Seeing the beauty of the art solely created by the hands of mother nature, and captured by the amazing @shotsbymatthew ✨
Halong Bay means descending dragon, legend has it that when the Vietnamese people faced an invasion from another country the Emperor sent a mother dragon down to help stop the enemy. The dragons at the time created the many islands to help protect them from intruders. Read more on my new post on Northern Vietnam! Link in bio
Part FIVE: “Why Get Sober?” After unsuccessfully trying to quit hundred’s of times (obviously my resolve to do so was lacking), a triad of reasons converged that have set me on a path of personal transformation and freedom from a thirty year addiction to alcohol. The first (detailed in Part Four) was gaining a heightened awareness of my own mortality. This can happen at any age. For me, it was in my early 60’s that I became aware that I was now in the autumn of my life. A beautiful season in many spectacular ways but there is no escaping that in this analogy autumn represents the third of the four seasons. It is characterized by a calling into deeper meaning and purpose. Left behind is the ambition of youth with its desire to accumulate, build and achieve outward results. This is a season of deeper SoulPurpose however it calls us to shown up. It understands that true and lasting change and contribution is realized from within. Our perspective is broadened, and we are able to objectively view our life in non-judgmental detachment and make amends where required. The second of these three life-altering changes was the unimaginable tragedy of losing a child to this same addiction. My third born son, Stewart. I never saw it coming. Oh, there were a few clues and he’d began to question his own use of alcohol, but I heard of these second hand. I was too deeply enmeshed in my own abusive entanglement with alcohol to be fully present and respond to his subtle cries for help. I have to live with this every day. He and I have made peace around it but it still breaks my heart. Ironically, he died from a massive seizure brought on by his own self-prescribed attempt to “dry out” after a period of extreme usage. For some of us, addiction has a slow and steady build over years and decades. For Stewart, it was a relatively short and swift and his body simply couldn’t process the absence of alcohol after such extreme usage. Needless to say, this shook me to my core and ultimately resulted in my own sobriety and the creation of Conscious Sobriety. For more on Stewart’s life please go to: ‘www.conscioussobriety.com/stewarts-page/‘ or request my FREE E-BOOK. Much love, James🙏🏼
I am so excited to share that I will be joining the #tiusummerseries 🌴🌊
For those of you who have been following my health & fitness journey, you’ll know that I made the decision to become a coach this past September. This opportunity has provided me with a deeper sense of self and the confidence to be completely, unapologetically and vulnerably me-all while being a part of an incredible team of inspiring women. And while I love my team and the programs I’ve completed, I started to think that maybe I wasn’t meant to be a top coach. But what I will say is that everything happens for a reason.
If I hadn’t taken the leap of faith to become a coach, I wouldn’t have fully shared my journey with my brachial plexus injury and the issues I had with self confidence. If I hadn’t become a coach, I wouldn’t have truly discovered my love & passions for health and fitness and challenged myself to become an #ACE Certified Personal Trainer. And if I hadn’t taken the leap to become an ACE Personal Trainer, I wouldn’t have the opportunity to become a fitness professional at a local gym in our new home state of Vermont.
Similarly, @toneitup was there for me when I first started taking control of my health. Tone It Up helped me gain a foundation of nutrition. Tone It Up inspired me to push beyond my self limiting beliefs. Tone It Up connected me with an incredible group of women and helped me look & feel my best on our wedding day!! There is so much stigma around doing multiple programs but I’m here to show you that it’s OKAY to switch it up. We have to break through the one size fits all mentality. In fact, it’s something that should be encouraged more in order to avoid adaptation or a plateau.
So long story short, here’s to keeping my beautiful muscles guessing and reconnecting with the #tiucommunity 💙💙
🧠 TRANSFORMATION TUESDAY🏋️♀️
😌YOU have the power to change anything! Make positive moves, lift up those around you, & feel the magic of life!
☀️TRANSFORM YOUR ENVIRONMENT TO BENEFIT EVERYONE WITHIN IT!
Thankful Tuesday. Did you know we started our business by decorating dessert tables? This was the first time I was apart of a styled shoot. I had no clue what I was doing but my end goal was to make it look amazing. I worked effortlessly to ensure every detail was covered but I was super nervous.
When I arrived at the location, I was even more nervous but I held it in. I worked so hard on the setup that I forgot to make sure I was picture worthy, lol. When I finished the setup, I was in awe that a newbie created this piece of art.
I am thankful that I used my nervousness to push my past my limits. I am thankful because I realized that I do not know how to give up even when tears are streaming down my face. I am thankful because I did not want to show up yet I made it. I am thankful that quitting is not apart of my DNA. I am thankful on this Tuesday that this was 3 years ago and I am still here.
Be thankful for the beginnings as they are the stepping stones to your now!
You know what makes highly successful people less stressed, happier and more productive? They know that their personal priorities are worth more than other people’s priorities.
Upon waking up, these significantly successful professionals don’t immediately check their email – they make it a point to claim the early hours of the day as their “me” time.
After all, these extraordinary people believe that if their priority needs to be done, then it has to be done first.
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Heute las ich folgende Aussage: "Being honest may not get you a lot of friends but it’ll always get you the right ones." @johnlennonofficial
Wie geht ihr mit Ehrlichkeit um? Schluckt ihr manche Dinge um Konflikte zu vermeiden? Oder wart ihr schon mal wem gegenüber illoyal um dafür andere Menschen nicht zu verlieren? Ich selber äußere meine Gefühle, mein Befinden und nehme die Konsequenzen in Kauf. Denn niemand steht über einer reinen Seele 🤗
Throughout any experience we go through in life we have the option of resigning to the fact we cannot change the circumstance or resolve and find the solution to overcoming the obstacle. I choose the latter ~ KL