Andrew was off 4 days this past week, well actually 4.5 days. His company gave them 1/2 day Friday and then TWO whole days off for the 4th of July and for the first time IN MY MEMORY he was not sick for his time off….but that’s another story for another post. We had all this time off as a family and we made the most of it. Boating, bowling, house projects, the town parade, party with friends, dinner with friends, running errands as a family, taking turns spending alone time with each kid and then taking our littles on a chik-fil-a date to end our long weekend. It was one of our best weekends we’ve had as a family of 4. It was the right amount of activity balanced with the right amount of down time. And it had me dreaming hard about what it would look like to have a stay at home family. Andrew would NEVER go for it, but a girl can dream right?
Some of you already know, but for people who just read my blog and are not on social media with me otherwise I recently became a beachbody coach so I could share the amazing programs and nutrition that helped me transform my body, health and fitness. I have been doing a lot of professional development and many of the top coaches retired their husbands within the first 3 years of their business. I would love to say this is going to happen for me, but honestly I would have to change quite a few things I’m doing currently and I’m not sure I’m ready to make those changes, we’ll see. Do I think it’s possible to be making 6 figures in 3 years as a coach? Absolutely. Will I be super bummed if that doesn’t happen for me? No. I actually started coaching because my goal is helping people transform their lives through health and fitness. If I made enough money that Andrew COULD quit his job if he wanted to that would just be a big bonus (he would not quit working no matter how much money I make….he was made to work).
But this coaching thing has gotten me to start dreaming. I have never been a dreamer. I’ve been a hard core realist and honestly kinda a dream crusher. I have taken it as my personal job to make sure people are aware of the reality of a situation instead of looking at something with hopeful eyes. I don’t really know where I got this. Maybe somewhere in my past something didn’t come to be that I had big hopes for and I just decided it was safer to work towards goals that were really safe and that had a clear marked path.
But then I watched a friend transform her body with beachbody and she looked so healthy and appeared to have freedom from unhealthy choices and I thought to myself, why not me? Instead of looking at her and thinking, why her, why does SHE get to look like that (which was my former attitude), I instead looked at her, got inspired and adopted this “why NOT me” attitude. And that has carried over to other areas of my life, especially coaching. When I see the top coaches doing their thing, helping people transform their lives through health and fitness I have that same attitude, why NOT me? I can do that too, and I REALLY want to do that, so I’m just going to. Whether I’m helping ONE person or one THOUSAND people I get to have an impact and I’m going to do that. And I believe fully that YOU too can make changes in your life to accomplish your goals!
And because my goal is impacting lives and not making tons of money (although obviously I wouldn’t turn that away), I give away a lot of free advice over on my youtube channel. I also have a FREE 7 day challenge for new customers I’ll be doing monthly (my pilot group launches this week and was invite only, but after that anyone can join, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining one of those) and I always have 30 day groups running if you are ready to get serious about your health and fitness and need the extra accountability (this was absolutely my secret to success).
I lost 30 pounds this past year, but I’ve gained so much more: confidence, self love, goals, health, a new hobby, an extra income for my family, etc. I could write a book about my gains, but maybe the biggest gain was the ability to dream.