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this is your LIFE.

today it’s been raining alllll day. usually on days like these, i do a lot of self reflection. and then i end up getting all sorts of bummed. luckily, i smacked the sadness right out when i decided to kick my own butt at the gym. (endorphins are a great drug that’s free)..
anyway, i started thinking about my life. i tend not to look at the past too much because of all the bad parts of it that i went through, but this time i reminisced on all the good things and that, in turn, made me sad.
when did i grow up so fast? i’m in that stage where i’m not quite on the “next chapter” of life, yet i feel like i ended the last chapter already. i’m somewhere stuck in the middle.
i graduated college. i have a full-time job. i don’t live at home. i don’t see my dad every other weekend. i pay bills. i have school loans. friends surrounding me are getting married. having kids. buying houses. others are still in party mode. others are working on finishing school. i feel like i’m on a completely different page than everyone else. i don’t even know where i should be. [i’m not ready for marriage & kids, i can’t afford to buy a house, i do party but don’t quite enjoy it as much anymore, and i’m done with school.]
i realized today…that i just feel like my life is passing me by. i go to work early. i come home during somewhat long breaks and do what?…..chores, nap, catch up on mindless tv. then go back to work until late. come home…relax for an hour or so and go back to bed. is this what everyone else does? is this what “living life” is? no wonder time flies when you’re older. so many of us just waste it.

damn that was depressing. thank god i’m pretty good at using these reflections as a chance to turn it into something positive.

warning: the rest of this post is about to be super cheesy and “shoot for your dreams” kind of thang, so you don’t like it i suggest you just stop reading right now. as i’ve said before, i’m not so keen on negativity.

  • do what you love & do it often.
    – this was actually hard for me to come up with. i know a lot of you probably think i’m crazy, but i really do love to exercise. run, lift, whatever. i love it and i do it often. i also love spending time with my family and i don’t do that often. knowing that you’re making memories with people who’ve been in your life since you were born and just knowing there’s people that will ALWAYS be there, is a good feeling.
  • if you don’t like something, change it.
    – i don’t like how lazy i am during my breaks. this is definitely going to change. i’m going to pick at least 1-2 things and actually do them rather than think about it. i also don’t like how small my butt is, so i’m working on changing that. hahaha.
  • if you don’t like your job, quit.
    – fortunately, i freakinglovemyjob, so i’m not going to quit. but i’m going to continue making it a place i love. there’s a reason i still get up at 4:30 a.m. 3-5 days/week after doing it for 3 years!
  • if you don’t have enough time, stop watching tv.
    lately, i just use the tv for background noise. but sometimes i get sucked in. i do have time to watch it, but i think i’d rather do something else.
  • if you are looking for the love of your life, stop.Β they will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love.
    – the second part is true. i wasn’t even looking & he came out of nowhere and i couldn’t be happier. πŸ™‚
  • stop over analyzing.
    one of my biggest problems. i over analzye EVERYTHING. my body, the way my hair looks, thinking my manager is mad at me, people constantly judging me, the way my blog posts are taken, the things people tell me.. everything.
  • all emotions are beautiful.
    i miss crying sometimes. ever since being on anxiety medication, i don’t cry as much. only at grey’s anatomy. lo
  • life is simple.– it really is. we make it a lot harder than it needs to be. if i would schedule that doctors appointment right when they called the first time, i wouldn’t be 6 months behind. maybe if i would’ve paid that bill right when i opened it, i wouldn’t worry about it being late. maybe if i cleaned weekly, it wouldn’t take as long when i get around to it. maybe if i would run right when i wake up, i wouldn’t feel guilty for being too tired later in the day and end up skipping it. maybe i would get what i want done if i get off the internet. life is only hard if you make it that way.
  • open your mind, arms, and heart to new things and people. we are united in our differences.
    one thing i really really love about my job is meeting all different kinds of people. i ask them a million questions to get to know them. and i cherish every conversation i have with each person i meet.
  • ask the next person you see what their passion is and share your inspiring dream with them.
    my inspiring dream is to truly change the life of people i meet. anytime a client tells somebody else “sharelle really changed my life..” i feel on top of the world. they changed their lives themselves, i just helped them along the way. and for them to even thank me at all is truly a blessing.
  • travel often: getting lost will help you find yourself.
    i’d like to do this more. i feel like it would help me feel less “stuck” in between chapters.
  • some opportunities only come once. seize them.
    this is why i say yes to everything people want me to do. i saw the opportunity to start teaching bootcamp a year and a half ago and have helped make it into a successful fitness program at my gym. i saw the opportunity to get my dream dog and am now happy to have a companion for life. πŸ™‚
  • life is about the people you meet and the things you create with them so go out and starting creating.
  • life is short. LIVE YOUR DREAM AND WEAR YOUR PASSION.

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april goals and the rest of 2013….make every rep count.

it’s about that time of year where a lot of new years resolutions have been put on the back burner….yet summer is creeping up so quickly that people are wanting to look good in their swimsuits or run in that race that is only a couple months away.
as for me, i’ve completely changed my workout routine and am realizing that my motivation is still existent, yet during my actualy workouts, i give up too quickly.

time for some goals, perhaps?

APRIL GOALS

1) RUN, SHARELLE, RUN!
Save up for a new pair of running shoes and head out the door. I keep telling myself to start running…it’s getting nicer, yet I still make up the excuses. It’s sad, but getting a new pair of running shoes will do the trick. and maybe signing up for a race so that i don’t have the excuse of not training for anything. I also might be starting a running club at work..so that will pretty much force me to. πŸ™‚

2) Put down the bottle.
My body tends to hold on to fat like I’m going to die without the extra love handles. And what else stores fat worse than alcohol? Not a whole lot of what is in my diet. Sure, I have the occasional treat or jar of peanut butter…, but for the most part I eat very healthy and clean. I can only look to the crazy amounts of drinks I consume on the weekend for the reason I have some “extra love” around my hips & thighs. Time to say goodbye or at least limit it to 1-2 drinks 1 night a week.

3) Work on “dat ass”.
I had full intentions of really working on my glutes a while ago. I kind of stopped when I started this new workout routine I’ve been following for the past couple of weeks.
Everyday is squat day. or hill runs. or single leg squat practice. or hip thrusts. So when I turn around in the mirror, I actually see something. πŸ˜‰ (Yep, that’s me being vain. It happens way too often for me to be embarassed). At least I’m not one of those people who stares at themselves while working out….are you getting anything done?

4) Unplug and read.

read a book or two. i ordered “casual vacancy” by jk rowling. that’s on my list. and to finally finish mockingjay after starting it a year go.

and for the rest of 2013….
Pistol squat

Handstand pushup

Let’s do this, 2013.

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