be merry & bright

This time of year brings up a lot of things for different people. Personally, I find it to be a bit of a challenge. I have made an effort to spend each day differently while keeping great focus on all the aspects of my life that bring me joy.

img_0143When I reflect over the last couple of years, I can see the very distinct moments in which my life has been changed, where I changed as a person, and where my decisions changed the trajectory of the path of which I followed. In hindsight, I can see where the decisions of those around me impacted not only me but the people I care deeply about. This year has held some of my most victorious moments but I would also say that it is a cumulative result of everything that I have been working towards. Without hesitation, I would say that I have grown both as a person and an athlete. I completed two Spartan races, signed up for my very first half marathon, worked to be stronger by the day, and hit my weight goals all with the support of Plymouth Fitness and Nate as a trainer.

In my very personal opinion, we should only surround ourselves with people that hold us accountable while helping us to rise up and be the best version of ourselves. My friends and family have brought me great joy, untamed laughter, and unleveled amounts of support. They are constantly encouraging of my free-spirit nature, my desire to get out of my element, and love me for all of my awkwardness (some even find it endearing). They call me out when I can be better. Nate doesn’t hesitate to call me out when I am not giving 100% or performing under my own expectations; a type of honesty that I respond positively to.  I would walk into the gym with my headphones and head down as I came to accomplish a task – but then somehow I discovered people who expected me to show up, do good, and be better.

I was struggling with boredom with my workout. This health club has so much to offer. I switched up my evening runs on the treadmill for a HD Group Class with Nate, Pilates with Alison, and the small group training. If you need a way to spice it up – talk to someone. They will help! Keep in mind that their goal is to help you meet your goals.

This time of year brings up a lot of things for different people whether it be joy, loss, or excitement. Try not to let all those things de-rail you. Find your focus and be consistent. With all that has changed in my life in the last few years, I have been given the opportunity to continually build a better, more healthy, version of me.  To all those who have helped along the way; thank you for being you. Treat all those around you with love, kindness, compassion, and respect. Happy Holidays ya’ll!