Monthly Archives: October 2014
Variety Friday! (NEW BLOG CHANGES)
All new Variety Friday!
I wrote about this once before but this has to be my most favorite quote so far on my journey of change: “Anything worth doing was worth doing poorly-until I can learn to do it well.” – Zig Ziglar.
I try so hard to keep my post short and sweet but sometimes I still amaze myself how much I could say and still have to say about Ultra Positivism. This blog is a living organism of my life and I share bits and pieces of it indirectly all the time in my posts about positivism. There is no GPS on my life, but you better be certain I will continue to leave a trail for those to follow and teach me new things. I started this blog out of heart break and just look at where I have come from that moment. I was not a writer, there was a day I was anything but positive, there was a day were life was not worth living. UP to today I built a never give up attitude, and I am surrounding it with Ultra Positivism from around the globe. I have all of you to be grateful for that. I may have uninspiring posts sometimes, my grammar may flounder in my rushed attempts to post, I may miss a week of posting here and there, I may fall to my knees in tears, but IT IS ALL WORTH IT. I may not know where I am going or where I may end up but I know for a fact it all adds to my tale of life and slowly I will pick up inspired and inspiring people along the way. I don’t know when I will become a motivational speaker or what I will even say but if just one day I can stand in front of hundreds or more, deliver life’s message and change the lives of each one I will have learned to do it well.
I enjoy Famous Quote Friday but it is time for change. There is more out there, more then I have time to share. I don’t want to leave Fridays for just quotes. I will start to include video clips, music, pictures, other blogs, or Facebook pages that inspire me. I start today with a song.
This song I have had for years and only in the last couple days did I search for the meaning of the title. I have also lost count of how many times I have listened to this song and how many times it continues to inspire me.
“Shibumi” by Amethystium
Listen to it. Give your full attention to it and nothing else. While you listen think about your life. This song is to amazing for words to describe but I did find an Urban Dictionary definition to the word “Shibumi”
A term from the Edo period in Japan refering to places, persons, or things of effortless perfection. Anything that is Shibumi is noble and fulfilling in a manner that is not shaped exclusively by analytical thought. Simply put, a state of great refinement underlying commonplace appearances.
If I had to pick an important post this one is it. This is the one I want EVERYONE to share. For the sake of you, others and myself, help me find great things in life by helping me spread my message of Positivism everywhere. I cannot pay you I cannot force you but each and every one of you I owe a debt of gratitude for helping me share this blog and this journey with the world. I want to make a name for myself and with every post and every share I can come closer to my dream.
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MY CATCH PHRASE
Dinner with a 1st grader
Usually I use Wednesdays to talk about ways of positivism but I am going to change it up for a worthwhile story about going to the Chinese buffet.
2 Fridays ago I went by myself to the Chinese buffet. A well known fact about me is that I LOVE buffets and I cannot resist going to them. The daughter of the owner was talking and giggling to her mother while I was paying my check.
The mom then asks me “do you work at (censored) Elementary School?”
I said “yes I do.”
“My daughter says she sees you at P.E.” (Physical Education)
“Yes that would make sense; she must be in first grade.”
I turned to the daughter and told her to make sure she said hi to me the next time she saw me in P.E.
I did not see her the whole week but I did end up going to the same buffet this past Friday. I saw her there but I did not say anything. I sat down went about my business stuffing my face with Americanized Chinese food. That little girl came up to me and asked if I remember her. Of course I did. She was also sad that she did not see me at all last week. I asked for her name and made sure she knew mine.
The little girl said, “I am going to run up to you in P.E. and see if you remember my name!”
This adorable conversation went on for about a half hour or so while I was eating. At first she was standing by me then eventually she sat down in the booth across from me.
In her innocence I doubt she knew that she made my night. So sweet of her to sit and chat with me, so thankful for her mom to trust me, and so grateful for not only a full stomach but a full heart as well that Friday night.
Children are the future of our existence. If we can mold their innocence into a more positive life and way of thinking, we can certainly look for a better tomorrow. We need to be positive ourselves in order to share that positive image for our children. We need to live a positive lifestyle in order for our children to lead a positive life. They don’t learn positivism from books, movies, or lesson plans; they learn from the connection from your heart and soul to theirs. Positivism is as innocent as a child, why not nurture our inner child in order for our children to have the opportunity to live a more positive life!
I literally could start a whole new blog just on my interactions with the students at my school. My experience with working on the cruise ship was amazing but my journey working with elementary school students is a far more amazing experience at heart. Love ourselves, love to children, and love the future!
