It’s Friday. A day of great anticipation for the majority of Americans. It’s a day that we yearn for almost every other day of the week and, now, it is finally here! So what are you going to do about it? How are you going to bless it? How are you going to make it count? Make it special? Make it memorable? Simply put, how are you going to own it?!
Keep these thoughts at the forefront today, tonight and throughout your weekend. When you start complaining about the weather, the food, the kids, the laundry, the gym crowd, the dinner plans you now wish you never made, the neighbors’ loud dog, the sourpuss at the dry cleaners, the rude customer service representative, and a million other things that you can bitch about… then stop and pause and remind yourself that you have been praying for the weekend to come since last weekend ended. And with that comes the responsibility to make the weekend positive. Energetic. Enjoyable. Thrilling. Riveting. You catch my drift?
Life is about taking ownership of each and every day. Making good days great, great days epic, and finding the silver linings within the days we consider bad or mundane. So this weekend – when the rain is pouring, the party is underwhelming, and the beer served is Miller High Life instead of Stella Artois – remind yourself that you’re grateful to be alive; that you’re appreciative of the company; and that you’re going to make the day one to remember so that those who didn’t do the same will be jealous of your ownership.
Memorial Day is upon us. It is a day to pay tribute to those who have died in active military service. It is a day to say ‘thank you’ to the brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives in order to allow us Americans to be free. A right that we as Americans too often take for granted. A right that but for our heroes’ sacrifice, would only be a dream. A right for which we must stand.
Take time this weekend to not only honor our fallen friends, but to honor our own lives as well. Life is fragile. Each day we awake is a day that we should celebrate. Another chance to spend time with family and with friends. Another chance to taste the sugars of life’s subtle rewards. Another chance to change the world.
Kiss your spouse. Kiss your kids. Let the sun fill you with energy that sets your soul on fire. Go for a run. Workout. Play an instrument. Hit the pool, lake or beach. Be present. Be grateful. Be.
Will Hardy is one of Cleveland’s top up-and-coming personal fitness trainers. What inspired me was his dedication to his six-days-a-week training program! This is a man who eats, breathes and sleeps fitness. He makes sure to be at the gym every morning by 5 or 6 AM. Meaning he is finishing his workout as us mere mortals are beginning to get out of bed… Now that’s dedication!
I look forward to seeing Will’s continued climb within the fitness industry not only here in Cleveland but on a regional and hopefully national level down the road.
So you think you can’t pick up running “late” in life? Think again. My conversation with Alissa really blew me away. She is an outlier in the running community; never having run a single mile until in her late twenties after getting married, having two kids and taking on a full time digital marketing career! Fast forward two-and-one-half years later and she completed her first marathon (NYC) in November 2017 in 3:23:13. Sick!
Alissa’s story is one that proves that hard work, dedication and a “can do” mentality will allow you to accomplish whatever it is you set your mind to. Have to be at work at 8:00 AM? Then you get yourself to the gym at 4:00 AM. Have kids to take care of? Then you get yourself to the gym at 4:00 AM. Have a husband (or wife) to spend time with? Then you get yourself to the gym at 4:00 AM. Have major surgeries that require you to be out of running for months on end? Then you get your yourself to consistent rehab and force your will on your medical team to ensure that you are back at it as soon as humanly possible. These are the types of sacrifices and actions required if you want to be elite.
Thanks again to Alissa for shedding light on her running journey and showing all of us that we, too, can achieve these miraculous feats if we simply dedicate ourselves to an ultimate goal. I really look forward to seeing what Alissa does in 2018 and beyond (Olympics anyone?).
All, I want to keep this post short and sweet as we head into the new year. In 2018, I have vowed to find gratitude in life’s simple moments.
Not every day is a “walk in the park,” but every day is a gift.
Be grateful for everything in your life that is not catastrophic. Find joy in the little things – i.e. playing with your kids, reading a book, having a good meal, exercising, etc. There are people in this world who won’t experience any of these moments that so many of us consider normal or even take for granted. Therefore, I vow to be more conscious, more aware and more appreciative of life’s “tiny” blessings in 2018.
Happy New Year!