Two Teens And Their Mama: Motivational Monday XXXIX

Monday, February 15, 2016

Motivational Monday XXXIX


I've learned many things from my children over the years.  This weekend I got a huge lesson about determination from my youngest son.

For four years, in two sports, T has been working towards earning a spot at the state championships.  He's always been a talented runner, but when he reached high school we suggested (okay, we insisted) that he join the swim team between cross country and track seasons.

Turns out that the toddler who screamed through every swim lesson is a really good swimmer.

But that goal of reaching state continued to elude him.  Sometimes he wasn't quite fast enough, often by just seconds.  Sometimes it was circumstance, and a few times it was plain old bad luck.

No matter what, T kept trying.  Time after time he pushed his anger and disappointment aside.  When he was knocked down, he got back up.  Even when there were moments of doubt, he fought through them.  He trained and worked and never lost sight of the goal.

And Saturday night he reached it.  With a 29 second 50 yard backstroke, and equally good results from his medley relay teammates, T and company earned second place in the district and a spot at the state tournament on Friday.

There's talent there, for sure.  But more than that, there's pure determination. Sometimes we forget how important that is.  

Thanks for the lesson, son.

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It's Monday, so time to join Shaunacey's Monday Moments of Gratitude and share what I'm grateful for this week:

  • If you've read this far, you know I'm grateful for T's swimming success. More than a few tears were shed by his father and I after the race on Saturday.  I'm so proud to be this kid's mom.


  • Blogging friends.  It's a wonderful thing when you connect with people in the writing world.  I've found some ladies who are so supportive and caring, and I can't imagine blogging life without them.  Yesterday my very stylish friend Carrie at A Lovely Little Wardrobe featured my casual Valentine's day outfit, and I'm so honored and grateful that she asked me.
Hope you all have a wonderful week!


32 comments:

  1. Way to go T!!! Love his drive and so excited for the state tournament!! Wish him luck from Indiana!!!

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  2. Go T!!! Hard work and determination pay off!!

    Brooke
    Pumps and Push-Ups

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  3. Love the pride in your voice when you speak of your boys. Go, team! Let me know when you need your next motivational video

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    1. Let's see, that would be Friday. Or I could just replay the first one, since it obviously helped!

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  4. Congrats on your sons victory! Determination goes a long way. Love that quote.
    The blogging community cheers my spirits too.

    - Harlynn
    mindyourmadness.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! I think we forget about determination sometimes.

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  5. That's amazing and what I needed to hear.
    I've been doing Pure Barre after 35 years of pretty much NO exercise. So I'm screaming through it but still determined to go. And change.

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    1. That's so awesome Tamara! I need to try Pure Barre - I've heard such good things.

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  6. Yay for T.... that is awesome and I totally believe determination can get you where you want to be... never giving up, great quote Lana xox ♡

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  7. Congrats to T! Determination is HUGE.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  8. Yay! Congratulations T and mom as well. Fingers crossed for Friday's championship.

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    1. All of mine are crossed too. But honestly, he's just excited to be going!

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  9. Congratulations what a proud moment for you all...we are our children's cheerleaders it amazing me from day one everything we ask of our children they accomplish and with that comes determination.

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    1. Thank you Marisa! It's pretty amazing the things our kids can do.

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  10. He was determined but he has a good mommy to help him along the way!

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  11. Awesome! Congrats! So exciting! I'm getting choked up just reading you writing about it.

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    1. You're so sweet Sarah. I'm still smiling just thinking about it!

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  12. agree with Sarah, I get choked up reading you write about your kids, you can literally feel your pride and love. You need to give yourself some credit too, he wouldn't be who is is without you!
    thanks for linking up!
    Simply Shaunacey

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  13. Congratulations to your son and to your whole family. Swim team practice is usually at God Awful hours and everyone involved needs determination. I think T is going to have a successful life from learning and working for goals early on. Individual achievement and team accomplishment, family love and commitment means good things for him and good work Mom!

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