Hey Fities! I’m back! And I’m finally off West Coast time. Sheesh. I don’t think I was on West Coast time while I was ON the West Coast…

But I hit New England soil and suddenly my bedtime was 3 am. Not good.

So now that my sleeping/pooping schedule is back on track, here I am!

It was a great trip to Oregon and we tasted some beautiful Pinot Noirs (and some really delightful Sauv Blancs and Chardonnays as well — really electric, unoaked, acidic and fruity wines. We were really pleasantly surprised by them. I HeyTelled my fitness bestie in a tipsy stupor at one point and told her “I feel like I’m drinking Smarties.” Those were my favorite Halloween candies).

Anyway, so a lot happened on the trip. It was a great time of rest and recovery from our hectic schedules. Also, when you’re surrounded by a beautiful valley in the late summer, it’s hard for your soul not to be open to the possibilities of the universe.

And that’s what I’d like to talk about today. Possibility.

Long ago, when I made the switch over to what I’m doing now from my soul-deadening career, I talked about how we are given talents and dreams and that the sky really is the limit. Everyone’s sky may look a little different because we’re all called to different paths, but there are so many possibilities for what we can do with our lives. If you’re reading this on a technologically amazing device, you have endless possibilities. Yes, you will struggle, but you are so privileged with opportunities.

I wish I could say that every person I’ve ever worked with as a coach or a fitness instructor has just had unmeasured success and their lives have been changed forever. But that hasn’t been the case. Oh, 90% are still with me or have gone on and continued to be fit AND they’ve passed it on to other people. But yeah, I’ll be honest, I’ve had people who gave up. It just wasn’t for them, this working out thing, this fitness lifestyle.

And I get that. Remember, everyone’s sky is different. But if fitness isn’t your thing, please have a thing. Do you know what I mean? If fitness isn’t your passion, please have ANOTHER passion. Be about SOMETHING. Don’t just sit resigned and watch your life tick by. Be about helping animals or helping children with terminal illnesses or building a satisfying career or SOMETHING.

Because if you don’t have a passion, life lacks luster. And when life lacks luster, you’ll fill it up with something else. It’s called idleness. And maybe you’ll snack more than you ought or shop more than your budget allows (oops)… or play video games well into the night. Now, those things are awesome little self-indulgence. But a life devoted to those things = not awesome. Dorothy Sayers put it this way, “A human being must have occupation, if he or she is not to become a nuisance to the world.” 

If one must have an occupation, let it be a worthwhile one. I truly believe you cannot be satisfied with your life unless you are working to the very best of your ability using the talents that God gave you. Otherwise, you will feel unsettled. Like you’re leaving something important undone. BECAUSE YOU ARE.

So I guess that’s it. This is just a passionate plea for you, my Fitties, to dream and dream big. Try. Fail. Try something else. Just please don’t settle for a half life.

Funny thing… last time we took a wine tasting trip, I came back so inspired. I think when you see the entrepreneurial spirit involved with making wine successfully, you can’t help but be inspired. Winemakers are part business people, part gamblers, part artists, part farmers all mixed together with a little mania. This was the mission statement I wrote when I got back from that last trip and it still applies:

I am at my best when I am creative, challenged, independent, active, supported and supportive.
I will try to prevent times when I am in competitive or sedentary environments.
I will enjoy my work by finding employment where I can allow my creative abilities to emerge.
I will find enjoyment in my personal life through peace, discovery, artistry and happy conversations with others.
I will find opportunities to use my natural talents and gifts such as encouraging others, appreciating art, decisive action and confidence in my abilities.
I can do anything I set my mind to. I will write, dance and help others to achieve their dreams.
My life’s journey is learning what can be achieved with dedication and encouraging others to develop their own gifts. My journey is becoming aware of the beauty and miracle of every day and helping others to recognize the pleasure of living life with purpose and a sense of wonder.
I will be a person who savored every minute of life and encouraged others to do the same.
My most important future contribution to others will be loving the people in my life and taking joy in their presence and making them feel valued, respected and important.
I will stop procrastinating and start working on:

  • drinking more water and less coffee, eating more fruit and veggies and less cookies and sugar.
  • learning more and reading less celebrity gossip.
  • being more patient with myself and others.

I will strive to incorporate the following attributes into my life:

  • Determination
  • Creativity
  • Strategic thinking

I will constantly renew myself by focusing on the four dimensions of my life:

  • Regularly move vigorously and rest when necessary. Do a variety of physical activity that is fun, challenging and unique.
  • Study, pray and worship.
  • Read, learn and challenge my mind.
  • Engage with positive, happy people.