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Wow, it’s been, like, almost two months since my last linkup with Jessica and Jill for #DishTheFit.  It’s been a jam-packed time for me lately with just completing my nutritional therapist certification and starting up my personal training business.  But when I saw that this week was an interview, I thought it would be a great time to share some thoughts AND get back in touch with the amazing people who #DishTheFit weekly (probably much more regularly than I do)!

This week Jessica and Jill did something a bit different, they have turned the topic into an informative and interesting set of interview questions.  Answering interview questions is not only a great way to share our thoughts, but also, it gets us all thinking deeply about topics we don’t always work into words.

With that being said …let’s dish!

The Fit Dish Interview

 

WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENT TO DATE?

I would have to say my proudest achievement to date would have to be waking up in 2012 and deciding that I needed to take control of my health.  Since the day I made that executive decision about my life, I have made one good choice after another.  I have to believe that I wouldn’t be where I am now (both physically and mentally) if I had not taken the initiative to make getting fit and healthy a priority.  I wouldn’t be a personal trainer, fitness instructor, blogger, or nutritional therapist if I had not made this choice.  I wouldn’t be here answering this question on my BLOG if I hadn’t made that amazing decision (and stuck with it)!

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WHAT KEEPS YOU PASSIONATE?

I believe our passions are born from our motivations.  You know when people say, “fear is a great motivator”?  Well, for me, that’s very true.  I fear going back to a place mentally where I don’t feel good about myself or that I’m worth the effort of staying healthy.  What truly keeps me passionate is knowing that I deserve to treat myself better than I ever did before.  You know that feeling you get after you finish a challenging workout, fit into your old jeans, or can help others reach their goals?  Well, that feeling can’t be topped by money or all the possessions in the world — it’s born from motivation and maintained through passion!  Oh yeah, and having this blog DEFINITELY doesn’t hurt when it comes to keeping passionate either. 😉

 

new banner3WHAT MAKES YOU THE MOST PROUD TO BE A WOMAN?

Um, we’re badass!  Seriously though, we are. The things that make me most proud to be a woman are our strength, empathy, leadership qualities, and yeah, did I mention we’re badass?  #IAmWoman

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WHY DO YOU THINK IT’S SO IMPORTANT FOR WOMEN TO UNITE AS A SISTERHOOD AND EMPOWER EACH OTHER?

Let’s face it, women feel more pressure than men.  Despite the fact that it’s 2015, women are still faced with so many bullshit labels and expectations.  The truth is — with all the pressures we have placed on ourselves — we need to build each other up and know we’re in this together!  Mean girls never prosper, and you want to know why?  Because they are so broken down from breaking other girls down.  If you want to feel strong, capable, and empowered love yourself and love other women with the same fierceness.

 

WHAT ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF SOME SMALL WAYS WE CAN EMPOWER THE WOMEN AROUND US IN OUR DAY TO DAY LIFE?

Truthfully, I think this starts with ourselves.  Making ourselves feel content and worthwhile enables us to share that empowerment with other women.  It’s so easy to give another girl a compliment or tell her she’s capable, but make sure you believe that about yourself first.

Be kind.

Be compassionate.

Treat others the way you would like to be treated.

See why it’s so important to start that empowerment cycle from within?

WHAT IS ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH THE FITFAM? 

Work on the inside as much as the outside.  Exercise your soul, not just your heart.  It’s the only way we can maintain our passion, compassion, and accomplish our dreams.  It’s what’s within you that creates what you give to others.

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I can’t wait to see what others have shared and thanks to Jessica and Jill, this was an excellent week at #DishTheFit  — Super #FitFamLove

How would you answer these questions?  Join the conversation!

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Nutrition and Illness (Part Two & Conclusion)

Hey, friends!  I apologize for this post being a little bit later than I had planned.  I was set on taking my final exam for my nutritional therapy certification last week, and I’m happy to say that I’m officially a nutritional therapist!

Getting my NT certification was just the first step in a long line of education I plan to receive regarding nutrition and health.  While a nutritional therapist is not a registered dietitian or nutritionist, they can work with individuals struggling with health conditions to help alleviate and prevent ailments through dietary recommendations.

But, that is another blog post in itself.

