Think Positive with Project Positivity 2012 Week #45

This week I got to interview Toni McKnight Adams for Project Positivity and she was amazing as I expected.  I met Toni a while ago at a networking event and I was so captivated by her great attitude.   It was an honor to award her with a Positive Pin™.  

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Transcript:

Jonathan

Hey guys it’s Jonathan with The Positive Pin™ and we are now at week number 45 of Project Positivity. It’s a little bit loud, we’re outside we’re doing “au-natural” and I am with a lady that I met at several networking events and she always has an amazingly positive attitude.  Toni McKnight Adams.  And I love that name, you sounds like you should be a movie star, like you should be a performer “TONI MCKNIGHT ADAMS” when I hear it it always makes me smile.  So please accept this Positive Pin™ for your positive attitude and tell our fans do you have any daily practices that you use to stay positive?  I mean how do you stay positive?  When we see you at  events you’re always in a good mood.

Toni

Aw thank you.  What I do every morning when I get up the first thing is I pray and give God the glory that I was able to wake up and open my eyes for another blessing everyday and then look in the mirror, and I tell myself that “Toni, today is your day”. Do not let anyone else choose your attitude. Smile, be happy, keep it moving.

Jonathan

I like that.  You know, one of the things as you guys probably know if you’ve been watching the videos there seems to be a common thread of giving prayer, so I absolutely believe when you give thanks for the gift of life you live a more positive life.

Toni

Yeah

Jonathan

Do you have any stories that you were, you had a challenge and you said you know what, I’m just going to think positive thoughts and you came out of the other side with a, with a victory?

Toni

Yeah, my biggest challenge was trying to figuring out what career I wanted to be in.  My mom was a nurse, she worked a lot of hours and I told myself, I don’t want to be a nurse. So it was time for me to choose a career and I chose nursing.  Yeah, so I said I”m going to control my career not let my career control me, because you can always go to any city any place and then you can get a job. But I was fearful of wanting to be a nurse because there’s not always positive outcomes.  But I gave it my best shot and I did it for 21 years. So after 3 years of bing a nurse I decided it was time to start a family. So I had a child, and he’s here today, his name is Richard, and I was 22 years old, and I had him and he was 6 months premature, he was 2 pound 2 ounce baby. So I told myself, that actually, my mom told me that God gives special people special things, and he is my gift from God. And so my duty and my role is to take care of him to the best of my ability, and it is what it is, so we came out of that challenge and that is the most positive thing I see. After I look in the mirror in the morning and tell myself don’t let others choose your attitude, I look at my son Richard and he says “good morning mom”

Jonathan

He’s smiling over there, he’s smiling off camera

Toni

Yes, and I say “good morning” Richard, he says “how are you doing” and I say “fine” and he says “good, me too, I love you” and that’s every day, non stop. And he is my PIC, my Parter In Crime. Where I go, he goes, and it’s almost like a bond. So that is so wonderful, to take something that could have turned out “oh I have a handicapped son he’s going to be in a wheelchair for the rest of his life what am I going to do, I have to feed him every day, I have to change his diapers, da da da”  No, just look at it like this is your child, this is something that came from you and go out there and let him experience the world. And other people see that. You think you have problems?  Nah, not at all, you’re truly blessed. Richard never complains, he doesn’t know any different.

Jonathan

He has a more active lifestyle than I do!  He’s out having fun meeting beautiful ladies, so he’s lucky.

Toni

He builds relationships, that’s the good thing. That’s what I tell my family and friends.  And then the other thing I see about Think Positive is God first, Family second Career third. But you always have to take care of yourself.  But you also have to tell yourself “you know what, for me to keep things positive, don’t ever use anything ending with an “NT” and what I mean by that is don’t use the word don’t, won’t, can’t, shouldn’t, wouldn’t, couldn’t, because those are negative words and you’re going to end up with negative results. So those are similar things that you need to do. Other ways that I feel, that I make myself feel positive is to make myself smile, no matter what pain my back may be in, no matter what may have happened, no matter what financial situation you may be in or job related you may be in, just make yourself smile, and if you smile, people around you will smile, and it is contagious, believe it or not.

