Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Own Your Dreams

“Life will only change when you become more committed to your dreams than your comfort zone.” 
- Billy Cox

I recently snapped a picture of my dog truly living in his comfort zone. We have to want more for our lives then a lazy dog.

There is a time and a place to let yourself relax, but there is also a time to be motivated and to go forward with your life. 

After enduring a life altering injury you have to want. Every one of us has a great desire that we must tap into. I feel that I rest so much more peacefully when I have gone forward with my life and am proud of where I am going. My dog seems to not have a care in the world. We need to know that we are not dogs and we must always be pushing towards the next best thing. We are all capable of extraordinary things and we must never doubt ourselves. I try to never allow myself to go with the motions.

This is our life and we have to keep working towards making it enjoyable. Dogs are the best but we have to realize that their life is all about peace and relaxation. I think that I achieve the most peace when I feel that I am living in a productive manner. My largest dream post brain injury is to live as a productive and meaningful member of society. After sustaining a devastating injury I think that we all seek true peace. Injuries can be physical, emotional or spiritual they all leave us searching for what our purpose is. The holidays are coming and I am going to continue searching for meaning in all that I do. I would love to hear how you have found meaning in your lives.

I am searching for peace, a peace that will allow us to proceed forward while feeling okay. I hope that my pursuit of my dreams will allow me to find peace. I know that this will be a lifelong pursuit. Peace and family love are two very special aspects of the holidays. I hope that we all are surrounded by love and care. We have to desire more for ourselves then our comfort zone. We cannot allow ourselves to be lax and to abandon our desire for more.

We all have to want more for ourselves. I love interacting with every person that I meet and learning about what makes him or her unique. Every one of us is unique and we all have our own special gifts that we can share with the world. I think that each one of us should share our story and take pride in how far we have come. Every person has his or her own story about what makes them up.

There is a special bond amongst the brain injury community and I feel that each one of us is capable of incredible things. I would love to hear any thoughts that you may have.

~Noelle

Monday, December 11, 2017

Lead with Your Heart; Never Slow Down

“Four steps to achievement: Plan purposefully. Prepare prayerfully.  Proceed positively. Pursue persistently.”  - William A. Ward



I am trying to live my life with the quote of William Ward deeply seeded in my consciousness. I allow myself to participate in activities because I believe that the mind works better when it is stimulated in many different areas. I go out fishing from time to time because I feel that I freely think when I am out on the water. I am planning to keep up with my life and try to remain positive.

I know that there is a whole segment of the population who has sustained brain injuries and they are looking to proceed forward with their lives. It’s okay to be scared, but you have to continue moving forward. This year I am trying to remain active in the colder weather and I am doing a good job. Just because the weather gets colder does not mean that your activities in your life need to slow down.


Every activity that you take part in should serve to aid you as you plan your days ahead. I enjoy people and I like to do things with people. I greatly enjoy fishing in the colder weather. I will include a picture from my most recent trip. When you are out on the water you are able to momentarily step away from your responsibilities and truly allow yourself to enjoy the wind and the water. I reflect a great deal when I am out fishing and there is plenty of time to allow your mind to wander and enjoy. I feel that I am far more prepared to tackle my work when I have a good balance amongst my days. I am taking part in many activities and I feel better able to do my job when I have all of my experiences to share. A big part of who we all are is a sum of our experiences. 

I went to a charity function last night to support the Cerebral Palsy Foundation. It is important to always remember that somebody has it worse off. We all have our challenges and we all have to be there to support one another. I am a huge proponent of getting involved with local charities and opening your heart up to other people.

We were all put on this earth to help one another. My nephew has a huge heart and he and his sister are both going to do great things for people. I am excited to see how they both develop and where they will go in life.

I thank you very much for reading and would love to read any comments that you may have.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Letting Go, Looking Up and Facing Forward

“How would your life be different if you learned to let go of the things that have already let go of you? Free yourself from a past that you cannot change.” - Steve Maraboli

Often times in life we need to face the things that are. While there are many things that we can make an effort toward to change; certain things happen that cannot be changed. Occurrences happen to all of us. There is not always a specific reason for everything, things happen and how we react to them is what makes us who we are.


I try and let go of the things in life that we cannot change. This injury happened to me, and I am doing my best to live as normally as possible. I hope and pray that I can be of some influence to somebody who is going through similar circumstances. I have friends from all walks of life and it seems that every person will go through different experiences that help to make them who they are. Maybe this injury has made me much better able to discuss with people who have had various different life experiences. Maybe I have to consider myself fortunate. I am able to visit with family quite often and I am never alone for too long. My health is doing fantastic and I am able to think and reason. All things considered I am incredibly fortunate to be able to live every day while trying to impact others.

This life was created for us to try and impact others. I try and relate as much as I can to as many people as possible. This is our life, how are we going to make it ours? I always strike up philosophical conversations with many people that I meet. I think that much can be learned about someone when you delve deep into their philosophy on this life. We all have a purpose and we are here to aid and help one another along the journey.

We have to challenge ourselves to think and believe in our actions.  I think that we should all try to think deeper and challenge ourselves to reason all of our actions and figure out what makes us tick. I love chatting with everyone that I meet on a deeper level.  I feel that we all have our own stories. Maybe my cerebral thinking makes me a bit different from the typical person that you meet. I know that here are many people who will engage me in a deep conversation. I love charity events because I feel there are many like-minded people getting together for a common cause.

I thank you so much for reading and I would love to hear any thoughts that you may have. ~ Noelle