For the past few weeks I have been feeling a much greater urgency to make the items on my to-do and bucket list happen.I have heard of some pretty tragic events happening in other people’s lives, unexpected situations that changed their lives in a moment’s notice. I came across a great book that drives home the point that we all have a purpose here on this great place called Earth and too many of us walk around doing the same unfulfilling things day in and day out. We waste our precious time on things that aren’t in line with who we truly are (The book is such a great and impactful read: ‘Spirited’ by Rebecca Rosen). Even worse, many of us spend their days doing things they hate: their jobs, their relationships, even themselves. Yet, taking action requires effort, energy, a plan, discomfort… Sure, but, we only have so much time to become the best version of ourselves. So, why would you want to waste time on a job you absolutely despise? Why would you spend time with people that drag you down and don’t resonate your good energy? Why would you live a life that is not you and why would you not go for the very things that could create an amazing life? Would you still sit still if you knew you had a month to live…?
Yesterday one of my awesome boot camp ladies sent me an article from Glamour Magazine that resonated the same sentiment. And, the best thing is that it comes directly from my own personal hero, Neil Patrick Harris. The article is called “How to Be You” and I highly recommend you read it. One of the points he makes is the following: “Ask yourself: What are you waiting for? About four years ago the mother of my better half (David Burtka} passed away suddenly from leukemia. In 21 days it went from “What is this weird thing on my leg? ” to “We have to make a decision to stop the intubation.” She would have been an extraordinary grandma. [David and I] were both sitting post-trauma and thought about the immediacy of life. Anything can happen in a month, a year, or 20 years. We decided we couldn’t just wait until everything was in the right position before choosing to have a baby…” You should read the entire article. I know I’ll keep his points posted next to my desk. Such wise words to live by.
With that being said, I have decided to take a month off the end of August and tackle a few things (classes will continue running, no worries). Among them a cross-country trip, which I have always wanted to do. When I return I’ll get going on a few other ideas that just can’t be put off any longer and it is beyond exciting to pursue my ideas and passion. I love what I do, don’t get me wrong, but to get into a routine isn’t always the best thing. Especially if my job is to keep you guys motivated, excited and ready to tackle your own exciting life goals. I want to walk the talk.
But before I take off I get to travel to Los Angeles this week to the world’s biggest Fitness Conference and meet some of the industry’s biggest movers and shakers. I’ll be presenting a workshop for the German mineral water brand GEROLSTEINER. If you’re going, let me know and we can connect.
I’ll be sure to post some beautiful pictures from Venice Beach and Santa Monica on my FB page.