Tuesday, September 2, 2008

First Day of School

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Summer isn't endless. My son, Alex, started school today and he was really, really excited. His mother got a tear in her eye and I was mostly just proud. He is a very nice little boy. He is empathetic and kind. He is curious and works hard to learn all he can. He is active and playful. And that's why he is so excited. He is in the spring of his young life and he is trying to plant as many seeds of knowledge as he can so he will reap the rewards in the fall. He has been excited to go back to school now for half the summer.

Today is also a new beginning for me. Today was my first day of class too. I started sharing kettlebells and fitness with my community. I am finally pursuing my life's purpose.

I have made tons of healthy changes in my life over the last five years. Beginning with the addition of beautiful and lovely Jennifer. We have been together for 5 years now and my life is so much better with Alex and her as the major part of it. Still, there was something missing as I meandered fairly successfully in the world of finance. Then my boss was laid off and the new boss was less than motivating. He and I didn't see eye to eye and I decided to work for a very dear and old friend. Unfortunately, the chosen company wasn't strong enough to survive the tidal surge in the mortgage industry. He moved to Arizona and I knew that I was going to become a fitness professional. I had been contemplating it for awhile and that was the impetus I needed.

Here's the problem though. I "thought" about what I was going to do for WAY TOO LONG. I am a bit of a perfectionist and instead of "doing," I was worried about everything being just so. Bad idea.

Here's the thing...Most people spend far too much time planning and not enough time doing. Now a certain amount of planning is needed. President Lincoln once said that if he had to cut down a tree he would spend some time sharpening his saw before the first cut. Some time is needed to know what you want and have to do, but not all of your time. Nothing is ever perfect. In a perfect world, I would have full boot camps and kettlebell classes on the first go 'round.

Still the world does seem pretty perfect today. Alex started school with a smile on his sweet face and I finally got off my butt and started doing what I have wanted to do for months. I am helping as many people as I can change their lives and what is better than that.

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At September 4, 2008 at 1:29 AM , Blogger Jennifer said...

The details of your website and your blog reflect your attention to them and your having put in your due diligence. Stepping out on that sometimes shakey limb can certainly be frightening at times, but I have no doubts that your venture will be a wonderfully successful one. I am excited for what I know is coming your way.

As a thought,... David Whitley happened to mention to me a few weeks ago that the RKC II next spring will have him doing a lecture on leading group classes/bootcamp type classes and on kettlebells for fat loss. Considering your classes, this might be something to talk with him about in October ( to which I, too, am really looking forward).

At September 4, 2008 at 11:58 AM , Blogger Anthony C said...

your kid is so cute i think i just threw up- seriously, that cute.

and as for the new fitness venture, i'm sure it will go well. just remember sometimes when people here the truth- that it takes work, hard, painful, somtimes vomit-inducing work- they wont like it and will react accordingly. you have to remember that those people weren't going to workout for you as clientel before they even entered your door. but the ones who get it, will be hooked for life and their friends will more than likely feel the same way and they will show up and you'll be rocking and rolling.
give em hell!
(and make em do some winds prints for me)


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