Overcoming obstacles with Optimism

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Who Are You?

So, please, tell me about yourself. Don’t think about it. Don’t formulate a long, trying-to-impress, response. What is your reaction to that answer which immediately pops into your head?

 

I was asked this question several years ago by a participant in one of my presentations. But then he also added, “How has this answer changed since your brain injury?” It made me think about it for the first time. How do I define myself? What was I like compared to the years before I had my stroke?

 

We evolve. It is logical. We will always evolve. That is life. But who are you today? What is it –what passion, what occupation, what hobby – what is it that defines who you are?

 

 

Is the answer to this questioning what you what it to be? If not, how can you grow into the person you foresee in your future? Defining who we are will certainly evolve over time. Sometimes we will lose the titles we have once bestowed upon ourselves. Press forward, work toward fulfilling your dreams. You have the power to create the person you dream of telling others about.

 

 

“I may not have gone where I intended to go,

but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.”   

-Douglas Adams

Thank You for Watching & Sharing

“I sometimes walk into walls.
I will never recognize who someone is.
Occasionally I still fall down
which only serves to remind me…
… that I am blessed.”

– Tara Fall, author, educator… and seizure, brain surgery, and stroke survivor

 

 

 

What Happens In Vegas…

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The city’s tourism slogan is “What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas”. Are you like me and wonder what does happen? Stop back in two weeks, and I will tell you what really did happen in Vegas. Right now I am full of hopeful anticipation. I will be traveling to Las Vegas next week to speak at two venues.

On Wednesday, September 10th at 7PM, a brand new theater located within part of the newly renovated and exciting Downtown Project has invited me to present. I will be at The Window attempting to inspire with lessons of overcoming adversity. We all face challenges. Everyone needs to remember they are strong enough to face these difficulties. We all have it within us to become stronger after the storm has passed.

On Thursday, September 11th, I have been invited to speak at the world-renowned Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. I will speak to patients and doctors about my first-hand experiences with acquired and traumatic brain injuries. They will hear what it is like to be a patient and live as a survivor.

 

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I am planning on sharing a few stories about what happened in Vegas but pictures… we’ll see.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Serving of Optimism: Quotes & Thoughts (Proud Mom of TKD Black Belts)

Thousands of hours of practice.

A lot of hard work and sweat.

A few tears shed. Bruises painting their bodies.

Ace bandages to wrap what the braces don’t completely fix.

This came together to create their path to

Black Belts.

Black belt ceremony with Master John Park 08-09-14

Black belt ceremony with Master John Park August 09, 2014

 

 

 

“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”   Bruce Lee

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Black belt testing August 02,2014

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Black belt testing August 02,2014

 

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”   Aristotle

 

 

 

Yes, that is a piece of the board going towards the spectators.

Yes, that is a piece of the board going towards the spectators. Black belt testing August 02,2014

 

Black belt testing Tae Kwon Do

Black belt testing August 02,2014

 

 

“Failure is always temporary, only giving up makes it permanent.”   Unknown

 

 

Thank you morguefile.com for the use of this photo.

Thank you morguefile.com for the use of this photo.

 

A black belt is a white belt who never quit.

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