Happy Friday!

Currently, I’m listening to the Throwback Thursday playlist on Spotify. I just heard ‘Men In Black’ by Will Smith and I’m JAMMING (in a coffee shop, no less) to ‘Drive Me Crazy’ by the always crazy fabulous Britney Spears. I’m not even going to lie – I still love that song. And…do a couple of the dance moves in my head as I listen. Ah. Do you remember the dance?! I always wish I was a solid dancer!

Okay, today, we are talking about HOW to eat Burpees for Breakfast. On Wednesday, I shared all the crazy awesomeness that’s been going on in my life the past month or so. Make sure to check it out, if you haven’t.

Rather than recap the whole post, let’s just say that I’m working on being a freaking awesome #GIRLBOSS. And that eating burpees for breakfast means (to me, anyway), means tackling life first thing in the morning – feeling awesome about what you do – excited to get shit done – and ready to take on any problems along the way.

Now, how does one tackle life, feel awesome about what they do, get shit done, and tackle problems? Today I have the following for you:

5 WAYS TO EAT BURPEES FOR BREAKFAST

BURPEES-FOR-BREAKFASTAre you pumped? I know I am. In fact, I’m on this crazy good high and it feels AMAZING. And I can’t wait to share some tips with you today. I tried to put them in some kind of ‘order’, but obviously, you can do things in a way that works for you. It’s a little long because I give a little back story to each point, so hopefully it’s helpful and inspiring!

1. Do something that forces you out of your comfort zone. Or forces you to learn something new. Or both.

Enter BlogFest + IDEA World. I’m introverted. I’m realizing it more and more the older I get. I not always the best small talk and meeting new people. I try to fake and sometimes it works, sometimes not. I went into BlogFest knowing a decent amount of bloggers that would be there, but having talked to only one of them in person. I knew I would have to step out of my comfort zone to meet NEW bloggers and to meet the bloggers I already knew. I reminded myself that other people were probably a little nervous too. That there were probably introverts like me that are not the best with small talk. And that there were lots of good questions I could ask people I didn’t know: What is your blog? Where are you from? How long have you been blogging? Why do you blog about X?

I geared up for it. Knew it would challenge me and help me grow. And just went for it.And what happened? I met some AMAZING bloggers and now new friends. I learned A TON about blogging and growing a business. I came away with a firey, burning passion to purse my dreams. All that could have happened maybe, online. But there is something about forcing myself out of my comfort zone and being surrounded by like-minded people that lit my fire, yet again.

My challenge: Do something that gets you out of your comfort zone and challenges you. This might not look like traveling across the country to attend a giant conference. It might mean finding a networking group in your area and meeting new people. It might mean introducing yourself to someone you haven’t met at the gym.

The thing is: now that I’ve been through a BIG event that put me out of my comfort zone, I’m more willing to keep doing it. Two months ago, I was ‘talking’ about how I wanted to try a networking group in my area, but I knew I would never really go unless I knew someone. Now, I have the confidence I need to try new things. And I’m more willing because I know there is a solid possibility that I will learn SO MUCH – whether good or bad.

2. Figure out where you excel.

It was said over and over at BlogFest: BE AUTHENTIC. Don’t try to be like everyone else. Do something to stand apart from the crowd. Create a blog that you want to read. Define your persona. Figure out your why. Figure out your target audience. All that stuff is hard. It takes some work to think through things. I want everyone to read my blog and like what I say and think I’m the best thing since lululemon leggings (seriously, though). But, if you think it through, all the jumble of things will start to make sense.
A couple weeks ago, I realized how much I just love to teach. How much I enjoy giving people solid information that helps them be better. For example:

In my bootcamp classes, I noticed quite a few people having trouble with basic exercises. The push-up is one of the moves that I am PASSIONATE about helping women perform correctly. We started our series off with working on plyometrics and planks. The past two weeks it’s been the hip hinge. We spent sometime before our workout going over basic cue’s for each exercise and common mistakes. Then I would have them do the movement with me before doing a workout that incorporated the move we were reviewing. After a workout that covered box jumps, I had a boot camper come up to me, thanking me for taking the time to explain proper form and taking a few extra minutes to help her with her jumps. She said in doing them before, they hadn’t felt good and with her back trouble, she was glad to know the proper way to perform the move, so that no pain occurred.

Not going to lie, that made me feel pretty good. I was so pumped that I helped her feel more confident in her fitness. As I thought back over other things that made me feel good, a good majority of them were when I was helping people. It’s always been my passion. Or teaching people. Back when I did anti-human trafficking work, my favorite things were to meet with new people to explain how they could be a volunteer OR talk to groups that didn’t know about the issue of trafficking. I loved educating.

