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Refuse to live a life of expectation

As I sit here with a big mug of green tea listening to the rain pound relentlessly at my window, I cannot seem to wipe the smile off my face.

Today was a great day, an incredible day even, and in all truthfulness nothing ‘happened’ to me.. it was what happened around me.

It started off like most Mondays.. trudging to the gym in the rain at 6am to get my morning cardio in, and even with a sore lower back (don’t worry, it’s only a small strain – my fault for pushing too much weight overhead and not bracing my core properly – do not do this!), it always feels great to get a sweat on to kick off my day.

Work began like any other Monday: immediate chaos upon walking through the door. It’s to be expected, and we plan for days like this, but it’s always a kicker trying to manage so many issues at once without warning.

Crisis is always exhilarating, but here’s where the day actually gets exciting:

When you work so closely with and to (legitimately within arms reach) coworkers, you truly get to know them and their abilities at a pretty high level. You work together to get tasks done, celebrate the wins and pick each other up when outcomes aren’t ideal… but the very best part about working so closely with others is watching them grow and succeed. Today, one of my coworkers overcame a huge obstacle and handled it like a pro. I felt proud and inspired to have been there to witness the situation unfold, confidence set in and a new realization that she could now always conquer issues as challenging as these the next time one comes her way.

As the day progressed I was thinking a lot about my time, how valuable it is and how I’m fortunate enough get to chose how I spend it. Too often we get caught up in the ‘what’s next‘ and ‘how am I going to get there‘ – and we forget how valuable this very moment and the people around us are. Worse, we often never realize how valuable those things are until they’re gone.

I choose to spend my time and effort on people and things that matter. I want to know that what I’ve done has helped someone – be it mentally, physically, or emotionally – be a better version of themselves and gain greater self-awareness, respect or love than they previously had. I think this explains a lot about why relationship building is at the core of my beliefs – both for business and personal relationships. And it shows, trust me.

I realize however, I am just as guilty for sometimes forgetting what truly matters. People, relationships, community – those are what matter. It’s the people who make the difference – not money, numbers, reports, words, websites, targets or otherwise… none of these ‘things’ matter if there aren’t people who see value in it.

So, I challenged my friends and followers to pay it forward today. Give unselfishly without the expectation of return. As expected, many took the challenge with open arms – sharing their stories and inspiring others to take a moment to do something to help make another person’s day better, easier, happier or even brighter.

Something as simple as a hello, holding the door for someone, giving them a hand or offering to drive them home in the rain has little to no impact on your life, but yet because of the lack of reciprocity these days, it causes people to simply do nothing. And this is sad.

Today, I walked into a Starbucks, ordered a tea and gave the barista money to buy the beverages of next five customers who came in behind me. I didn’t wait around long enough to watch anyone come in, but I truly hope that random act of kindness brought a smile to someone’s face, lifted their sprit and gave them hope that others do actually care for strangers.

I refuse to live a life of expectation. I do not expect reciprocity from others because no one ‘owes’ me anything – but kindness and being present in the moment for another does go an incredibly long way.

This brings us to the gym. I cannot say enough about the incredible members I’m fortunate enough to lead, push and watch grow on the daily. I’m amazed and inspired every time I lead a session and see someone achieve a goal they had been working on for months, or even years…some of which they never dreamt possible.

Just like other areas of life, it’s easy to get stuck in a comfort zone. If it feels good and seems normal why change it, right? WRONG. When you stop learning and changing, you stop growing. Change is essential for growth and if you want different results you have to make changes.

Today, I was put on the spot when the class size became the biggest we’ve seen at the gym yet – a max of 20 ballooned into 25 people staring at me looking for direction. At that moment, three things popped into my head:
1. Shit.
2. How are we going to be able to fit everyone in this space and they all get a great workout?
3. They need to be energized or this could go south, real quick.

My solution? Make them work, push and challenge each-other to distract them from being able to even think about the crowded space. And goddam did it ever work! Never underestimate the power of camaraderie. The members took direction, kicked their asses and pushed their friends to have a great workout and a lot of fun.

