Jul 6, 2011

I WAS BORN FOR THIS

I have been thinking about the term, "follow your bliss". It sounds lame but most people, I would dare say, are not following their dreams. Okay, that sounded lame too. What I am trying to say is that each of us has something within us that tells us we are called to do something. It may be realizing you are naturally good at something or maybe it means that you are simply doing what you love to do.
Today I was reading Cherie's blog and she just made an announcement that she is leaving her career in criminal justice and becoming a personal trainer. Her post stirred something inside of me that has been going on for some time. In loosing my weight and blogging about it, I have felt a completeness that was missing in my life for so long. It has been inspiring to me to finally feel close to finding "my bliss". It's more than losing the weight, it is being able to
inspire others to work towards their better self that I find fulfillment.

I have heard many times the advice, "If you do what you love, you will never work a day of your life." but I also realize that if everyone did what they wanted for a living, there would be no cashiers to scan my stuff at the register. Sometimes the work you do provides the means to do what you want to do. If I had a dream job, it would be to promote healthy living, inspire others to live their best life, travel to fitness conferences and write about weight loss in a way that will inspire.

I'm not sure where this weight loss journey will take me but I know it's more than just the weight loss that will effect the rest of my life. Reaching out to others and promoting a healthy lifestyle is something that makes me feel complete.

So, I put the question to you. If you didn't have to worry about money, what would you be doing? I'm not talking about relaxing and sitting on the beach. What would you be doing with your life?

12 comments:

  1. We've been watching the show Extreme Makeover about Weight loss. Where the people have a year to lose weight with the help of this trainer who moves in with them for 3 months, and I said to my husband the other day when we watched it: " I wish I had all day every day to just work on myself physically and mentally." And, as someone who does love what they do for work, I would love to help others achieve the same thing for themselves.

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  2. Finish the task first for yourself, then go forth and prosper. Finish your goals first !!! Then your talking sounds better.. I believe in you, but I want results first to follow you !!!

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  3. Aww, thank you for the mention! And it was so eloquently said--I really did have to go find my bliss. Luckily I think it was trying to find me, too. Haha, the funny thing is that my first job (and several after) involved scanning groceries. I loved it! I even skipped a spring break trip with friends so I could stay at the grocery store and work because that was my bliss at the time. :-) I just hope everyone can find what makes her or him happy and get paid to do it, too. I'm finally on my way to it!

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  4. That's what I'm working on doing! When we moved halfway across the country, I wasn't working and wasn't having luck finding a job in my field. I completed the professional training program through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and now I'm a health coach who teaches people how to fit healthy habits into their busy lives to be more happy and fulfilled without deprivation. It's amazing.

    Congratulations on your life-changing journey and I look forward to seeing where your path takes you.

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  5. If I didn't have to worry about money I would probably still work with children in some capacity.

    I have also thought about becoming a trainer. I know enough of them these days and they all keep telling me to do it!

    Sarah
    notaneffingdiet.blogspot.com

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  6. I am not 100% sure it would be the only dream I would chase but I love teaching people to cook. When I hear people complain that healthy food doesn't taste good I feel sad because they are so wrong. I love turning a favorite sometimes food recipe into a healthier version of itself that can be eaten more often.

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  7. I agree SO FAT 4 NOW. I do have a long way to go. Right now I can only say "I am trying and we can figure it out together." Personally I gain more strength from someone who works alongside me instead of someone pushing or pulling.

    I hope to be others don’t feel that I am saying look at my shinning example. I just hope to share struggles with others who struggle and together progress where individually we have failed.

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  8. I would be a Mountain Bike Guide out west somewhere like Utah or California or a rep for a bike company where I would be able to travel the world and bike!

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  9. You are so awesome Mike I am so proud of you. You are already making a difference in so many people's lives. The best part is that you are not "treating" yourself from the outside in but are attacking both at the same time so I KNOW that you will be successful. I think if I could live my dream I would either be singing and performing or I would have an after school/summer program to teach kids about nutrition, exercise and the importance of taking care of their bodies.

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  10. Aw... I knew you were sweet as sugar.. What happened to Karlie's weigh in... Oh.. Now it makes sense.

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  11. If I didn't have to work for the $, Me and the hubs would go to Africa (his homeland) and work with NGO's to provide better services especially education for kids.

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  12. Mike, I actually have no idea what I would be doing. Unfortunately for me, I don't feel like I have discovered "calling", "bliss" or what I was born to do. I just commented on another blog about how I don't know what my "passion" is.

    I sometimes wonder how much of myself is buried under dozens of pounds since I remember me being a very different person two decades ago when I was last "in shape."

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