Today I woke up at 5:45, actually feeling pretty good and ready to take on the day! I grabbed an "Apple Pie" Quest protein bar for breakfast on my way out the door and headed up to Mission Bay for the 6:30 workout.
Most of the Herbalife Health Coaches have headed up to Chicago for the biggest event of the year in Herbalife culture: Extravaganza. This is where thousands of Distributors from all across North America, gather to experience the big picture. They receive high-level training by Herbalife’s top performers, learn valuable business strategies, network, exchange ideas, hear inspiring and motivating stories, attend AMAZING parties, and a whole lot more! It's pretty much the bee's knees. I went to my first Extravaganza in Las Vegas last year and it changed my world around! This year, although I really, really wanted to be there, I had to make the tough decision to stay in San Diego, mainly for financial reasons.
While they are all up there for the next week, I have been given the opportunity to step up here in San Diego and run a bunch of the fit clubs, all by myself! I'm not even nervous about it, which is the craziest part to me. Three months ago, however, I was EXTREMELY nervous when I made the decision to jump in and learn how to run the group workouts. This is because I am actually a shy person and so I get extreme anxiety when having to perform in public, having all eyes on me. I also have never trained anyone, let alone a group, so that was a huge learning curve for me, personally.
I couldn't sleep for about a month leading up to it. And the night before my big debut? Forget it... I slept like 1 hour that night. But, I dived in, ran the workout, and before I knew it, that hour was over. I did it! And people from our workout group actually LOVED the workout I put together! Imagine that. All that fear, all those sleepless nights leading up to that one hour, were basically a waste of time. There was nothing to worry about, because I rocked it. I did the proper research and preparation for it before hand (which I just figured out on my own, by the way,) and those were probably the things that helped me out the most. But just diving in and getting that first one over with was definitely a game changer.
If you would have told me last summer that within the next year, not only would I be training group fitness classes but I'd also be getting up before 6am to do it (I am NOT a morning person!) AND on top of that, I'd be doing it all for FREE, I would have told you, "You must be CRAZY!!!" But here I am. And now I'm flying on my own. You never know what opportunities the world will hand you if you just take a couple steps outside of your comfort zone! Like, for instance, about a month ago, I was scheduled to run my second Sunday Funday Beach workout. No big deal, right? Well, what was astonishing about this one was that I found out the day before, that we were going to have a special guest attending the workout. This special guest was not only going to be at the workout, but was also going to be helping assist whoever was leading it. And who was leading it? That's right, yours truly. Because this special guest was going to be at the workout, all of the Health Coaches promoted it on a large scale, so not only was he going to be there, gracing us with his presence, but it was expected to be one of the biggest workout groups out there, in a long time. You can definitely say I was a bit of a Nervous Nelly. BUT, once again, I prepared myself and got my mind right, telling myself, "You're a boss, you got this handled." And so, that's what I did. I handled it like a boss. What raised my confidence even more was that people kept telling me during the workout, as well as after, that the workout was really fun! That's exactly what I was going for! Man, I never would I have expected this to happen to me in my life.
Mind over matter, baby.
My advice: Take any opportunity offered to you that you have even the slightest interest in and run with it! See what you're made of! Build up your confidence and repertoire! The rest of your success will follow.
So on that note, I'm looking forward to the week ahead! It will be a slight challenge to me, without the help of others, but I know I got this 🙂 The old me, a year ago, would have probably been sh*ttin' her pants! 😛
Anyways, back to my day. I lead the 6:30 workout, then headed home and did some work on the computer. Then headed down to the 9:30 workout in National City. We had a pretty big group out there again today, but still looking to build it up more and take over that park! Imagine that?!! Getting all those people healthy and happier! Dream big!
On my way home, I hit up the East Village Grocery Outlet for a few things. I get super bored eating the same things all the time and so I have to find variety in the foods I choose to eat. Otherwise, I tend to take myself out to eat, which can be expensive and usually adds more calories, sodium, and fat than I need, thus falling off the wagon and setting myself back.
My solution: I try to go to different grocery stores every week and always pick up a few new things to try, just to keep things interesting and not so lame-sauce. Whatever works, right? The Grocery Outlet is great for this little plan of mine because their inventory is constantly changing. Read about how it works by clicking here.
I got home around 11:30, and started working on my next blog post. I always write about my previous day the next day, which actually takes a few hours to write. There's a lot more that goes into blogging than one would think, but I love it all so far! So much so that I think I finally had my epiphany today!
