Quit Making Excuses; Just Do!

There are people in my life who truly inspire me! Too many to list, quite frankly. But this morning, a dear friend posted a collage on Instagram in honor of “Transformation Tuesday” and it brought me back to a conversation we had about two years ago. I invited her to join me for a run around the neighborhood and during our walk/run, she told me she ordinarily ran only if someone was chasing her. I laugh when I think about that statement today. Natalee’s transformation is so much more than the two images depicted below. About a year ago, she decided to take control of her life by focusing on her body through fitness and proper nutrition. For her, it was not just a physical challenge, but a mental and emotional challenge as well. Natalee Drummond is the epitome of hard work, dedication, and focus. She decided she wanted to make fitness a big part of her life, and she did!

Natalee DrummondYou may look at these two images and think, she looked fine before! In fact, her statement with this post, was “I love both women. The one on the right busted her tail to lower her body fat and gain muscle.” It is all a matter of perspective: one’s goals, one’s desires, one’s dreams. In one of her recent posts, Natalee wrote: “I began my fitness journey a little over a year ago and I’ve missed less than 10 days in the past year. I can’t believe how strong I’ve become spiritually, mentally and physically in one year. If you’re on the fence, start now! One year from now you’ll be happy you did.”

That is coming from a mother of two young boys, a very successful attorney, and small business owner. She has dedicated her life to finding that balance; and doing something that not just makes her happy, but ultimately makes her a better mother, and a better woman. There is no better satisfaction than the sense of personal fulfillment  and accomplishment. It builds self-confidence. We can do ANYTHING we set our minds to. But often, we make excuses.

Often we make excuses for the reasons we fail to accomplish our goals, whatever they are. Your goal may not be to become a fitness model. It may be a goal of losing 5, 10, or 15 pounds. It may be a new years resolution of becoming more physically active. It may be a goal of going to the gym at least three days a week. Or, It could have absolutely nothing to do with fitness.

Quit making excuses; just do! We need to stop telling ourselves we cannot because of X,Y, and Z. We need to start telling ourselves WE CAN! Each day we procrastinate by overwhelming ourselves with negative thoughts, is another day of missed opportunity.

Carpe Diem!




When Passion Meets Hard Work

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Confucius

Meke in Japan 2I’m going to bet that not many of us can attest to that statement; but it is likely we know someone who can. I know such a person, in fact, I am married to one. He loves his job so much, he often quotes Confucius, much to the disdain of others who do not share the same love and passion for their job. For most, a job is a necessary means of survival; it is not fun, it is not glamorous, it is a job.

Mike is one of the lucky few; he has his “dream” job! Now, he was not always this lucky. He too has had his fair share of “means to survive” type jobs but his luck changed almost three years ago. He was given an amazing opportunity to work with Vossen Wheels, to work in a field he loves, to work with a wheel company, to work with CARS!

His story is the perfect epitome of the opportunities that can arise when hard work meets passion. To understand the depth of his passion, you will have to know a little history about his background. Mike has been a car enthusiast since he was about seven years old when his dad took him to the New York Auto Show. That was his first auto show experience, and for him it was the opportunity of a lifetime. It was amazing to see all the different cars in person and like most young boys, he fell in love. But he took this love to a whole different level. Mike is a walking car encyclopedia. Literally! His knowledge of automobiles and the history of the different makes, models, styles, and capabilities makes him a powerful force in the industry. But that knowledge did not come about naturally; it came from years of reading and dedication.

Eighteen years ago, his passion drew him to one particular brand, Lexus! Mike is what most would call a Lexus Fanatic. In 2002, he started the Southeastern Lexus Owners Club,[SELOC], and was also a huge part of the development of Club Lexus, the biggest Lexus online car forum. He has organized numerous car meets and shows, both nationally and locally. It is this passion for cars and the hard work he put in over the years for something that was just a “hobby” that made him the perfect candidate for the Marketing position he now holds with Vossen Wheels. What are the chances of that happening?

Meke with Lexus in JapanMike wakes up everyday excited about work, and approaches his job with the same level of passion he had when he started almost three years ago. True, he gets to travel all over the United States and the world, but it is by no means an easy job. It presents lots of unique challenges and does require a lot of planning and hard work. But if you love what you do, it is not considered work at all.

For some of us, it might be too late to pursue our “dream” job. For some, what we thought would be our dream job, turned out to be just the opposite. But in the meantime, let us remember to be grateful and thankful for the job we have. Even if it is just a “means to survival!” Work every day as if you are working your dream, you never know, your dream job may find YOU!

Meke taking pics of cars

Happy Saturday,


One Mile at a Time

Miami Marathon RunnersApproximately 25,000 people representing over 75 countries filled the streets of Miami last weekend for the annual Miami Marathon/Half Marathon race. Samuel Kipkosgei Malakwen of Kenya took home the prize as the winner of the male marathon, finishing the 26.2 mile race in 2 hours, 19 minutes and 46 seconds. Mariska Kramer Postma of the Netherlands finished the women marathon in 2 hours, 49 minutes and 28 seconds, winning the race two years in a row! Wow!

As I looked out the window last Sunday morning, I saw these thousands of people lined up and filled with excitement; ready to take on the challenge of doing something most people only dream of doing. Some were successful at completing the challenge set and finished the race; but the aftermath for some was grave. Loud sirens from the ambulance echoed in the streets as many were put on stretchers and taken away – some from injuries and others just pure exhaustion.

I am no expert at marathons, since quite frankly I have never done one and I am not sure I would have the guts or the stamina to do one. The longest race I ran was a 10k, and by the 4 mile marker I literally felt like I was going to die. A friend had convinced me to do that race, and when race day came I did not feel as ready as I should have been. Looking back, I am not sure how I finished that race but I did. It was more the mental determination that drove my body to the finish line. That, for me, was a huge accomplishment.

However, several of my friends run half-marathons and marathons. I have so much admiration and respect for them. There is a certain level of training, dedication, and will power that is necessary to pound 26.2 miles of pavement and finish the race. From my conversations with them over the years, the ultimate goal in doing these races is not to win the race, the ultimate goal is to FINISH!

A beloved law school professor at Georgia was often quoted for saying “law school is a marathon, not a series of sprints.” He was right. I will take it a step further and say “life is a marathon, not a series of sprints.” To be successful, we have to take life in strides, we have to pace ourselves, we have to train, we have to be dedicated, and we must have the will power and stamina necessary to overcome the obstacles we will inevitably face. We have to take things one mile at a time; one day at a time.

Most importantly, however, we have to surround ourselves with positive people who will lift our spirits. Cheerleaders, of sorts, who will cheer us on to finish this race!

Have a wonderful Saturday!