Fear of the unknown is a big reason why a lot of people stay where they are. I get it — change is scary. I’m actually terrified of change and do not ease into it well at all. If I reflect, however, I realize that most of my growth personally and professionally has been from going through it. Change can come about inadvertently or on purpose. On purpose — saying yes — is a choice YOU make and often the one people have trouble with, especially if it means something hard. You can find tons of self-help posts on the… View Post

A few weeks ago I re-injured an old back issue I had from a couple years ago. It was due to rushing through a workout and not being as careful with my form as I should have been. I felt the familiar seizing of my back as I pressed a barbell overhead and I knew it would take me out of commission for a little while. The initial time I hurt my back, I was out for a month. I wasn’t even able to demonstrate some of the movements while I was still teaching classes. I did a lot of… View Post

This topic is another one prompted by my request for posts you’d like to see on here. If health and nutrition are of interest to you, then you’ve no doubt been inundated by the 2125457 different diet trends and “advice” from people on Instagram and other social media avenues. It can be hard to know if you should be intermittently fasting, only eating a majority of fat, or any number of the conflicting messages that we see 24/7. I’ve obviously had my own struggle with these things and I finally reached a point where I realized that I needed to… View Post

I’ve been complimented at my ability to get everything out in the open and talk about things that others might want to keep to themselves. It’s not something I was always capable of doing and I’m not good at it in all mediums. For instance, I’ve always been able to better convey things through writing than speaking. I’m able to convey emotions better and can selectively choose the vocabulary I use to paint a scenario in your mind. I love writing about tough topics on here and I enjoy sharing my story and what I’ve learned through speaking engagements (which… View Post

Last month I received a message letting me know that someone I used to know had been addicted to heroin for awhile. I don’t get as many messages like this as I used to — phone calls about friends dying from overdoses or emails about how to help a loved one with a substance problem. Because I’m not as closely intertwined with addiction after being clean for almost eight years, it was a story I wasn’t entirely prepared for. I worried about her family, I worried about her job, and most importantly I worried about her. I wondered what she… View Post