Hey snuggle bugs,
It’s so cold in my apartment right now that I have to turn my oven on, open it, and let heat come into the room to stay warm. The perks of living in an old Brooklyn brownstone walkup where you don’t have control over your own heat. ;) From what I can gather, the heat usually kicks in around 4pm so the people coming home from work will have their apartments nice and toasty by 5pm or so. Doesn’t always work out so swimmingly for us work-from-home folks… Yes, I realize there are more difficult struggles going on in the world than me getting potential frostbite inside my apartment. I feel like I have to say that about everything lately. I get it – I have luxury problems. I am very grateful for my oven. Thank you oven!!
And thank you, hot french press full of yerba mate. You are a beautiful thing.
Speaking of cold, I’m going to Finland in 12 days. FINLAND! Is that real? Joel has a race there, so we are heading out to the hometown of Santa (seriously) in the Finnish LAPLAND. I’ve been trying to look up what kinds of food we will encounter in Finland – so far, from what I can gather…reindeer meat (ouch – rudolph!) and “bread cheese” (which looks delicious). Follow along on instagram to see what we end up getting into over there!
Interestingly enough, I just found out last night that the last few episodes – including the finale – of the Bachelor this season was also filmed in the Finnish Lapland. WHAT! COINCIDENCE? I think not.
I finally caved and read every single word of Reality Steve’s full season spoilers, which I won’t link to, because I don’t want you guys to accidentally see who wins if you don’t want to know. I REALLY didn’t want to read it this season, but at some point I just caved and I had to know how far Corrine makes it. Turns out, pretty far! Nice job little one! On another note, I have decided I need to fully psychoanalyze myself to find out why I always sympathize with the perceived “villain” — I’m telling you, it happens every season. As soon as the entire house turns against someone, immediately my loyalties sail fully over to their side of the fence. Yes, even Chad. I’m a reality show villain enthusiast. What does that mean?!
To the point:
Just a few moments ago, I started thinking about the book Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. I listened to that book on audio many years ago, while running around the track at McCarren Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
I only remember one line from that entire book. But I remember it so clearly. It was from chapter 9.
I repeated this line over and over and over in my head as I was building Healthy Crush:
“WITH PERSISTENCE WILL COME SUCCESS.”
But it was said in a way with the WILL emphasized. With persistence WILL COME SUCCESS.
I repeat that line in my head sometimes when the dirty work of reaching goals feels too tedious. WITH PERSISTENCE WILL COME SUCCESS.
Never forgot that line, never will. In fact, many times over that year, I fast forwarded to chapter 9 and listened to him say it again.
Persistence is what helped me build this blog. And persistence needs to exist for any worthwhile goal to be reached.
Persistence = firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.
(By the way, “obstinate” means stubborn on unyielding).
In my blog the other day about the future of Healthy Crush, I wrote that my word for 2017 is commitment.
To me, honoring a commitment means taking persistent action towards what you want, even on days when it doesn’t feel easy.
So I say it in my head when I get discouraged…
Don’t forget it. :)
And I highly recommend listening to or reading Think & Grow Rich if you haven’t already. I may re-listen sometime soon. Although that one line might be all I really need.