Category Archives: Inspirational

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover

Every so often I hear a life lessons story that surprises me and I have to share this one.

A older man walks into a semi truck store.  He is wearing bib overalls, muddy boots and sporting an unshaved, rough beard.  There were two sales men standing chatting at the counter.  The first refused to walk over and help the disheveled man, he disappeared into the back room leaving the second salesman to help him.  The second salesman walked over and greeted the man.  The salesman shook his hand and asked how he could help him.  The disheveled man started to tell the salesman a story of a man he knew that started a trucking business with the type of trucks they sold there at the store.  He told the story of how the entrepreneur worked extremely hard until he had a large fleet of trucks.  The salesman remarked “Wow, that’s fantastic, how did he do it?”  The disheveled man smiled “He lived well below his means.  He didn’t live by pretense  You’d never know how successful he was if you saw him walking down the street.”  The disheveled man took a check book out of his pocket and said “Now, I’m looking to expand my business, I need to buy 17 more semi trucks.”

I was so shocked when I heard this.  After a bit of thought it reminded me of Sam Walton – the man who started Wal-Mart.  He was the exact same way, he drove an old, beat up pick up truck, he didn’t dress fancy and he treated everyone the same.

Moral of the story:  don’t judge a book by it’s cover, you never know the story if you don’t open the book.  

How would you feel if you were the first salesman that walked away and ignored him???

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How to form a habit

Habits are the hardest things to form and the easiest to break.  I’ve made it my goal to lose weight and be fit.  I also strive to be the best possible student I can be.  I’m not perfect, but I try my hardest.  How did I form my habits?

1).  Set a goal.
In order to start a new habit, you have to have a goal in mind.  Set your goal and make sure it’s a SMART goal.  Check out my post about https://heatherbergdahl.com/2014/11/06/setting-goals/
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2).  Find an accountability partner.
I always need an accountability partner, whether it’s studying or working out.  I need someone there to make sure I get my workout in or read all of the material.
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3).  Be very specific about what you want to achieve.
I write down all of my progress in my notebook, be specific about what you’re trying to achieve and the time frame you’re going to do it in.  I know exactly what food I eat everyday and how much.  I know what workouts I did at the gym and how much studying I accomplished.  Before the day is over, I set my expectations for the next day to keep myself on track.
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4).  Challenge yourself to new levels.
Make your habits live improvements, they should be difficult but doable!  It took me 9 months to lose 52 pounds, but I made incremental goals, once I hit one goal, I made a new one!  It takes 21 days to make a habit, I was determined not to give up!
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5).  If you get off track, it’s ok!  Keep going!
I’m not going to lie, it’s hard to stay on track – especially a diet/workout plan.  I would give in to ice cream, but ONLY once and a while.  Everything in moderation, right??
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6).  Keep track of everything.
Write it all down, track your progress.  You’ll be shocked at how far you come!  If you’re losing weight, take all your measurements.  Sometimes when you don’t see your work reflected on the scale, it’s because you’re losing inches.
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If you have any other tips and tricks for conquering those hard to establish habits, I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

5 ways to stop exam anxiety

So, it’s the big day.  You walk into your exam venue with your heart in your throat.  You can barely breathe as you sit down for your exam.  You fumble with your power cord and pen as you get situated.  Your breathing rate increases and you can feel your palms start to sweat.  If this sounds like you, you might have exam anxiety.

It’s natural to have some degree of nervousness going into an important exam, but it’s crucial you know how to calm yourself properly.  Here are my 5 ways to stop exam anxiety:

1).  Take a deep breath.
Three to be exact.  Take three deep breaths.  Inhale completely and hold it for a moment and then release.  If you find your nervousness starts to come back, repeat the deep breathing.

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2).  Grip your chair.
While seated grab the seat of your chair and grip it as hard as you can and release.   This helps you focus on something else and helps relieve tension.  

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3).  Get to your exam venue EARLY.
Nothing will make you more anxious than being late.  Make sure you set plenty of alarms and get there early!

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4).  Think positive thoughts.
My mantra is usually “I’m not missing more than ten because I’m going to get an A on this.  I’ve worked hard, I put in the time and I know my material very well.  I’m more than prepared.  Now it’s time for me to show what I know.”

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5).  Avoid stress pots.
You know exactly what I’m talking about.  The student that is sweating bullets, still trying to review material minutes before walking into the exam.  Don’t just walk, RUN away from these people.  You do NOT need their anxious energy.

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Best of luck on your exams!!!

Climb until your dreams comes true

Often your tasks will be many,
And more than you think you can do.
Often the road will be rugged
And the hills insurmountable too.

But always remember, the hills ahead
Are never as steep as they seem,
With faith in your heart climb upward
And continue to reach for your dreams.

For nothing in life that is worthy,
Is ever too hard to achieve.
If you have the courage to do it
While maintaining your faith and believe.

For faith is a force that is greater
Than knowledge or power or skill,
And many defeats turn to triumph,
If you trust in your wisdom and will.

For faith is a mover of mountains.
There’s nothing that you cannot do,
So start out today with belief in your heart
And climb until your dreams comes true.

– Helen Steiner Rice

Midterms are over… on to FINALS!!!

What an amazing weekend to end such a stressful week!  I have reached the other side!  I’m so proud of all of the hard work I put in, the late hours, personal sacrifices, etc.  This was a difficult set of exams!  I allowed myself to de-stress the entire weekend… Hit up the beach right after the last midterm on Friday.  Stopped at a yummy bakery for some delicious sweets and coffees – which has an amazing view… check out the pictures!!!

Check out my Saturday activities:  here!

Huge Achievements

As most of you know, I’ve been on my weight loss journey for a long time now.  I’m reaching the end of the journey and my target weight loss.  Thus far I’ve lost 32 pounds… It’s hard to see the improvements, since I see myself everyday, but on days like today- I know that I couldn’t have done this 6 months ago.  On Saturday, I went to my first hash- it’s a crazy hiking/running adventure through the forest.  I was hesitant to say yes because of my asthma and general out-of-shapeness, but I did, I said yes!

The hardest part of journey was the climb up.  There were so many places that I wanted to give up but I kept pressing on.  I passed other people who had given up and I kept thinking, don’t do it, don’t quit.  After a gruelling 30-40 minutes of climbing up this huge mountain we reached the top!  It was an incredibly exhilarating experience.  I couldn’t believe how amazing I felt.  I didn’t get up and I endured the challenge before me – just like my midterms!