There comes a point in our lives when we need to stop blaming people for our problems. It is time to get real with yourself about your life. Be truthful about what isn’t working in your life. Stop making excuses and start making results.
Last night I was talking to a good friend about love and healing from hurt, and heartbreak. Discussing in detail about the first time my heart was broken made me think about the importance of acknowledging and validating your personal feelings. Sometimes we think being strong means not giving in to our emotions. Real power comes from being vulnerable enough to feel whatever we feel. We may not see the lesson until we feel the feeling. It was at that moment I was able to feel the pain, hurt, resentment, anger, rejection, and denial. After acknowledging and validating my feelings about my relationship is when I was able to move forward into new circumstances, and accept my own personal growth. I am thankful for the lesson and being able to move forward with love and life. My advice for anyone dealing with a situation feel the feeling and then release it. Happy Hump Day! ~Michael D. Gatson
The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Learn to trust God and enjoy the journey, even when you do not understand it.
This morning I finished editing my mother’s day tribute and I started thinking about the term grateful. Grateful is recognizing what you have for what it is. Admiring the struggle it takes to only be human on this journey of life. At the end of the day, the fact that we have the courage to still be standing is reason enough to celebrate. Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value in your life. What are you grateful for this morning?
Learn to say no, so your yes has some oomph. Spend time with the friends who lift you up, and cut loose the ones who bring you down. Stop giving your power away. Be more concerned with being interested than being interesting. There is a time and place for everything, dont force what’s not supposed to fit into your life. Have a Blessed Weekend!~Michael D. Gatson
Live, Love, & Travel
On the ride back to DC on Sunday, I decided to take out my iPad and journal about the past month. February is the shortest month of the year, but it has been full of up and downs. I have experienced a full range of emotions. We are currently in the month of March and I am sure some of you have forgotten about your New Year Resolutions. Personally I needed to reevaluate my own resolutions. This month I was faced with a few challenges, but I had to remember I am constantly giving some excellent advice to my patients, friends, and family. I need to make sure I am practicing my own advice.
Part of caring for ourselves is being able to care for others.
One of my resolutions was to start taking the time to enjoy the fruits of my labor and enjoy living on the East Coast. The best part of living on the east coast is having four major cities at your disposal Baltimore, Washington DC, Philadelphia, and New York City.
Savor everything: Everything’s temporary.
Feb 4th -9th
At the beginning of the month I had the opportunity to attend a Washington Wizards game, and an Alvin Ailey production with my coworker. The next weekend I had a friend visiting town. Friday we went to the Philadelphia Wine Mixer. The event highlighted some of Philadelphia’s artists, and designers. On Saturday, we had dinner at OYA located near Chinatown. Oya’s menu was quite extensive, the food was quite tasty, and the decor and ambience was elegant and very warm and inviting. On Sunday, I attended University of Maryland’s Ladies Basketball Game.
Feb 14th -17th
The week leading up to Valentines I was not feeling well, so I decided to take a trip to Baton Rouge. Fancy had planned a weekend full of activities such as massages, a Boys II Men Concert, and we enjoyed seafood all weekend at Sammy’s.
Feb 21st -March 2nd
The next weekend I had two friends in town from Philadelphia and New York for a conference. This past weekend I had a great time in New York with my friend Bryce. We spent most of our time in and around Time Square. We stayed at YOTEL New York, located on the west edge of the Times Square area, is just blocks from some of New York City’s most exciting opportunities for adventure and activity. The hotel is unique placing an emphasis on simplicity. The artful, expansive fourth-floor space includes four bars, the Dojo restaurant, lounge areas and hotel terrace. Yotel has an excellent brunch on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, brunch takes over Dojo and terrace with a legendary “all you can eat, and drink” brunch. The brunch has a great DJ, live performance. Brunch Hours: Saturday & Sunday from 11:30am – 5:30pm (last seating at 3:30pm).
True happiness is about finding a balance in your life. It is important to prioritize your life and realize what is really important. The thing we stress over that will not matter in a year takes years off our lives. It is very important to identify friends who are healthy additions to your social circle. When deciding on friends your primary goal is to become close with someone who has similar standards and interest you have and positive attitudes about life. Gravitate toward fun individuals who make you feel supported and enhance your active, healthy lifestyle. Friends like these are good for your overall well-being. At the end of the day, it is important to remember this life. If you do not like something, change it. It is important to open your mind, heart, and arms to new things, and people. Life is about the people you meet on this journey of life, and the things you create with them so go out and start enjoying life and create lasting memories.