It’s not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you’ve lived.
Are you busy gathering or scattering? And what exactly are you scattering?
While I believe self-improvement is important, there’s a way to positively impact your community while doing so. By community, I mean both the physical place you live, and the people you come across every day.
One of my goals this year is to intentionally think about how my reactions to the events going on around me are affecting others. Am I wasting my energy by spreading negativity, or am I creating something meaningful? What am I bringing into the lives of those around me?
By “scattering” a positive outlook, I hope to be an uplifting force for those I come across, restoring their energy instead draining it.
This month’s resolution is purely physical: move my body more. I spend six days a week at barre3 instructing and taking classes. There’s no question that I’m getting great workouts in. However, like many others, I’m not moving at all for a good portion of most days at a desk for eight hours.
I need to make a commitment to move in other ways. Go for a 10 minutes jog now that the weather is warm. Hit up that neighborhood yoga class. Re-implement the standing desk. Take a walk during lunch. Little “movements” for big results (one of my favorite barre3 mantras!)
Every day I will make an effort to move a little more than usual. Mostly because:
I love this quote because it’s universal. It applies as much to me as it does to anyone. It’s a reminder that we all have a place in the world- we’re all on the same team, trying to better ourselves while bettering the things around us.
Be good (morally) and be good (skillfully), no matter “what” you are.
Do you ever get the feeling you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be? Today I’m feeling so thankful for all of the opportunities in front of me. For those who don’t know, I’m in the midst of training to become a barre3 instructor. I am obsessed with this workout and everything it stands for: honoring your body, having fun and challenging yourself. I started taking classes in October as a way to tone-up and get healthier. It ended up being a lot more than that. I’m beyond ecstatic I get to share my love for this workout with all of you!
Another reason I can’t stop smiling? This afternoon, Courtney Gerlach, the owner of barre3 Columbus, held a donation class for the CYP CLUB’s annual charity event, A Date 2 Remember. We had a full class and it really warmed my heart to see members of the young professional community come together to raise money and try something new. All of the money from this class (and from the event) goes to United Way of Central Ohio and City Year Columbus. They’re both awesome charities and I truly believe they’re making huge strides in changing the Columbus community for the better.
My husband (pictured below), brother-in-law, and a few personal friends came to this afternoon’s barre3 class as well. They’re not as familiar with A Date 2 Remember, so it meant A TON to have their support, too. Unconditional love at it’s finest!
I wanted to share my happiness with all of you and encourage you to find a way to do what you love. What my favorite late-night comic said is true:
“If you work really hard, and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.”
SIDENOTE: For those interested in trying barre3, I’ll be teaching a few free community classes before officially being added to the schedule. I’d be happy to let you know when those will be!
Thursday is when I start looking forward to the weekend. I get to choose my own activities for a full 48 hours. Spend time with friends? Workout? Study? Go to dinner? Read a book? No one dictates that but me!
It’s become increasingly more important to make my free time count as the year progresses. I came across a few quotes today from spark new thinking that energized me:
“Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.” – Jerry Rice
“Opportunity follows struggle. It follows effort. It follows hard work. It doesn’t come before.” -Shelby Steele
“Nobody ever wrote a plan to be broke, fat, lazy and stupid. Those things are what happen when you don’t have a plan.” -Larry Winget […and while I wouldn’t use all of Larry’s exact words… I get the point he was trying to make!]
I’m motivated for a productive, fun and fulfilling weekend. Bring on Friday!