How practicing positivity snuck up on me...

Today's post wont be a very long one.

It's this idea and concept that's been following me around for a while. It keeps popping up in every aspect of my life and it seems something so obvious that I just overlooked it my whole life.

Until now.

Everything in our lives, especially the good stuff, requires practice. It's not enough to just "be" something, as is my aim this year, but rather we need to actually practice the things we're hoping to cultivate more of in our life.

Such a vague concept, I know, but I promise this will make much more sense with my story.

As most all of you know, I've been a Beachbody coach for over a year now. My hands down favorite part of my coaching has been leading the monthly challenge groups of fellow booty kickers. I'm not a fitness professional. I think of myself more as the little league coach that makes sure the team shows up and stays motivated!

So every day for the past year and a half, I've posted positivity to my group. It's really second nature at this point and I don't think much about it. I wake up, I think about what happened in the group the day before, and I post things that I think will help them remember that it's a new day and they can keep working toward their fitness goals no matter what! Just about every day for a year and a half.

Now, I've been very lax with myself since the wedding. While my workouts have still been happening, my nutrition has been pretty "pizza and beer on the weekends" heavy. Awww the Newlywed life.

I know I'm not alone when I say I will occasionally turn sideways at myself in the mirror to check out "where I'm at," a sort of gut check, if you will. lol Well! The other day, I knew I was ready to get back to business, I walked into the bathroom, turned sideways and thought- "Hmm! Nothing you can't bounce right back from!"

What? Who is this person?!? I didn't miss a beat and just automatically jumped right to a positive outlook on it. And let's be honest, there's work to be done. But I hadn't really seen the results of my daily positivity practice until then. Holy cow! I honestly and whole heartedly believed in myself and my strength without needing to gear up to it. What a difference a year and a half can make.

Are you putting the habits you want to cultivate into daily practice? Make each day count, friends. The practice will no doubt pay off and take you by surprise one day.

"Dancing around for a paycheck"...

There are a lot of people out there that really have no idea what I do for a living...

I'm sort of ok with that. It makes me seem a little more magical.

When I post pictures or even answer the question of what I do, I get funny looks sometimes and a whole lot of people asking if they can have my job. "I wish my work was just me showing up and dancing around for a paycheck!" I always smile when they say that, and usually say something along the lines of "Well! It definitely feels like I'm cheating the system! My job is the best time I've ever had, every day."

But in my head, I often want to smack that person upside the head. But I don't. Because I'm a grown-up. Sort of.

I hope people know that we work our booties off. Really. Yes- We love what we do! But you're seeing the result of years of dance classes and voice lessons and in many cases, collegiate and conservatory acting classes. We didn't just wake up one day and think, "Maybe I'll give this a shot!" And even with all that, we're lucky enough that with all that time and energy we've put in over so many years, someone felt we deserved to get cast in a show that allows us to use those skills on a regular basis. It wasn't easy to get to where we are. We worked for this. We put on a happy face and push through colds and injuries and go above and beyond to make sure that every person watching us is satisfied. Even though that's impossible. That's what we strive for every time we walk out on that stage. And it takes a lot of energy and a lot of sacrifice. "You're even open on Christmas?" Yes! Every single day. So that you and your family can be here and have a magical memory on whatever holiday you may choose. And almost every time, the holidays are the days we have some of the best stories from! We genuinely do love what we do and wouldn't take back any of those sacrifices. For many of us, it means that we only have secured employment for a year at a time. Even that risk, that instability, is worth it. It's so incredibly worth it.

Just yesterday, I was talking to a little girl that was probably 3 or 4 years old, and her mom leaned forward and said "You know, you came up to talk to her when she was just 9 months old!" And as luck and life would have it, I get to see stories like this play out every single day that I'm at work. I'm a teeny tiny part of a much bigger picture. I don't just show up, goof off, and go home. I'm making connections with incredible families that have had to make sacrifices themselves to get their families to come visit us. That is not lost on us. We know that many families work tirelessly and for a long time to be able to come see us. We take the responsibility of making sure each visit counts with great love and care. Whether it's the 100th time they've seen us or the 1st- Make it count. Make it special.

It's so much more than just coming in to work to dance around for a paycheck.

So in short- No. You can't have my job.

I'm still using it.