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Banish Insecurities When Chasing Your Dream

Ever feel stuck on your path?

You know that path that you’re supposed to be embarking on. Maybe it’s that path that was once your life long dream. The one that has been put on hold because you are a bit scared.

Going after any kind of dream is never something that is easy. In fact it can give you a lot of grief. You go through a phase where you feel like you are not good enough or worthy even.

Records were meant to be broken. Meaning your own personal records with all of your goals. Just because something scares you doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do it.

It should challenge you and motivate you to try. Failure at something is not the end of the world. Although it doesn’t feel good when it happens it’s part of the process.

You grow from it. It’s up to you to decide when it is going to be a deal breaker.

Will it be determined by the amount of time it takes you?

I have been trying to get published in Chicken Soup for the Soul books for years. Has that stopped me from continuing to submit?

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My local favorites Dos Perros and The Durham

Do you have a favorite restaurant or a place that you are a regular at?

Let me tell you about two of my favorite places. The first is Dos Perros.

The food and customer service at Dos Perros is the best. That is why I return time and time again. I always lean towards ordering the camarones (shrimp) with aioli and marinated cucumbers platter.

However, I have been known to try some new dishes as well. If you want to really make your experience more special then attend one of their specialty dinners.

This past fall my oldest son and I attended their Day of the Dead Beer Dinner. We had the pleasure of trying a variety of beers and delicious food. It was a very cool experience and we even had the chance of dressing the part for the event.

Day of the Dead Beer Dinner at Dos Perros

They also offer a variety of cocktails that you can choose from. Dinner would not be complete without having some of their dessert. The Mexican Pot de Creme or Dulce de Leche ice cream that is specially made at The Parlour.

I love the ambiance of Dos Perros because first they know me and I have a table that I like to go to. Plus, they already know what I want to drink when I get there. Non-alcoholic of course weekdays, but if I am ever with my husband then a cocktail I shall have. They are delicious by the way.

I love being personable and when people get to know you as a regular it is a bonus. So it also adds to the feel good factor when I go there.

During warm weather you have the option of eating outside on the patio and that is relaxing too.

Mexican Coca Cola at Dos Perros

My next go to place would be The Durham hotel. The staff there are always friendly and give me the best customer service too.

I love walking there on my lunch break to get a nice hot latte and to do some writing. Another nice addition to the great service are the variety of events held there. This month they feature views from the rooftop with Morehead Planetarium & NC Science Fest.

They provide telescopes in order to view constellations from their rooftop. It is a fabulous location for such an event. To have the opportunity to see the full moon is great.

Do you ever look at the stars and try to find constellations?

Check out their website for more information on upcoming events that include more stargazing opportunities. One event that I would love to try is the Counter Culture Coffee tasting. Coffee is life and I am game for that type of event.

As far as accommodations at the hotel I have not had the pleasure of staying there yet. I would love to one of these days. When I do I plan on enjoying a fabulous dinner there along with a cocktail on the rooftop. I will also make it a priority to ask what their favorite cocktail of choice is.

Rooftop view at The Durham

I will be sure to write about it and share my review with you all in the future. Durham is forever growing and thriving. It has a little bit of everything if you take the time to visit.

Be sure to ask the locals what their favorite go to spots are. This will lead you to a hidden gem that might end up becoming your favorite as well. Go to the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau at: for more information on the area and what it offers visitors.

Durham is waiting on you. Are you ready to go exploring at some local places here?

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Pushing Past Doubt

Ever wonder what might happen if you pushed past doubt?

Doubt can loom over you like a dark cloud. If you allow it to have its way that is. It is a surefire way to prevent you from achieving success. Think of the reasons behind your doubt.

Doubt can hold you back for years. It’s all part of that negative self-talk that we often fall victim to. Ever look at someone else that was making it and you felt that you could never get that success too?

Feed your mind with positive affirmations to help you stay encouraged. Your mind is similar to a sponge. It absorbs the good and the bad.

Why not help it absorb the positive self-talk instead?

Maybe you have a desire to pursue your dream, but are afraid that you aren’t going to be good enough. When we see other people who are successful it can feel overwhelming in the beginning. Remember that it all takes time though.

Patience is truly a virtue. It is hard to do especially when you are anxious in completing your goals. However, it is important to do it with the right expectations.

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Keeping Your Kids Inspired to Dream Big

Did you know that your child has dreams too?

If you are a parent then you understand the importance of that. Often I hear of parents that have regrets that they did not pursue their own dreams. They share how they want their children to pursue their dreams so that there are no regrets later.

For the parents that made that sacrifice I think that some of them get to live their dreams through their children. That is why some parents push their children toward that reward.

Then you have the parents that have succeeded and simply want to ensure that their children try also.

As a parent myself that is what my hope and wishes are for our boys. I want them to pursue their passion too. By having a strong faith and belief in what they are capable of doing.

What I have learned is that it is important for them to see me pursue my dreams. In this way it helps to inspire them too. I try to be the role model to show them that I believe in myself.

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The 5 Phases Of Pursuing Your Dream

Have you ever had a dream or huge goal that scared you?

