Weekly Inspiration: Half Full

Is your cup half full or half empty?

Well, from this Betty’s point-of-view growing up it was always half empty. Not because I had a bad childhood at all, but because that’s just the way the cookie crumbled, no blame on anyone. Nowadays, its more three-quarters-full! It was wasn’t an easy ride though.

I’ve learned that the people you surround yourself with help keep your state of mind. If you’re hanging out with someone who is a Negative Nancy then how do you suppose you can be a positive person? Now, I’m not recommending that you drop all of your friends, but no one enjoys being negative, no one. Maybe you and your friend can work on being positive together!

Personally, for example, I used to have a problem with my weight during those wonderful awkward years. I couldn’t run a half a mile without stopping. It was very embarrassing during gym class in elementary/middle school. It wasn’t until high school that I put my mind to getting in shape and finally being able to run that mile.

My parents were “gym rats” and when they said they would pay for a gym membership for me by my high school, I halfheartedly accepted. At first I wasn’t ready, but by sophomore year I was getting up for school packing my own lunch, and a bag for the gym. After school everyday I walked to the gym and remained there for a solid 2 hours(a little excessive), but I loved it! After a few months, I was running for 20 minutes solid, which was way more than a mile and I was dropping weight, 20 pounds in total. I felt so good about myself. I did what I thought I couldn’t do and that was the moment my life started to take a positive turn!

Next time something doesn’t go your way or you think that you can’t: your boss wont let you have that day off, your plane is delayed, lose that extra 5 pounds, etc. I want you to take a step back and come up with three possible situations that could be worse and let it roll off your back.

When things get rough Betties, don’t get down, just think of all the positives. Are you breathing? Can you walk and talk? Do you have a family and friends? Yes! Then consider yourself lucky. We take those people and allowances for granted sometimes and every now and then we need to be reminded of that.

How you portray yourself is how people will read you, remember that!
Keep that glass FULL!

XO,

The East Coast Betty

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