It Made the Children Laugh and Play: advanced lessons in loving life

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How come we never think of adults laughing and playing? How come when we do we generally only think of them doing so with a child or if they’re drunk.

As adults we often forget to spend time doing fun stuff, like playing with your friends, and recreational activities, or what I consider advanced tactics in loving life.

Sure it sounds basic, and yes, some things are no longer as much fun when you’re grown up, but others are. Sometimes even more so because as adults we have fewer rules confining our creativity and behaviours, basically just laws as opposed to parentally defined rules as well as all laws.

So why is this an advanced lesson?

Well most of the time that you choose not to have fun is due to fear of what people will think of your choice activity and how you’re doing it. It’s why you’re not first on the dance floor, why you didn’t try sea kayaking on your last vacation, and why you didn’t dress up for Halloween even though you had a great costume idea. It’s why you’ve only ever sang with 7 other people at karaoke. Truly I don’t know what you’ve missed out on, but the fear of judgment from stuffy people isn’t worth not laughing and playing, and I guarantee you’ve missed out doing a lot based on fear of judgment or unknown outcomes of your attempt.

We are so good at getting in our own way, and keeping ourselves from the love-filled lives we deserve. When elderly people were asked what they regretted all of the things they wish they’d done more is the laughing, the playing, the friends and family and the taking of risks. I can’t tell you what to do, only that you it’s worth stepping out of your comfort zone even if you must awkwardly toss your limbs one at a time over the hurdle. There is a grand freedom to enjoying play and not letting those who are less happy get you down with their contemptuous glares. Forget what unhappy people Get out of your own way and go play.

Advanced Play Techniques Demonstrated Below

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If you’ve forgotten how to play, don’t know where to find the time to do those recreational things you once loved, don’t fret. Just call 416-994-6267 or fill out an online form to request a free consultation

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The NINJA: February 2015

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Happy February! Hope you’re loving the month of love, even if Valentine’s Day is over.

After extensive research CREATE has found that while the written blog publishes beautifully here, the monthly newsletter The NINJA really doesn’t do so well with all of the images and “stuff”, it simply looks better on my own site, but we’d loathe to deprive you of such awesomeness, so here’s the link to this month’s The NINJA: the latest and greatest in creating your awesomeness!

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It’s True and Simple: All You Need Is Love. How to Apply this Pearl of Wisdom!

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“I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.”
-Arthur Rubinstein

I have been reading and watching a lot of videos lately about happiness and people who are overall very satisfied with their being; people who love their lives.

While I am a work in progress, I usually love my life and how I live, but what it was that provided that satisfaction I was unsure. All the lifestyle counselling classes in school (nor any other, but you’d think it would be “the one”) never taught me what makes this so either. So I’ve been seeking out the recipe, if you will. After all I’ve learned in my career that the biggest part of my job is not the teaching of physical and health education, but the changes in overall lifestyle, and mindset, and making it stick involves liking it. The biggest thing though is to get people’s mindset going for the better with regard to fitness and lifestyle management these habits carry over and bring better overall life satisfaction, it seems to be a natural by-product of the process. It’s how I came up with the tagline “Be Healthy. Look Fantastic. Feel Awesome!”  although in no way do I, nor CREATE Fitness, claim to be any kind of therapist, we are good at yielding positive lifestyle change and satisfaction through the overall process of our fitness and lifestyle programs. I feel like the more I know about this, the better and better I can be at what I do and if it results in greater appreciation for every day and moment of your life, well dang, I couldn’t ask for any greater gift to share with the people who are part of my life and the CREATE Fitness Family!

So here I’m sharing with you a few of the conclusions I’ve drawn from my research so far. How to be in love with your life:

1. Having purpose: Whether it’s in the work you do, how you contribute to your community, or otherwise having purpose is one of the primary keys to loving your life. Ask yourself who you serve, how you serve, what positive change or improvement you elicit for those you serve. Everything you do, even if it’s not what you imagined when you were a kid, perhaps you thought you’d be a firefighter (that was me!) and you ended up a bartender (also me before I went back to school) knowing that I was helping people enjoy their evening and providing a level of entertainment and quality service is still purpose. It may not sound deep, but finding it will help you feel good about what you do. Don’t hold on to it: know what you love and spread it!