A dream worth chasing, but that looked absolutely intimidating. Enough that you’d rather hide underneath a rock instead of going for it. If you answered yes then you are not alone.

In the first phase of starting your dream you experience a high amount of energy initially. You feel like it’s too good to be true. You are on cloud nine all the way.

Is this too good to be true?

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Getting In Tune With Your Calling

Ever take a minute to hear your own inner voice?

It’s similar to that one that you heard when you were a child. Sound familiar? You hear it from time to time if you pause long enough to listen. Your calling takes up residence inside of you.

It isn’t always easy to recognize either. That kid in you never leaves. You carry that inner child for life.

It is also the one that allowed you to imagine what you could be some day. That impossible dream that always seemed so far out of reach.

Do you remember yearning for it?

Now you’re older and have acquired more wisdom. Yet you are still on the edge of the pier with your toes dabbling in the water right? It is such a comfortable place to be in.

No worries here, nothing to be afraid of either. If you only put your toes in you don’t have to work hard. You get to continue to dream and imagine all of the “what if’s.”

Let’s not forget taking risks. Sitting on the edge of that beautiful pier overlooking the water is the safe zone. By staying here you partner up with procrastination.

So how do you get in tune with your calling?

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Deciding To Get Fit When You Are Busy

How do you squeeze in fitness when you have a busy life?

You know the drill you jump on the hamster wheel day in and day out. When could you possibly find room for fitness? If you are like some people by the end of the day all that you want to do is relax.

You have to decide if you will make time to get fit. Look for a time that you can work out whether it is in the morning or in the evening.

Determine if you are an early riser or if you would rather work out in the evenings. Personally I have always been a gal that prefers evening workouts. However, I started incorporating an early routine.

I have to admit it was tough to get up earlier than usual. I did it because I have always read it is important to have a morning routine. If that is the way successful people do it then I’m in.

Keep in mind to each their own. It’s whatever works out for you. Having a morning routine whether it is fitness, reading, meditating or whatever you choose to do regularly does increase your success level.

It adds to becoming disciplined daily. I know it has worked for me when I can wake up on my own without the alarm going off first. You are resetting your internal clock by the good habits that you implement.

Fitness doesn’t have to be complicated. It’s really a matter of choosing to incorporate it into your life. There are so many choices out there when you are ready to get fit.

Are you a person that likes to work out solo or do you need the social piece of a gym?

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Conferences Provide Opportunity For Personal Development

Imagine getting to see a person of influence while pursuing your dreams in real life. Have you ever had that kind of experience? Attending the Next conference in Plano, Texas was the best investment that I’ve made this year.

Terri Savelle Foy was just as nice, funny and beautiful in person as she is on her television broadcast, YouTube channel and podcast.

I was introduced to her podcast when I first reignited my journey towards my dream in 2016. I immediately was drawn to her positivity and her motivational talks. Going after what you are meant to do is easier when you have a virtual mentor.

Conferences provide a chance to engage in personal development. You get to decide the kind of conference that best suits your needs.

How do you choose the conference that is right for you?

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Love Yourself First This Valentine’s Day

Ever feel lonely on Valentine’s Day?

I’m talking about whether you are single, in a relationship or if you are married. Sometimes these special occasions can make you feel sad versus happy. If you are in a loving relationship this does not apply to you.

Instead of wallowing in self-pity try loving yourself first. Yes, you heard me right I’m talking about you first. In order to be happier with any holiday that comes along its important to feel good about you.

When you are content with who you are in the present moment it allows you to look forward to holidays all the more. It’s not about the expectations that you have about the other person. Neither is it keeping score on what a person has done for you in the past.

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Hilton At Granite Park And Local Area Review

My recent trip to Dallas, Texas took me to the Next conference in Plano, Texas. I have wanted to see Terri Savelle Foy in person because she has been very inspirational to me with her podcasts and television broadcast this past year. You can find her at:

I decided to stay where the conference was being held and that was at the Hilton in Granite Park in Plano, Texas. My stay was made even better with all of the wonderful staff there. I don’t think I ran into one single unhappy person during my time there.

When I arrived at the Hilton I was able to use their valet service. When you are anxious to get settled into your room valet parking is a blessing. One of the amenities that I was more than willing to use. It saved me time in looking for a parking space.

What I liked about staying at the Hilton was that I didn’t need to venture far at all. Had I stayed longer I would have gone to the nearby IKEA store too.

What kind of amenities are a must have for you when you travel?

I always look for a place that has a nice restaurant on site and that offers lattes whenever possible. I am most definitely a coffee girl. It doesn’t matter if it is morning, noon or night. I mean doesn’t everybody need coffee?

This Hilton had a nice outdoor pool with a hot tub and a really nice fire pit outside that had seating all around it. It made it nice to be able to sit at different areas and everyone would get their time around the fire.

There were plenty of areas inside to work at and a bar to eat or have cocktails at. There was also access to a 24 hour fitness center. On my second morning there I made it to the gym by 5:00 am and was the only one there.

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