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Jan 092017
 

Stuart ThomasThis is the 300th Cup of Motivation. These Cups focus on family, hope and time. If there’s one thing we have learned from these cups, then they are worth writing every weekend. If you have ever lost someone, you know how valuable time is and where the motivation comes for not wasting time. Every day is a gift. Let’s remind ourselves today that we can do anything we put our mind to. That is what we are told as children. As we grow older, that inner voice is drowned out by everyone telling us what we can’t do. The truth is we are the person who sets the limits on how far we go in life. We are the one person who needs to believe in ourselves no matter what the rest of the world says. The best advice we will ever get comes from that inner voice when nobody else is around. It is telling us we can do this if we keep believing in ourselves. If success was easy, then everyone would be successful. This week, let’s remember that we are unique and a gift from God. Let’s not waste that gift by simply getting through life. Let’s live the life we dream of. No matter where we are at today, there is still time if we start now. Better to try and fail than to not and regret. It’s scary getting out of our comfort zone but that’s where we need to go if we are going to grow. Let’s make the most out of the time we have. Here’s to the next 300 Cups of Motivation and here’s to making it a phenomenal week!!

ENCOURAGEMENT…

As a man was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not.

He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. “Well,” trainer said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”

The man was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.

Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before?

Failure is part of learning; we should never give up the struggle in life.

GREAT WORDS TO LIVE BY…

We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and everyone should be really excellent because this is our life.
Steve Jobs

You are going to be you for the rest of your life, so treat yourself with respect and do what makes you happy.
Author unknown

Live in the moment, release everything from yesterday and know that the future will be awesome!
Author unknown

As long as you are getting better, you are successful.

Author unknown

Never look at how long it will take. Give everything you’ve got. You will get results

Author unknown

Opportunism don’t happen. You create them.

Chris Grossman

Life is short. Don’t waste it being sad. Be who you Are, be Happy, be Free, be whatever you want to Be.

Author unknown

This week, let’s make this a phenomenal life!!

Jan 032017
 

Stuart Thomas

MONDAY’S CUP OF MOTIVATION: VOL 299
We lived through a brutal decade. Starting with the mortgage meltdown, we lived through foreclosures, short sales and hardship. The amazing thing is we are still here. We made it. Headline…2017 is going to be a phenomenal year. It will be a phenomenal year because we are going to make it a phenomenal year. It’s truly a fresh start. We won’t sit back and wait to see what happens. We will get in there and we will make it happen. We set new goals and work hard to achieve them. Now is the time we make things happen. This is our year. Better yet, this is our decade. How about this is our life moving forward. Let’s do the things we know we need to do to make this life the best life. We only get one life so let’s start living the life of our dreams. Believe it and achieve it. This can be the best year of our life if we get out of our comfort zone and go for it. The stars are lining up for us so let’s go into this year with a grateful heart and our eyes wide open. The world is full of opportunity but we need to keep moving forward. We know what we need to do so let’s just do it. Here’s to an amazing week and a phenomenal 2017!!

ENCOURAGEMENT…

This is your life. Do what you love and do it often. If you don’t like your job, quit.
If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV.
If you are looking for the love of your life, stop; they will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love.
Stop over analyzing, life is simple.
All emotions are beautiful.
When you eat, appreciate every last bite.
Life is simple.
Open your heart, mind and arms to new things and people, we are united in our differences.
Ask the next person you see what their passion is and share your inspiring dream with them.
Travel often; getting lost will help you find yourself.
Some opportunities only come once, seize them.
Life is about the people you meet and the things you create with them, so go out and start creating.
Life is short, live your dream and wear your passion.
Holstee Manifesto, The Wedding Day
GREAT WORDS TO LIVE BY…
If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.
Anna Quindlen
Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.
Nido Qubein

Breath by breath, let go of fear, expectation, anger, regret, cravings, frustration, fatigue. Let go of the need for approval.
Lama Surya Das
Whatever happened over the past year, be thankful for where it brought you. Where you are is where you’re meant to be!
Mandy Hale

There are times to let things happen, and times to make things happen. Now is that time. You will either make things happen, watch what happens, or wonder what happened.
Dan Millman

One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things.
John Burroughs

Remember to breathe as many of our worries today will probably not be so important a year from now.
Satsuki Shibuya
This week, let’s make this the best year of our life!!

Aug 292016
 
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Jul 122016
 
Firenze Number Nine

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Jul 122016
 
Old Crow Smokehouse

Hello Home & Realty Magazine readers and welcome back to Huntington for Fun! It is so exciting to be introducing all of the new and fun things to do in Huntington Beach’s new Pacific City! Today we are going to learn about Old Crow Smokehouse! It’s located in Pacific City on Pacific Coast Highway and [Continue reading…]

Apr 272016
 
Happy Pessach

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Mar 252016
 
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Nov 142015
 
Seacliff 2015 Fundraiser in HB

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Sep 272015
 
The Jewish New Year

Rosh ha Shana  –  ראש שנה  The Jewish New Year – Rosh ha Shana This year the Jews in the world celebrated Rosh ha Shana on the 14th of September, which means that hopefully all, have had a great celebration dinner on 13th evening after sundown. New year started on that day and it was [Continue reading…]