Meme Monday (Let Go)
To get past your problems within all you have to do is learn to let go, learn to move on. Make more time for the things that matter most.
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Famous Quote Friday (Les Brown)
Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.
I discovered Les Brown only a few weeks ago. He encompasses who I want to be. He talks about goals, change, greatness and positivism. Goals are my life and big changes have become part of my life as well. Les Brown is a motivational speaker inspiring people to follow their dreams. His famous phrase is “it’s possible.” He is correct, for all of us it is possible. Go for everything you want in life, shoot for the moon. You are going to discover so much inspiration on your journey and even if you don’t get there you still know you are great and you earned every part of your life. You will still land among the stars.
You don’t hear about when the tears drop from my face. You don’t hear about the negativity I fight with to stay positive. You don’t hear about many of the challenges I face through change. Every bit of it exists in my life. I am human I make mistake, I fail, I fall, but in the end of the challenges I stand in victory, be it big or small, because I am shooting for the moon. With my never give up attitude and my will to always do my best, I always learn ways to be more positive about my life and the lives of others around me. Love your life, love your journey and love the destinations you reach for.
If you have 4:30 minutes you really should watch this sample of Les Brown. Have a great weekend, I love all of you.
I Am Great
A blog post inspired by a new friend of mine.
This is all you need to tell yourself. Not just right now, but every moment of your life you need to tell yourself “I am great”. Why you ask? Well, because you are. You are great; every person out there is great.
At least one unique reason makes us greater then everyone else. Look into yourself and there are plenty more reasons why you are great. If you can get up every morning and tell yourself you are great, I guarantee you will have an amazing day. With the mentality of being great you are unstoppable. Not only be great to yourself, be great to others as well. You have the greatness in you; it just has to be let out.
Telling yourself you are great will wash your troubles away. It will help you live a more positive life. Having an amazing life is your choice and it starts within, so why not say “I am great” and get on that road to more amazing things in your life.
Right now think of all the things you are good at….. now say “I am great”
Next, think of all the things you are not so good at….now say “I am great”
WHOA………..I….AM….GREAT! Everyone who reads this is great, everyone who does not read this is great, and they just don’t realize how great they could be. So next time you feel down remember, I am great. Next time someone puts you down get in their face and tell them that they are great. When they confusingly ask, “why” you say “Because I am Great” Ha EVERYONE IS GREAT!
“Life is hard but life is also fun, why not be great through it.”
Meme Monday (Be Yourself)
Sometimes being yourself does not seem easy but it is way easier in the long run.
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Famous Quote Friday (Zig Ziglar)
“I don’t care how much power, brilliance or energy you have, if you don’t harness it and focus it on a specific target, and hold it there you’re never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants.”
– Zig Ziglar
I think by the end of my life I will have talked about every quotable phrase Zig Ziglar has ever had. I love this guy just as much as I love goals. You can accomplish anything you want in life but if you don’t stay focused and go for it with all you have, you will never get there. If you are not a person with goals you need to get some. You have dreams right? Turn those dreams into goals. How are you going to achieve your dreams? What goals will you need to get there? Start out small then you can start to feel that positive energy inside of you when you reach a goal. Then make bigger goals and see how you feel. Now harness that energy when you start aiming for your biggest goals! As hard as it is to get there and as hard as you worked toward it, when you stand in the ora of your accomplishments you will then see the full potential of your life. So start making goals for yourself and start living you life.
A little over 2 years ago I started this blog. I started it on fundamentals of positivism. I told you right away how important goals are in your life and I told you how important they are in mine. The thing more important than having goals is achieving them. Once you have done all you could, once you stand within your achievements it is always important to make new achievements. For every goal you achieve make a new one. Your life is not written in stone. People change, we change, and I change. We always want that change, but in a positive direction. I have achieved some of my goals and changed others in my life time, but in the last 2 years my determination for my goals has been greater than any years of my life.
Formerly a Graphic Designer my goal was to sample what else is out there for me. This may sound like I am a crazy job hopper but so be it. I mentioned wanting to try Marketing, Event Planning, Social Media networking, and working on a cruise ship. Can you guess which one I did not do? Well believe it or not I have tried every single one! It was cool to look at my goals I wrote on my blog and realize how much I achieved in my career in just 2 years time. It was anything but easy and worth it every step of the way. I even went above and beyond my goal here. At one point I was painting grout in a new hospitals bathroom and I also started a new career as an ASD ESE Paraprofessional. It does not stop there I realize I was meant to explore more.
