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Just Making a Plan

….and letting you know.

Today is a simple post to get me motivated and to keep me accountable.

This blog is meant to be, overall, inspiring and encouraging, and I’ve developed a plan and some goals to make sure that it happens on a more consistent basis.

So my goal is to post at least one blog a week for the rest of the year.

What you can look forward to as readers:

Motivation Mondays-we’ve all seen people hashtagging this, and it is definitely a day we could use some motivation, so why not jump on the bandwagon 🙂

Traveling Tuesdays- I am all about traveling tips, goals, and stories. Get pumped about this day!

Wise Words Wednesdays- time for some real talk. Whether this is reflecting on something or someone wise, hearing advice from a guest blogger, or having a honest deep talk, this day should really get you thinking and reflecting.

Throwback Thursdays- obviously a really popular hashtag, but I love it. This day will be dedicated to looking back at some really good blogs or even moments in life/history.

Fun Fridays- Mostly for living our list! Bucketlists, events, and even diys. Honestly, anything could happen on a friday 😀

A simple post, I know, but I hope you join me on this journey of serious committed ( but always fun 🙂 ) blogging.

-Steph 🙂

P.S. Got a blog? Let me know, and maybe you can be a guest blogger 😉

Public Speaking…

10462457_516840468415656_3429680213255222186_nPersonal Experience Time: Public Speaking

This last week I had the privilege of not only working with the Paradigm Shift team once again, but I also got the chance to speak to a great group of Educational Talent Search students in Pensacola, Florida.

This is a big deal to me because it is my first time public speaking, giving a motivational speech. Yes, I’m a teacher and an actress, but trust me when i say that giving a speech is different for me. I’m not a complete natural when it comes to public speaking, but I do prepare a whole lot. That’s exactly what I was thinking when Kyle the intern of Paradigm Shift asked me if I wanted to give a keynote. For the speech, I had to come up with the topic, what I’d say, what I’d use for the presentation…I knew I wasn’t a natural (I get nervous and ramble). My mind pondered on things that could go wrong, how I could mess up. However, I was presented with this opportunity and took it. I dream of these moment: public speaking and motivating students.

So was I going to pass it up? No! Just like my fear of heights, I wasn’t going to let a little nerves and self doubt keep me from taking this opportunity.

Taking this chance and not being a natural or experienced, I knew I was going to have to put more effort into it. I was going to have to super prepare, ask for solid advice, and repeatedly practice. I had to set myself up for success. 

I did all of those things in about a week. I thought about topics I was passionate about and could genuinely speak about. I researched so many quotes and videos. I created a prezi. I created tokens. I asked speaking advice from both Ryan Eller and Jerrod Murr. I practiced presenting my speech several times, both on my own and in front of great supportive friends. 

I’m very proud to say that the speech went over very well, and I enjoyed every minute of it 🙂

My advice then is this:

  • Don’t let fears, nerves, or self doubt hold you back from great opportunities. (You may surprise yourself 😉 )
  • Sometimes things take some extra effort. It is worth it, so set yourself up for success.
  • Setting up for success for public speaking: Prepare, ask for advice, and practice.

-Steph 🙂

P. S. I will be sharing my presentation with you soon, and I can’t wait!

Your Dream Doesn’t Have an Expiration Date…

Your Dream Doesn't Have an Expiration Date...

There are obstacles.
There are critics.
There are set backs.

Sometimes we climb mountains.
Sometimes we stumble.
Sometimes we are knocked down.

But that doesn’t end your journey.
It doesn’t take away your dream.

You do.
It is your choice to give in, give up, lie down.
It is your choice to throw it all away.
It is your choice to let the negativity consume you, to let your dream die.
It is your choice how to handle every situation and live your life.

Continue to strive for the very best.
Continue to reach to those goals.
Continue to chase after those dreams.
Continue to live your life.

Your dream doesn’t have an expiration date. Take a deep breath, and try again.
Because you can.

-Steph 🙂

#LiveYourList Project…Best. Thing. Ever.

Please, let me tell you about a fantastic project that my amazing friends Ryan Eller and Jerrod Murr have put together. If you follow/read my blog regularly, you know what I write about, what I focus on: being an inspiration, making a difference, and living your life to the fullest. This project encompasses all that and more.

These two great guys are in charge of their own awesome organizations. Murr coordinates Believing in a Better Way and The 20 Leadership Camp (which I often talk about 🙂 ). Eller has created and runs his own team building and leadership training business, Paradigm Shift. They have come together on a new project starting this year of 2014–the Live Your List Project.

