Monday Mantra: Dale Carnegie

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Monday Mantra, to be honest it kind of fell off the rails. I ran out of goals that inspired me so I decided to take a Monday Mantra break for a few weeks to re-evaluate it. I decided that if I had a goal that I was inspired about I could still post it as my Mantra. However, as an addition for a little Monday inspiration I decided I could pick a quote I really liked for whatever reason and use it for inspiration throughout the week. Monday Mantra was my invention so I feel like I have the power to switch it up when I feel like it. I have a rule about blogging, I don’t write unless I feel inspired so I needed a little switch up in the mantra’s to feel the inspiration again!  Smile


So I just got home from the information session on a course I am taking for the next 12 weeks and I am so inspired!! It’s a Dale Carnegie course called Effective Communication and Human Relations. I am so excited about taking this course, a few people from my work are doing it as well and it seems like I’m going to learn a lot as well as have a lot of fun! This course is right up my alley, I love reading and learning about communication and human relations, I work in human resources after all! Smile




There is a lot of reading for this course, but I can’t wait to take it all in! I was googling when I came home about Dale Carnegie and found this quote that I thought would be fitting for this week’s mantra:


“Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude”


I think this is so unbelievably true, you make the choice on whether you are going to be happy or sad, worried, angry, or whatever. Before I start my day I make the choice no matter if I spill my coffee, had a bad run, or nothing was going my way to be happy and positive. Life is just better if you’re are enjoying it. You need to CHOOSE to be happy, once you make the choice? The rest will follow.  Smile 


I plan to remind myself of this mantra throughout the week when I need it the most! Alright, I am off to start digging into those books! Smile I have the perfect accompaniment for reading….guacamole! (PS: new Canadian Blogger Series post coming tomorrow!!).



Anyone ever take a Dale Carnegie course or read one of his books? Thoughts?

Favourite snack while reading?

Do you think happiness is a choice?

Monday Mantra: Everyday Be Planking

As usual Ill start off with an update about last week. This mantra was really fun, every night I wrote 5 things in my journal I was thankful for. I really found it was a great way to not only reflect on my day but also to stay positive. I found myself randomly throughout the week thinking to myself, X is awesome I am adding this to the thankful list. For example, tonight while swimming I had the whole lane to myself. If you swim you know how great this is, it’s not that I am anti-social, I am awful at going straight doing the back stroke! haha Empty lane means I get to swim in the middle all I want! Some highlights from my list:


1. New sneakers

2. Grape tomatoes

3. TV on the internet

4. Lipgloss

5. Slippers

6. Rest days

7. Snow days

8. Wine

9. Pizza

10. Saturdays


Funny now that I read back through them all I notice a lot of focus on food! Smile Anyways I thought this mantra was a nice positive way to end the day, I’ll be keeping it up!


Monday Mantra: Everyday Be Planking 


Source: Pinterest

I have that song stuck in my head and now you do to (you’re welcome)! So I wanted to try and work on my plank for a while but I hate doing planks in Body Pump so why would I try and do them at home? I thought about it today (while swimming) and the major reason I keep getting injuries seems to be I have a weak core, quads, and glutes! So I figured I’d work on the core aspect by working on my plank. So I am going to time my plank everyday and see if it improves. I don’t have a set goal in mind but I’d like to get closer to 2 minutes by next Monday. I did my first one today and managed 1:04 (I am WEAK), ya gotta start somewhere!


Your turn! What’s your goal (#MondayMantra) for this week?

What’s the longest plank you can do?

What are you thankful for today?