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In part one of my series, I discussed my father’s experience with nutritional information during the diagnosis and treatment of his advanced stage cancer.  I mentioned that, in all of his extended visits to the hospital, in addition to visits with his oncologist (and even oncology nutritionist) he was given only one session and little other guidance on the power of nutrition.  I also discussed where I feel some shortcomings are when it comes to standard cancer treatment; mainly the lack of nutritional guidance to complement traditional medical care.

Nutritional therapy is a complementary medicine — meaning it is used alongside conventional treatments offered through health care professionals.  I am not writing this post today to tell you to fire your primary care doctor and start eating barrels full of vegetables, and you’ll be able to live until you’re 100.  I am writing this post to talk about the basics of how our bodies work and how we can change our health (for better or for worse) through the foods we do (and do not) put in our bodies.

Part Two:  Nutrition and Our Genes

We’re all born with a genetic makeup that’s uniquely ours.  For example, all the cells in your body have the same DNA code.  However, that same DNA, in different conditions, results in various types of cells.  In comes epigenetics, or changes in the regulation of the expression of gene activity without alteration of the genetic structure.

Epigenomes are chemical compounds of which are not part of the DNA sequence, but are on or attached to DNA.  Epigenomic modifications remain as cells divide and in some cases can be inherited through the generations (for instance, during pregnancy).

In layman’s terms, although our DNA cannot be changed, there are forces outside of our genetic makeup — such as our environment, stress on the body, and the foods we eat — which contribute to the silencing and activation of our genes.

In fact, environmental signals can also affect the genomic imprinting process itself. Genomic imprinting is genes which are expressed in a parent-of-origin-specific manner. For instance, if an allele ( a variant form of a gene) inherited from the father is imprinted, it is thereby silenced, and only the allele from the mother is expressed.

That’s a bit more in-depth and believe me; I’m no. However, one of the most accessible (and studied) factors on epigenetics can be found through the study of nutrition.

When we eat food, the compounds of that food are manipulated, modified, and molded into resources our bodies can use. Through metabolic processes.  And within these modified metabolic processes, one, in particular, is responsible for making methyl groups, which are the epigenetic tags that silence genes by being attached to our DNA.

However, it’s not just our diets that affect our genes.  Chemicals that are released into our bodies, during times of psychological stress, interact with our epigenome, which are believed to promote aging and disease.  Whereas, chemicals released into our bodies during exercise can reduce psychological stress and therefore help to reduce aging and disease.

In short, it’s not necessarily that we “are what we eat” but more that we “become what we eat”.

Think about a nutrient such as folic acid — which is recommended to women who are planning on becoming or are pregnant — a key component in the methyl-making process, and diets high in methyl-promoting nutrients can rapidly alter gene expression.

The connection between nutrition and genetic expression is still deeply explored and studied.  However, many nutrients have been proven to influence and improve our epigenome for the better.   Vital nutrients such as folic acid, Vitamin B12, and choline all play important roles in our formative and ongoing health.

In short, it’s not necessarily that we “are what we eat” but more that we “become what we eat.”

None of us are going to wake up with a tail tomorrow, but our DNA (the very stuff that makes us who we are) is being impacted (for better or worse) with each bite we take.

Take control of what you can.

It may seem like life is just a big game of roulette.  My father was a reasonably healthy man; he didn’t eat lots of meat, he was an avid hiker, non-smoker, and didn’t drink.  How often do you hear a conversation about a person who lived until they were nearly 100 and ate cheese, drank gin, and smoked all day long?  I know I hear stories like that all the time. However, I also can name a bunch of people aged 60 and under who took decent care of their bodies and still died relatively young.

It’s no wonder why so many people think, “well, if I’m going to die anyway, I’m just going to eat what I want/smoke/drink/etc.”  And you may be right to think you should enjoy yourself to that extent, but just because you live a long life doesn’t necessarily mean it will be one free of disease or discomfort.  Nutrition is one of the ways we can have some control over our health.  I guess that’s why when nutrition isn’t at the forefront of fighting (and more importantly, preventing) ill; it gets to me.  We can have chemicals and pills galore at our doctor’s disposal when we’re sick, but the truth is, perhaps the “cure” for it not happening in the first place has always been at our fingertips.

