So much is going on in my life at work, in my future and mentally in my head. I need to sort it out. I fully believe my life is heading toward another big shift but I am not going to find it standing in a place where I am physically and mentally going nowhere.
If you see me I am quite calm and quiet now. I’m beat down, I am thinking and over thinking. I am tired. I need to be in a place where I matter. I need to be appreciated for who I really am. I need to be around more people that inspire me. I need to keep trying new things. There is a break through out there for me and I am not stopping till I find it.
My mom just posted a story about Thomas Edison on my Facebook. I was going to comment all this there but I wanted to make a post of my own. I think that we can inspire others with our own humilities. School life and growing up are a big part of who we all are and this here is part of my main motivational speech! The video she posted is at the end of my post.
School was very hard for me but I made my way through it. Some parts became easier some stayed hard. Even today my reading skills are not like everyone else at my age, my memory retention for facts is terrible and taking a test as an adult is still one of the most nerve racking things ever. Also you can tell when I quickly write something without rereading it, it is littered with spelling and grammar errors. All this time: being held back a grade in elementary school, finding my depression in middle school, discovery my reading disability in high school, failing every Art History test I have ever taken in all 4 classes in college and I still passed . I was an art major and despite those failures I brought my design career to design director only to decide I wanted to follow my real passion 10 years later with no intention of going back to school.
I just did not like school. It was always so hard for me. Seeing the school systems today I probably would get sent home with a letter too. There is so much pressure put on these kids to learn quickly, tested to death, and wonder why there is so much of a behavior problem in the schools. They funnel in college at elementary level….college was not even a thing to be heard of till High School and I grew up in a higher class area too. They want to push college on so many kids only to graduate into a terrible job market!
I can’t change the governments standards for education…….Or can I? In the mean time I am going to continue to work on inspiring children and how to keep doing it better and in bigger ways. All while establishing myself as a big community member as well.
Through it all and up till right now I have battled many challanges and there are many more to come. One thing that will never stop is ME! I will not give up. My passions are easy and natural sharing them with the world is my journey and my destinations will be marked by speeches given over the rest of my life time.
I have been told by so many that I was dumb…Some of those close to me as well. But I don’t listen to those people and I stand today right now sitting on compliment after compliment about how much I know and how good I am at what I am doing. Not how much I know from a book but how much I know from real life and everything I have been so grateful to experience in it.
Stay positive. The road you are meant to be on is not the easy road. Never quit your journey and don’t listen to closely to other people’s negative judgement when you already know who you are.
I decided to put together a picture video review. I am really glad I did too. I was having fun putting it together and it was not till I watch the video myself that I got really excited. I have been down on myself for not achieving the one goal I set out to achieve. I have been really beat down about so many things this past year. All of that negative has clouded up my head and this video was a nice reminder of all the things I have done and accomplished. I hope you enjoy watching it. Some of the pictures may need explanation but every one of them does mean something important to me! HAVE FUN! HAPPY NEW YEAR!
“Chase your purpose and success will follow.”
Not sure who wrote this but I like it. I have chased down a lot of challenges in my life and came out on top. I am not one to give up. I have many talents, many things I am good at but I am not one to brag. Just to name a few I am an excellent photographer, an excellent baker and cake decorator, and an excellent graphic designer. I have 10 years of experience in graphic designer I was amazing at it but it was not my purpose. I am good at reading people’s minds and emotions, I am good at helping other people at all times, and I am good at staying true to myself. I am good at standing up for what is right, standing up for what is fair, and treating others the way I want to be treated.
All my life people tell me I am such a great person: “you will make a great husband and father someday,” “If I was not married I would date you in a 2nd,” “how are you not married?”
I am so good at so many things but there are things I am not good at or not good at anymore. Soccer, I used to be great at soccer. I have never really been good at bringing in the ladies! I have never really been good at being less feminine. Though I have had a huge phase in my life I was wildly popular I have never really been good at finding friends. I have never really been good at common social conversations, you know like current events, movies, shows, music.
