Ahh Sunday morning. These days Sundays are my Tuesdays and I wouldn’t have it any other way! For years I treasured my weekends. I couldn’t wait for Friday night to go out, blow off some steam, do what I could to forget the week’s stress and waste my Saturday doing nothing. That was then…this is now! I realized that I hadn’t been living my own life, that I had been living a life that society thought was the best option for me to make a good living and buy all of the latest “it” things to fit in to the world I thought created my identity. Whoa…I was sooo wrong! My health was suffering, my relationships were suffering, and my internal dialog was full of negative self talk and energy. I finally made the decision to follow my passion. It wasn’t easy but it was definitely worth it. I know what it’s like to work hard for others. Now is the time to work hard for myself. My goal is the same for my friends and clients – go after what YOU want in life – not what others say your target should be. Yes, you will come across haters. Yes, you will struggle. Yes, you will fail. The challenge is finding that fire in your belly to get back up and remember why you are going after your dreams. Remember why it is important to keep you happy (you deserve it!). If you aren’t your best self, how can your best be available for your family/friends/loved ones? Start with grabbing a few books to reignite that fire! I just read The Four Agreements and am now on to The Power of Now. If you’re not growing you’re dying and we just don’t have time for that!
It’s Friday the 13th and today another tragedy has hit CO. A lone high school gunman opened fire at his high school and injured 2 students before taking his own life. At the time of this entry, they have not named the shooter. The media has reported that he recently was demoted off the debate team. I wonder how many adults can remember how crazy our internal dialog sounded when we were teenagers. The emotional rollercoaster we live as adolescents creates apprehension, anxiety, self-doubt, and often depression as we learn how to cope with disappointment and failure. Teens often do not comprehend the future of living beyond highschool or possibly college. As adults, it is our job to educate youth on how to manage their feelings and funnel that energy in to something productive. As adults, we also have to be present to our surroundings and situation. It is our responsibility to guide those in the younger generation to live healthy, make healthy choices, and be supportive of friends and strangers. We won’t ever know the true motive to why the gunman ended his pain so tragically. But what are we doing to stop the madness? What are we doing to help show that failure is never a reason to end anything? Failure helps us learn from our mistakes so we can improve. We are made to learn by experience. But more importantly, why are these students using such violent force in these instances? This is happening too often, CO.
Today is a dear friend’s birthday. We met in 2000 when we both worked for the same company and were scheduled to attend an annual sales conference. We became fast friends – maybe it was because we both are Chinese Americans or maybe because we had similar outfits. Either way, it was an easy friendship to foster and care for over the years. Our friendship matured as we matured and this friend was instrumental in my decision to make my career move in to fitness. The memories caused me to think back and remember what it felt like to make a big jump from one career to the next. I was so excited, yet anxious. I was thrilled to follow my dreams and thankful for having the support and ability to make the transition. It hasn’t always been easy, but this particular friend has always reminded me of why I made the change. So it brings me to my question for you – how many times have you been “stuck” in your situation? How many times have you had a friend or partner support you in your times of need? How many times have you decided to do it for yourself only to discover you had the inherent drive to go for it?!?! I know making changes can be difficult. Keep in mind of your “WHY” and making a change seems to make sense.
Happy Sunday Everyone! It’s still very cold outside and I’m concerned for my dear Broncos! I admire anyone who is required to get beat up, deal with all weather highs and lows, and still return week after week. Football, soccer, rugby, even water polo requires as much if not more mental strength than physical strength. What does it take to get there for the average person? Do we each have it within ourselves to be as dedicated to our fitness and health? I believe so! Yes, talent certainly helps but when talent is not fostered, hard work can beat it any day of the week. So I’m putting it to you – my TMF Family – what are you striving for? Are you living a life with intention? Do you do your best every day? Let’s Get Moving!
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