Today I had the privilege to be inspired by like-minded, passionate women, who are helping shape a better world by using their gifts to give back. Normally, I am the first in line when there is an empowerment seminar or workshop, soaking up all the inspiration I can, but somehow this one almost slipped by me, and I am so grateful I was able to attend last minute.
One thing I have learned in my journey to a happier, whole life is that when you
gather enthusiastic and passionate women together there is no mountain too high and no such thing as impossible. Local fitness coach and coffee connoisseur Whitney “Fit With Whit” (Fit With Wit!) Hagarbome realized this when she brainstormed the idea of a women’s retreat to share knowledge, positivity and love.
Hosting at her family’s beautiful farm, we started the day with Yoga instructed by the awesome Gina Sessions (Younique Yoga), and it was an amazing kickstart to the inspiration that followed. With her humor and her “Gina” pace, we were led thru a relaxing, and of course, challenging routine to wake our senses and open our minds to what we were about to hear.
Once we were full of Zen, Whitney herself was the first to speak, and although she may have been a little nervous, she killed it. Engaging and encouraging, Whitney shared with us her four tips on how to find the energy to live the life you want.
- Minimize Choices – The less choices we have, the less time we spend overthinking small decisions, and the more time we spend on the things we are passionate about;
- Have a Routine – Routine seems like a daunting task, but having one can help us manage our time and days in a much less chaotic fashion;
- Remove the Negative – Negative energy is contagious, and when we remove it, whether it be a person or a situation, we find peace; and
- Surround Yourself by a Spiritual Tribe – Spiritual, as in people who believe in the same things as you…health, happiness and positivity.
This was fabulous advice I must say, and points that should be taken to heart and lived every day. Whitney gave us much to think about and then gave the mic over to Emily Frisella (Emily Frisella) so she could give us some insight on organization and planning, and how it can be vital to remain positive.
Emily is the author of The Fresh Farmhouse Kitchen: Clean-Eating Comfort Food, entrepreneur and awesome cook (I couldn’t get enough of her chocolate chip cookies), but she is also someone who walks into a room and you can physically feel her good energy. Not a trait we see all the time, but one that makes it difficult to not listen to what she has to say. Full of smiles and great guidelines on how planning and organization allows for those goals you set to be met, and the fast food nights become less of a habit, she kept us all taking notes. I will definitely be using her ideas to help me get organized in my crazy world!
Ashley Nordman (Ashley Nordman) was next, and dang would I love to pick her brain.
Health coach and 1st Phorm Athlete, Ashley shared with us workouts for the everyday human, nutritional tips and meal ideas. She was personable, full of knowledge and helped breakdown the how and whys of both fitness and good eating, acknowledging that every person and every body is different. Reiterating that we need to allow ourselves to test what works for us individually, and not rely solely on what everyone is telling us to be true. Thank you for that reminder Ashley!
After a short break to eat some fabulous organic and local food brought to us by Green is Good by Kate (Green is Good by Kate) , we then heard from two speakers, who if they didn’t touch that sensitive part of your soul, you don’t have one. First up was Stephanie Pond Lawler (Warrior Fitness) , health coach, positive speaker, and proud mother. Stephanie talked to us about heartbreak, being at our lowest, feeling as if we couldn’t climb and learning to Flip the Switch from negative thinking to positive. Leaning on her
personal story of raising a beautiful special needs child, she gave the foundation of how she Flipped the Switch. I must apologize because I was taking notes the entire time, however may have missed a few bullet points, but I will do my best:
- Self-Awareness – Yes, understanding who we are and how we’re feeling is so important;
- Mend & Delete – Love this! Delete the negative, mend the broken;
- Create New Habits – Give yourself a chance to follow through so we can stick with healthy habits;
- Teach Others from Your Own Struggles – I truly believe in this. Sometimes knowing that we are not alone is the one thing that gets us through;
- It’s Not All About You – Preach girl! When we change our mindset on how something may be affecting us, to how it’s about other people, our perspective changes; and then my favorite…
- Passion is Your Responsibility – OMG Yes – Thank you Stephanie – We choose to follow our passion, we choose to share our gifts, and we are responsible for doing so.
Truly thought provoking and inspirational. I will take these points with me and have faith they will help me along my own journey. And, as if that wasn’t enough, we were then graced with a speaker whose powerful story not only tugged at heart strings and shook emotions, but also confirmed for me personally that when we honor our story, we can do amazing things.
Karen Luther “KJ” (Cake? Yes Please) , took us on a rollercoaster of emotion as she told us how she became the blogger, author and health coach she is today. Her down to earth personality sucked you in as you laughed and possibly cried, and her powerful reason for speaking was a perfect close of the day…
Don’t Quit — TODAY.
Not quitting anything, ever, may not be possible, but not quitting on yourself today very much is, and when we take care of ourselves, we learn to love ourselves and, when we love ourselves, we not only take care of ourselves, we pass it on to others. What an amazing idea – to love ourselves. What an incredible lesson to take away. I deeply hope that the women I shared this day with take that lesson in, I know I did. I look forward to Karen’s book “Cake? Yes please”, hitting the shelves in August.
Now, last, but absolutely not least, I have to give a huge shout out to local runner, coach and inspiration, Jessica Halliar. I met Jessica last year when I began training for my first half marathon. She was my running coach and could not have be more kind and incredibly humble then, and still now. Jessica is a fantastic runner/athlete who deserves a spotlight of recognition for what she has, and is, doing for her local community. Wanting to give back to her small town and to those in need, Jessica started a not-for-profit that collected running shoes for those who could not afford them, and now has taken the charity to a new level by running 30 miles to raise money for the local high school’s athletic departments. Today, Fit With Wit sponsored raffle tickets to help the cause. Sole Project (Sole Project) is an insanely awesome example on how a small idea can turn into something incredible. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m honored to know her, and can’t wait to see the impact she has, not just on her small community, but the world.
While nobody asked me to write this, I felt compelled to spread the positivity. My hope is that if I share what was shared with me, we can continue to pay it forward. I cannot thank each of these beautiful women enough for having the courage to tell their stories and share their gifts with us on this rainy July day. A special thanks to Whitney “FitWithWit” for organizing this wonderful event. Truly thank you, you are all an inspiration, and know that your ripple effect has had enormous impact.
To anyone who reads this, I hope you take this as an invitation to seek out incredible events like this one, take in the messages, and be inspired to live the life you were meant to live.
P.S. This day has inspired an enormous amount of ideas, and one particular one I cannot wait to share. Stay tuned…
P.P.S. I hope you check out all the links within this post, each of them have so much to share!