It’s the season for celebrating, spending time with loved ones and counting our blessings. I am thankful for my health, family and friends, and for the wonderful testimonials about my new book, “4 Minutes a Day, “Rock ’n Roll Your Way to Happy”. Actually, I’m blown away. The response has exceeded my expectations and confirmed that writing the book, putting my deepest thoughts on paper for the world to read, has been worthwhile. Changing people’s lives is my business, and although it took losing my health and home to do it, I’m thankful to have the opportunity to share my passion for healthy living with others.
With your help, the book ranked number thirty on amazon.com in the Happiness category on the day it launched! Here is what people have said about the book:
This week I launched my book, “4 Minutes a Day, Rock ’n Roll Your Way to HAPPY” on Amazon.com. It was a risky venture for me to put my heart and soul, my inner-most thoughts and ideas on paper for the world to read, but I am glad I took the gamble that it would be well received. My goal has always been to help others be happier and healthier by telling my story and sharing the tips and tricks to get in shape that I’ve learned throughout my thirty-three years as a fitness instructor. But it hasn’t been without conflict.
The antidote for fifty enemies is one friend. —Aristotle
My best friend Nancy and I met in junior high school. We both liked a boy who was the playa’ in our school. One week, he liked Nancy, and the next week, he liked me. Nancy was a top tennis athlete and could kick my ass if she wanted to. I was scared of her. We were on a school ski trip, and wouldn’t you know it, Nancy and I showed up with the same ski outfit! I did everything I could to avoid her. She was waiting in line on the opposite side of the chair lift. As we moved closer to the beginning of the line, I saw that Nancy, would be sitting with me! This was it. I was sure she would push me off the chair lift!
Smile. It will either warm their hearts or piss them off. Either way you win! —Author Unknown
When I was working at a radio station in Detroit as the traffic reporter, a coworker seemed to snarl at me whenever we crossed paths. One day, I finally asked her if I’d done anything to upset her. “I just have a problem with people who walk around smiling for no reason,” she said.
Well, I have good reason to smile. I’m truly grateful for my blessings and choose to be happy more than I’m sad. It’s what I want out of life. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we all walked around smiling and content?
I celebrated another birthday this week. This makes fifty-three so far and I ain’t done yet! On the actual anniversary of my birth, one of the gifts my husband “gave” me was that I had carte blanche – we could do whatever I wanted. I got control of the channel changer AND the thermostat! Hallelujah!
Carte blanche means the unconditional power to do as we please, or the permission to do something the way we want to, i.e., having control of the channel changer. Many of us typically put the needs and desires of others before our own. Now, there are times in our lives when situations demand our immediate and diligent attention. New parents have to be on strict schedules of changing diapers and feeding. Those who have school-aged children have the challenge of juggling work and family. Taking care of ill or elderly friends can be overwhelming time consuming. And in relationships, compromise is crucial. At times, we just don’t have carte blanche.
How did this all start?
You will find more happiness growing down than up. —Unknown
There’s more to playing than just having fun, though that’s important too! Many of us are just too serious. We seldom have laugh-out-loud fun. Playtime helps us physically and mentally by allowing us to exercise and be creative. Our imagination can be stimulated through a childlike recess. Physical exercise can release hormones in our bodies that create a feeling of euphoria (similar to the process that occurs during sex!). These hormones are also used to block pain. On top of it all, having fun burns calories and helps us to temporarily ignore our troubles.
When you put energy and effort into something it becomes an asset, something of value, or perhaps something for which you hope to receive a reward, bonus or promotion. Sweat equity is the extra energy you expend, above and beyond what’s expected, that will propel you into the next level in many areas of your life. Doing a better-than-average job at work might pay off in the form of a bonus or promotion. More often, however, it’s easier to put a little elbow grease into helping others, or doing something special for our loved ones. But what if we set an intention to put ourselves at the top of the list?
Life is work and relationships are even more work. There are times when we really don’t want to do something that’s expected of us, but we know our efforts will be appreciated, so we do it. We show up. We are the best we can be. We volunteer for charities, we attend events that we’ve made commitments to.
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. —Confucius
If you don’t love your job, change it. Easier said than done, right? However, if the nature of what you do to pay the light bill impacts your physical and emotional well-being, it’s important to at least consider other options.
Still not interested? Does going to work make you anxious, stressful, tense? Does your job give you tension headaches and stomachaches? Those are wake-up calls, and over time, you could end up with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or even cancer.
Have you ever felt that your life’s work should be a something other than what you do now? Do you ever imagine yourself in a different career, making more money, and feeling happier?
Many of us dream about having different, more exciting careers, but what if we could actually could make those dreams come true? Let’s be reasonable, though; I’m not talking about being an Olympic gymnast at age fifty, (darn!). Perhaps you can’t have the exact career you’ve always wanted because of age, geography or some other variable, but can you experience some degree of a more exciting occupation? Once upon a time, I wanted to be an Olympic gymnast. My dad even built me a balance beam in our backyard. Those dreams never came to fruition for me, but I’ve been teaching group fitness classes for more than 30 years and I continue to experience the physical benefits of dancing and stretching in my exercise classes.
Is there some way you can take even a few small steps toward getting that dream job (or even a smaller version) without losing your current job and insurance and uprooting your family? Could you work from home, get up early, or go to bed later? Could you spend a few minutes each day researching what it takes to have a more gratifying career? If more education is necessary, how can you fit that into your schedule and finances? And if higher education isn’t an option at this time, what is? Too often, we give up our dreams because we think they’re unattainable, when in fact, getting your dream job is just a few simple steps away. Sometimes, all you need is a little extra time and faith that you can live the life you only imagined you could.
Take a few minutes — a few minutes that you would normally spend surfing the Internet — and explore potential positions that might actually be better suited and more financially rewarding than the one that occupies forty or more hours of your time each week.
Grab a pen or laptop and be brutally honest when answering the following questions:
- What would you do if you could change your occupation without repercussions?
- Is there something you’ve always wanted to do but were too afraid to try?
- What’s your dream job?
- What attainable steps can you take toward having your dream job (i.e., working from home, getting up early, going to bed later)
- What would it be like for you to live out your dream and have a different, more exciting career?
If you really want to change jobs, it’s never too late to try. Life is too short and precious to spend your valuable time doing anything other than what you love.