This article begins The G Scoop, a quarterly series of reflections and lessons learned.
Can’t believe it. 2017 is halfway done. It has flown by in a whirlwind of workouts, work days, wine nights, and everything in between. This year I’ve made it a point to prioritize my favorite things: time with BF, cooking, and doing fitness on my terms so that I can enjoy a balanced class schedule along with my personal workout time. And you know what? I feel more rested and relaxed, and I’ve learned a few things along the way:
Enjoy the Now. You know those moments that you just want to freeze? I call ‘em “snapshot moments.” The ones in which you want to savor every sight, sound, and feeling. I’ve felt more of these in the past few months because of a slight mental shift: staying in the present moment ... during morning boot camp, work lunch, an evening walk, or a romantic dinner. Not only has being present given me more happiness, but I’ve shown up better to those around me, a more engaged and joyful version of myself. All we have is this moment, the here and now, so why not embrace every second of it?
Don’t Take it Personal. In the last few months, I’ve led many awesome classes but not without their hiccups! That little bit of self doubt is always ready to kick me when I’m down, “Is there something really wrong with my class style or workshop?” Well, the answer is no. There are so many factors that I can’t control with my boot camp - bad weather, inconvenient class time, scheduling conflicts, the list goes on. When my class is full of smiling regulars and energetic newbies, it hits me: don’t take things so personal. When faced with an undesirable outcome, it’s always a good idea to step back and look at the big picture and other factors at play.
Pump Yourself Up. I crushed a half marathon in May. I trained consistently and prepped my body with nutritious fuel. After taking all the right steps, one would expect that I’d be the picture of confidence stepping up to the start line. Yet, if you had asked me about the race prior to it, my response would have sounded something like, “I’m hoping I finish. And I hope I don’t get injured.” Although I consider myself to be a positive, focused motivator in my fitness classes, I left that energy out of my personal challenge. With the help of my running buddy, I stepped forward and gave that race every bit of my focus, strength, and energy until that sweet victorious sprint past the finish line. It’s so important to have friends who see the greatness in you and can pump you up at just the right time. It’s even more important to maintain that positive voice within, and hear it especially when you need it most.
Walk Down Memory Lane. While I’m blessed to have a great support system here in the the District, I fondly look back on my old friendships ranging from grade school to college. Many of those friendships I have lost touch with over the past few years. So, this spring I’ve made it a priority to catch up with those I was close to in earlier life chapters, laughing on the phone about awkward school dances and teen crushes. Not only do I get the warm fuzzies catching up with close friends but it reminds of where I came from and who I’ve been in years past. Why not send a message to an old friend and take time to reminisce?
For the first half of 2017, I’ve loosened up structure, slowed down the pace, and savored the moments. Lots of wonderful experiences and more to come! My plan for the next few months? Play a fresh-eyed tourist in my own city. Will fill you in on how it goes next quarter.