Obstacles, Opportunities in Disguise

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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It’s 9 a.m. and you are racing to work again, pantyhose running, the mind reels with mounting responsibilities, you feel confined, trapped. Breathe, step back and think about this: our obstacles and problems, from the mundane to complex, are opportunities in disguise.

Last week when I interviewed Pebbles Armwood, fellow blogger and mental fitness advocate she said something which resonated: “perception is reality.” Wow. Talk about an aha moment, and apt reminder about the power of attitude.

Carolyn Malachi, one of my favorite artists insists on her song, “Free Your Mind”: “Wherever you are, your mind put you there.” This is no easy lesson; it means you and I must begin the work of turning our issues backwards, and accept responsibility.

Are you frequently late? How could this be altered by practicing mindfulness, leaving ahead of time so that agitation and stress do not overtake you? Do you long to attend school, but feel there is little time to do so? Take one class, and begin looking for periods during the day when study time would work.

Turn your problems into solutions, your obstacles into opportunities. Here are two ways to begin:

1. Change your perceptions – You are not a hapless victim. Look at yourself differently; use affirmations, prayer and mediation.

2. Shift the Focus – My husband always reminds me to shift the focus. Instead of saying “this is impossible” and concentrating on the “problem”, actively look for a solution, shift your focus.

Think of a problem or obstacle. How can you turn it into an opportunity?

Obstacles, Opportunities in Disguise

Emelda De Coteau
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Emelda De Coteau

Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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20130221-152349.jpg

It’s 9 a.m. and you are racing to work again, pantyhose running, the mind reels with mounting responsibilities, you feel confined, trapped. Breathe, step back and think about this: our obstacles and problems, from the mundane to complex, are opportunities in disguise.

Last week when I interviewed Pebbles Armwood, fellow blogger and mental fitness advocate she said something which resonated: “perception is reality.” Wow. Talk about an aha moment, and apt reminder about the power of attitude.

Carolyn Malachi, one of my favorite artists insists on her song, “Free Your Mind”: “Wherever you are, your mind put you there.” This is no easy lesson; it means you and I must begin the work of turning our issues backwards, and accept responsibility.

Are you frequently late? How could this be altered by practicing mindfulness, leaving ahead of time so that agitation and stress do not overtake you? Do you long to attend school, but feel there is little time to do so? Take one class, and begin looking for periods during the day when study time would work.

Turn your problems into solutions, your obstacles into opportunities. Here are two ways to begin:

1. Change your perceptions – You are not a hapless victim. Look at yourself differently; use affirmations, prayer and mediation.

2. Shift the Focus – My husband always reminds me to shift the focus. Instead of saying “this is impossible” and concentrating on the “problem”, actively look for a solution, shift your focus.

Think of a problem or obstacle. How can you turn it into an opportunity?

Blog Chat: ‘Mental Fitness Advocate’ Pebbles Armwood Inspires

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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Photo courtesy of Pebbles Armwood
Photo courtesy of Pebbles Armwood

Some people foolishly counted Pebbles Armwood out, the girl with a different learning style didn’t fit a teacher’s definition of college material. Today, the 30-year-old Baltimore native, charismatic and confident laughs and admits candidly, “I can hardly keep up with everything I’m doing.”

Affable and warm, it’s not difficult to see why Armwood is progressing rapidly after appearing on the Dr. Oz show last year to share her weight loss story. She dropped fifty pounds using his “green drink,” her own healthy juices, exercise and an improved diet. You can now add 2 pounds to that fifty, she says, laughing again, “It was hard getting those 2 lbs off!”

Over a year ago Armwood tiped the scale at 230 lbs; her doctor shared somber news, she was borderline diabetic. Armwood writes on her blog that she decided then not to “allow myself to become sick from something I have control over… At any cost if I can avoid, stop, and prevent any type of disease that’s what I will do.”

Now most days Armwood is juggling a dizzying array of tasks from blogging at Mental Fitness to launching her own website and business (selling her custom healthy drinks and consulting) co-hosting “Women’s Talk” on internet radio station WPBR, completing a book (due out August 17), and serving as an advocate on behalf of her fellow students at Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC).

Mental Fitness logo courtesy of Pebbles Armwood
Mental Fitness logo courtesy of Pebbles Armwood

“I had to learn that my journey wasn’t about the physical weight loss, it was about the mental and emotional weight that I was carrying that I needed to lose.”

Despite these impressive accomplishments, Armwood knows it’s all possible because she refuses to play the victim; today she is an empowered woman, spreading the message of self love, accountability and the challenge to be authentic.

I’m sure you will leave inspired and convinced that you have the power to change after listening to our blog chat via Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/live-in-color-blog/blog-chat-mental-fitness

Check out Pebbles’ video produced by Keystone Productions, and find out how she makes that fabulous juice.