You can read specifically about the project at either Eller’s site (here) or Murr’s site (here). They will probably explain it better, but here is my explanation: They want to help people live their life to the fullest; therefore, they are trying to help people achieve goals and bucketlist items. From learning how to juggle to skydiving to going on a missions trip, they want to help as many people as they can live their list. They even want to help you live your list. 🙂

If you want to help out with it, please consider buying a book Murr wrote. All the proceeds go to helping people live their dreams. You can by it for about $5…here.

I say all of this to lead up to one of the most exciting moments of my life. I thought I was going to a normal day of 20 Camp train. I thought they just wanted to film a team-building activity. I thought my team was going to win an fun race. Instead, I was surprised with most incredible gift. Readers, this video is my life!

I honestly ran into that room thinking “how in the world did these other teams beat us? We were so fast!” Thinking my team still had a good shot and pushing on for fun, I took that next card and read a wonderful tear-jerking letter. Honestly, that letter, that moment, and just what it all meant was…was… incredible, amazing, beautiful. I love those people: Jerrod Murr, Ryan Eller, and the 20 Camp Blue-shirts. It means the world to me that they care so much and believe so much in me. I mean, trust me, I was not the only one in the room crying. Truly, I am blessed.

So I’m living my list! I’m…

  • Going to Ireland
  • Going on a mission trip out of the U.S.
  • Getting my own passport

I’m telling you, start living your life now! Really living it. Work hard. Encourage others. Be passionate. Chase after your dreams. Things can happen. It is possible. You can do it!

Live Your List

-Steph 😉

14 Goals for 2014

Alright everyone, I have had a busy ending to 2013 and an amazing beginning to 2014, but I haven’t forgot about those 2014 goals. I am incredibly excited to chase after and achieve all of these! Here they are in no particular order:

  1. Get into and graduate from the Disney College program.
  2. Read the whole Bible in one year.
  3. Blog at least twice a week.
  4. Go to Ireland on a mission trip 🙂
  5. Get a passport.
  6. Go Skydiving.
  7. Run the Color Run 5k (and actually run it).
  8. Become a 5 am hustler.
  9. Gain a 100 followers on my blog.
  10. Complete my English Education degree.
  11. Give something different up every month. (Coffee, Social Media, Desserts, etc.)
  12. Read 30 books.
  13. Visit 10 States.
  14. Help 15 people complete an item on their bucket list.

I fully believe that 2014 is going to be a great year. Honestly, any year can be a great year if you try to be positive, take opportunities, and live an intentional life. What are your goals for 2014?

-Steph 🙂

“To live is the…

“To live is the rarest thing in the world.
Most people exist, that is all.”
-Oscar Wilde

 

Think about this truly. 

Are you just existing?

Or

Are you living your life?

Live your life. Live your list. Live to the fullest.

—Steph

Summer 2013 Bucket List Recap

Do you have a bucket list? Do you know what a bucket list is?

A year or two ago my friend Ryan Eller inspired me to create a bucket list. You should definitely check out his blog for some inspiration and motivation. Now, Ryan doesn’t just believe in creating a list but also living your list– “Live Your List” as he puts it. Check out his thoughts on living your list…here.

So I do have a bucket list, yes. In fact, you can find it…here. Trust me, it is still growing, but maybe it can provide you with some ideas. This blog post, however, is specifically about my summer bucket list– a list that I created to motivate me to accomplish things I’ve always wanted to do in the summer. And did it ever! I believe, my summer was more exciting and more enjoyable because I made the time to complete my summer bucket list. Side note: #1-25 were originally on the list at the beginning while #26-31 were added throughout the summer.

Lets recap:

