Yesterday I came across a tweet mentioning the Healthy Living Summit and an opportunity to win a free ticket to the upcoming event in August. I clicked the link to Janel’s blog, excited at the chance to attend this 3 day health and wellness conference organized by bloggers for both bloggers and non-bloggers alike. The conference covers topics like budgeting, overcoming negativity, writing better recipes, interacting with social media, talks from keynote speakers, optional activities, and of course healthy and delicious foods to keep you fueled up! I would love to attend such a positive, uplifting conference as the topics are not only of personal interest to me but as there are many people with whom I would share the knowledge gained. Although I’m not sure if I deserve a free ticket, here are a few reasons why I would certainly benefit from attending the HLS this month.
What I do and who I am are intricately woven, so that what I do for a living impacts my character and who I am at my core has influence over my work.
As a personal trainer, I work with people in their homes to give them tools to live fuller lives, but that work is motivated by my personal beliefs that being fit and living healthy contributes to a better overall quality of life. And why not live the best life you can live while you’re here? I also work as a facilitator with young adult cancer survivors with Young Adult Cancer Canada at conferences, retreats, and guiding kayaking trips with my husband who is also a cancer survivor. In conjunction with listening, laughing, crying, and having fun alongside the incredible survivors I meet, part of my role is to help facilitate games and healthy living sessions with the group. Sometimes this means morning bootcamps together while other times it means working on small steps that each individual can take at whatever stage they’re at to gain strength after treatments and make better choices nutritionally. It is a joy for me to work with both demographics through my job and my philosophy on fitness and what it means to be “healthy” has been impacted by the people I have met. One reason I would love to attend the HLS is because I would be able to bring information and inspiration back to the people I see weekly around Calgary as well as the survivors I see throughout the year at these events.
Leading a group plank session at the 2010 Survivor Conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland!
“Being healthy” means different things to different people, but as I’ve gained experience with others I no longer think it means the ability to do correct push ups, speed work on the track, and eat meticulously nutrient-dense meals. Now I view being healthy as this: eating real food and moving more. Everyone is at a different stage in their fitness and we each live different lifestyles; “moving more” to someone out of treatments with certain side effects might mean a lap around their house but to another it might mean upping the weight in their squat + shoulder press combo. “Eating real food” is something we can all work on, whether it’s focusing on doing that during one meal a day or changing your snacks over to real instead of processed foods. I want to find better ways to communicate these simple yet profound truths to people both in person and through my blog more effectively and be re-inspired to continue living that way myself.
It’s important to live not only with your own definition of “healthy” in mind but to be “attuned” too – to live in harmony with your yourself, your surroundings, your beliefs, and the people around you. To listen to your body when it needs to rest rather than wake up early and run; to listen to your cravings and not worry about choosing ice cream over watermelon every now and then; to live at peace with everyone, as far as it depends on you (Romans 12:18). All of these elements create an atmosphere that contribute to healthier living.
My life has been built around the importance and impact of true, loving communities. I have never been to a retreat, conference, or event where the focus is healthy living and I can hardly imagine what it would be like to enter into that community that I have read about and seen through the blogging world. If chosen to go, I will dive into the community head first so that I can fully experience the event, the people, and take home new information and inspiration for my husband and myself post-cancer as well as for my work and life – interwoven and interconnected to keep living life to the full!
Live well & be well friends,