Revisiting the example in part one with my father’s oncologist — her disregard when it came to my dad’s diet — knowing now what I didn’t know back then, actually made me think about nutrition education in general.  I believe there are simply not enough emphasis on nutrition at any stage of health care.  I can count on one hand myself how many times I’ve been asked about my diet during a visit to my doctor, and thankfully, I’ve been a relatively healthy person my whole life.  However, I’ve only ever had one doctor recommend a dietary approach to a chronic condition I had, but it was only after traditional chemical medications wouldn’t help me.  I don’t know for certain, but I’m sure many of you can relate to this scenario personally.

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I want to stress again; I am not saying that traditional treatments and medications are not necessary when it comes to serious illness.  I am suggesting that even in the face of chronic illness there should be guidance given to pursue a natural and nutritional alternative based route in addition to traditional therapies.  Maybe nutritional advice will never come from a general practitioner or cardiologist, but the fact that nutritional specialists and therapists are out there should provide some peace of mind to those who would like to take control of their dietary health.  It is for that very reason is why I have pursued a nutritional therapy certification.  And this is why I will continue to learn and educate people about the vital importance and role of nutrition in their overall health profile.

If you have any interest in meeting with me (virtually, unless you’re in the Glasgow area) and going over your nutritional profile, please feel free to contact me directly (my email is in the “about me” section in the menu on the right sidebar).

**I am a recent graduate of the Health Sciences Academy with a natural therapist certification in Nutritional Therapy.  The educational information I have included in this post is directly from the curriculum I received and recommended resources from their Nutritional Therapist certification program.

Can you think of a time when a nutritional therapist could have been of benefit to you?

 

 

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Do you ever step back and think beyond yourself about yourself?  You know, like, away from your basic constitution as a human being to try and figure out why you do what you do?

Well, if you have (and even if you haven’t), join me in this edition of Thinking Out Loud with Amanda at Running with Spoons. (Lady, thank you for letting us all get it out — you’re truly awesome!)


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Come this Friday, I have officially been in the UK for 60 days.  That seems like forever, but considering I plan on staying here for a long time (possibly forever), it’s a drop in the (eternity) bucket.  

I have had a very open dialogue about the stress and anxiety I have experienced since I moved here to live with my husband, Luke.  Like, seriously, some of you are probably over hearing about it, but it’s still something I contend with daily.

I keep feeling like I should be more settled, should have a job (like, not even a great one), a sense of identity, and a general feeling of purpose.  I mean, it’s sort of difficult to thrive when you don’t feel like a real person 90% of the time.  I actually equate this feeling to the one I had after I graduated from college, moved to New York, and broke up with my long-term boyfriend — the only difference is, I had a (youthful) sense of optimism running through my veins back then.

It’s not like I knew what I wanted to do with my life back then, or anything.   At least now I have a clear picture and focus of what I really want.  I mean, does anybody other than like 3% of people really know what they want to do before the age of 30, 40 or ever really? Really?

That inability to know what I wanted from my life continued for YEARS and caused me to fill the void with all kinds of (not so good) habits and people.

As I am quickly approaching 35, I feel myself reflecting on everything (WAY more than when I turned 30, I mean, I had 4 years of wiggle room to still f*** up).  I had no idea I would spend the past eleven years, since leaving college, doing the following things, over and over again:

Getting jobs and losing jobs.

Finding love and losing love.

Making friends and losing friends.

Gaining pounds and losing pounds.

Leaving America and returning to America.

Losing a parent.

Gaining a spouse.

Leaving America again.

Starting over completely.  

When I look back on it, I can’t believe it all has happened.  I mean, I’m a zygote in the grand scheme of things, and I feel like I’ve lived several lives already.  That said, it was 11 years filled with laughter, love, tears, anger, happiness, loss, gains, and everything else.

As I face this (nearly) blank slate that is my life right now, I can’t help but laugh a bit that I think I feel scared.  Scared of what?  Rejection?  I’ve been rejected more times than I can count, and it’s never failed to open bigger and better doors for me.

Um, hello, Erin, how many frogs did you have to kiss to find your prince?

I plead the fifth on that one, but yes, I have a wonderful husband and life partner for sure.

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I have come to realize – I am not living in fear right now, no.  I have been living too comfortably.  I guess it’s my “intentional subconscious” (is that such a thing)?  In the past –whenever I got uncomfortable — I lost something (people, ideas, goals), so, my brain feels like as long as I never get uncomfortable, I won’t have anything to lose.

