Today marks my third anniversary as a BeachBody coach and I cannot believe how quickly time has passed. I think there are several ways I could go with this post but after thinking about it, I would like to tell you how my life has changed over the last three years, thanks to my business.
First, I have been able to spend time with my family because I work from home. Before BeachBody, it was a struggle to make it to the kids' activities and I felt like I was missing out on so many aspects of their life. But over the past three years I have made it to countless football and volleyball games as well as school concerts, plays and other events. I am not missing my kids grow up right before my eyes. This summer has been especially important to me because I've had the pleasure of working out every day with my son who will be a junior in high school this fall. I have learned that time is precious and i am grateful for all i have been given.
There have also been significant financial blessings for our little lammclan. We have paid off our HUGE mountain of credit card debt that weighed so heavy on our shoulders for years. We have been able to pay for things that normally we might have to charge or at least wait for. All those "things that pop up out of nowhere that could cripple us...we have been able to deal with, daily! Are we dirty, rotten, filthy, stinking rich? Nope. But we do have some breathing room WHICH IS AMAZING, since that is something we previously did not have. I have been blessed to go to all the different retreats and conferences all over the US and my husband and I have been on all inclusive vacations. Things we would not be able to do before this. This is a business and I am always looking to expand things to generate more income, but that's not why I do this, which brings me to my final point:
The accountably and friendships I have made through Beachbody have been irreplaceable.
I got into this 36 months ago to cover the cost of my monthly Shakeology and to my pleasant surprise I have made some lasting friendships that are very important to me. I've spent most of my adult life trying to help others to some extent or another, whether I was volunteering at certain organizations or working with non-profits that took me all over the world.. And I've been able to continue this as a coach and mentor with Beachbody.
I have no idea what the next three years holds but I want to keep doing this full time. I want to impact others and have my life touched by those who work with me. I want to grow emotionally and physically as well as assist others along the way in their respective journeys. Its been an honor and a privilege to run this business and I am excited for the future!
Thanks for coming along for the ride. And if you have been watching from afar, i have a spot ready for you too!
Before i get to posting, I have to apologize for my absents. I have NO IDEA where June went. Oops. If you are reading this...thanks for sticking with me. Now. onto the goods.
Happy Independence Day! I love this holiday for two important reasons... First, our country is an amazing place to live and I think we are enriched by different cultures and people who have so much to offer and contribute to us. Secondly, my sister married a British guy so it's nice to yell, "We're number 1," once a year!
I'm sure you all have your own reasons for liking this day, but no matter how you feel, take some time to reflect back over the past year and notice what you are free from. Are there things or circumstances that used to hold you down and make you feel like you had no hope or future? What have you broken away from that you will never be bound by again? It's easy to get bogged down in our daily lives and lose perspective regarding all we have accomplished. Don't get caught in this trap; let the 4th of July be a bright reminder of what you are capable of.
Right now my family is going in a hundred different directions... My daughter is involved with high school volleyball and my son is busy with his job. Did I mention we are in the middle of trying to buy our first home?! But I am taking each day as an a opportunity to keep a balanced mind, soul, and body. I appreciate that my 2b Mindset is a lifestyle and not some program. I can look back over the past year and see all the things I've relinquished and how free I now am.
Anyway, I just wanted to wish you a happy 4th and let you know you are not alone in whatever hill you might be climbing or whatever struggle you are facing. Independence Day doesn't have to be just about history... Make it your present.
*** Just some of my favorite 4th memories.
Ok...so, I am pretty embarrassed that it has been almost a month of nothing on my blog.
Our family has seen some pretty major things happen and I have some really great excuses and reasons. But, all i can do is say i will do better. Please stick with me, I started this blog and I dont want to let it go to the wayside. So, like everything else in my life...here is to my fresh start. Today, my husband actually wanted to "guest write" my post. So, enjoy <3
I thought I would take a minute to commandeer my wife's blog for a minute so I might add a little outside perspective. Every day I have a front row ticket to Tina's juggling act that involves her business as well as all the things she does for us, as a family. Somedays I can see her joy and determination as she tries to grow things while other days I see the sadness she's terrible at hiding when her coaches are struggling or having difficulties. Most nights we go to bed at the same time but I nod off long before she does because she is still helping people as she lies next to me with her computer in her lap.
Yesterday she invited me to do a workout with her and before I could rationally think about it, I blurted out, "Sure!" I used to work out regularly but haven't done anything recently that would even remotely be considered any sort of physical endeavor. I still didn't think I would have much trouble because I have a long and illustrious history of over-estimating my abilities. (Two days prior to this I had an argument with my teenager daughter about how I could probably make the next olympics if I set my mind to it. Albeit, I was referring to Curling, but that still counts). Anyway, you get my point... I would probably knock 22 Hardcorp out the park.
