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Let go of the negative for a positive impact on your life

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Thought of the Day:"Let go of the negative for a positive impact on your life." Penelope Winthrop
How do you make room for all the awesomeness that is you when all you can focus on are the negatives in your life? Yes, I have been in your shoes! I have sat exactly where you sit! I wasn't good enough for this or maybe I wasn't good enough for that. Why didn't he love me enough? Why wasn't I ever enough for him?

I constantly beat myself up over everything. Why did it always seem like the world was moving against me in so many ways that I simply couldn't keep my head up over the water? I was drowning, completely drowning—and I felt like I had absolutely nobody to turn to or lean on for support. In fact, there have been several points in my life that I wished I would just die—right there. Bam! Car crash or freak lightning accident... just something to end my life so that I wouldn't have to face up to the fact that my pitiful and disgusting life was never …

You need a valuable break from the chaos of life.

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Thought of the Day:"It's OK to take a break." Penelope WinthropLet's get down to it—if you're feeling overwhelmed by work, your social life, family, etc—then I'm here to tell you that it's OK to take a break. In fact, you probably need one to mellow you out and ground your nerves. Life can be so hectic and emotionally charged, especially when bad things occur in our lives. And, when something bad happens, you definitely need time for yourself because you're human and those emotions you're feeling aren't going to go away. That includes taking much-needed breaks from social media and outings. The social gatherings and social media accounts aren't going anywhere. They'll still be there when you come back from your break.
For example,I stopped my social media posts because I really needed some time for me, my boys, and a couple of writing projects that have been sucking away at my soul. I really needed to recharge my batteries. It was obvi…

Thought of the Day: Work hard in silence

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Thought of the Day:"Work hard in silence, let your success be your noise." Frank Ocean You know, I'm a writer who writes about a number of things on the internet—including my daily goals at times. However, you don't know every personal detail about me or how I spend my days. If you knew me years ago, you would not have seen my current life coming because I didn't spend it doing what I do now. I wasn't going far then, but I'm definitely going places now. Not only that, I quite enjoy what I'm doing.

My first mistake was sharing the details about how I wanted to better myself. The issue I've run into with this is when people find out you're trying to better yourself, some are going to throw their full support behind you. However, often many will criticize you and doubt your capability. It can be disheartening, to be honest. Do not buy into what they're selling. Once you figure out what you want from life, go get it—and don't tell anyone …

Thought of the Day: The only disability in life is a bad attitude.

Thought of the Day:"The only disability in life is a bad attitude." Scott Hamilton
A photo posted by Crystal (@penelopewinthrop) on May 5, 2016 at 2:46am PDT

There are people who have gone through incredibly horrible circumstances in life, but at the end of the day—they are still smiling and their heart is full. It puts me to shame to think about some of the times I've felt irritated about certain things. For instance, one being that I decided to stay at home, and homeschool my children. We transitioned to regular school this past year, but prior to that, I felt annoyed sometimes. It felt like I was being held back from achieving my goals, which isn't entirely true. I simply had a bad attitude about it at times, not just because of that, but I felt unappreciated—even though it was really all in my head. I know my boys adore and love me.

Everyone thought I was "superwoman" to stay at home and teach them when all I felt was annoyed by it. I think, if I had ju…

Thought of the Day: Decide to be Amazing

Thought of the Day:"Decide to be amazing, and then work hard to reach your goals" Penelope Winthrop
A photo posted by Crystal (@penelopewinthrop) on Apr 12, 2016 at 7:19am PDT
They say, "mind over matter," right? While that's true, if you change your way of thinking—you also have to change your actions. You can be amazing by making the right decisions and then by acting on them. You want to be successful? Well, then you're going to have to work for it. Success isn't going to come overnight.

Nothing worth having is ever going to be easy to achieve. Be ready to work longer hours than others because behind every successful person is hours of hard work and struggles. Prepare to be in it for the long haul. If you happen to achieve your goals faster than you planned, then great, but if you don't then you won't be disappointed.

