Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Self Perception

What would your life be like if you saw yourself as others saw you?





What if you believed in not only your physical beauty but that gorgeous light you have inside of you that you hide because it's not good enough?


Monday, March 11, 2013

WILD & PRECIOUS LIFE



That's me up there teaching a ZUMBA® FITNESS class. I teach five classes a week. I became an instructor in September 2011 at the young age of fifty. I am not telling you this to brag.

I want you to know that every single time I get up to teach a class, and many moments during the class the number one thought that goes through my mind is THANK YOU.

The older I get, the more thankful I become for my good health. I have been blessed with a healthy body and, more importantly the will to take care of it!

I grew up with a mother who was ill my entire life, until she died at sixty three years old. I never once saw her dance that I can remember. She struggled to take care of herself on a daily basis.

There have been years in my life where I neglected to care for myself. I gained weight, felt lethargic and mildy depressed. During those moments, the guilt about my ignorance of not caring for the blessing I was given weighed heavily on me. How dare I? What would my mother say?

Now I am seeing many of our friends and family members struggle with aging and failing health. Some of them have conditions that are unavoidable yet they do the best they can with what they have. Others, and this is truly heartbreaking for me, could solve many of their health issues by taking better care of themselves. 

Believe me I understand all the reasons why people struggle to maintain healthy lifestyles. I am also a Weight Watchers program leader and see it all. However, I do know that anyone can overcome those reasons/excuses with patience and persistance. It starts with the decision to accept an imperfect journey that you will never give up on. It starts with you.

"What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" ~ Marianne Williamson








Wednesday, February 6, 2013

FORGIVE: PART I





Before we get all excited and jump on this bandwagon let's rewind a bit. I have an issue with this, if you forgive someone but feel THEY DO NOT DESERVE IT...will this really give you peace?

EVERYONE deserves to be forgiven, everyone. But what is forgiveness, truly?

The dictionary describes it as such:

Forgive: stop feeling angry or resentful toward (someone) for an offence, flaw or mistake.

Thats right. That's all it is. Your choice to stop feeling angry or resentful. It doesn't change what happened. It becomes about your choice on how YOU deal with it. However, it won't give you the peace you are looking for without your own belief that the other party is entitled to your forgiveness.

There are so many historical examples of people who have forgiven others for heinous crimes or actions against them. Nelson Mandela comes to mind. True forgiveness has you (the forgiver) finding empathy enough towards others to truly believe that their actions were human and based on their own suffering.

Having said all of this, just because we have forgiven someone for whatever transgressions they may have taken, it doesn't mean we are obligated to remain in the relationship. Believe me, I know that one well. We can hang on for years, lifetimes, hoping that our forgiveness will change facts about a person or relationship that we have no control over.

Forgiveness does not change the other person. But you can allow it to change you enough to move on.





Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Be A Leader

This is a beautiful video that should be shared across the blogosphere and beyond.

We are all leaders in our lives. We are watched, judged and followed.

What message are you sending out with your actions and energy?