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You Are Fucking Awesome

The last guy I dated gave me the, “It’s not you, it’s me” line.  I gave him the “I know it’s you because I’m fucking awesome!” line.  

Thank someone on Pinterest for that.  It struck a chord for me and made me laugh.  

I am a personal trainer and fitness coach.  I can honestly say that over the last 20 years of being in the fitness industry, most of my clients (including ME) could use a little coaching on feeling fucking awesome!  

I totally feel like shit when I compare myself to Scarlett Johansson or the current model on that Michael Kors ad.  Does anyone really buy what those models wear? I mean really, sometimes the patterns are so distracting….I’d have a seizure for sure.  Anyway, someone told me that comparison is the thief of JOY. Why would we subject ourselves of limiting JOY in our lives by comparing ourselves to others?  It is so easy to do, I realize this.  But telling ourselves how fucking awesome we are is also easy!

What makes you different and unique?  Remind yourself daily that you are fucking awesome!  

So the next time you find yourself browsing Pinterest for the next “Lose weight fast” diet regime or “How to get Kim’s butt,”  read the funny pins instead.  And tell the world, “I’m fucking awesome.”

Going Home

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.”
–John Muir

What does “going home” mean to you? Some of us live in a beautiful house, a tiny apartment, or a high-rise on the beach…but does it truly feel like HOME?

My house has granite counter tops, a huge screened-in porch, awesome appliances and has more room than I know what to do with.  It is cozy, warm and I really like being there. But why doesn’t it feel like Home?

Home to me feels more like mountain views, cool breezes, and sounds of nature from every window.  Now, not everyone would agree that hearing monkeys howl throughout the night is their idea of “home,” but maybe hearing the beach waves rush up on the shore – without using your sound machine – is what you’d prefer.  Whatever it is that makes your Home feel unique to you.

For most of us, living on the beach to hear those ocean waves may be a far reach…don’t get me wrong, I’m all about taking a towel and a coffee maker and calling it home, but I imagine some places frown upon that.  

So how can we start bringing more of what we call “home” to our house?  

How can we shift our attitudes creatively to feel more at home in our current surroundings?  

What’s one thing you could do to make your house feel more like home?

The Chinese Bamboo Tree

In the far east, there is a tree called the Chinese bamboo tree. This remarkable tree is different from most trees in that it doesn’t grow in the usual fashion. While most trees grow steadily over a period of years, the Chinese bamboo tree doesn’t break through the ground for the first four years. Then, in the fifth year, an amazing thing happens – the tree begins to grow at an astonishing rate. In fact, in a period of just five weeks, a Chinese bamboo tree can grow to a height of 90 feet. It’s almost as if you can actually see the tree growing before your very eyes.

I first read about the Chinese bamboo tree through my Daily Om email, and ever since, this has been the tag line on the bottom of every email correspondence I send: “Keep Watering your Bamboo.”

I’ve had several people asks what it means and each time I tell the story, I know my personal bamboo grows even more.

Life is very similar to the Chinese bamboo tree. You can work for weeks, months and even years on your dream with no visible signs of progress and then, all of the sudden, things take off. Your business becomes profitable beyond your wildest dreams. Your marriage and personal relationships become more vibrant and abundant than you ever thought they possible.

The key to the story:

  • Trust in the process

  • Be Patient

Could you wait four years for your dreams to come true, knowing you’ve planted the seed of amazing growth?

“Keep watering your Bamboo.”

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