We both started off strongly and then things got interesting. About 7 minutes in, I was hurting and having conversations in my head with Tony Horton that aren't suitable for this post. I was sweaty and my tummy hurt and I was quite sure I shredded my Achilles, my MCL, and perhaps had even contracted a bout of Scurvy somewhere in between the gorilla crawls and the galactic burpees. I finished the workout but by the end I made the modifier look like an American Ninja Warrior.
And all the while Tina just keep plugging along like the Engergizer Bunny. I saw that I need to make some adjustments in my life and am now considering how to move forward. But I was inspired by my wife and just wanted to give a shoutout to her because she works so hard and inspires so many people that I don't know every day. But yesterday it was my turn. She was patient and helpful and made me feel like I could it. I got to be a client for a few minutes and realized how fortunate her team is.
Thank, Tina... I'm your biggest fan.
So, once again, i woke up this morning to another "on this day" memory on facebook. But it was actually from 2 years ago. It was a good memory. A great little post I made about how i felt about my marriage...2 years ago, 19 years being celebrated.
Now, Here i sit...trying to get out how i feel about it. I have been thinking about it all day. I know i have had quite a few of these blogs the past 2 months..but that is because its here...in my face, a year later.
How do you celebrate something that represents two things that are opposite one another? December 7 marks the 21st year my husband and I have been married and on this day two years ago I thought we were invincible. I recalled all the previous anniversaries we celebrated and the cards and gifts and promises. Two years ago the future held promise and adventure and excitement. So how do you celebrate a day that now doesn't have the same meaning? Last year we were apart and in the beginning stages of figuring out what we were going to do, how to make it through each day... forget about the next 20 years.
So here we are.
I've 364 days other days to remind me that this day would show up once again. It won't go away or be ignored or let my emotions off the hook. I'm back at ground zero and this day just no longer has any significance to us. It actually is a reminder that promises weren't kept and hearts were broken and feelings were betrayed. I didn't sign up for this 21 years ago. I feel sad and a significant sense of loss and mourning.
BUT I'm still here.
We are still here.
Even if this is a different version of the journey we started together, we are still traveling together. And some days are still very hard and emotional. Some days I wonder if it's going to come to end. But then I look back over the last year and I realize there are some days that inspire hope and a new future. I wonder if redemption means a new start and the day doesn't matter nearly as much the journey. Yes, there are still reminders of the past and I can't ignore them, but I also see glimpses of the future and I want to embrace them.
Right now this day might as well be the 7th of October or March 21st or any other day because it does not signify what it originally meant to me. I know this might not make sense to some people and it's okay for others to have their own opinions. But this is our life and we are so thankful to those who have been truly supportive and loving towards us. This has not been an easy year and your relationships mean the world to us. We love you.
I guess there are no easy answers for tomorrow and that's okay. We will keep working, every day, to restore what has been lost and and create new experiences that we will treasure.
All that matters right now is that we are choosing to do it together. Our Anniversary might not mean what it did...but we celebrate because its a new day that we are here together. And that makes it significant.
" I, I'm a new day rising
I'm a brand new sky
To hang the stars upon tonight
I am a little divided
Do I stay or run away
And leave it all behind?
It's times like these you learn to live again
It's times like these you give and give again
It's times like these you learn to love again
It's times like these time and time again"
-taken from "Times like These" Foo Fighters
True story: Yesterday, in the middle of the week I had to run to the tire shop. As i was sitting there, waiting for them to put the new tires on the car, I felt an immense wave of personal satisfaction. Is it because I love that rubbery smell of tires surrounding me? Nope. Is it because I am a sucker for burnt coffee and 8 month old issues of Field and Stream? Sorry, try again.
I am happy because I was able to pay for these tires before I bought them. I am smiling while I write this because I was able to actually conduct business on a routine week day at the shop from my mobile office, AKA my phone, while I waited for my new tires as I made money that will go towards Christmas presents or whatever else might come my way. Tires are expensive and I am happy I was able to buy them and not have to charge them or skip a week's worth of groceries. I did this.
My journey with BeachBody has been satisfying because I think I represent a large portion of people reading this. I am not filthy rich and my lifestyle is nothing close to extravagant. I don't jet off to tropical locations or have a boat, 5th wheel, plane, or pet black panther. I don't shop at organic stores and I love curling up on the couch at the end of the night to watch The Walking Dead or New Girl (yes... both). I don't think you and I are that different.
When I started working with BeachBody I just wanted to make enough bank to cover my Shakeology and any other orders I might want. But after really jumping in and deciding that I wanted to do this as my job, I am actually contributing to my family income in real and practical ways. I JUST BOUGHT FREAKING TIRES!!!!!! How cool is that, especially this time of year when cash is at a premium due to the holidays.
Anyway, I just wanted to share this cool story and maybe encourage some of you who might be sitting on the fence and unsure of whether or not you want to go all in. You wont regret it and it would be my honor and pleasure to partner with you.
Drop Me a line so we can talk about it!
Im a 44 year old Mom taking charge of her health and who's passionate about helping you live your healthiest, happiest life.