I am not looking for praise or for people to feel sorry for me but I do know this through everything I found my passion! Positivism and children…..oh man! Two passions? Yes, but they work so well together. I never payed any attention to how good I am with kids. I look back in the past and look at me now, I have huge connection with children. They look up to me, they listen to me and they are inspired buy me. I can make a connection with a child from across the room that I never met. Every baby I have ever met has started smiling around me, every single one. Now that I work with children the positive connection is overwhelming. So many things pouring into my brain. But here is the easy part, I walk into my job, I don’t even try and I just be me and I seem to be walking on a red carpet as a celebrity to these kids. It’s stronger then ever this year. Some kids I don’t even know but the want to know me. I know this is normal for all teachers to have little kid followers but man I feel like I have 100’s! I do not spend very much time outside my classroom with the other students but it seems the morsels of time I do interact with them I seem to inspire them and I seem to add a little positivism to their lives.
I walk into my job, tough as can be, with little pay as a teacher assistant to special needs kids and I walk in positive. I walk in to make a difference in my students lives and everyone’s really. Most of the teachers don’t know I have had a depressing past, they just see Mr. Positive. Most teachers don’t know I am shy behind my overly delightful greetings. Most teacherz probably think I am weird and they could not be more right. I am weird, I am different, and I am awkward, but I am one of a kind. Positivism is my life. It is not natural to me but it is my passion and each time I seem to not be going anywhere in life I can look back and see how much closer I am to my purpose then ever before. People compliment me on my positivism with no Idea I used to be good at being negative and wanting to die. But I am happy I am in a place where positivism and great with kids is what they know about me because that’s my life now.
Now what I hear is. “Man you are great with kids,” “how many kids do you have?”(0) “What did you go to school for (I went to school for graphic design). “How long have you been doing this?” (4th year only)
I have be working with kids as a profession for just over 3 years. I have been working on being Mr. Positive, aggressively for about 5 years. I have found my passions and combined I will be a great motivator for children. I have found my purpose and I am delighted with the success but there is more to come. It has to get harder before it gets easier. I have to learn before I can advocate. I have to research before I can present. I have to keep living life the way I am to learn what I can to be the most child friendly positive person you will ever meet. I have a bright and powerful future ahead for me I just have to make it thorough the struggles to get there. I have to be stronger and I have to learn more. I have to be me and that is the easiest thing any of us can do, be ourselves.
This was such an awesome part of my positivism journey. People said I could not quote myself, well I have hundreds of quotes I thought of anyways. Here is a collection of the best ones in memes with several great pictures as well. With my new found interest in photography there may be more new memes in the future. Have an amazing day everyone.
I have spent over a year putting memes together each week. They are all original quotes by me. All the photos are pictures I have taken unless I sited otherwise. It took a lot of time to put this together but I am excited that I have them all in one spot. I would be grateful if you had a spare 8 minutes to check them all out. Please feel free to let me know which one is your favorite.
Have an amazing day and as always I am so grateful for all of your support and following.
Yesterday one of the ladies I worked with had an assumption of me that was actually great and this is the 2nd time this has come up this summer alone. Most of you know what people usually assume of me. Though not true I have embraced and accepted that assumtion as I still continue on being who I am.
The lady I work with at the summer camp just assumed I was married and assumed I had my own kids! Probabaly the most complementary assumptions I have ever heard. She said I was a great man, great with the kids and well balanced with behavior and attention….positive attention! Sooo cool. I looked like a parent out there! I have always stuck to who I am and I will continue. I am growing out of a false assumption and growing into one I believe to be true.
The lady could not believe I was never married or did not have kids! They say think about where you want to be in your life and reach for it everyday. The victories along my path are small but this one I’ll take. These kids at camp, these kids at school, kids where I volunteer, my friends kids, kids everywhere; I don’t just want to get down on the floor and play games with them I want to inspire them to get up and be the best they can be in this world. I’m not going to baby them but I want to teach them to respect each other. I have a gift and I only found it 6 years ago. People everywhere could not really piece me together or understand me but I can connect with children in the most inspiring way possible! I will continue my path to becoming a motivational speaker and along the way I hope to make a difference in ever child’s life.