Jonathan

Oh I know, I listen to a lot of motivational stuff and the guys on the tapes say “right now stop whatever you’re doing and just smile a big goofy grin and you will feel better, and it’s absolutely right.  Just smile, while you’re watching this video smile, you’ll feel better about your day.

Toni

The other thing that I use in my life that I can’t go without is music. Music has no boundaries. Whether it be country and western, R & B, rap, hip hop, jazz, tejano or pop whatever, just blast it, turn it up and just enjoy it, and take the words and just live by them.

Jonathan

Music is universal, I love it.

Toni

Yeah, I really do

Jonathan

You were good, you were nervous that you weren’t going to have anything to tell our fans but this is good. You really opened up and I love the saying that “God will never give you more than you can handle”.

Toni

Yeah, you know with out economy today and with how our world is today, look at somebody else, and they have it worse and you look at yourself and you’re like I’m are blessed without money, without a nice home just live as basic as possible. Just like I say, surround yourself with positive people, and they say how do you do that? First of all go to places that are happy. Think that you chose to be outside for this interview, because I think outdoors and the environment has a lot to do with your mood.

Jonathan

Absolutely

Toni

Yeah, so I like trees and I like the wind and the sun and the sounds of the water and the lake and just thinking about that is so rejuvenating.

Jonathan

It’s calming, and yea absolutely you feel like you’re one with nature. Hopefully it’s not too windy in this video where you can hear us because Toni is a little soft spoken, we’ll have a transcript beneath it if you need read it, if the wind is making it a little loud.

Toni

TONI SOFT SPOKEN?!  haha ,yeah, well you know what, what I tell myself it take one day at a time and slow your life down. And I try to take two evenings a week and get out and rub shoulders with people. Get out and shake a hand or say hello or just be around people. People sometimes isolate themselves and that can bring on depression, that’s not positive. Sometimes you say oh it’s good and I can sit in the corner and I can do my social media, yeah that’s fine and dandy but, sometimes that can take you to another level because you’re not happy, so you see other people happy, you may not be happy, so just come and join us and be happy and introduce yourself and say “hey, I’m Toni” or “hey, hi Jonathan” not that you’re just every minute going to stay there just take that moment to say hi, even if it’s just a shout out across the room. You know, sometimes we go to the mall to people watch.

Jonathan

Yeah, I mean you can be the most positive person in the world but if you’re at home, no one gets to experience that positive energy so get out, come out, meet us and spread it.

 Toni

Yeah, and don’t afraid to feel like you don’t belong, and I see that sometimes. We all belong, we’re all God’s children, you know, this is our space, so enjoy it. And it doesn’t even cost money most of the time. It doesn’t cost money to sit out here and let the leaves blow, and the acorns you know. Yeah, get out there it’s free, that’s a big thing I see. I don’t spend much money, because, and I don’t have much money to spend, that’s probably why, but you know what, I’m happy because money doesn’t cry over you, so you don’t cry over money.  Of course we need it to live but other than that, do those free-bees. Which right now is a good feeling. Friday afternoon sitting out here under the trees enjoying the breeze and looking at Jonathan’s smile I got my Positive Pin and my positive kid over there.

Jonathan

Well thank you very much for doing this, I appreciate it

Toni

Thank you for allowing me

Jonathan

Oh my pleasure! Guys if you want to get a Positive Pin please go to our website, it’s right here WWW.PositivePin.com if you want to see other amazing testimonials like Toni’s go to our blog, we have a video blog where you can listen to other great inspiring testimonials by people and listen to what they do on a daily basis to live a move positive life, it’s WWW.ThinkPositiveBlog.com, thanks for stopping by and we will see you next week, week number 46.

Jonathan de la Garza

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2 thoughts on “Think Positive with Project Positivity 2012 Week #45

  1. Thank you so much for the oppurtunity of allowing me to be able to share my testimonial about being positive…Thanks for my positive pin…

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