I have always been a hard charger, a grinder, a workhorse. I have never been afraid of taking on more work. I still am ok with this because I think hard work will get you VERY far in life. However, one thing I have been learning about recently is the value of taking time for yourself. When I first thought about it, it seemed like I was being selfish, or that I didn't deserve to have time-off. I mean I'm a dad of 2 girls. I'm a business owner of a small business. I'm a coach for remote athletes. I design templated programs and workouts for my gym population. I'm a commentator for fitness competitions all over the world. I'm a keynote speaker and seminar speaker for Masters all over the world. If these pieces are not where I want them to be, then HOW THE HELL do I deserve time to go "play"?? What I'm learning is that I will be better at all of these things with this "playtime". Time for ME, allows me to be happier, feel like I'm not missing out, gives me a chance to WANT to come back to the things I'm working on, and it allows me to be present in the moment. Don't get me wrong. I LOVE, 100% LOVE, the time I have with my daughters, with my members, with my programming, with. my traveling, etc. But even though they are all things that I love, it's still not something just for me and me only. or me, it has been surfing. I loved to do it and it was a huge part of life about 10 years ago. And its been gone since about the last month or so. But I'm back in! I don't even need to do it for a long time. But the feeling of being in the water, the coldness, the slide down the face of the wave, the dance on the board, the motion in the ocean. It has made me much happier and welcoming for whatever has come my way. The crazy thing is that it has been a huge stress relief from all the things in my world. When you take a sliver of time for yourself, you hit a reset button inside yourself. It centers you. It readies you to take on everything else. It seems you are wasting time doing this THING, but it makes you more efficient in all the other areas. You become a better you by giving yourself some time. If you haven't done something like this, you need to. It shouldn't take all your time, but you need just enough to keep centered. You have to find and do YOUR surf!:)

FEEL THE BURN!!!

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