courage wordle-2

In Bonnie Ware’s book The Top Five Regrets of Dying, she notes the number one regret being, “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”  To me, that used to mean a whole lot of COURAGE.  To get from point A to point Z would take too long.  I didn’t have the strength nor stamina to stay COURAGEOUS that long.  The life that I wanted seemed TOO far away–almost out of reach
That was until recently.  Many of you know I started a journey to gain “ME” back about a year and a half ago.  A journey that for 3 years I knew I needed to START  but I was not courageous enough to BEGIN.  I knew there were so many changes I needed to make, but I couldn’t take them all one at once,  so I picked one–  My fitness.  I purchased the 21 Day Fix and began with 30 minutes of “ME Time” every day.  Once I created that habit, I began focusing on my nutrition, started drinking SHAKEOLOGY,  and following the 21 day fix mealcourage2 plan.  It was simple and easy for me to follow and something I needed as a working mother of three. As I continued the habit-changing process,  I began to notice, the more I focused on my nutrition, the better I was feeling.  I also notice6 that this is a lifestyle, NOT a diet- I know it is a work in progress. I have good days and I have days I learn from. Another thing I have learned is, as long as I keep moving forward I am working towards my goals.
An additional lesson that I have learned while on this journey is; COURAGE is not just something you need to START.  COURAGE is something you gain as you go through the process of something new ( a new habit, a new milestone, a new goal etc.)  I watched a interview the other night and it featured Rich Roll and Hillary Biscay.  During the interview, Hillary spoke of completing over 60 ultraMans.  Only through completing each of those, did she gain the knowledge and courage to compete in another one.  Things are not always going to go according to plan when starting something new.  Learn from it and store that  information  so you know not to do it again.  The more knowledge we gain, the better the map we draw for ourselves to reach our goal.