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Mantra Monday XXVI: Embrace the Bad

Author: Joe Lizz Embrace the bad so you can grow, and so that you can appreciate the good when it comes. Last week, I was talking to a friend of mine about how I wasn’t having a good week and it seemed like far more bad was happening than good. Later that day he shared on Facebook a video where a man shared stories from other people’s really bad days (like falling into crocodile infested waters and having to swim to shore) and how when they were asked about the experiences they responded with things like: it could have been worse, it build character, I learned so much. The obvious lesson to take away from the video was of course: my...

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Mantra Monday XXV: If You Need Help, Ask

Author: Joe Lizz Mantra Monday has become a way of keeping a small history of my week — my thoughts, my struggles, my successes, my growth. Each Mantra Monday blog I write is inspired by my own personal life the week before. Sometimes those moments are filled with happiness, and sometimes they’re filled with sorrow, but every one of them is powerful and worth remembering.  This week, I was reminded of the importance of not always carrying your burden(s) alone and asking for help when you need it.   My son lost his very first tooth, and while we celebrate this milestone, it brought up the pain of having lost a child a couple of years ago.  As the pain took root, I...

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Mantra Monday XXIII: Let Go So New Growth Can Take Root

Author: Joe Lizz This week I was reminded by Kayleigh, one of the other amazing team members here at Blue Ridge Hemp, of the importance of letting go, new growth, and that the old saying “when one door closes another door opens”can apply to something as simple as pruning a flower so that it can continue to thrive and bloom. (Serious side note, if you don’t know who Kayleigh is, she is just magic in human form, and she helps produce all our products with l-o-v-e). This is one of those simple concepts that in our minds make us think: “well, duh” but when it’s time to actually apply the theory into action, we can freeze, panic, or divert to old behaviors in order...

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Mantra Monday XXII: 7 Billion People, 7 Billion Ways to Live

Author: Joe Lizz There is a beautiful power and strength in being vulnerable. It’s humbling, both for ourselves and those with whom we share that vulnerability. Personally, I am guilty of not seeking help when I need it. Sometimes it’s due to pride or ego and other times it’s because I don’t want to seem like a burden to those from whom I need to ask for help. Three decades of life have passed and I’m finally learning that not asking for help hurts me and creates ripples of delays, miscommunications, and frustration far beyond myself. 1. See help as a learning experience What is life without constant growth and learning? If we knew all there was to know and had experienced all there was to experience, we would be...

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Mantra Monday XXI: A "Not Mantra" Monday

Author: Joe Lizz Happy Monday Blue Ridge Nation! Today I’m going to do something a little different for Mantra Monday, a “not mantra” Mantra Monday, if you will — because I’m a rebel, and I believe in honoring where you are, and because my favorite part of writing a Mantra Monday blog is that it always comes from an experience or feeling in my own life the week prior. This past week I’ve found myself getting annoyed at my lack of commitment to the things I enjoy. Reading, writing, walking — I’ve done none of it. And then I realized that I should take my own advice and MAKE time for the things that I enjoy. By constantly working and caring for my family and those around me, and not caring for myself,...

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