The Pantheon Games 2014

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On the verge of ruffling some feathers and upsetting some people, I have to get something off of my chest. I am days away from one of the biggest comps of the year and when I arrived at the box today, I just didn’t want to. My energy level is low. My performances at the box have been marginal at best. I know the biggest culprit was my traveling schedule. My modeling schedule had me in Washington DC, Las Vegas, and Philadelphia in less than two weeks. Although I worked out while I was on the road, it not the same as being with the other competitors from the box. Time to get tough. This is all a big mental game. I didn’t come this far to turn back now. So I push a little harder, train a little smarter..

It’s show time!

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“Time to Make the Donuts”

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Dunkin Donuts ran a commercial several years ago of a baker who rose every morning around 4am to make those infamous donuts everyone loves. Sounds crazy but when I wake up at 430, I often compare myself to that little baker. Here’s why.

Those wee early morning hours are the best because for the most part,  the rest of the world’s asleep.  Less distractions to derail you from completing your tasks.  If you are a fitness enthusiast, like myself,  the gym is easier to maneuver.  Fewer people are there and the ones who are there are serious about getting it done too. (They’re on their way to work. No time for play. )

The early morning hours are free from annoying notifications popping across your monitor as you’re trying to attack your inbox. You’re free and clear to zip through the endless amounts of messages.

Let’s cut to the chase. Why get up at an ungodly hour of the morning? Well you can sit back and wish for a lot of things OR you can get off your butt and accomplish those goals.  In order to achieve the goals, one must be disciplined enough to do the necessary NOW so you can play LATER.  It’s hard work that can be grueling and frustrating at times. However,  the rewards of being tenacious far outweighs the bad.

So, tonight  I challenge you to set your clock for an hour earlier and see how you do. It’s the ultimate gut check in character. Hit snooze and accept mediocrity or get up and be a trailblazer.  Only you can make that decision.   

When In Doubt, Pick Up A Bar

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Normally I try to keep my stress level down to a minimum. But today was not that day. Things just came along and totally messed with my head. I mean the day started off great but as the morning when on, it slowly went downhill. Looking back, I realize I was wrong for allowing the situation to get to me. I mean I am only human; it gets the best of all of us. Rather than become overwhelmed, I decided to not stress over the things I have no control over. (People are going to do what they want to do.) Secondly, prioritize the things that I HAD to do and WANTED to do. Once I did that, things started to slow down and fall into pieces. As we get closer to the holiday season it’s only going to get worse. Be kind to yourself. Take yourself to get your nails done. Go out with a friend. Catch a movie on Netflix but whatever you do, don’t stress.

And of course, there is always the gym. Pick up a bar and settle your issues there..

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Don’t Wake Me From This Dream

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I have always loved Las Vegas.  Not sure if it’s the lights, the energy of the people, beautiful buildings. Who knows, but ever since I was a child, I vowed I would go there one day. That day is today.

I must confess,  I came here one other time.  I came here to get married.  That was an experience in itself,  however I didn’t get to really see the sights and enjoy the city.  I listened to my THEN husband. Not to get too involved with the details but I should have skipped the wedding and went straight for the sightseeing.  The marriage didn’t last but the memories did.  Fast forward to today.  I get to come here and model. Not just here on the strip but out in the beautiful landscapes and dry lake beds of Nevada! Never in my wildest dreams did I think it would happen to me. But that’s claasic Shellane.  I get something in my head and BOOM!  I charge like a rhino.  I will not stop until I get what I want.

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So I ask you, are you pursuing your dreams? Take charge of your destiny,  before someone else does.

The Balance

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Do you ever wake up thinking about things you were upset about yesterday? It’s ok, admit it, you do. Everyone does,  including yours truly.  But honestly,  how can one move forward if they are stuck in the past? Frozen in time, unable to move forward and embrace what waits for them?

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One thing I do is receit this positive quote I have in my bathroom. It says, “DREAM. Never ever give up on your dreams.” That pushes me through the sludge of  doubt and uncertainty.  What is it that you do? Do you have a mantra or something that you have that pushes you through to the next level? If you don’t….

Maybe you should.

From Practice to Permanent

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Upon rising, I wake up refreshed and grateful for being alive. There is a roof over my head and my family around me. I have my health and a strong body; ready to tackle the day. But, there are moments I don’t feel so excited and “happy go lucky”. I have to really push to get past my “funk” That is when I step back and think about those who are really going through the struggle. I have friends dealing with death, divorce, unemployment…I mean it is scary stuff you know?

“Shake it off!”, Taylor Swift’s song instantly comes to mind. I am not a big Taylor Swift fan but the message rings true. Shake off the negativity and be the best version of me I can be. There are so many opportunities where I can be a blessing to someone else. A kind word or even a smile can do wonders for cheering someone up. Other ways to attempt to be better is to give it your all. Meaning whether it is a performance, learning a new skill or answering customer phone calls take each opportunity to be better than the last. I discover before to long what becomes practice becomes permanent.

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