However, I know that by not allowing myself to get uncomfortable (and potentially lose opportunities) I also will never raise the bar for myself.

After all, rejection is just a way for life to raise the bar for us all.  Sure, when rejection happens, it sucks.  It hurts.  It makes you feel worthless, empty, and alone, BUT it also will push you onward (and hopefully upward).

Just think of all the people, places, and things we would never have experienced if rejection hadn’t raised their bar.

 

1.  Albert Einstein.  Apparently the parents and teachers of this guy thought he was “mentally handicapped” –which ended up now being seen as a learning disability, but he kind of turned out to be a big deal.

2.  Elizabeth Gilbert.  Liz was rejected as a writer for five years straight, until one of her articles was revived from a “slush pile” at Esquire and soon established her as the first unpublished short-story writer to debut in the magazine since Norman Mailer.  Also, before she wrote Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir of experience working as bartender at the famous Coyote Ugly bar was later turned into the film, Coyote Ugly.

 3.  Theodore Suess Geisel.  The places this guy went — other than the bank — were far above and beyond the places the first 27 publishers he submitted transcripts of his first book thought he ever would.

4.  Steve Jobs.  He started Apple, and then got fired from it, but then left to start Pixar and was brought back on as the CEO of Apple.  Here’s a beautiful (but humblingly sad) video of his commencement address at Stanford University in 2005.   In this comencement he shares how an unconventional path and the drive to never lose sight of his passions made him the legacy he will forever be.  (Special thanks to Jill Conyers for sharing this.)

5. Mold.  Yeah, that creepy stuff that grows hair on things that shouldn’t ever have it, helps like save people’s lives now.  I mean, it had a serious makeover, but seriously, if this gross inconvenience that lived in most of our college refrigerators never existed, people could die from things they catch on public transportation.  True story.

Sorry about that last one, but I think it makes my point.  As I am writing this post, I’m thinking of all the ways in which I will be uncomfortable in the weeks and months to come  — and the inevitable rejection that follows such discomfort.  However, I have to believe each discomfort will be accompanied by an opportunity to propagate my success rather than accelerate my failure.

In the end, that simple shift in mindset is proof of why I am where I am right now; stronger, wiser, and just uncomfortable enough to see what happens next.

As always, thanks for hanging in there whilst I think out loud.

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Why My “Imperfect” Body Makes Me A Better Trainer

I grabbed your attention, I hope!  The other day I was watching a video by the fantastic Miss Cassey Ho of Blogilates, called The Perfect Body.  

Wow.  It spoke to me, and I’m sure it spoke to you.  I feel for Cassey and the message she is sharing, because, let’s face it, we’ve all had people judge us by our looks. It happens all the time in life, but when you get judged based on the way you look as a basis for your professional ability, that is a whole other issue!

The thing is, I’ve heard that sort of stuff being said about me too.

“You’re a trainer?  You don’t look like one.”

“She isn’t even fit.”

“But you’re not skinny.”

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I don’t know when it happened, but people have their soapboxes piled to the sky these days, and it’s getting old.

By the way, I throw the word imperfect in *quotes* because it’s such a bullshit term.  Seriously, how many times do you hear in a day/week/month/year, “there’s no such thing as perfect, ” but yet it’s so easy to judge people for being less than this so-called status?

I’ve heard all sorts of (albeit rhetorical) questions about professionals and appearance, and, after giving it some thought, I also came up with the following responses.

Would you go to an overweight doctor?  Yes, most of my doctors have been slightly overweight, and when I was sick, they helped me get better.

Would you go to a hairdresser with bad hair?  Plenty of hairdressers I have been to do things to their hair that I would NEVER do, but they still make me look great, so yes, I do and I would.

Would you go to a dermatologist with bad skin?  Yes, I have also done this, in fact, my dermatologist told me the reason he got into the field was that of his personal suffering with painful cystic acne his entire adolescence.  He uses his genuine connection to help others every day, scars and all.

What’s my point here?

My point is that just because these professionals don’t look like what (supposing you pigeonhole people based on their physical appearance) a doctor, hairdresser, or dermatologist  “should”  look like, doesn’t diminish the quality of services they are trained to provide.  In fact, the very reason they most likely became interested in their field, probably came from their personal experiences or struggles, which motivated them to want to help others.  It also means, they are only human and still struggle.

