Coloring Books For Kids 

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Much Gratitude 

Marc

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SHEIFGAB

Still today changes are happening and goals are being achieved. Never stop and never give up! SHEIFGAB is a valuable tool for anyones life for positivism and success.

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I was going to write about some more Ultra Positive techniques today but they can certainly be posted next time. On Monday  (12/10/12) I Had accomplished 2 goals in one day. About now your still distracted by the title I am sure, but perhaps I could tell you what SHEIFGAB means.

First off one of my goals, was to actually see a motivational speaker in action, in hopes to meet him as well. If you recall from my previous post ( https://upwithmarc.com/2012/11/23/information-infinity/ ) I ran into a friend Bruce at the library and he said he was friends with a motivational speaker. I email the contact info I had received, twice and went back to Bruce to say that he is not responding. Bruce told me that he was speaking Monday night. He invited me to come along to meet him afterwards. What a grand Idea, NOW I was excited…

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It Is Not That Easy

Another step in my journey into positivism. Nothing can stop me but here is one of my challenges! 🙂

Garden Of Your Mind

This is an amazing Remix of Mr. Rodgers.

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My friend Christie showed me this. This remix is brilliant. For those of us who grew up with Mr. Rogers, you can really appreciate this even more.

“There are so many things to learn about in this world…..did you ever grow anything in the garden of your mind….its good to be curious about many things”

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Super Dad

This is a pretty long story but I think if you have kids I hope you can make the time to listen to the whole thing.

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Replacement Words (audio)

Find the positives in everything in life.

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Replacement words for a more positive lifestyle. Change your vocabulary change your life.

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Have an amazing day everyone!

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Thank You Black Squirrels

I believe everyone has a spirit animal, good luck animal, an animal that speaks wisdom to them or simply one they see all the time. If you have not guessed already my spirit good luck animal is the black squirrel or the Black Melanistic Grey Squirrel. That is a mouth full so I just say black squirrel.

Still living in Illinois I was trying out a marketing job with my departure from Graphic Design. By that I mean pushing products at one of those booths at Sam’s Club. Over all it was a good job and a beneficial experience to my new found strengths in Ultra Positivism. It was tough long days, of fake it till you make it and selling as much as you can so you can get paid. I happen to be very good at it but the payoff did not come to a year out when you advance up to a managing position to make more money. Being in my 30’s with many bills I just could not make it work. However, during my time there, I saw my very first black squirrel. It blew my mind. I told people about it and they doubted me but that day I saw the black squirrel was the best day I had ever had in that job! I was promoted early in just 2 and sent to Dallas Texas to attend their big booster convention for top people. Also to mention I did very well on sales that day.

I saw a black squirrel one more time while up in Illinois and had another great day! Then I moved down here to Florida and almost immediately saw another black squirrel. This has to be important to me some how! I went on a search for a stuffed animal black squirrel, just what any “normal” person would do right? Ha, I just felt like I needed to have it! My friend Chris found one for me as a School Mascot to Haverford College! Needless to say I now own it!

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I have my own black squirrel now but the story continues! I started volunteering at Give Kids The World, low and behold I see a black squirrel my first day there. Did not think to ask about it, I was just telling myself that it was going to be another great day which it was. I went back to volunteer and saw another black squirrel, so this time I asked about it. The employees said that there was black, white and brown squirrels here. Now that was really cool to hear. I feel like I was draw to this wonderful place, Give Kids The World by my new spirit animal and good luck charm. Maybe it’s the squirrels, maybe it’s the kids, or maybe just the opportunity to help out but every time I am here it’s always amazing and I do see my black squirrel friends every time.

Fast forward to only a few days ago I saw a black squirrel on my way to work. Right then I was so thankful that I was going to be looking into a great day. A well needed great day. I was confronted with concern as to how I was doing. At least 5 people were wondering what was going on. Mr. Positive was not there. They were right. I was really struggling with a lot of things and this new school year has been very tough to get acclimated to. A great person bringing it up to me was all I needed to flip this attitude of mine around. When I got home that day I read an article from a friends Facebook page and it was about melanistic squirrels and how they were native to right here in Osceola County, specifically where I live! Now how awesome is that? It is like I coincidentally moved my whole life around to be by these cute like rare black squirrels.

You can certainly take away a good message from my story of black squirrels. I strongly believe everything happens for a reason. In the last few years the reasons for events in my life have been very clear. You also can not benefit in something you don’t believe in. I believe in these black squirrels; I believe in messages from the ocean. I believe no matter how hard life is for me right now, I am meant to be living and working were I am. You take life one day at a time and if there should ever be a bad one you can always count on tomorrow being a fresh start to a better day!

Lonely Focus

I have given up many things to be where I am today in the light of my future goals. I will not be the first to tell you that change is not easy but I can tell you that determination will get you where you are meant to be.

Everything happens for a reason, everyone we meet and everything that happens to us has a great reason that is up to us to discover. I can do anything I put my mind to and if it is too easy I don’t just settle. If it feels natural, then down the line it is certain to be littered with challenges. Seeking out and agreeing to shut off my whole land life to work on a cruise ship was not easy. I was a nervous wreck. I stepped foot on that cruise ship for the first time as a worker and I knew I belonged there. Working on the cruise ship is where I vented out every negative thought I had: It was several emails that would scare the crap out of you, addressed to some of the most amazing people on this planet! This is also where I fell in love with the ocean!

