Summer has ended and the kids are back to school. The days are getting shorter and colder. I remember when I was younger how summer flew by and how much I dreaded the start of school. Lazy days spent laying on the couch watching tv and hanging out with friends would soon be replaced by waking up early stressing over what to wear, how to do my hair and homework, ugh homework. How I hated homework! Obviously, I was lucky enough to spend 5 years in high school.
Funny how things change. I no longer mourn the end of summer and dread homework. In fact I am constantly studying, reading, and learning something new. I always have some exciting adventure to look forward to even if it’s just waking up and trying a new workout routine, I’m still excited.
I never ever dreamed that I could love life so much. I never imagined I could love the experiences of life so intensely. Growing up I thought happiness meant having a nice wardrobe, a big house, new car, fancy vacations every year, and not wanting for anything even though I felt as though I never had enough.
It’s not until I lost everything that I realized that happiness had absolutely nothing to do with “stuff”. My definition of happiness has done a complete 180. Happiness is living my passion, supporting, educating, and coaching others to reach their potential and achieve their greatest goals then exceed them. Happiness is coming up with new ways to encourage, empower, and develop my children and hopefully help them reach and exceed their greatest goals. Happiness is being strong, fit, and healthy physically, mentally, and spiritually. Happiness is living life on my terms even if that means that I don’t have the nicest wardrobe, or a big house, or fancy vacations.
For once I do not feel as though I need to run to the mall to buy new clothes to feel happy or confident. For once I am content. My heart is full of love. Life is beautiful. I am blessed every single moment of every single day.
Take a moment to think about what it is that truly makes your heart sing and give thanks. Life is too short not to stop, take inventory, and remind yourself that life is great.
Fitmark Ambassador 2013