Friends call me J. And I want you to feel free to do the same. As you will find out, I'm a bit of a hippy, tree hugger, optimist, who believes in focusing on all that is wonderful in life and swears by the restorative power of down time. However, I also believe the human body was designed to move and that most of what ails us can be corrected with a little sweat!
So how did I get here? Well let's see ...
I'm the second oldest in a blended family of 5. My Dad passed away when I was 13 after battling cancer for a few years. My Step Father passed away when I was about 20 from a stroke. I have the most amazing, brave and some times looney Mom (who can blame her with all those kids around!) and a built in work party of siblings. To cope with the ups and downs of life I learned to love being active and the outdoors after a camp experience as a teenager. I studied outdoor recreation at university and spent a few years after school as a white water rafting guide, rock climbing instructor and general outdoor leader.
The big lesson I learned from all that early life stuff - take care of yourself. You only get one shot at this thing called LIFE, so make the most of it. And you can't do that if you have a broken down body.
I also decided that when my time comes (because it will for all of us - no one is getting out of life alive!) that I wanted to look back and know I had been happy. That I was content with my time on this earth. That I had learned what I needed to learn and shared what I needed to share. And that I had experienced all that I possibly could. And I deeply want that for everyone I meet as well.
There were also some very specific lessons I learned along the way that still govern my approach to life. And, through my work as a personal trainer, mindful movement instructor and lifestyle coach, I try to share these lessons with the world in the hopes that they will help guide others too.
My Guiding Life Lessons #1. If you are going to spend 8+ hours a day doing something, you better really enjoy that something! Don't settle for less just to have more money. Adjust your lifestyle to be in alignment with what you passionately need to do and share with the world. Living in alignment with your true desires is the foundation of a good life.
#2. You have to take care of yourself - body, mind and soul - and that means believing you are worth nutritious, wholesome food. It means knowing that taking time to move your body every day isn't selfish. It's required maintenance. And allowing blank spots in your schedule (oh, the panic!) is allowing for LIFE.
#3. When you look back on your life from your death bed, what are you going to wish you had more of or did more of?Do and have those things right now. Today. Don't wait for some mythical "tomorrow" to go after what you want.
#4. Learn and take in as much as you can in this life. You never know when knowing something will come in handy. Always be curious and explore.
#5. Always share your love with the world. I think I was hugged every day growing up. And I still get a hug every time I see my Mom. And I can't tell you how amazing that is for the human soul. The healing power of a hug, or a kind word, or just a smile, is a wondrous thing. It makes us feel safe. It makes it okay to be trusting. It makes it okay to believe there is good in the world. If you have people in your life that you love, no matter what your relationship is like, give them a hug every chance you get. And do your best to share that kindness with everyone you come across in life. Don't hold back.
So there you have it friends. Me in a nut shell. I hope there is something in my story that speaks to you. That makes you want to reach out and Get in Touch to get some guidance along your path to health, wellness and fitness. I can't wait to connect with you!