... how do you live out your core values, (fundamental beliefs which dictate your behavior)?


My answers: Enthusiasm, creativity/adventure, simplicity, & integrity (for me that's God-centered). 

(Complete this sentence). 
I want to live __________ly!

I want to live enthusiastically. 

I want to live creatively.

I want to live adventurously. 

I want to live simply. 

I want to live with integrity. 



move, eat, speak, pray/meditate,
work, play, 



I WILL move enthusiastically. 
I WILL move simply.
I WILL move creatively/adventurously.
I WILL move with integrity.

I WILL eat enthusiastically. (funny)
I WILL eat simply...

I WILL speak enthusiastically.
I WILL speak simply...


Stating "I WILL", instead of "I WANT TO," gives it more ownership, and becomes a part of you, rather than just something you hope for. 

By making decisions in how you spend your time, based on this, you essentially "crowd out" the things that don't serve you. Quit wasting your time on things that really aren't YOU.

For example; I want to live simply. That means it's time to start purging and stop purchasing. The time I spend purging could be the time I usually spend hooked on social media, or making a trip to Target (aka- doing less of what doesn't serve me).

I also want to move adventurously. I started by riding my bike to work this morning, (win)! I can also start planning hikes, trips to the Whitewater Center, or playing outside with the family. This can crowd out some of the other things I do on the weekend, like watching cartoons with Brooklyn, & going out to eat (at least not as often). 

Now, go start with #1. WRITE DOWN YOUR core values. It will, and should look different than mine.  We are all beautifully unique. Let's live authentic lives, aligning the things we were designed to do, in a way which satisfies our souls!

Keep the Passion,

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you vs you

Before success, there will be struggle. There will be things that make us uncomfortable, physically and emotionally. While I'm working out, I know that is especially true. The things that come easy to us are fun to do, but true fulfillment, or transformation comes right after the struggle. 

I had an epiphany, in how to use my mind to power me through the physical challenges I face. During one yoga class, I was feeling exceptionally tired, and was just going through the motions. Megan asked us to hold a lunge, leaning forward, with our arms back as if we are about to take off, like an Olympic Runner. As I did so, I thought about the sound that the crowd makes, and adrenaline pumping through their veins. At that moment, I realized there was great power in envisioning something. Most likely, I will never be an Olympic Athlete, but, by simply putting myself in that pose, my body could have that same sensation they have. When the burn of holding the pose started to set in, I was able to experience, what it's like to feel that in my body. For the rest of the class, in each pose we were in, I thought of people all around the world, who live in these positions, farmers squatting in fields, or even just other yogis doing this everywhere.

So often, when things become uncomfortable, we resist, and give up. Instead of pushing away the sensation, I embraced it. I felt as if I was really living!

There's great power in our mind. The attitude and thoughts we have when we face something painful, or strenuous, or just foreign to us, can completely change whether or not we are successful at them. People who can do great things like run marathons, or write novels, aren't necessarily more talented than the rest of us, they just tried harder when most people gave up. 

Last week I finished a super empowering book by Derek Hough, called "Taking the Lead." He often gets asked to work on projects that he's never done: choreographing an ice dance routine for the Olympics, or a dance style on Dancing with the Stars he never learned, (but had to pretend he knew for his partners)... Anytime he would have the initial thought, "I can't do that, I don't know how." He would stop himself, and say, "That means I HAVE to do it." Just to see if he could.

Imagine if we all changed our reaction to things, even the smallest of them like: performing on a stage, or the workout you've never tried, or having a conversation with someone who intimidates you. How would your life change if you tried to do every thing that scared you, just to see if you could?

What mental habits you could instill in your life, to consistently make YOU today, better than the YOU yesterday?