Misconception can lead to the Wrong Perception

It’s amazing to me how we can have a misconception about people that gives the wrong perception of them.

For example, I have two small children and when I take them to the mall, store, wherever, I have a habit of profiling the people around me.  I’m looking for the pedophiles, shady characters that may want to snatch my kids.  Wrong of me, I know, but I’m human and I make mistakes too.  So I will see someone who’s older, wearing dirty, stained clothes, a scowl and frown upon their face and I immediately try to steer my kids in a different direction.

But they, being small and innocent, beam at the person and say a boisterous, “Hi!” I clutch their shoulders and prepare for the worst, but here’s where the wrong perception comes in.  I think that this person is going to say something nasty, but they don’t.  Instead, their face lights up, they smile and give an equally boisterous, “Hi!” back!

I can tell you I have learned more in my 6 years of being a parent than I have my whole life.  They are teaching me not to have a misconception about people because it will lead to the wrong perception of them.  Not ALL people are bad, most are good, you just have to look beyond the surface to the heart underneath.

Speaking of goals…

Ok, ok, so I have said it before and I’ll say it again, fitness is important!  It’s important to make it a goal every day, every week, every month to work it into your schedule!  No more excuses!  Yup, that’s what I tell myself every day.  I promise myself that I WILL get motivated to join a gym or aerobics class, I WILL squeeze it into my busy day, but for some reason, I haven’t yet.

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Staying Focused

I will have two children in school this fall for the first time.  I am a stay at home Mom so the thought of time to myself for the first time in 6 years is both exhilarating and a little overwhelming.  When I think about my upcoming free time, my mind is immediately flooded with all the projects I want to get done, the room cleaning and organization that needs to happen both upstairs and down, and finding time to add fitness to my schedule.

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Read More. Get Smarter.

This year I made it a goal to read 6 to 12 books throughout the year. I also set out to read books from different categories so that I’d become a well-rounded reader and thinker. I am a very slow reader. In fact I originally sent my goal to six books this year knowing that I am so slow. But I thought I should push myself and go for at least 12 books this year. If I fall short, I can still look at all the books I didn’t finish reading and feel accomplished about trying to read so many. I could at least feel good about the progress that I had made. And, I intrinsically knew that if I felt short on 12 I could probably still read more than 6! Continue reading “Read More. Get Smarter.”

Thinking About the Future

Last time I touched on how mindfulness can help us live a full life by staying in the moment. This doesn’t mean however that we can’t think about the future and our possibilities. One of the goals I set for myself this year was to achieve the highest level of fitness I’ve ever had. To do this I knew I would need some help, and that’s where FitnessBootCampAA came in! Continue reading “Thinking About the Future”


One of the best practices that I think people can start to put into place is mindfulness. Mindfulness is not something that occurred to me for a very long time. A lot of people float around in their bubbles, never considering how their thoughts affect them or why they affect them. This was true for me until somewhat recently. For some, including myself, it wasn’t something I ever even considered until the idea was introduced to me. How strange that something so simple was such a novel idea to me.

Mindfulness has been one of the most powerful tools I have ever implemented in my life. It has helped me squash anxiety and worry.


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