“New Year’s Day. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery. Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand. Only dreams give birth to change.”- Sarah Ban Breathnach
Ringing in the New Year is a cause for celebration. This holiday break allowed me to spend time with family, friends and time to reflect on the past year. Any time of new beginnings also goes hand in hand with time of reflection.
Whatever your personal resolutions include they will take work and it can make the difference to put these hopes into words as I believe seeing is believing. I find all of the New Years messages, cards, well wishes and quotes as a reflective moment to remind us to uphold our new years desires and share joy with others into the new year.
Wishing you a very happy 2019!
#CycleForSurvival is important to me. This year I’m participating in my seventh year of Cycle for Survival on February 2, 2019.
I’m raising money for rare cancer research. Why? For my father, Richard.
My father, Richard, was diagnosed with stage four Hodgkin’s Lymphoma two years ago. He’s been kicking cancers ass. Now, he’s recovering from a stem cell transplant, in remission and doing well. He’s been fortunate to benefit from cancer treatment and advances, but not everyone is as lucky. I ride for my dad, but also for those who aren’t as fortunate as him.
Click the following link to visit my fundraising page and make a donation that will truly make a difference: https://bit.ly/2PqJruF
Below are three reasons why I hope you will support Team Ricky’s Riders:
1. Rare cancer research is underfunded, leaving people fighting these cancers with few options — sometimes none. Because of the generosity of people like you, Cycle for Survival is changing that.
2. 100% of your gift (yes, every dollar!) will fund research led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to advance new and better treatments. All funds will be allocated within six months of the events. Cycle for Survival will share what was funded and continue to keep us updated on progress.
3. Discoveries will benefit cancer patients everywhere. Memorial Sloan Kettering treats over 400 subtypes of cancer each year and collaborates with institutions around the world.
JOIN THE BATTLE and support #CycleforSurvival
Thank you in advance for your contribution!
Fear is only as deep as the mind allows. – Japanese Proverb
I learned a lot last week watching my four year old play and he inspired me to reflect on this experience. I took my older son, Lucas, out of daycare and went on an adventure to the Liberty Science Center in NJ. In the middle of the museum is a large climbing feature known as the Infinity Climber. It’s a suspended play space that is 26 feet wide, 24 feet deep, 19 feet tall, and most importantly, it’s perched 35 feet in the air. It’s contained by hand threaded wire to prevent any climber from falling 35 feet to the ground below and has 64 pedal-like platforms creating multiple pathways throughout the structure. In a nutshell, it’s a blast for most who enter, but it’s daunting structure for a four year old.
Lucas and I have visited the museum several times and he’s always been too afraid to go near the climber. As always, I encouraged him to try and tackle this seemingly massive structure. This time he went to the edge, looked around, took a step and leaped into the structure (see the above photo). In the blink of an eye, he was off to the races! Once he took that initial step, he was climbing up and down, swinging on the pedals and conquering his fear. Every so often, he looked and flashed a smile as he continued his way around the Infinity Climber. I cheered him on and encouraged him to explore and have fun for as long as he wanted. He spent nearly an hour working his way through with only a small break for a drink of water and a high five for his mother.
When we confront our fears, we find out how resilient we really are. Being able to do so helps us grow and we take away valuable lessons even from a four year old taking on a climbing structure. My family is my biggest joy in life and I couldn’t help but share this anecdote and some of the lessons I learned from someone much younger than me!
- Conquer your fears. Everyone is afraid of something or other. The only way you can go ahead in life is by overcoming your fears and conquering them. We develop confidence when we successfully overcome adversity. For my son, taking the first few steps in and realizing he couldn’t fall was all he needed to realize he was going to be okay. Remember, the more challenges we face throughout our lives the more prepared we’ll be to deal with adversity in the future. Don’t wait for fear to put you in a corner, tackle it before it tries to tackle you.
- When forced to do so, embrace fear. Sometimes life is scary. It’s normal to be scared and sometimes life may only give you one opportunity to say YES or to try something new. The best things in life often happen as we approach the edge of our comfort zone. We don’t know what we’re capable of until we find ourselves in a situation where we have no choice.
- Support systems are key. Anything we’re confronted with in life, chances are someone has experiences or been through something similar. Leaning on others and asking them how others have overcome a similar challenge can often help us to shorten our learning curve and identify and take the right actions.
I encouraged my son to explore and take a risk, highlighting how much fun he would have should he try and conquer his fear. He needed that subtle encouragement to go to the edge and take his first step and the rest is history. If we’re able to accept that our fears are mostly made up within our minds we’re likely to take on new risks within our lives. As long as we take on thoughtful risk, we will likely grow and be better prepared for the next challenge.
I’d love to know what lessons or advice you have for encouraging people to face fear. Please leave a comment or send me a tweet. Thanks for reading!
When you respect yourself, others will respect you. It’s important to remain strong and capable of standing up for yourself and your beliefs when times are good or bad.
“Love yourself. It is important to stay positive because beauty comes from the inside out.” – Jenn Proske
It’s important to take a moment and remember to love ourselves because beauty truly comes from the inside out.
A short but very important Thursday Thought I’d like to Share…
“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
We all have good days and bad day but life is short, and unpredictable. It’s up to us to make the best of each day. You never know what’s going to happen tomorrow and nothing is guaranteed so take a deep breath and enjoy today!