My old neighbor Shawn from Seattle came and visited me today. His brother had kid-let numero uno up in Fort Collins so he took the day today to head down to Colorado Springs to visit. Not one to sit idle, especially on such a warm Colorado winter day, I dragged him up the Incline. It gains 2,000 feet in a mile. It’s a stair master on a mountain.
Shawn warned me he was out of shape and that since he started working
on wind turbines he’s had little cardio. That and he’s picked up
smoking again. And been doing his fair share of drinking. No matter
though, as I was determined to get his butt up in the mountains and help
him realize that there are amazing places to live in this world that
promote better health. That being in Seattle though comfortable, is
actually sucking the soul out of him. Those grey sky’s suck the very
life out of you and from being here in the winter, being infinitely
happy with a big old dose of sunshine every day, I’m happy to say that I
made the move.
It was good to see him. Even if he couldn’t talk for more than half
the hike. He was winded and we took our time by stopping every now and
then. Makiah even made the trek and we thought she was going to be his
handicap. Turns out she is in better shape than most at 108 years old!
Although her low clearance proved to me once again that I must shave her
come summer. And I’m thankful to have moved out of the mountains in
Manitou and more into the city, or at least further away from the red
It’s been five months since I first moved here and we talked about
some of the goals we had both set for ourselves back then. Public
speaking, writing, getting into the media aspect of communications,
becoming a life coach. All things that I still think about and know
would be kick ass if I pursued them. It also helped me realize that I do
have a big impact on those around me. That some of my notions and ideas
are not just blowing smoke up people’s asses. I’m actively pursuing
them and making the life I dream of. I’m taking action and doing the
thing that I say I’m going to do. That I’m not waiting for life to pass
me by but rather grabbing life by the horns and hanging on for the ride
of my life. You should try it sometime. Amazing things happen when you
Following your heart and being true to yourself takes guts. It takes
passion. It takes trust and it takes determination. Not to mention
patience, perseverance, and focus. It takes resolve, discipline and
sheer grit at times. It takes looking something comfortable in the eye
and telling yourself that you’re not happy settling. That you want
something better. That you know it’s out there and you’re not going to
give up until you get it.
Funny how this timing coincides now with the everyone’s annual list
of new years resolutions. For me, resolutions never go away. They are
there throughout the entire year. But they are different then most. They
have nothing to do with changing myself, not to lose weight, eating
healthy, becoming a vegan or try a new thing. No, they are way more
complicated then that. My resolutions are to continue following my
heart, being patient, and trusting myself. Something that must be there
every day. Something that is there every day.
The mind is a powerful thing. Challenge yourself and set goals. Dream
big and write them down. Take steps to strive towards them. Don’t give
up. Go get it. It’s yours for the taking.
PS My book due date is coming FAST!!!! Nothing like a deadline to whip me into shape. Mario Kart Wii must wait…
PPS MAD props to Kari Studley for winning a National title at cross nationals! You GO GIRL!!!