Breathe Grace into your Body

Give yourself some grace.  What do I mean by that?  Give yourself room to make mistakes, to breathe, to decompress.

“Stop trying to fit yourself into places that no longer fit.”  Iyanla Vanzant

Find people that are on your team.  The people that root for you and get excited when you tell them that something great just happened.  Run, don’t walk to the people who encourage you to go after your dreams, the people who share your good news, (and I don’t just mean on Fakebook).

I learned something valuable this past weekend at Oprah’s Live the Life You Want Tour.  Elizabeth Gilbert said this statement and it just made sense.  Especially to women.  “Stop using the word balance.  It doesn’t exist.  One thing is going to go great and we’re going to continue striving for that perfect “balance.”  It’s one more thing that women say they don’t do well.  So stop saying it, stop trying to achieve it and just embrace the fact that you are a beautiful mess.”

 

When you don’t know how, but you know you must.

The feeling inside your chest when you know something has to change, but you don’t know how or what.  It’s bigger than you.  The feeling is like music playing through your blood, flowing from vein to vein, faster and faster.

How do I get what I want out of life?  Out of my career?  How come it seems like everybody has it so “together,” when I feel like I’m falling apart.  But it’s not a fall to the floor, sob style, it’s like being broken open for something greater.  Do I wait or do I search continuously to find it?

I believe in another life I was the person who created soundtracks for movies.  In this part of my life movie, this is the song that plays…Dorian by Agnes Obel.  Different keys go up and down, quicker than softer, until the end…keys soft…last note.

Body, Please Keep Going!

I wake up some days saying aloud, “I can do this.  Body, please continue to work for me.”  A physical career is what some of my clients dream of, but don’t exactly know how demanding it is. 4 years ago, I looked at my yoga teachers and thought, “Man, I wish I had that life.”  Crazy to think that now I do.

I love my life + job, don’t get me wrong.  But I have to take care of my body, nutrition & energy more than ever, because if I get sick, there is no other J Mauss to push you through your vinyasa or make you laugh when I say a dumb joke.

I’m sure all my fitness teacher friends agree, these are what the days look like:

Monday

  • Health Coaching Sessions – 2 clients today.  Each 1 hour long.  Each wonderful + open + willing to change.  Spend 1-2 hours writing + sending individual session notes with meal plans, exercise routines and lifestyle tips.
  • Marketing Event – Gotta pay the bills.
  • Create music playlists for 7 classes.
  • Workout.

Tuesday

  • Teach 2-3 yoga + barre classes.
  • Take a barre class.
  • Go golfing.
  • Private client 40 minute core strengthening session.
  • Respond to emails, create meal plans + write.
  • Check in with clients on monthly program.

Wednesday

  • Teach 2 yoga classes.
  • 3 Health Coaching Sessions.  Create session notes, switch up weekly goals + write new meal plans.
  • 1 hour-long exercise session with private client.
  • Meet with another private client for part II of full body strengthening.
  • Respond to client emails.

Thursday

  • Teach 3 classes yoga + barre.  Prepare for next weeks classes by creating playlist + new transitions.
  • Grocery shop.
  • Respond to client emails.

Friday

  • Marketing/Promotional event.
  • Go for a long nature walk.
  • Write.
  • Fitness photo shoot.
  • Respond to client emails.

Saturday

  • Training for newest certification.
  • Read NASM book for certification.
  • Go to yoga.
  • Respond to client emails.

Sunday

  • Promotional event.
  • Respond to client emails.
  • Prepare for week ahead by making sure nutrition is up to par.
My guy, competing at Tough Mudder.  Side Job: Cheerleader.
My guy, competing at Tough Mudder.  Side Job: Cheerleader.