I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend! Friday was pretty humdrum here at the household; it rained all day, but did finally clear up and get ultra-sunny around 4, right in time to start the grill! A spicy grilled chicken breast, Japanese Sweet Potato with maple almond butter and cinnamon, and a pile of veggies made this girl a happy American 😉 Besides that, after my morning workout, I did absolutely nothing. Well, that's wrong, I did finish my media kit, but I don't like it. I need to work on the spacing and size of everything because I ended up not being able to add everything I wanted on it. Humph. Still a work in progress I guess... Sunday was a pretty nice day though! I took some new yoga photos! I was pissed when I got all set up though with my fancy mini remote I had gotten for Christmas, only to realize the batteries were dead. I was to lazy to go all the way back in the house searching for batteries I knew we wouldn't have so I had to take the photos the old fashion way. Set the timer to 10 seconds, race, throw myself on the mat, unbalanced, and try to get into the poses. Crazy times 😛
But here is a fun tid-bit. It week #1 of #PowerMonday link-up! At the bottom of this post you can link-up your inspiring/motivational/powerful/thought-provoking post! I hope you guys continue to join in. You can add the Power Monday photo to your post too and use the hashtag #PowerMonday when using social media! Let's make it fun, let;s make it a powerful start to the week!
Here's a question. What is Strength? You'd think I would have a definitive answer for you considering Strength is the premise of this blog. But I started thinking about it last weekend and what it may truly mean. Of course with many things, there are numerous interpretations. So you take a seemingly simple word like Strength and you get a mired of definitions. You get Strength in the physical sense: the ability to have force, be strong, powerful, endurance. The emotional/mental sense: to be able to deal with turmoil and problems effectively. Then there are other definitions like being unable to be moved, intensity, the power of attack or force, the "strength" of a dollar, being firm, an effective or full number/quantity. So I guess my question really is...what does Strength mean to you?
When I decided to name my blog Strength and Sunshine, I wanted the word to mean confidence, beauty, courage, and bravery. Those are the attributes I hope to have in myself and work on in this journey of life. Strength is my favorite word and I think it elicits so many emotions and thoughts. It is a beautiful word and we all should strive for Strength in our lives.
Physically I have Strength because: I can lift heavy dumbbells over my head. I can squat a heavy barbell, and deadlift the same one. I can hold 8-angle pose forever. A 5 minutes plank? Why not make it 10. I've got my forearm handstand down to a science and can feel the arch of Strength I have when I move into scorpion pose.
Emotionally I have Strength because: I keep going everyday, I don't give-up even when it takes so much, I stay true to my self and my values, I have confidence, I walk with my head held high, I still hold the belief that I can and will do something amazing with my life, I work hard and have determination, I try to support others in my life, and I never, never left myself be a failure.
Strength. I have Strength. Sometimes my Strength isn't so strong. Other times it is an amazing force. But one thing that is always true about my Strength is that I know I have it. I know I can get through the hard times. I know I can be my best self. I know I deserve to have this Strength and believe in it wholeheartedly. I want my Strength to inspire those around me who maybe be struggling with believing that they themselves also have Strength. We all have Strength. If we didn't we wouldn't have made it as far as we each have in our own life journeys. It's hard to believe we do always have it in us, but trust me, you do.
You have Strength because you are here, right now, in this moment. You woke-up and you have the potential to show that Strength today in something that you do, even if that is just getting in the car to go to work, giving your friend a hug, or doing 50 push-ups.
What is Strength? Strength is something we all have. It is beauty, it is confidence, it is drive, focus, love, care, kindness, power, life. Strength is life.
So tell me:
+ What is Strength? What does it mean to you?
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