Hey guys! Well, I am back in the swing of things in Calgary – back in our apartment, back to training clients, back to working out and back to a bit of routine. It’s always nice to get into that routine again after being away for a needed break. While our trips are definitely fun and a “vacation” of sorts, they are also a lot of work; the planning hours, the logistics, the guiding while on the water, the group facilitation in our circles at night. The trip, for all it’s stellar and “we-can-work-on-that” moments has given me a lot to process and digest, and I wanted to share a few thoughts as I process.
Regardless of the programming, the planning, the group dynamics, the weather… Good things happen when you’re in God’s country! Communing with people and getting outside brings about some amazing experiences every.single.time. Try it and see for yourself! God is faithful and being out in his Creation reminds me of how big God is and how small I am, which is SUCH a good reminder for me in life.
I love seeing how a group of people come together when they really share life – the ups, the downs, the vulnerable moments and tears both of sorrow and joy. There’s something about flipping off your kayak and peeing in the water as you have a conversation with a fellow paddler, eating cheese at every meal and experiencing the power of others’ sharing their story that really bonds and connects a group. Community grows! And it grows faster the in wilderness; walls come down quicker, social barriers are broken down more easily and you’re connected in a way that can take much longer than meeting with friends or a support group once a week. When you overcome together, community happens.
I was reminded of why I train, why I’m in the fitness industry and what my personal focus of fitness is in my life: to live life to the fullest! When you are intentional in your daily fitness (both physically and how you fuel your body), you’re able to better enjoy life – to get out and hike, to paddle all day, to help motivate and encourage others and to have energy to enjoy your day. That’s why I do what I do and that’s why I believe that being fit is important. It helps you live life with others in a more engaged and intentional way. I love that!
Spoken in another way, I believe in:
And that’s the bottom line! So many life lessons learned on the river and from group times… So many more than what I’ve shared in this post. What would you add from a similar life experience? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Live well & be well – and go get outside with people this weekend! 😀