Out with the Old: 5 Steps to Totally ROCK 2015

Another year has slipped by and while some are nursing hangovers (either from alcohol or rich foods) others are getting ready to tackle this year with the vengeance of a Spartan.

Before you dive head first, check out these steps to Totally ROCKING this coming year….and keeping your sanity :)

  1. Use one word. Instead of writing down every goal you want to accomplish, and transferring the ones that weren’t accomplished last year, try setting the tone of your year with ONE word. Believe it or not, 12 months can hold many life events and a whole lot of change. So, instead of writing goals in January that you’ll forget by March, try setting your year up with a word. This word should encompass what you wish to see in your year throughout all facets of your life (work, relationships, creativity, etc.). You can choose any word that really MEANS something to you and then place it on display where you will see it each morning. Here are some examples, but please use what’s in your heart: SUCCESS, LOVE, FORGIVENESS, PRESENCE, ORGANIZATION, KNOWLEDGE, WISDOM, KINDNESS, CONSISTENT, CREATIVE, BOLD, DARING, ADVENTUROUS….you get the picture. Be creative in your own way and let this word speak to you. NOW, about those goals…..
  2. Instead of 1 list of goals once a year, it is far better to set aside some time to write out MONTHLY goals. I know it seems a bit timeĀ consuming at first, but writing your goals for each month will enable you to reach far more goals by the end of the year. This gives you a timeline to accomplish your goals and sets you up for success. No more than 10 goals per month you over achievers! Keep it simple, but dream big. Each month, mark off what you have accomplished, then mark off what no longer matters to you, then you can add what is pulling towards your word for the year.
  3. Prioritize. This is a skill that anybody can learn, but few of us want to slow down long enough to do it. Do you ever feel like you are fighting against your true nature? Well, that is a sure-fire sign that your priorities aren’t in line. Take a few minutes to write down EVERYTHING you do (OK, for some this may take more than a few minutes), then start to check off what is either not necessary (like scrolling Facebook all day) or simply doesn’t feed you in any way. Take what is left and begin to prioritize by importance. For me, my top priority is to spend quiet time each morning setting myself up for a positive day. Next is my husband, then my kids. Time with them (together and separately) is highly important, so I make that a priority and no job or client can get into that time. Prioritize by what feeds your soul and you will find that life falls into place more easily.
  4. Have some FUN. I know all this talk about lists and priorities can drag some of us into school mode, so stay with me. Do you remember when you were a kid and you did things just for fun? I mean, I know I did some STUPID things that were just plain fun! Don’t lose that ability as you grow older. Walk barefoot in the grass, sing on the swing set (granted you haven’t gotten old and swing sets now make you sick), go to the zoo, eat the cotton candy (just not all the time), bake cookies, play with your dog, look like an idiot at Disney World! Make time to let go of how you think you should present yourself all the time and make a little time for FUN. This act will keep you balanced and keep stress at bay.
  5. Give back. One of the MOST rewarding aspects of life is giving to others. Choose to make 2015 your year of giving. You can redo your household budget to give more to your local church, charities or missions. You can donate your time to those in need of your talent. Think you don’t have a talent? There are many children who LOVE to read to and have nobody able to do it. Everybody has something to give. Take a treat or meal to your neighbor, give your kids friends a ride, offer to walk somebody’s dog, help your elderly neighbor with grocery shopping. There are ENDLESS ways to give, so tap into your resources and get giving! You will never be the same once you start :) And should you ever want to travel with me, just let me know and I’ll be happy to place you on my team.

There you have it, 5 simple steps that will change this year into a year like no other. Time stops for no man, but we can learn to use the time we have wisely.

Rock on,

Michelle

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The Ultimate in FITNESS

Happy Thursday Fit People!

I have something extremely special to share with you today. THIS is what keeps my heart going and my passion for life alive. It’s bigger than me and bigger than all of us, but it totally rocks.

As you may know, I travel around sharing the true joy in my life: butt-kicking :) AND HOPE! I share hope too…. In January of this year I traveled to Chisinau, Moldova to work with victims of sex trafficking and human exploitation. Before you think that this really has nothing to do with you, PLEASE, I beg you to read on…

You may not know where Moldova is and I won’t judge because neither did I. It is the poorest country in Eastern Europe whose main export is WOMEN. Re-read that… Trafficking is a serious problem as is the fact that there is little opportunity there and people will flee their country for work elsewhere. This, in fact opens them up to trafficking.

I am a firm believer that NO person should be bought and sold like meat in a window. There is a common decency inside many of us that tells us this behaviour is dead wrong, yet we feel powerless to stop it. WE CAN DO SOMETHING. I have been working to help the Beginning of Life Center build a training center for victims as well as those who are targets for trafficking. This center will serve as a safe space for people to strengthen their bodies and minds. If you’ve been in fitness long, you know the impact this discipline can have on your psyche alone. Though I have not raised all that is needed, BOL has stepped out on faith and construction on the center has already started. I will be traveling back to Moldova (with my 12-year-oldĀ in tow) to stay for an extended time teaching self-defense and other modalities of fitness, nutrition, training, sports and general wellness as well as fitness business management (AKA: how to run a gym). Pretty cool stuff right?

I have a question for you though: have you ever wanted more? I mean, do you ever look at life and just wish for more? There is more out there, but we have to be willing to do it. There are LOADS of ways YOU can involve yourself in spreading hope (or kicking butt, whichever you prefer). You can GIVE money. I mean, it does make the world go round and pays the bills right? You can GIVE time. That’s a pretty cool stamp on your passport. You can GIVE resources. Maybe you don’t want to travel or just can’t, but you do have a talent you want to share. HELLO video training. In order to GET more out of life, we have to first be willing to GIVE more. This center will not only empower those who will change this nation, but it will open opportunities that have been missing. Wanna jump in? Click the link above, comment below, or shoot me an email and I can find a place to plug you in. Don’t get stuck in excuses! Together, we can make a bigger difference than we could ever make apart.

Peace,

Michelle