I have loved sharing my #SummerOfSweat goals with Gatorade with you (here, here and here!) over the last few months, but I haven’t shared all of my thoughts and reflections from the #SummerOfMikeAndBon. 😉 When we spent our last few days in Vegas after our Grand Canyon trip, we hung out by the pool and debriefed about summer.
(me spiking my club soda with G2 at Mandalay Bay ;))
With so many thoughts fresh in our minds, Mikey and I began to turn our thoughts to the fall and set some new goals in the main realms of our lives: in our relationship with God, our marriage, our work and our bodies. September is such a natural time to reset as the next season falls upon us, so I wanted to share the ways in which I’m refocusing in this general areas of my life.
- Ready to train again (myself and clients)! I like getting in the gym and after being away from it nearly all summer, it’s fun to want to move intentionally again. Plus, I miss my clients (and am accepting new ones!).
- Ready for routine (remember this during those early mornings and cold days…). There’s something so freeing about a summer away, and while we were working (it’s not just travel and fun! although it IS super rewarding and life-giving), we are ready to get back to our “day jobs” and make some money. It feels good to be productive in that sense, and I’m ready to embrace clients and get my hours back up! On that note, I also recently took a part-time job as the team lead for Young Adult (YA) Programs with Wellspring Calgary and I am super excited about it! I’m planning events around Calgary for YA survivors and their supporters and look forward to putting my spin on the position and staying involved in this community year round.
- Embracing a clarity about being a different type of personal trainer. My thoughts on who I am as a trainer have really crystalized over this summer; I want to focus on health and body love, rooted in God’s goodness and love – not simply weight or body fat change, measurements, numbers, etc. Healthy, happy and strong! My desire for people is that they see change, but I want them to change from the inside out. This is an interesting revelation to me because I feel like for so long I’ve been trying to fit the mold of other trainers who have specific systems in place and track everything for their clients. Don’t get me wrong – tracking is so important and such a valuable tool (in fact, Paige just wrote a solid post about it here), but it’s not my strength. While I know it’s important to push beyond your weaknesses, something clicked in me over these trips where I discovered the way I want to train based on who I am – a motivator and an encourager. I want people to feel loved, cared for, motivated and pushed toward life change so they can live well and be well. Let’s face it – training for fitness competitions just isn’t me – it’s not the clientele I attract and it’s not my skill set. And that’s okay! I love helping the general public (and cancer survivors as a specific population) become stronger, more able-bodied, happier and full of life through my training.
(back at it at CityFit and loving it already!)
- Continue to keep our mission statement in our mind before every decision we make. On each trip, we help others create life mission statements (every company has one as their guiding light; why don’t we have one for our lives?) and are lucky to come back to it every summer and on every trip. It keeps us accountable to our decisions and life direction, and I want to be mindful of it all year long too. I’ll share it soon, and perhaps share our process of how to craft your own life mission statement too!
- Pray daily for Mikey. This is one of the action steps of my roles as a wife for this year. I’m trying to start my day out in prayer and one of the people I want to be praying for daily is my husband as he leads our family, works hard, takes risks in his career and lives each day.
- Embrace my body confidently in front of my husband. I want to embrace who I am and my own personality, sexuality and body because I’m worthy (first off in God’s eyes!) and because Mikey already embraces me! No more body shaming or negative self-talk – that doesn’t help a marriage (or my own self!).
- Trips to connect are important, mandatory! I’d rather purchase tickets to see family rather than put those $400+ in the bank.
- I want to stay connected to family with phone calls/emails. More specifically, this is directed towards my extended family members – there are many I don’t want to take for granted and want to connect with intentionally (my brother and I SnapChat – I only use it for him! ha! – my mom and I talk almost daily and my dad waves hello on FaceTime). 😉
My Relationship with Jesus:
- Come to Jesus daily without an agenda. I, like everyone else, go through ups and downs in my relationship with God in terms of being more disciplined to connect with Him in prayer and reading my Bible and also in my drive to know Him more. So often my goals in this area of my life are to stay disciplined and spend more time with Jesus, which isn’t wrong at all, but a recent sermon has prompted me to spend my time with Jesus differently. So now I’m trying a new approach – I want to know the Holy Spirit, invite Him in, and ask Him what He wants for me. I’m asking two questions when I sit down to write (how I process best) in my journal:
- Where do you want to take me today?
- What do you want to tell me?
“Read through the Bible in a year” plans are great, and so is time set aside to study Scripture specifically, but I’m only a few days in and feeling like I’m opening myself up to getting to know the Holy Spirit more and more and on a deeper level, asking Him to direct my time and not coming before God with an agenda.
- Work towards health and happiness, not numbers. Again, I do think numbers can be a great motivator, but I don’t want them to be my main motivator. Will I track my weight? From time to time, sure. But I’ll be evaluating how my strength come back, how my clothes are fitting and how I look and feel while waking and moving and living in confidence. Want to try that with me? Walk around with some swagger – a tip I learned from Noelle and Stefanie and their podcast (my fave!) – and let’s be confident in our skin even as we are working towards goals at the same time.
(here I like the photo and how I look)
(less flattering (to my eyes) shot – but no more censoring for myself OR my readers!)
I’m excited to be doing a push up/pull up challenge alongside my online BFF, Kindal, who broke her leg climbing (such a bummer!) and is dedicating herself to becoming the strongest that she can be as her leg heals up.
And that takes us to today! I’d love to hear if you have any goals, thoughts, directions, etc moving into September or if any of mine resonate with you. Please share! And let’s support one another as we move into this second half of the year.
Live well & be well!