As they cleared out, the buzz continued into the next class where I then witnessed one of our members deadlift a crazy 400lbs, one strict-press a personal record 24kg bell and another a 48kg bell! The only words to describe my sentiment after being present in those moments are again, proud and inspired.

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I personally didn’t ‘get’ anything out of today. But I did get to help, witness and celebrate the achievements of many others, who, without knowing it, ‘gave’ me more than they will ever know.

How do you choose to spend your precious time? Life’s short. Don’t waste it. Grab it, push it, appreciate it and make it meaningful.

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My Goals

When people ask me how I stay so focused and on track with my health and fitness goals all while maintaining a positive attitude, I tell them it’s because I set goals and stick to them. I believe that goal setting is a way to hold yourself accountable to your actions and provides you with a platform for achieving greatness in your own life.

Whenever I meet someone I secretly ask deep and meaningful questions in order to learn 3 major things about them:
1. What they do with their life + a brief history of how they’ve gotten to this exact point in their life.
2. Their life goals, short and long-term.
3. Their passions. What is it that makes them get out of bed everyday and how they choose to pursue self greatness.

Once I figure out these intimate details (often without them knowing), I can then understand who they are and what they are aiming to achieve in their life. Everyone has the potential for greatness and I believe that the inspiration for greatness starts with defining your passions and goals in life, working towards them with all your heart and continuously achieving and re-setting them.

My Life Vision

The vision I see for myself in 15 years from now is an even more ambitious version of my current self. I will have worked with lululemon, reached my health and fitness goals, and will keep setting bigger, more ambitious ones. I will have started a health and fitness movement that inspires individuals to achieve the things they never thought possible. I will be married to an equally ambitious and passionate man who I will proudly call my best friend, be a proud mother to a child (or two, or three), live in Vancouver and go to work everyday with a smile on my face knowing the work I do inspires others to better their own life. I will love myself, my life and the people who inspire me to be a better me everyday.

 My Core Values

1. Integrity.

adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.

2. Authenticity.

the quality of being authentic; genuineness. Refers to the attempt to live one’s life according to the needs of one’s inner being, rather than the demands of society or one’s early conditioning.

3. Positive Attitude.

brings optimism into your life, and makes it easier to avoid worry and negative thinking. It will bring constructive changes into your life, and makes them happier, brighter and more successful.

My Goals

Health

1 Year : In a year from now I will have run a half marathon, gotten close to my ideal body weight and have incorporated yoga into my daily lifestyle.

5 Year: In 5 years from now I hope to have completed at least 3 more half marathons and am on my 3rd marathon.

10 Year: In 10 years I will be completely at peace with my body and know it’s vices inside out. I will have successfully completed an ultra marathon and run marathons as a hobby and practice yoga on a regular basis.

Career

1 Year: In a year from now I will be working within the lululemon culture pushing the creative and inspirational bounds. I will love the work I do and continue pushing myself to make a bigger mark on the world.

5 Year: In 5 years from now I will have moved my way into a position that continuously allows me to help others create and achieve their personal goals. I love change and continual self-improvement. I will love my job and the people I work with; together creating big things for the people in our community.

10 Year: In 10 years from now I see myself in a senior or director role within a company (lululemon?!?) that reflects my personal values and lifestyle choices. Work will not be “work” because I will be doing the work I love on a daily basis. I will not just have “a job” I will have “the job.”

Personal

1 Year: In a year from now I will have influenced at least 100 people to make the moves to live their life the way they aspire to lead. I will be a volunteer with a youth running/fitness organization, have reached my personal fitness goal and make enough money to live comfortably while being able to attend fitness events all over the continent.

5 Year: In 5 years from now I will have created a fitness/health movement that will inspire others to get fit and live a healthy and active lifestyle. I will have met the man of my dreams and he will be right beside me, pushing me to keep achieving my goals as he achieves his as well.

10 Year: In 10 years I will have started a movement that has evolved into societal change; both mentally and politically. I will have reached the moment in my life in which I am completely comfortable with myself. Through my actions, both personally and philanthropy, I will provide the ability for others to seek support and inspiration to do the same.

I will have Made my Mark on the World.

These are my goals, I know I can achieve them – it’s all about finding that opportunity to enable me to get my foot in the door. What are your life goals?

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