I returned home and for me it was not a happy homecoming. I pulled the plug here, things with me were dying inside, friendships were disappearing, and sadly I was losing connection with my family. I was always the weird one in my family and just when they got me all figured out it was like an explosion of change. I felt like they did not understand what was going on, and sometimes neither did I. Do not misunderstand, I love my family and I know they care about me but I don’t think they understand the magnitude of this change that has sparked a fire in me. Riddled with a life of negatives I wanted out. I am constantly working on a full life of positivism and in order to do that I had to leave. I was granted that window to leave and I moved to Florida! The Ocean was calling my name.

I went from leaving everything temporarily to leaving it for good. Yes for good. I left my family, my friends, my Scout group, my bike rides, my soccer team, my pizza, and about 75% of everything I owned. You know what change looks like? A packed Chevy Cobalt with a bike on the back and a kayak on top, driving 1200 miles straight through with a known history of falling asleep behind the wheel. I pulled away from my sister’s house, set my GPS, then my music and just cried.

So starts my lonely journey south…. where I am meant to be. I started back socially where I was many years ago; with one friend. It has been easy to make work friends but I am a single guy in a world of couples and married woman. I am certain after 3 years here I am meant to be single and part introvert actually. Sure I get lonely sitting at home on Saturday night getting fat on mediocre pizza and writing blogs, but I am meant for greater things and I have to keep reminding myself that. I need to stay focused on my goals.

Goals are what brought me down here, goals run my life. My social life has taken a huge hit but it is an underlining reality that I need the time to make myself bigger each day. It’s an open door to better consider what is best for my future as a motivational speaker. By any means is this lonely lifestyle boring? Anything but that really. The physical journeys have been plentiful with all my travels the last few years but I believe the time has come to focus my mind on my future career. I will never stop inspiring those willing to listen, and I will always be learning from any of your feedback as well. Life is amazing and more amazing as you find your passion and make your dreams come true.

Bullying, To Be Or Not To Be

When I was in 5th grade I can remember being out at recess and fighting with my friend to not have to stand behind this girl in the line to go back inside. We did not want to stand by her just because we thought she was ugly. What senselessness we thought it was now that we are grown up, but at that age I did not know what empathy was. We could have very well destroyed that girl’s life. She still comes up in conversation in the recent years and we always say that she is probably a super model and we were just naive kids afraid of cooties.

That’s not when I learned my lesson though. In Junior High I was hit hard with what some call Karma. I was hanging out at recess once again but this time it was with the group of bullies that picked on the same kids every day. One day it got physical, I pushed a boy to the ground and actually hurt him. It was that moment that I immediately hated myself and helped him right back up. I did not courage up an apology right away but I sorrowed tons of regret before I turned things around and became friends with this same person. After this terrible act of bullying the stars were not aligned for me. It was like being lost on a cloudy moonless night with no way to guide me home. This was the year of my first heavy crush and also the year of my fall into a bad depression. I lost every friend I had, except for one, including my crush. High School was terrible. Most people want to go back….not me. I learned of a learning disability I had with very low reading levels. I used up most of my lunch hours in a reading class, and the lunches I did attend I was forced to sit with kids of a lower grade because I was now the dork.

You are probably wondering where the karma comes in? In High School I was the one being bullied. I was made fun of all the time, I was pushed around, I was excluded from things and picked last for activities. Oh Marc you need braces, as if it could get any worse. This did however start to turn around for me. I grow up with a strong family and a small hand full of great friends that I had at this point. I started to stand up for myself against bullies and I was winning. I started to show respect for those that are typically excluded and ignored.

In college I began to come alive! I learned how to manage my depression without medication and my shyness lifted. I started dating and gaining friends galore. I became friends with anyone and everyone. I was proud that all my friends were friends with each other too. Everyone I brought into my circle they became friends with everyone else. The cool thing that holds true still today is my friends are friends with my siblings and we are all friends with their friends as well. There were no exclusions, we hung out and we partied with whoever wanted to join.

You see I have turned myself around quite a bit, but I am not done. Bullying has gotten worse as the years go by and the internet has gotten more and more accessible to our younger generation to give ease to those with bad intentions. I have a soft spot for those that are picked on for any reason. Working in an elementary school has really shined light on my purpose of inspiring children to be more positive with their lives. I work with special needs children and I have the opportunity to talk to the other students telling them that we are all different and that’s okay but so much of us is exactly the same. I have had the opportunity to make some of these students realize what they are doing or saying to others is wrong. The great part is…it’s working! I can see it working. Has life shown me both sides of bullying to better help and empathize for those involved? Is my life culminating to a point where I can educate students to a more positive life for themselves and their peers? This same positive lifestyle education holds true to all those who will listen of any age. I want to stand up between the two side where bullying starts and tell our younger generation that there are grand reasons to stop bullying and there is a personality inside all of us with the strength to stand up, ignore, change and fight bullying.

Many people have asked what my purpose is. Well if you have read this far now you know. When you see me with a positive attitude that’s real emotions. When you see me not smiling I am stepping through the next struggle in my life and climbing closer to my goals and purpose for smiling again. I will never bully again and I will always help others at all times. You can change your own life with a simple smile you can change everyone else with a simple smiling hello as you pass through each others lives for any length of time.

Bullying has to stop and a more positive mind set has to begin.

(Here is a new video clip that inspired this post, right from my home town of St. Charles)

SMILE

Smiling is one of the easiest most positively encouraging things you can do.  Smile as much as possible. Smile at everything. Sure we all smile when things make us happy or we laugh at something, b…

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