Celebrate and Be Thankful
A Coach’s View…
This past week I saw a post that said, “What if you woke up today with only the things you gave thanks for yesterday.” Ouch. That one struck a chord with me. I had a conversation with my daughter about it. My little, passionate optimist grinned and listed all she had been thankful for yesterday. She felt confident that she would have it all covered today. I was not quite so confident. I know I am always thankful for my husband, my healthy children, my loving parents, my friends, my home, my jobs, my food, but what about all the things I take for granted on a daily basis?
Throughout the year, I spend a lot of time trying to “attack my weaknesses” and work on all the areas in my life where I feel that I need improvement. I celebrate progress, not perfection; but I am a constant work in progress. As we approach the 2015 Open, our theme is celebration. It is a time to slow down and just be in the moment. We want to celebrate all the progress we have made in one year. During this time of celebration, I have decided to intentionally pause and give thanks. I am thankful that I have the opportunity to be surrounded by a loving and supportive community who support me as a coach, athlete, teacher, mom and friend. I am thankful that I have gained muscle mass and stayed injury-free. I am thankful that my husband’s beard is so much more amazing than it was last year. I am thankful that my two kids are healthier and stronger than last year. I am thankful for my loving Labradoodle, Fenway, who showers me in love and kisses and accompanies me to coach 5 am classes. I am thankful for friendships that challenge me with honesty and push me to grow. I am thankful that our CFJ coaching team has grown and is dedicated to helping our community develop and succeed. I am thankful that we have a new facility that is no longer in my house. I am thankful for all the excitement and energy of our new CrossFit Kids program. I am thankful for the athletes who took a chance and discovered CrossFit with us years ago and all those who deliberately chose our supportive community to be their new CrossFit home. I am thankful for 46 athletes who signed up for the 2015 CFJ Open. I am thankful for all the improvements we have made in our nutrition. I am thankful for all the goals I have set and reached, as well as the goals that continue to motivate me. I am thankful for the new knowledge I have gained as a coach, through both experience and continuing education and certifications. I could go on and on.
What are you thankful for this year? Have you lost body fat and built muscle? Have you spent more active quality time with your kids? Have you improved your nutrition? Have you made sleep and recovery a priority? Have you made changes to improve your quality of life? Have you set off on a new career path? Have you made lasting friendships? Have you built a better version of yourself?
Let’s get ready to celebrate. Let’s get ready to give thanks. Let the games begin!