All of these observations applies to the fitness world as well, if not more so.  Many people think that because a person is a trainer or fitness instructor, they should have 0% body fat and look like a fitness model.  While some trainers do look this way, a lot of us, well, don’t.  I am not a heavy person, but I am petite and curvy, and even though I have muscular legs and arms, I don’t have a washboard stomach and probably never will.

My “imperfect” body makes ME a better trainer.

I know, in this society, I am a walking advertisement.  And just because maybe I don’t look the way another person believes that I should, doesn’t mean I’m any less talented or worthy of what I do.

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When I was at my ZUMBA licensing, our ZES (Zumba Education Specialist) was incredible; she exuded confidence by being bubbly, energetic, and shaking it like it’s nobody’s business.  She’s also not a size 4 or 6, and doesn’t apologize for it – she is awesome at what she does, and that’s all that matters!  At about 5 hours into the training, she sat down to talk to our group about the importance of not judging people or allowing people to judge us by our size.

You don’t know why a person is out of shape or overweight, and believe me, I used to be one of those quick to judge types. Years ago, I probably NEVER would have listened to a person my size trying to teach me about how to make other people fit, but I have struggles and ZUMBA is what gave me my life back.  Don’t deny that from others and don’t allow anyone to judge your ability to lead based on how they view your body.”

However, people do this all the time, and it’s got to stop.

I’m not a good trainer because of what I look like.  I’m a good trainer because I’ve BEEN THERE.  I’ve been overweight.  I’ve struggled with bulimia and emotional eating. I’ve overexercised and injured myself.  I went through periods of despising physical activity.  I have struggled, and I have overcome, and I can help others do the same.

I used to be a person who didn’t have the tools to make myself healthy, and NOW I HAVE THEM.

I know how much work and commitment it takes.  I know that changing your life and working out isn’t easy.

I’m not always going to be the best fit for some people, but for others, I might create a sense of challenging comfort or a relatable struggle.

My body fat percentage and abs are not what make me a better trainer.

What makes me a better trainer is:  I’m the struggle and the progress, and whether the package I come in changes from pregnancy, aging, illness, or just a series of life events, the service, and passion I provide will be the same.  The only lasting change will be the wisdom I gain along the way – and that, in my opinion, can only make me more valuable.

I’m linking up with Jessica and Jill for #DishTheFit today and you should too! 

Do you feel fitness professionals have a duty to “look” the part?  Have you ever not taken a class because the instructor “isn’t fit”?  Do you believe in fitness at any size?

 

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Happy Monday, troops!  Technically we’re not at the midway point of April just yet, but since this Monday falls the closest to the middle of the month, I figured it would be the best time to lay out my “motivation manifesto“.  My motivational manifesto is a mission statement for my life, because lately I’ve needed to reflect and work on personal development and growth.

If you’re a regular reader of Beets Per Minute, you know that one month ago I moved to Scotland to live with my husband, Luke.  It’s been an eventful, but challenging month for me.

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I’m still not feeling completely settled in, but that could have to do with most of my British identity still hanging in the balance.  I had an interview for my National Insurance number almost two weeks ago, but I still haven’t received it, which means I am still on hold for getting a job.  I never realized how passionate I am about leading fitness classes until I’ve now spent nearly FIVE weeks without leading one.

Not being in front of a class and feeling that rush has left me a little bit empty inside, truth be told.  I also haven’t been Spinning in almost five weeks, which has been super depressing for me as well.  I have been taking lots of long walks and runs over the past month, but I am seriously missing the fulfillment I get from pedaling my heart out on that bike.

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I will not beat myself up entirely, because I have done very well this month, all things considered.  With the exception of last Wednesday, when I ate in bed watching 7 hours of Coronation Street and EastEnders.

I probably should also include that I wore an As Seen On TV3 Way Poncho” all day.  (Including while I had to vacuum up half a bag of panko breadcrumbs, which I had spilled all over the kitchen floor.)  I was attempting to make my baked chickpea burgers, which I boasted to my husband about for literal months.  He was a trooper and ate two whole  piles of chickpea remains.  I think he could tell I had been crying.  Not the best day over here to date.

 

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Motivation Manifesto

So, after my designated day of feeling sorry for myself, I got myself up and out on Thursday for a walk in the sunshine and realized that, I’m kind of a jerk for getting myself into that state of mind.  Walking around Glasgow, married to an amazing man, and having my health; I should really have more perspective to work with at this point in my life.

