You Are What You Seek

 

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Be a Good One

BeAGoodOneI 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.

Sharing Thanks

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!

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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!

New Thinking Thursday

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!

You Choose Your Hard

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Being overweight SUCKS. While I’ve never been severely obese, there was a time when health and fitness took a backseat.

And guess what? IT WAS HARD. I was lazy, tired, unmotivated. I didn’t feel good about myself. It was harder, especially emotionally, than losing weight. It’s frustrating and you feel hopeless. You think it’ll take too long to get to where you want, so you don’t try.

SURPRISE: The time passes anyway. You choose what you do with it.

Creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is hard. It requires a conscious effort every day. But once you make that decision, it gets better. That 5:30 a.m. workout? It’s not easy for anyone. But it will become routine. And for me, getting up early was easier than being overweight. BAM.

Come up with your own hard/harder examples:

HARD: Losing weight. Healthy choices. Exercising.

HARDER: Being out of breath. All the time.
HARDER: Not being around long enough to see your grandkids.
HARDER: Noticing the way others notice you.
HARDER: 
Passing on your unhealthy habits to your children.

No one can make that decision for you, and only when you realize that being overweight is actually HARDER than the alternative, you’ll begin to change. And what a change it will be! You’ll start to feel good about yourself. You’ll reach tiny milestones. While it’s hard to say “no way!” to that one piece of chocolate/pizza/pie/cake… it becomes rewarding. You understand the strength of your own willpower.

Alternatively, I’m sure it’s hard to think of a hundred excuses as to why you can’t lose weight, why you don’t want to lose weight, why you’ve tried and why it won’t work. So if that’s your thing… you can choose that.

YOU CHOOSE YOUR HARD.

Life is Like Riding a Bicycle

Balance

Life is busy. Duh. Whether it’s calling/visiting friends and family, volunteering for a cause, getting your workout in, nurturing your relationship… it’s a lot to think about.

But life is all about balance and that’s the tricky part. When does it become too much? When are the meetings, the workouts, the volunteering commitments too much? And how do you keep it from snowballing into one big mess?

For me, I thrive when I have things to do and a set schedule. I love working to fit everything in. If I have nothing planned out in advance, I’m more likely to spend the night sitting on the couch, thinking I have all the time in the world. Then it’s 11 p.m. and nothing has been accomplished.

The scale differs and my healthy balance isn’t going to be the same as the next person’s. A few general tips helped me find mine and showed me the areas of my life that I should focus on. Hopefully they’ll do the same for you:

  1. Track your schedule for one week. Compare how you’re spending your time against your top priorities (friendships, family, etc…)
  2. Cut out dysfunctional or draining relationships. Life can hit you hard and you need to save up your resources for things and people that really matter.
  3. Make a list of the things you want to accomplish in the next year, 5 years and 10 years. When you see them on paper it will help you map out how to reach them.
  4. Have open conversations with loved ones when you’re struggling. This will not only relieve stress, but offer insight into ways to overcome your rough patch.
  5. Learn to say no. If it’s not a productive use of your time, don’t do it.

I haven’t figured out the exact formula yet and I’m the first to admit sometimes I overdo it. But I discovered what it feels like when I’m about to hit a wall. I know when I need a Saturday night at home on the couch because it’s been a tough week and that sometimes letting loose is scheduling the “me time” I rarely get.

My point is this: Life is busy. It will never calm down and you will always have commitments. That’s a great thing! You have to keep moving through the hustle and bustle and come up with a way to deal with it that is uniquely you.