has been 30 days of learning, 30 days of motivational teaching, 30 days of cheerleading, 30 days of opening up my heart and mind. I am never good with change, I like routine and structure and doing things in a comfortable way but what I have always known is that if you don't get out of your comfort zone, if you do not open your mind and heart to change then things will always stay as they are. Is that good enough for you? Are you fine with the life you lead? Is okay good enough in your life?
It was not good enough for me anymore. I didn't want to be fine, or okay or good. I wanted to be GREAT and realize this GLORIOUS day and seize this MAGNIFICENT opportunity and meet
AMAZING people. My life's adjectives have all changed and I am extremely ECSTATIC about that.
It was never about a small change for me, I wanted to change my life in a monstrous way. I wanted to change how I looked at life and the people around me. I want to see the beauty in every moment I get to spend with my precious children and loving, doting husband. I wanted to treasure the gifts that are given to me everyday in every way. Life is so finite, so short lived that I want to be able to live it with BIG adjectives and ENJOY every single second. That is definitely a tall order for a pint sized, all
of 5'2" being I realize, but it isn't impossible.
When I embarked on this journey, change was looking for me more than I was looking for it. It took
one phone conversation with someone who believed in the process and in turn infused me to believe in myself and to start to believe in the process. Did I know about the people I was going to meet? No, not at all. Was I ready to embark on something so huge. Maybe not completely, but with someone so spirited on my side, how could I lose? And I didn't. I came out of this funk of life. I found change in all the places I wanted to find it. I believed in myself along the way and found others wanting to join me for the ride. I made some great new friends, reconnected with old friends and have infused life and their potential in a life I so truly believe in.
Now that 30 days has passed, what are my next steps? I'm going for another 30 day challenge. This time I will be adding back my exercise. Oh, did I forget to mention that I took a month off from regular
exercise routines, in order to give my body a much needed break? I think that has been my biggest challenge. I love to exercise. I really do. I love the sweat pouring down my brow, the elated way my brain feels from all the endorphins running through it, the after-burn in my swollen muscles, the sense
of accomplishment coursing through my veins, the hard feel of my biceps / triceps / quads / glutes / calves as they are getting stronger. There isn't anything better than infusing myself with a good old fashioned pump and iron session and as the month has gone by and I have been educating myself with more routines and more ways to pump water, oxygen and blood into my body, I have given myself time to rest and time to miss and get pumped for hitting the weights again. Is it going to be easy? Hell NO! But what is a challenge without, well, a challenge.
The next few weeks will probably pose to be difficult as I ease back into a routine of sweat and continue on my great nutritional program. Will you follow along? Will you open up your heart to the possibilities of positivity? I will leave you with this. I was not open for a long time and then after I had decided to open up my heart and mind to change, someone had spoken these simple words to me. She said, "Carla, if not now, then when?"
Starting a new challenge,
Living From the Inside Out,