2. Gratitude: I know, I know, you hear this one all the time, especially if you do one-on-ones. Here’s why I won’t drop it: we live in a society that is generally never satisfied with what we have, we live in a mindset of lack, yet as Westerners we have equal or more than the rest of the world (and many of them are happier!). Studies show that the happiest people, no matter what their income or standard of living are grateful for what they have. Next time you need something you are eyeing in a store take a moment to feel grateful for what you have and you may discover you don’t need it as badly as you thought. Any time you are feeling lonely, lacking, or—dare I even say it?—bored  (if you don’t already know, I don’t believe in this word, it’s a choice of mindset and it’s is worse to me than “can’t”) try this exercise, you’ll likely find yourself in a much better state of mind. Rather than feeling your lack for it, allow yourself  to feel your know your abundant love.

3. Health: it is much harder to be in love with your life if it is providing you with pain, discomfort, sadness, or any number of symptoms that disease and lack of health provide. Interestingly, health is highly correlated, it’s like a symbiotic relationship in that healthy people love their lives and people who love their lives are generally healthy. And when people who are unhealthy get to be so, often the happiness and life satisfaction come with it, while those who’ve always had it seem pretty life-satisfied. It’s this endless loop of goodness here, so I’ll stop because I’m sure you get it. It’s the one thing you’ve got for good and you’re stuck with it: love your life vehicle!

If you’d like to get more and the keys to really integrating this into your everyday call me now to set up a complimentary consultation at 416-994-6267 or fill out this fancy schmancy online form.

Share the awesomeness with a partner, friend or family member on Thursday February 12th we’re having a Special Edition of Bootcamp & Bliss it’s 90 minutes of busting a sweat, then blissed out fun, done with a partner. Details Here!

If you’ve got a whole family to share awesomeness with, or if you don’t have anyone, then join our CREATE Fitness Family for a skate on February 16th (Family Day). Details Here!

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Love and Black History: It must be February!

It’s February, that means the month of love and Black History Month. The theme of all posts this month are about love and loving your life, as that’s a big part of health and wellness. And it’s hard to be healthy living on this planet if we aren’t spreading love around. So given the appropriate timing I’m starting by honouring and showing love for Black History Month and some of the black people who’ve inspired me.

I realize it’s pretty controversial for a white woman to write a piece involving race, but I’m going there, with love. As a woman I’ve recently been inspired by men who’ve spoken openly about their feminist, or better put, egalitarian views. Generally speaking, I think groups of people that are being marginalized need to not only speak up for themselves, but also be supported in their rights by people outside of that group. Ultimately, and I’m going a little cliché here: we need to acknowledge that we are all human beings first and foremost, and from that vantage point appreciate our diversity. We must come from a place of seeing that all humans are way more alike than we are different—never forgetting history, lest we repeat atrocities of our past—and not being blind to colour or other obvious differences (because it’s always just so awkward when people do that) but also for it not to be any stranger than acknowledging someone’s hair colour or what city they live in.

Some of my greatest inspirations, good friends, and most of the people I’ve lived with outside my family home have been black and they’ve brought much awesomeness to my life. The following are awesome human beings, famous and not, who are black and that have had a really positive impact on my life, and/or the way I live. Thank you for sharing your awesomeness:

Bob Marley: Every day I take this man’s advice and remind myself to smile with the rising sun and that every little thing is going to be alright. He had so many more great songs and quotes, but I love the simplicity of this, and it’s one that anyone can appreciate.

Oprah Winfrey: molded my mind to be full of gratitude and provided an excellent example of how to be a good human being every day at 4pm from the time I was 10 to 16 years old almost religiously I’d watch.

Venus and Serena: are tough and beautiful women that brought attention to a sport that few outside of certain elite and predominantly white groups knew or cared about. That’s inspiring!

Nelson Mandela: RIP you were an inspiration not just to your country, but to the world on how to be and live an amazing and meaningful life!

Dedan: is a Kenyan man, with whom I rode through the country. Well not exactly with him, he was with the group I rode with, but he totally kicked my butt! Kenya had some of the toughest terrain in Africa, and it was hard work, but he made it look way easier than I did, and Dedan happens to have just one leg.

Frankie: is a long-time friend, and also a free-thinking, outspoken, beautiful, and hot-in-her-fitness woman. She inspires me, supports me in my passion and business, and loves me for my boldness and uniqueness as much as I do hers.

So many more: I can’t even, or you’ll be here all day.

Happy Black History Month! To creating a better and better future for everyone on the planet, and to remembering the great people in history who helped turn the tables on what it means to be black: from freedom and basic human rights, to shining examples of human beings sharing their awesomeness and wisdom the world over!

CREATE is an awesome place for everybody to feel free of judgement, obviously no matter of race or religion, sexual orientation, gender, or dress size (we know many of these factors unfortunately can make gyms very intimidating for some!). Book a free consultation today and see how we can help you Be Healthy. Look Fantastic. Feel Awesome!

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