I was up till 3am wrapping gifts two nights before Christmas.. I put the gifts from us under the tree and woke up to "SANTA CAME" from Matilyn! No not Santa..those are from mom & dad. Then the gift investigating & shaking began. Cody: "OH MAN these feel like socks!" in the most disappointed tone ever! Well it wasn't socks he was holding but I did get him socks.
Christmas is not about tangible gifts & we talk about giving & helping others a lot in our house but kids are kids & they are EXCITED & uncensored. Their energy is palpable & helping ME to plug along as we get ready for a small family gathering later.
We are blessed to have our 3 healthy children, a home that provides us with safety & security, family that love & are loved, jobs that help us to provide for ourselves. We ALL know this year has been tough for everyone but all of us in different ways. Yes this year brought a pandemic, but it also brought serious health issues for several of our closest family members & job loss for me..THEN on top of that, the pandemic stress & implications.
Thankfully, today, the family members who had some issues this year are currently doing OK, & we will be able to celebrate the holidays with them. I thank GOD every day for that.
Having lost my career job back in June, I was devastated. I felt semi hopeful about getting another position but it didn't happen. I am NOT the type of person that sits & has a pity party. I did for a day or two, then I set out on a mission. A mission to find other doors to open, not WAIT for them to. One of my favorite quotes of all time is "Don't let the things you can't do stop you from doing what you can." -John Wooden
What could I do?
I could take my health/fitness coaching side gig up a notch and really START working it like a business & see what happens.
I could embrace the opportunity to be home with my kids knowing we were safe & had time together we never would have had.
I could focus my energy on what I HAD instead of what I didn't.
AND THAT is what I did and am STILL doing...and gonna keep on doing..and it's working.
Today I woke up with 3 excited kids..& I was excited too because being with family, seeing & feeling the JOY of this holiday is one of the most treasured parts of the year for me.
Yesterday, I woke up with a shout out from my team leader for growing my business & hitting a new rank this past week which basically means..I am WORKING my butt off, AND helping a lot of people improve their health & feel good!
Today and yesterday I woke up to messages from people I am working with THANKING me for what I do, messages that they are feeling amazing, have energy & are THANKFUL to be a part of my online groups...people who are leading healthier lives...
I woke up to positive messages from my teammates congratulating me on my success in helping others change their lives for the better...
I woke up to my children's voices and pitter patters... I woke up to LOVE...JOY....EXCITEMENT... I woke up feeling truly BLESSED..for every single detail of what my life looks like today.
Whatever you have going on today, or in your life, I hope you are able to focus on the blessings in know that we all go through tough times but we have the power to rise up & grow as people with each obstacle. And when the DOORS are not clearly open in front of you...make or find your own!
If a healthier 2021 is something you seek, here are some tips that will help you get started right now during the holidays...but can also be handy on ANY day!!
Also, my online groups are OPEN to accept new members and NOW is the time to JUMP into something NEW that will help you to be the best version of YOU in the coming year!
Happy Holidays to you and yours!!! Be Well, Janelle