This blog was not only meant to share positivism but to improve my writing. Certainly it is not novel quality work yet but all you grammatically charged followers can absolutely appreciate how far I have come with my writing skills and trying new things. I also wanted to grow this blogger bigger and bigger. I do not have nearly as many followers as I had hoped but gathering those followers is an art form in itself, an art form that will take priority at the right time. For now I am proud of my 200+ posts with over 6,000 views from 85 different countries! I owe allot of my success with followers to those that have found me and those that I have found to help me get stronger.
A big goal I have kind of set aside was getting back in touch with my fine art side. I am ok with this because writing has been quite the art form and learning experience for me. I have lost the desire to own an art gallery but I have certainly gained something more exciting in its place. I can still bake a cake and decorate it like nobody’s business but this is also something I have stepped away from. I changed and my goals are evolving in that direction.
It was a goal of mine to explore spirituality once again. In the past 2 years I have attended many services of different religions. I am happy to say that I may have found my place in the spiritual world, and for now I am going to role with it. I had said to myself that I wanted my blog to be a non religious form of positivism and I will stick to that. God, Angles, and whoever you respectfully worship is one avenue we can take for a more positive and prosperous life style. In my experience most people’s positivism is religious base, I want to find more avenues of positivism outside of that. Certainly you can connect many things of what I say to your faith but I want to give you something different. I will certainly have blog post in my future that are base off faith ideas, I am sure of it, and I respect and accept everyone’s differences and I am grateful to have found so many people that respect my differences.
If you would like to take the time please go check out my updated GOALS page. Some of it is the same some is not.
GOALS for the future of UPwithmarc. Make sure you Follow my blog and share this with your friends.
I am very much a goal oriented person. I have life goals, large goals, small goals, and daily personal goals. I have goals to reach my goals. Goals are my life, and my motivation to get everything I can out of it. In the past I have overcome fears, I have achieved what I wanted in my education, and in my careers. With goals I have made myself a better person, and in turn I would like to think that I have shed some improvements on the lives of others as well.
Life for me has been shifting. I am a full believer in things happening for a reason. I am growing each day into a new person. For those of you who know me already I am grateful you are part of my journey and for those new to my life I cannot wait to see what kind of connections can be made. For anyone that shares the same views as I do I hope that something special can be established.
I was a graphic designer for over 10 years and I felt that it was time for a change. I got in to Marketing, I got into social media, I worked on a cruise ship, and now I have found myself working as an ESE ASD Paraprofessional. Quite a new and exciting job working with Elementary level students but new passions are still being discovered every day. A big goal of mine is to find my true passion. My main career goal is to be a Motivational Speaker. My main goal in my career has finally collided with finding my passion; to be a motivational speaker for children and taking on any path that will get me there. I have taken big steps to be where I am now but motivational speaking for children will be the biggest step for me and will require lots of little goals to achieve the ultimate goal.
My main focus of my blog is to share with people ways of being positive in everyday life, and my creation of Ultra Positive mode (UP). I want to build myself as a Speaker. If you are following this blog you know that ball is already rolling for me. This blog is a big stepping stone in improving my writing and sharing my idea to all who are willing to listen. I do hope that not only will my blog inspire others but I hope it serves as an avenue for others to share their ideas with me. Along with my blog I will be sharing positive quotes, stories and pictures all over the social networking sites, Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In. I am flooding the world with positive everything and if I can show proven success in positive thinking and attract enough interest, I plan to start a Pod Cast and a You Tube channel(very excited for this).
Socializing my ideas is only one part of making a name for myself and becoming a motivational speaker. There is work to be done in self improvement and education. I need to improve my reading and writing skills. I will most likely need to take speech classes and a number of other crucial classes to achieve what I want. In the mean time I am gathering my resources. I am reading up on how to be a good public speaker; I am listening to books on tape of great motivational speakers of our time. I have so much sinking in right now and it all feels awesome…I FEEL AWESOME.
Several people have pointed out videos, books, CD’s and great authors to me. I encourage you to share any of your insights and resources with me.
In closing I don’t know how clear this all is for those that do not know me but for those that do; I hope you can see this is a huge life change. I know already with my amazing group of friends and extremely supportive family, encouragement and support will not be hard to come by. Meeting new people will never be discouraged either.
I have many goals in life they are not all listed here and they are always evolving. In the past 2-3 years I have accomplished so much with myself and this blog and I look forward to the time I need to update my goals once again!
Thank you for reading. I am grateful for your following and I encourage you to share my blog with those that you call friends and family. I cannot spread the words of UP (Ultra Positivism) without your generous help. I love all of you.
Meme Monday (Don’t Stop)
It is your life, you decide what to do with it.
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