Okay readers! What are your priorities in life? What comes first when you think of being your healthiest version of you? When I look at what I need in life to feel fulfilled and excited each day it’s actually fairly easy to come up with those priorities.
1) Health. Being a healthy person has always been important to me. I’ve noticed that the more active I am and the more I focus on what I’m eating, the happier and more alive I feel each day. This in no way is saying that I only eat vegetables and fruit or work out until I can’t stand up. I actually have lost that side of everything for almost a year. When I was in college as a dance major my life was dance. I was moving all of the time! I would workout and do some cardio during my breaks. I also noticed that as I was moving so much I needed to eat well. I never craved foods that didn’t help me survive the day. The only time I wanted to eat pizza or a big greasy burger was when Friday night rolled around. What was great about that was that I could eat it! I have never limited what I eat. Why should we stress about what we’re putting into our bodies? The healthier we are in our activities and when we start to supplement bad snacks with healthy eats we end up stressing less because those are the automatic cravings. Do we want ice cream still? Yes! And we still have it! It’s really just about knowing what your body needs and our bodies speak to us more than we think.
My steps in gaining this back have recently begun and I’ve never felt better. Instead of reaching for ice cream or cookies I’ve started to make smoothies with fresh fruits and veggies. They taste just as great without leaving you feeling full of remorse afterward. I recently joined the ranks of Team Beach Body’s coaches! I will be beginning my PiYo workouts and Shakeology plan soon! But for now I’m trying to prepare my body and mind for what it’s going to take to be a successful and inspiring coach to everyone!
2) Education. I am one of those weird ones who needs to constantly be learning something new to feel fulfilled in life. I miss college every single day. I always wish that I could be the student inside of the classroom rather than just the teacher. Being the most successful teacher will only come from that desire to learn and actually pursuing ways to learn throughout the day. I’ve been agreeing to a lot more performance opportunities and the feeling that I get from rehearsals is beyond amazing. being surrounded by educated people who have a love for the arts helps to fuel me in life. I leave eager to get to the next week for our rehearsals. I cannot wait to engage in conversations about how our communities and our lives are changed through our art. Reading books and articles help to spark new interests and lead to us searching out new information. We have an abundance of books and articles, newspapers and blogs out there. Why not access them!
3) Love. I’m not speaking solely about having a significant other. I had the chance to spend lots of time with three of my closest friends this weekend and although I slept far less than a normal weekend, I wouldn’t go back to change anything. Seeing their smiling faces brought back so many amazing memories as well as reminded me of just how far I’ve come. Nurturing relationships in your life is so extremely important. Spending a few hours with them made me so happy. Even making a quick stop to my parents home for less than an hour reminded me of how lucky I am.
Finding love with a significant other has always been one of my life goals. Having someone to share love with holds a lot of importance. I have a lot of people in my life who have been nothing but glowing examples of successful love stories that have led to beautiful, flourishing families. Having a date night with Tim reminded me of why I am with this man. We can sit for hours and discuss everything without reservation. We can be spontaneous and enjoy the company of each others’ friends while still helping our relationship gain momentum. We happened to have some time to kill this past Saturday and walked around until we stumbled upon a new restaurant that we both were interested in trying. We ended up sitting and talking to the owner over drinks, and we got a free drink out of it! We took the time to just be spontaneous and it worked out…it always does!
4) Trying New Things. I’m sitting here listening to a conference call with fellow Team Beach Body coaches which is something that I never would’ve expected I’d do. I tried a new face wash/moisturizer and found success. I went to a rehearsal on my night off. I tried two new places. I went to a house party. All simple things but each one made me so happy! My mind and body flourished this week! Go out and try something new! You will never regret it. And even if you instantly regret it, you’ll probably get over it fairly quick.
These are only a few of the many things that leave me feeling satisfied in life. We need to be present in this life because the more observant we are when something makes us feel good, the more we can incorporate it into our daily lives. Go out there and learn while doing something new! You will not regret it!
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