I'm falling in love with blogging and I get the feeling this is one major thing I'm supposed to be doing with my life; writing, documenting, motivating and inspiring others! All things I've always loved doing anyways! I also think this is the thing that is going to pull me out of my rut.
I have been asking the universe lately to help me figure out what my WHY is and soon because I just can't seem to find my motivation anymore. I can't seem to find who that girl was I used to be. The girl with massive amounts of drive, passion, and determination. The girl who always gave 110% in everything she did, no matter how long it took.
So, I used the day to do some soul searching and wrote out exactly what scares me, what holds me back, what my excuses are and who/what intimidates me. I wrote for a couple hours (which will be in another blog post a bit later) but within that time I think I finally figured out what my WHY is!
My WHY is essentially what drives me. What motivates me. What makes me go after everything I go after in life. My WHY is my purpose here in life. Why I do what I do every day. My WHY is what I want in my future.
How did I figure out my WHY? I just wrote down how I wanted my life story to go.
I used that life story to give me a vision. Once I had the vision in my head, I saw how to make it happen, clear as day! I then mapped out a basic plan of how to get there. I figured the best way to start was by bringing my old self back and doing the things I used to do back in the day.
I've had the drive in me all along, I've just let excuses keep me down. Excuses like "Don't try too hard because you'll stress yourself out and therefore burn yourself out." Or "Give yourself a break, you're working hard learning everything you're learning as an entrepreneur. You can relax more now."
The old me worked harder than the new me has been. The old me had more focus than the new me. The old me watched her financials better. The old me didn't get burnt out doing everything she did... all that she did drove her to just do more!
Yeah, I did technically get "burned" by giving a certain person more than they deserved, BUT, that was a lesson I had to learn. And it wasn't to try less hard so I wouldn't get taken advantage of.
The lesson was to learn how to set boundaries so I wouldn't get walked all over.
I needed to learn how to set boundaries if I was going to start my own business and it had to happen right before I started my own entrepreneurial journey.
There's a lot of evil in this world and through some very painful experiences, I have proven to myself that I am a hell of a lot stronger than I thought I was. I'm so strong that I can overcome evil. BOOM. That's right. Are you hearing me? I have OVERCOME EVIL.
By overcoming the level of evilness I personally went through, that means that my "shield" is now thicker and stronger than ever. And my feelers are out and are hypersensitive, which means if evil comes at me to try and attack me again, I think it's safe to say they probably won't do so well in battle.
Moving forward, I got so excited about this epiphany that I decided right then and there that I've reached my breaking point and am now in the correct mindset to push forward with everything I have in me.
No more excuses, complaining, slacking off. The time is now. I can already see it happening, now all I need to do is just move through the processes until you all see it. Once I'm there, be prepared to be inspired!
How am I going to do it? Here's my game plan:
I stumbled across this blog post from another blogger about Digging out Your Why. I personally thought it was a good read, so I wanted to share, you know, since we're on the topic 🙂
Anyways, back to my day again (today was a mind-blowing day, apparently! I have a lot to write about!) I finished up my blogging around 5, then started working on that e-Book cover design again. Around 6:00, I found myself to be starving, so I made up a scrumptious, low carb dinner with some new products I bought that day. Awww yeah.
After dinner, I was texting with a friend, who told me how blogs can be a great jumping off point. She has heard about girls who just write about their lives, then someone stumbles upon their content, finds them inspiring, and offers them something, like selling parts of their blogs as TV shows or movies. How cool would that be?! I highly doubt that will ever happen to my blog, BUT then again, I've experienced first-hand some things that I never thought would happen 😉
At 8:00 I had a decision to make; to lay in bed and watch NetFlix OR stay on my game plan and go to the gym. So, what did I do? I went to the gym! I could have slacked off at the gym but what did I do? I stuck to my workout plan and pushed through, completing all that I set out to do. I did a 5 min warm-up on the treadmill, then did some stretching, then lifted downstairs for about 40 minutes, and then went back up and completed a full 45 minutes of cardio, even though it seemed to take FOREVER and I felt like I was going to pass out. I headed home around 10:30, had my recovery shake, 2 brown rice cakes, took a shower (which I barely had enough energy to stand in,) turned on one episode of the Witches of East End and passed out around 11:45.
I love going to bed mentally and physically exhausted. It means I gave 100% that day 🙂