Pure Daily Joy

 


You know when things aren’t going as you had expected and you are really feeling “stuck”?

That was me a few weeks ago…not happy with my over booked schedule and no time for anything remotely enjoyable; let alone the normal upkeep of life.

It was at an extremely low and vulnerable time of my life and I am thankful for the loved ones around me who have helped me move forward and leave the stress and unhappiness behind.

I actually have never felt like that before.  Yes, I’ve been stressed in my life.  Yes, I’ve endured a few heartbreaks and crisis.  Yes, I’ve felt like I had hit an all time low…

and yet, I was able to pull myself up (by the bootstraps, they say? )  and move on once again.

This time was different.

This time, I felt almost like I was moving through my daily tasks yet didn’t really FEEL anything.  I was numb.  My mind was in an ugly place.  I wanted to run from everything I knew.

But where?  Does it really matter; when you are feeling crushed by the severity of the pressures?  No…

If you have ever felt this low (and in these financially difficult times; I’m sure many of you have or are today); my advice is to RUN and get help NOW….

Don’t wait another second!! I honestly thought that it would “blow over” and I’d be better “tomorrow”….but tomorrow just adds more of the same if you don’t deal with it.

I reached out to my family and friends and their strict advice was to get out of all that was overwhelming.  I took their advice; although at the time I thought they were being hypercritical and sensitive and that I was going to be “fine”….

I quit my day to day “job” and decided to keep working on myself, my family and my home biz.  I was worried that I would wake up the next day and question what I had done.

But the opposite happened…I woke up THRILLED!!  I found myself skipping around and acting more like myself again.  Granted, this took a few weeks for the reality to sink in; but now, I’m sooo grateful and cannot believe the positive energy that surrounds everything I come into contact with!

I now believe that we should only do what gives us most joy and satisfaction.  Yes, we hear too often how we are supposed to “stop and smell the roses” and “not wait until tomorrow; what we could do today” …etc…

but it’s the truth and what’s the downside to being happy?

ummmmm….I’m at a loss for a downside…(besides maybe making the jealous-type people super angry at us)

I continue to conquer each day with excitement, joy and utter happiness.  Not many would have known how truly unhappy I had been; since I have learned to just “put a smile on and head into the day”…but there was no joy in my eyes…

I am told almost on a daily basis how “happy” I seem these days.  How much “younger” I look now…and so on…

It must be the sleep.  It must be the rest.  It must be time for what is truly important…

or…it could just be that I now look forward to life….

What about you???

It’s All Fun and Games When the 80’s Music Plays!!!

It’s the end of a wonderful weekend at the Beachbody Leadership Retreat in Dana Point, Ca!

I have to say that this weekend seriously blew my mind!!  There was so much take-home info I will be implementing into my biz and my life as well as the great new energy that was also enjoyed!  The past year really was a challenge for me.  I was working 12-14 hours each day and trying to run an online biz; as well as keep up with the needs and tasks of family life and home tasks.  Needless to say, I did my very best but it just wasn’t “good enough”.

So happy to have the recharged feeling again and I know I can still help those who need the support and accountability from me; just in a new “morphed” way.  I am excited to bring our mission statement into my daily focus now.  Helping people achieve their goals to live a healthier and happier life.  That’s what it’s about!

Now, we did learn so much and I’m happy to dream BIG and push for all my goals and dreams; but there was also so much FUN!!!  Seriously, the Body Combat workouts (there were two!) were truly amazing and the energy that Dan and Rachel brought to the stage was just infectious!  I’m now more excited to teach it in the gym and also promote the home workouts through Beachbody to bridge those gaps and get results!! 🙂  Pi-Yo with Chalene Johnson was so much more than I had expected!! Coni and I decided we wouldn’t need our workout shoes; since it IS a blend of pilates and yoga, right??  \

Ummmm…not so much.  Yes, we did some sun salutations, downdogs, boat pose and more but there was also some PLYO??  Really…you should have seen the two of us look at each other after Chalene announced THAT tidbit!! There will be more of that as Powder Blue (the company that Chalene and her hubby started that bring us TKB, Pi-Yo, Hip Hop Hustle and more) and Beachbody have now teamed up…

Last night was concluded with an awesome 80’s party!  OMG!! Talk about revisiting my childhood!!  I actually had asked my 16 year old daughter if I could borrow some of her clothes to wear to the themed evening; as the clothes today seriously take me back!!

She stated that she had no idea what I was talking about.

LOL  I teased up my hair (as much as I could these days; post Brazilian Blow out!), put on some chains and bracelets, drew heavy eyeliner around and in the bottom inner part of my eyes…who remembers doing their eyes this way too, back in the day?? LOL

The best part was enjoying everyone’s costumes and idea of what the 80’s were and meant.  Lots of “Frankie says Relax” slogans.  Lots of Madonna-ish dress.  Neon colors like you never knew existed and then there was the music…

ahhhh…the 80’s songs!  That was all I needed to end this weekend!!  Fun way to bond with fellow 80’s generation peeps and sing my heart out!! I haven’t laughed that hard in a really long time and it sure felt amazing!!