So, I decided this weekend that I would get myself sorted out and put an end to this “life limbo” I’m feeling and regain control of my destiny.

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Seems easy enough, right?  It had to be done.  I’m not discounting my bravery for moving away from everything familiar to start this next chapter of my life.  However, I suffer from anxiety and tend to fall apart at the seams when I feel I have little to no control over a situation (which is the root to many, many a problem).

By placing this manifesto into my life, I simply need to follow it whenever I make a choice, and I will find my way with confidence.

  • Start doing things I love:  Write more.  Sign myself up for some Spinning classes and get myself into gyms and starting the process of subbing or instructing classes.  Bake delicious (mostly) healthy things.  Read more.
  • Stop over analyzing everything:  This is a biggy for me.  As I stated above, I am a worrier and suffer from anxiety.  My husband will tell you, I’m the “what if” queen.

“What if I don’t find a job?”

“What if I can’t have a baby?”

“What if I drive you crazy with my incessant what if’ing?”

UGH.  I’m pledging I will try my very best to not “what if” myself into a panic-induced-cookie-butter-out-of-the-jar eating frenzy.  If I am going to “what if” at all, it will be for the better.

“What if I find a great job?”

“What if I make loads of new friends?”

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  • Be true to my passions:  Fitness, cooking, writing, loving, exploring, creating — do it and do it with intention and heart.

Can you spiralize a cookie?  More to come…

  • Stop comparing myself to others and make my own path, but allow others to follow it through leading by example:  This is a BIG one, and I think it is for all of us.  In a day and age where we’re constantly viewing a highlight reel of each other’s “lives”, it’s so hard to not compare where you are to where somebody else is.  It’s all crap, really.  My beautiful sister gave me a lovely card the day before I moved to Scotland with this Beatles verse from All You Need Is Love:

There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.

This is so true.  Even if you’re not CEO or earning loads of cash with a “perfect” life, you’re doing what’s right for you.  If you feel like you can do better, want better and get after it.  Comparison truly is the thief of joy, so I’m going to really do my best to stay zoomed in on me, myself, and I when it comes to what I’ve got going on.  It’s great to be inspired by others, but don’t let someone be better or have it better than you do, it’s a one-way ticket to not leaving your pajamas.  Screw that.  I’m going to continue to live a life that inspires others to be their best.

  • Never stop learning:  One of the great things about being in the fitness profession is the need to always continue your education.  I signed myself up for a Nutritional Therapy certification course last weekend, and I’m SO excited to get started.  The NT certification is all about nutrition, genetics, and improving individualized health by learning how people are affected by their dietary choices.  This course also allows me to continue my passion for learning about wellness.  I love that many of my friends and family come to me with questions about their diets and exercise plans and that I have been able to offer them helpful advice.   It’s never a bad idea to learn more, right?  I still suck at Scrabble.
  • Allow myself to be lost so that I never stop “finding” myself:  If I had a dollar for every time I’ve said the phrase, “I feel so lost” — I’d have a bank account busting at the seams.  What’s so bad about being a little lost?  In fact, if I really think about it, all of the best decisions and outcomes I’ve had in life have come from being “lost” and “finding” something new about myself.

You know what Mr. Robert Frost (said in the style of Blanche Deveraux) said about taking a road less traveled; it made all the difference.

Robert Frost was kind of a big deal, so, I think it won’t hurt to take some advice from him. Just saying.

  • Live each day with courage and love:   Years before my father passed away, he wrote my sister a letter on life.  And in this letter he wrote, “when you do something, ask yourself, ‘where’s the courage in this?’  Acting with courage isn’t always the easiest thing, but who ever said doing the brave thing would be easy?

It isn’t always easy for me to face challenges, as I’m sure it isn’t for many of you.

I worry.

I get anxiety.

I let my insecurities get the better of my heart.

However, when it comes down to it, I pull through when the going gets tough!  I will ask myself when making choices where the courage is in it, and I will answer honestly and proceed with all my heart.  It takes courage to love ourselves and others with all of our scars.  I must remember, we’re all fighting our own battles, and to make it through we must do so with love and courage.

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Do you ever think, “I need to reevaluate my life?”  Have you ever written a manifesto for yourself?  What do you want from each and every day?

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