Creative spaces bring you to beautiful places. (Part 1)

So I went on a hike the other day, up in the Boise foothills, with a friend. We had been hiking along and she noticed a big beetle in the middle of the path we were on. She then tells me “Oh cool a beetle. That is the second time I have seen a beetle today.” And It was really cool because we kept seeing them all over. We then chatted about how there is probably some sort of symbolism behind it.

I have always liked looking into symbolism, omens and things of that nature. Things that might seem random and unimportant to some but tremendously curious and thought invoking to others.  My instinct was to go for my phone and go straight to google and try to look it up. But we had left our phones back at the car. We had went on the hike to get grounded. To feel the earth beneath our feet. To be present and in the moment. To move our bodies. To feel the burn in our legs from going up hill.

I know that she had pointed it out originally and that, at first, my interest was to look it up and gain more insight into her as a person. to understand what was going on in her life and in her mind. As they kept popping up around us I began to get more and more curious about what it could mean for myself. Could these beetles be trying to tell her and I both something? 

A few days have gone by since that hike. I did a bit of looking around and found some pretty interesting things in regards to the symbolism of beetles. My plan, for the next couple of blogs I write, is to go into is my own thoughts and insight and to let my readers dive into my mind. 

One of the first things that I found was that they can be a symbolic representation of progress. I imagine progress can look different from person to person but for me it generally means looking at myself and acknowledging that I might not be the me that I think I am. While in that moment of awareness and vulnerability, everything that I think I am seems to fall away. Until I form yet another idea or opinion of who and what I am. With progress the old falls away like a leaf in the fall so the in the spring a new one can replace it with just as much beauty and vibrant color.

Be better than who you were yesterday.

I saw a young man here at the gym today. In a wheel chair. Missing most of his left arm. And from what I could see it looked like he had had he legs amputated just above the knees.


And he was killing it. He was doing an ab work out on a machine that I like to use too. He had lifted himself up into it. And was putting in work.


It was such an inspiration. Sometimes I don't "Feel" like getting my ass to the gym. Because I have so much "Better" things to do. But this guy, with out even realizing, pushed me to be a better version of myself today than I was yesterday. He wasn't doing it for anyone, he was doing it for himself. He wasn't looking for approval.

Be better than who you were yesterday. Seek out inspiration. And don't ever look down on anyone unless you are lifting them up!

It is easy enough to stand still.

It is easy enough to stand still. Balancing on one foot is simple. But think about doing that while moving? To some extent that's just as simple. Finding that center of gravity isn't all that difficult. 


I think about how we phrases like


"If what it takes to be successful were easy, everyone would be doing it." 


And I call bullshit. 


"WHY isn't everyone doing it if it's so easy Dawayne?" 


Because, it's just as "EASY" not to do it.

When we climb the harder it gets to breathe. Don't Give up!

I listened to this video. Will Smith was talking about the difference between fault and responsibility. when we point the finger and are stuck in victim mode we are handing our power over to circumstance. he was also talking about  how the higher we climb the harder it gets to breathe. And the uphill mentality has to create endurance and strength if we are to endure that lack or thinning of oxygen. Trust the process

#quotesoftheday  "Not just anyone is going to want to put themselves into situations, that make things harder, on purpose. But, those of us who do, a will be able to see things that not just anyone can see."

The story we tell ourselves

If the current story we are telling ourselves isn't serving us and the people around us we have to change the story that we are telling ourselves.

If we don't like where we are we have to move. We have been blessed with the intrinsic ability to move.

For a long time, told myself that I was content with less. Hiding behind the facade of humulity. For a long time, I told myself that I was carefree. Hoping that no one would ever see how careless I was.


Today I am grateful. But will continue to reach for the highest potential. Today I will have an attitude of gratitude. I have growth opportunities daily.

Beast Mode

I was just thinking this morning while I was getting a quick work out in. 

Sometimes having a workout partner is good because they push us to do more then we would on our own. Not because we are weak or lazy necessarily. But because competition motivates us. 

But I rarely have a work out partner. Sometimes I feel like no one is going to push me as much as I push myself. Even when I do have a work out partner, it's my opinion of them that pushes me. We are the average of the 5 people we spend the most time with. 

So I want to throw this #quotesoftheday out there. "Surround yourself with people that hold in high regard. And remove the ones that you don't have a high opinion of."-ASB