Sometimes we go looking for opportunities and sometime opportunities come looking for us. In this new empty nest chapter of my life I made a commitment to myself to keep growing and learning new things–like photography.
I love taking pictures, cataloging pictures and creating albums and other crafts with photography–but I never have felt that I am very good at it. So one of my goals is to get better at it–faster and smarter!
My motto of living my “post-raising children life” faster, better, smarter is not to DO more but to BE more–mostly for myself– and the benefits of that will hopefully go out to others.
So as you have read me explain before: Faster means learning from those who came before me. Better means how can I do this differently that will serve me better. And better for me means if it served me better–can it serve others? Smarter means finding the best way to do whatever you want to do.
On top of that I realize I am a “fixer”. I like to “fix” things or help people if I can. I do not like injustices or wasted resources. But I also realize that people are not perfect–I am not perfect–Thank God.
How boring life would be if we all knew it all, could take care of it all and basically did not need each other.
These ideas crashed into my other ideas of being the healthiest person I can be. And somewhere in the confusion and the research I was doing for myself I repeatedly came across health coaching as a thing.
I tried it. I found a health coach that would talk to me about my health goals, help me put the ideas in my head into a cohesive plan (she even provided an easy to follow plan) and she became my cheerleader! She also was there to hold me accountable.
It was worth every penny of her fee. Why? Because in our busy run around lives it’s nice to have someone think of all the logistics for you so you can actually do what you want to do–not think about what you want to do.
It was easy to schedule–all our meetings were on the phone for 50 minutes at a set time once a week–so it did not interfere with any other parts of my life or responsibilities.
And this led me to an online school so I can learn and certify myself as a health coach so that in the future I can help others. So–at 50–I’ve gone back to school!
This has become a journey in itself! And a scary, wonderful one at that. I am learning new information and new skills. I am meeting new people and have a fabulous cohort of fellow students to discuss new learning and stumbling blocks with. I am both nervous to reach out and help others and at the same time excited to do so.
This journey has become a very important part of my faster, better, smarter life because it encompasses all I have set out to do in my empty nest years: learn, be active, grow as a person and give back.
I know from working with my cohort that everyone is looking at this opportunity in a different way. What I feel we all have in common is that we want to help others reach their health and life goals in the most painless and efficient way they can. Faster, Better, Smarter.
We want to make a difference. We don’t want to DO more for people, we want to BE more of a support in their journey to their more fulfilling life.
Like Dorothy down the yellow brick road–this journey is helping us find knowledge, heart and courage. I think in the end, although this is all new to us, we will find that we all had it in us all along.
Our journeys are not easy for a reason–otherwise we would not learn–and develop–all the different parts of us that make us us.
So today I leave you with this: I am a wife and mother. I am a daughter and sister. I am a teacher, I am a leader in my community. I am a health coach.
Comment below and tell me your thoughts. Is there a journey that you are on that scares you and excites you at the same time? How are you managing all the hats you wear?
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