Do you struggle with making changes in your life? How do you go from working the minimum to putting in extra hours to go after…

Thought of the Day: The Secret is to Never Give Up

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"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to try just one more time." Thomas Edison  A photo posted by Crystal (@penelopewinthrop) on Jan 30, 2015 at 7:41am PST Mr. Thomas Alva Edison is one of the best examples of someone who failed repeatedly but kept trying. And, you know, eventually, he WAS successful! He kept trying because he believed in himself. He knew he would succeed. His attitude about failing can be summed up in this quote, 
"I've not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work," Thomas EdisonLife's funny like that. When you fail, you're not really failing unless you give up completely. Learn from the mistakes that were made and go back to the drawing board to figure out a different plan of action. Find a better way that is going to help you succeed. You must understand why you failed if you ever want to be successful in reaching your goals. If the dreamers and inventors of …

Thought of the Day: Don't Dwell on Mistakes

Thought of the Day:"Don't dwell on mistakes from the past." Penelope Winthrop A photo posted by Crystal (@penelopewinthrop) on Mar 12, 2016 at 2:34pm PST
You can regret your mistakes and regret hurting the people in your life, but you're not going to gain a single thing by dwelling on them. Instead, learn from them and actively work to avoid making them again. Everyone makes them, but one key difference between those who move past them and those who don't is that they don't sit around wondering what they could have done to change it. They let it go.
Focus on the here and now.If you're focused on the disappointments from the past, then you're going to miss a chance to turn the page and find something new. If you botched an opportunity, look for more. There is always something else out there. 
If you failed in the past, then look at it this way: You've discovered one way NOT to do something. Don't be afraid to try again, but this time—do it differen…

Thought of the Day: You Become What You Envision

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"No matter where you turn in life, you're always going to encounter a problem. It's how you react that determines whether you spring back or not." Penelope Winthrop
A photo posted by Crystal (@penelopewinthrop) on Mar 19, 2016 at 3:01am PDT
Every single person around the globe has problems. Some people face situations you couldn't even begin to fathom. Some are in these scenarios every single day of their lives. 
My life certainly is far from perfect, but I made a conscious decision not to zoom in on them because if I did, then I would probably have a very negative attitude and outlook on life. And, honestly, I don't want to live like that. I don't want to be unhappy because my life isn't perfect. 
I choose to focus on the things that matter and make me happy. I choose to appreciate the good things I have in my life. I keep a positive attitude. YES, I wake up every day feeling thankful and blessed that I'm still here to influence m…

Thought of the Day: You Deserve to Live in Peace

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"Brute force, no matter how strongly applied, can never subdue the basic human desire for freedom." Dalai Lama
A photo posted by Crystal (@penelopewinthrop) on Apr 24, 2016 at 5:56am PDT As humans, we naturally crave freedom and peace. Those who find themselves in situations that are oppressing, tumultuous or exceedingly difficult often become accustomed and anything outside of that is uncomfortable. For others, the normalcy is simply a way of living. That is until they wake up and realize they deserve better.

Break free of toxic relationships Even if someone wants to be free or at a better place in their life, they may have no idea where to start, leaving them feeling utterly lost and alone. Deep down, people desire to be treated fairly, with kindness, and to be loved. Nobody really wants to be lied to, cheated on or pushed around. Unfortunately, in the majority of instances, not only do people in bad situations feel at a loss on where to start, but they…

Thought of the Day

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Quote of the Day:

It doesn't matter where you start in life. You can achieve anything. You may not believe this because you're feeling a little lost in your current situation, but there is always a way. For example, if you don't know where to start, go to the library and ask for the books and resources that can help you get started. 
Go to a local employment office and ask for advice. There are ways to get to where you want to be in life. These people are there to help individuals get on the road to success because if they can help you, then they are also helping themselves. They have nothing to lose by trying to help you find work or provide you with the information you need to obtain the required training. 
One other thing I would like to point out—never be ashamed to ask the questions you need in order to better yourself--ever! As this quote points out—you are in control of where you end up.
Happy Friday, everyone!!