Posts tagged ‘Lessons’

May 17th, 2011

Enter At Your Own Risk

“We miss 100% of the shots we don’t take.” – The Great One (Wayne Gretzky) 

I lived most of my life in a very safe hole. I took the easy road or no road at all just so I didn’t have to take a risk or get out of my comfort zone. Mostly, I spent my life just existing. Seeing the days pass by, one after the other, dreaming of the day when life handed me a rockin’ body, amazing boyfriend and awesome career. However, the more I wished, the more upset I’d become as the gap between the life I dreamed of and the life I had became wider and wider.
One day it dawned on me there’s a huge difference between wishing for things and making them happen. There’s also a huge difference in thinking about having an amazing life and believing that I deserved an amazing life.
Over the last four years I have slowly cracked free of the shell I hid myself in. I took a dramatic turn and left my job and place of residence to move to Toronto and start a new life. I took a further risk and finally grabbed hold of my health and turned it around and this time I didn’t fail! In fact, I succeeded more than I ever thought I would! I risked my comfort zone and started to date more and meet new people. I committed myself to a relationship and took the plunge a meer six months later to move in with him. I decided to go back to school as an adult and try and finish up the degree I started so long ago.
All of the risks I have taken over the last few years have made me stronger, more confident, happier and more in touch with the person I am today. It’s also made me embrace my fears so that I can conquer them and continue to become more and more authentic as a person.
Yesterday I made one of two of the biggest risks I will take all year; I quit my job!
I KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!
But let me tell you why I quit my job, it’s actually in direct relation to Risk #2:
I’m starting my own business!

I’ve had to keep quiet about it because it’s a public blog but since I gave my notice today I can blab about it! In early July of this year I will be launching my own business as a Personal Health Coach! I will be guiding and helping those who want to get healthy but have no idea where to start to figure out their goals and help them to make it happen! When I took hold of my health, my whole life opened up in front of me and I realized quite quickly that all I wanted to do was show others just how powerful their lives can become simply by taking control of their health. So be prepared to hear more about the craziness of opening my own business, working from home and the pros and cons that lay therein!
As much as this is the biggest risk I’ve taken so far in my life, it’s also the one that feels the most natural. Yes, I’m nervous and worried about making money while my business gets off the ground but for the first time this decision leaves me feeling so at peace with myself. I’ve always wanted to help and inspire others and I’ve always wanted to work for myself and I know it won’t be easy and I know there’s a chance it just may not work out but at least then I’ll have taken the risk and never have to experience that panic of looking back with regrets. And now, at 31 years old, I also have the maturity to realize that passion alone won’t drive a business so I’ve been making sure to do what I can so that my business will succeed!
I’m so excited to start down this road, regardless of where it will take me I know it’ll lead me towards where I’m truly meant to be!

What have you risked lately?

May 15th, 2010

Absolutely, Positively Dill-icious!

I cannot tell you how nice it is to have absolutely no social plans this weekend! What with a full time job, part-time school, studying for said part-time school and working out 5-6 days a week I don’t get much time to just chill out.

This weekend, for once in several weeks, I have had no responsibilities to anyone but myself. It’s been grande!

This morning I “slept in” (i.e., didn’t get out of bed until 8am!) and then decided to concoct a breakfast sandwich that I think I’ll wait on to show you until tomorrow as it was missing an essential ingredient. I now own this essential ingredient and will definitely share it!

Then I kicked back and read some of my required reading for my course before I got to work cleaning the bathroom and then heading out with Alan and his mother and brother for some much needed groceries! We intended to make some pizza at home using a pre-bought pizza dough but it was still too cold when we got back from shopping (the dough needs to be at room temperature) so we opted to eat something I had thrown in the cart on impulse and boy are we glad I did!

Crazy! I know! I couldn’t help myself, it just looked so cool and sounded so yummy!

And one cup of this baby had 10g of protein (must be the egg)! We decided to have it with the last of our vegetarian bolognese and a side salad created by Alan but only to which I suggested one ingredient: dill!!! I love having a hint of fresh, pungent herbs in my salad! It was dill-icious (see what I did there?)!

We’re currently watching Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring to which I am abnormally obsessed with but haven’t watched it in ages and now thinks it’s positively a shame that the last time Alan saw it was in the THEATRES!!!! The horror!!!! He’s never seen the extended edition until now!

I know that, at least for women, we expect that we can do it all. Anything we want to do, feel we must do, anything we want to do, we feel we can do it without sacrificing something. Sadly, however, that’s impossible and most of the time, without realizing it, we do sacrifice something, and that’s our own, personal, well-being. This has been a surprisingly hard lesson for me to learn and I still struggle with it. Just taking time out for myself, not thinking about anything else other than recharging my batteries and strengthening my relationship with myself. I’ve slowly started to learn how to prioritize even if that means a suckier mark for one exam or skipping a couple of exercise days. We cannot prioritize generally (say, my number 1 priority every day is to X or Y), we must prioritize on a moment-to-moment basis. Sometimes your priority needs to be just doing NOTHING knowing that if you don’t do it, everything else will suffer. Sometimes these decisions will be unfavourable to others but all you can do is stay true to yourself and keep moving. In the end, you only answer to yourself!

Tomorrow’s plans are an 8k run in the morning followed by some gardening and a baking project that I’m dying to work on! I’ll definitely be filling you in on that!

Oh! And speaking of filling you in, I forgot to mention about the “top secret” project Alan and I have been working on and, sadly, I have to put the revelation on hold until Monday but the whole sordid story will be told in full then!