What I learned this winter


The morning sun has been shining through the skylight a bit earlier each week and I’ve been noticing that my 5-6 pm client sessions still have some daylight left in them which wasn’t the case a month or so ago. It’s March, which makes it the official end of the winter season. I am very ready to embark on spring, but before I do, here are a few things I learned this winter.

Frustrations with working with clients reached an all time high this winter. I usually vent to Tom about it, then take a deep breath and remind myself that complaining about the situation isn’t going to get me anywhere. I go back to the drawing board and figure out different ways to coach the class or a different route to take with a certain client. I don’t remember training being so utterly draining before. I’ve been coming home with my feet throbbing from wearing worn-out shoes and my soul feeling deflated. I have tried to change my perspective and I have come to the conclusion that I really need to let go. Let go of the expectations I have for my clients and how I think the training session will go. I can only do the best I can and the rest isn’t up to me.

I have a really hard time reading non-fiction. I read to escape into a new world and dive into somebody else’s story. Non-fiction just doesn’t offer that. However, I also want to learn from what I read so I’ve been trying to read non-fiction every other book or so to balance it out.

Figuring out where my time has gone. If you’ve been wondering why you don’t have time to create a new habit…do this first. If you have an iPhone, go to settings–battery–battery percentage and then “last 7 days” and now see where your time has gone. Completely eye-opening and shameful. I’ve been placing my phone out of reach on the weekends and have been trying not to open up a single social media app on Saturdays and Sundays.

I am solar powered. On those sunny days, I am getting everything done and more! I have energy to get up early and do yoga, train back-to-back sessions, go to CrossFit, and run errands. But on those cloudy, cold, and dreary days…I have nothing to give.

Learning how to sit with the uneasiness and trust the process. I definitely don’t have this down, but I’m trying to be patient during the process of making a big, professional step. There have been a lot of things out of our control and everything has taken waaaay longer than I had ever anticipated. But again, I have been reminded (yes, this is a recurring theme in my life) that I don’t control everything. And it has been really tough loosening up my grip on wanting to know everything now.

I love to read  and listen to anything Alexandra Franzen has to offer. Her free audiobook “Today is not over yet” is fantastic and her newsletter is a must.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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