Now, it’s time to head back to reality and bring this to the front lines!! What are your goals?  If it’s to get in shape, enjoy a better life, become financially independent…Beachbody (and me!) can help!!

I’m ready for this week….

 

MY DOG ATE MY HOMEWORK!!!

It’s the middle of the week and I’m excited to push this day forward and get to my fun-filled weekend getaway.

More about that later…

I wanted to share the issue of making excuses, when we are trying to reach specific goals.  I am a regular candidate for this but have been mindfully and physically working on making this a bad-habit turned around.  Do you ever find yourself making excuses over and over again to why something is not completed?

Guess what?  Excuses simply SLOWDOWN your motivation.  It starts a downward spiral into negativity and the notion that you “can’t” do what you had originally set your mind to do.

I can’t tell you how many times this has happened to me.  I eagerly start a new task/job/etc and work furiously to get it started and moving in the right direction.  At the first few roadblocks; I find that my momentum slows and if I don’t self-talk myself into continuing on “no-matter-what”….I peter out and then stop believing that it’s possible.

How sad is that?

Does this sound familiar:

1.  You say…you’re too busy and you can’t seem to get things done.  Stop!!! Evaluate whether you’re doing busy work or productive work.  Work on what’s going to make you money first thing EVERY morning and you will be motivated to keep moving!

2.  You say….you have NO time!  This is one of the most often heard excuses I come across from my team.  If it is important to you; you will make the time!!  Block out a specific time frame for each and EVERY task you have and get it done.  It doesn’t have to be a large chunk of time.  Just like the guidelines to exercise are; split your tasks into shorter; yet specific, time breaks and work productively at getting them met.  Don’t allow for any outside interruptions or time wasters, such as Facebook/phone calls/emails/etc.  Outsource if needed.  Do the most important tasks FIRST, which will continue to motivate you!!

3.  You say…you don’t know where to start, so you don’t do anything.  (procrastination at it’s very best!)  This is truly one of my favorite excuses; as I’ve used it numerous times.  Stop worrying about doing things the “best way” or “perfectly”, there is no such thing.  Sit down and make a plan.  Keep it simple.  If you need help, get it!  A plan with direction equals motivation!!!

Start today by getting rid of all your “EXCUSES”.  Excuses slow motivation, period!

You MUST take responsibility, make the time, use that time wisely, and go out to make things happen.  The definition of the word, insanity, is to keep doing the same patterns while expecting a different outcome.  You have to make the change and change things up!

I have recently made a job change.  Was it scary?  YES!!!  Did I need a push?  YES!!  I surround myself with like-minded people and in doing so, have ample resources when I need a pep-talk or a reality check.

Bottom line, is that I made the decision and I am moving toward my goals knowing I’m already doing what needs to be done.

What will you do?  What can you start with today?

Plan to get rid of the excuses and watch your motivation go through the ROOF!!  Post below your biggest excuse and what you will do TODAY to make a difference!

Dare to Dream Big!!

Do you have goals?  Desires?  Passions?  Etc?

If you’re a human being; chances are that you do.  I’m here today to challenge you to move toward these goals.  Most of us get sidetracked by the tasks of each day and the momentum of “life” that we never actually move to what we truly desire or hope to achieve.  Let’s start today by making the conscience effort to change these patterns.

For instance, you wake up each morning and complete the same tasks.  Whether you run off to work; get the kids and family off to school; get in your morning workout; etc…it’s always the same pattern.  I challenge you to set your alarm for at least 15-30 minutes earlier (and resist hitting the snooze button!); and put some time into moving toward a different pattern.  Read some personal development materials (because we should really never stop learning); take some time to write out your goals and dreams; reach out to others online, emails or whatever works for you; just sit and plan out your day.  

Starting the morning ritual this way; not only sets the tone of getting serious about your goals but also helps to realign the way you think and how you drive yourself forward.  Nobody ever changed their life by doing the same things each and every day.  What is truly stopping you?  Is this enough reason to give up on what you want and need most?

Another challenge I will ask you to take on is to write down everything you want to achieve in the next 12 months.  Don’t hold back.  By doing this, you are creating a plan in your mind; whether you know it or not.  The way to truly make this a success is to work backwards from the 12 month goals to today and figure out what is needed to be done to reach those goals; on target.  Are you afraid to dream big?  Don’t be…the sky is your limit!  Start now!

The third challenge that will truly help you today is to take some time to just do what you want to do.  What would that entail?  Quiet time?  Yoga or exercise?  Reading?  Family time?  Just sitting in silence?  Make your decision on what it will be each day (and it could be different every single day) and make it an appointment with yourself each day for at least 15 minutes.  Just think how fast 15 minutes goes in your day!   You could easily find that space and think of this as a “luxury” time.  It will allow your mind and body to grow and develop as you are meant to.  

I’d love to hear what you decided to take on and if you are brave; let’s formulate a plan to commit to these tasks for at least 7 days.  One week.  Are you serious enough?  Or are you just a dreamer?  The proof will be there; no matter what!!!