  1. Go to an amusement part (8/11/13)This was achieved with my awesome family. I even challenged myself with some intense rides which you can read in my blog: Facing Fears. Plus, there is a great video of me screaming 😉
  2. Camping trip, and I get to build the fire lol (Basically 🙂 8/7/13)IMG_2740IMG_2736My friend Janna planned a camping trip for her birthday. Now, we tried to camp, we really did. I set up a tent and event made a quick fire in the sprinkling rain…but it was going to storm. Therefore, we made a fort in her house. I’m going to take it and say it counts. =] I mean, come on, the fort is awesome!
  3. VisitIMG_1345 the Reeds–Derek Anthony Reed and Kelli Clark-Reed (5/23-24/13)These two know how to be great hosts! They let me come and stay with them for two days and a night, and it was incredible! I only wished I had started to visiting them sooner, for now they’ve gone and moved to Alaska. Oh well, I’ll have to add visiting them in Alaska to my main bucket list 🙂
  4. Go on a trip to the Oklahoma Science Museum with my buddy- Kayla Kamp (6/1/13)IMG_1610A day with my bestest buddy is always great. This was a day jam-packed with us basically acting like kids as we tried to understand science lol. Plus, a car ride full of us singing “Bohemian Rhapsody” lol
  5. Spend a night with Janna Blumenberg in Edmond (8/7-9/13)Got to spend two!!! Full of laughs, pictures and great conversations.
  6. IMG_1409Go on a completely random road trip (5/23&24/13)I’m counting the Reeds taking me randomly to the Chickasay Culture Center and an Action Figure Museum. Loved it.
  7. Night hike at Sparrow hawk (5/6/13)Well my wonderful newly engaged friends, Joshua and Marissa were awesome enough to go with me on this hike in the dark of the night. Thanks guys!
  8.  Train up to run a 5k (Basically throughout the summer)I’ve been running…on and off. I can at least run 2 miles which is more than I could at the beginning of the summer.
  9. (I’m tempted to put “do insanity here”…)(This happened in the middle of July)Tempted…I kinda did and just left this here. I gave it a shot with some friends, and I’d have to say it is pretty insane.
  10. Go to a drive-in movie (8/4/13)IMG_2672Tried to go once with the sister, but it wasn’t working. Kayla and I accomplished this by going to see our favorite super hero: Wolverine!
  11. IMG_1417Lasertag will happen 😉 (5/23/13)Anyone who knows me knows I’ve been wanting to do this FOREVER. Thank you Derek and Kelli for finally going with me!
  12. Movie marathon….but which series? (8/12/13)Star Wars with Brandi! Man, those movies are long though.
  13. Starkid marathon with Lizzie Depriest and Caitlyn Crissler. (8/15/13)Great time with these girls 🙂 Always great when we can get together and sing along to a musical.
  14. Go on a picnic (5/12/13)IMG_1030This was a great experience with my family as we took my mom out for Mother’s day. Best mom ever!
  15. Stargazing (5/6/13)And actually several other times this summer 🙂
  16. IMG_2156Sleep outside, in a hammock or on a trampoline (7/3/13)Even though Courtney didn’t sleep outside with us, she was nice enough to let me and Janna sleep out on her trampoline. Thanks!
  17. Finally watch Star Wars (8/12/13)With Brandi, yep. Now all my friends can stop bugging me about it.
  18. See the musical “Lion King” (6/9/13)IMG_1773I repeat: My Mom Is The Best!!! Forth row, aisle seat. I was more excited than most of the kids around me, I’m sure. This is, now, probably my favorite or second favorite musical. A must see!
  19. IMG_2634Attend some sporting event (7/30/13)This was completely random, but my knew friend Adam invited me to come to his church’s softball game. That day I made the road trip to see it and enjoyed it with great friends.
  20. IMG_2671Go to the Center of theUniverse (8/4/13)Kayla Kampand I had a blast discovering the awesomeness of this Tulsa treasure.
  21. Participate in an Open Mic Night (5/18/13)I got to sing musical songs and disney songs in a coffee shop. Enough said.
  22. Make a ton of bracelets to wear. It happens every summer (all summer and tons of bracelets were indeed made lol)I’m currently wearing 20, and I know I made tons for friends this summer. Needless to say, accomplished.
  23. Plan a fun way to see the sunrise (5/18/13)IMG_1277This actually happened 3 times, but this time was with Courtney Walker. We enjoyed Ihop-to-go while watching the sunrise over our hometown.
  24. Tie-dye (7/29/13)IMG_2626Yes! And they turned out great!
  25. Visit the IHOP (International House of Prayer) with Barbara (postponed)Only thing not accomplished because of scheduling issues. Will happen this fall because we’re determined.
  26. IMG_0880Dye my hair for the first time (5/10/13)Janna fully encouraged this, and it turned out looking pretty good. Definitely a fun friend experience.
  27.  Visit the Chickasaw Cultural Center (5/23/13)IMG_1403Random, but fun.
  28. IMG_1476Visit The Toy and Action Figure Museum in Pauls Valley (5/24/13)Great random road trip where we were just ourselves…nerds 🙂
  29.  Play the game risk for the first time (5/23/13)IMG_1441LOTR!Ok, I loved this game. We spent 7 hours playing it, and everyminute of it was fantastic. If you want to play, I’m absolutely up for a game.
  30. IMG_2773Go to Pops on Route 66 (8/8/13)I don’t drink pop, but I loved going and enjoying this place.
  31. Watch a meteor shower (8/11/13)This wasn’t on purpose, but was the best way to end my summer :DThat was my summer bucket list, and I’d like to thank all of those who helped make it possible and shared my enthusiasm.

    Now, I encourage you to make a bucket list. Make a specific bucket list! For a season or a trip. Make that bucket list and live it. 🙂

    -Steph