So, moving forward with the blog, personal training and nutrition coaching, I’m going to make it a priority to bring an element of education to everything. It might be as simple as filming a quick video on proper form for an exercise or giving a few more nutrition tidbits in my recipes.

My challenge: figure out the area where you excel. And use that to shape how to run your blog or your business. Trying to be like every other fitness blogger, personal trainer and nutritionist would be no fun. Set yourself part and be confident in what sets you apart.

3. Read. or Listen.

Let’s be honest here, the last book I read cover to cover was probably Divergent. Which was over a year ago. Pretty sure I read it last trip to CA. I struggle with making the time to read, as in, I just don’t do it. Unless it’s a blog, perhaps.  That week or two before BlogFest, I looked up some of the book recommendations I had on mindset and leadership, and checked them out at the library. AND, I also got a couple of them on my phone, so I could read on the plane (one of those was #GIRLBOSS). I read the first few pages of 3 different books. And I was hooked with all 3! As in, I would be reading 3 books at once! Not going to lie, I still struggle finding the time/wanting to read, but having it on my phone makes it SO much easier – which is why I’ve read more of #GIRLBOSS than the others! If you find yourself in the same boat, check out Overdrive. Or another app like Audible.

Because I’m on the struggle bus with reading, I listen to podcasts. And lately, I’ve been listening to them all the time. In the car (when I’m not blaring the music and singing loudly), on walks, when I foam roll, when I cook dinner or do the dishes. Sometimes it’s tough because I want to write down the information because it’s so good. I have to pick and choose what I listen to and when I listen. I’m planning on doing a post on some of my favorite podcasts, but in case you are too curious to wait, my current favorites for business development, pursing your dreams and getting shit done are: The Chalene Show (I just started listening to Build Your Tribe and I like!) and Build A Badass Business. I listened to these on my trip to Cali – mostly Chalene – and now that I am back, I listen to at least 1, if not 2 from either cast once a day. These podcasts might not be for you and that’s fine. There are a TON out there.

My challenge: if you want to learn, grow, develop, inspire, and dream big, you need to listen (or read) and learn from people that have done it and ARE currently doing it. It’s amazing how much things change when you get a little push and shove from people that were once in your shoes and are now living their dream

 4. Surround yourself with inspiration.

I’d been eyeing Momentum Jewelry for quite sometime, but for some reason, never bought anything. Luckily, I met Tara (isn’t she the bomb?!) and she gave me an awesome ‘Be Brave’ bracelet. Immediately, I was hooked – so cute, comfy AND inspiring, right?! I made my way to their booth at the IDEA World Expo, picking up another band and necklace. My bracelet says ‘ Find Joy in the Journey’ and the necklace, which I wear nearly everyday, along with the necklace that holds my grandma’s wedding ringssays ‘Live Fearlessly’. I purchased these items knowing that when I went back home, I’d need a little bit of inspiration to pursue the dreams when things got hard or when I just didn’t feel like doing work.

My challenge: Find something that inspires you. It might be a quote, a wall hanging, a screensaver, a post-it note with your goal written on it, a piece of jewelry, or a clothing item. Whatever it is, make sure you have it with you, where you can see it and be reminded of what you want.

 5. Make a plan. Be excited about it. and stick to it (but don’t be afraid to tweak it to fit your life).
This one I’m still working on. Trying to figure out what works for me and my schedule. Do I focus on the blog on Tuesdays/Thursday? Nutrition programing on Monday/Wednesday? When do I pencil in social media and blog growing time?
Here is what I’ve done so far:

* Created columns on a sheet of paper: Blog, Business, Classes, Personal. I brain dump everything I can think of into their respective category and try to prioritize.

* Pick the highest priority items to focus on: for the blog, it was this post and my free e-book/pdf for email subscribers; for the business, it’s getting my nutrition program packaged and ready; and for personal, it’s to get my name switched on EVERYTHING and make a master grocery list. I broke each high priority item down into small manageable steps and started working.

* Cut things that do not fit my overall goal/plan: I had to cut my SilverSneakers class. I went back and forth on it, but decided that since it’s only 1 class a week, in the middle of the day, and I spend quite a bit of time programming, that I could better serve my overall goal by not teaching this class.

* Work on creating 1 habit: I used to be a morning person, happy to wake up at 5 or 6am. The past few months of unemployment have me wanting to not get up before 8am. I can’t be having that. So, I decided to be out of bed by 6:30am, do my devotionals, foam roll and then go on a walk with The Husband. This allows me to have a little time for myself in the morning, work on keeping my muscles feeling good for teaching and coaching, and spend time with my husband. I’m one morning strong on doing everything and it went well. One other habit I’ve been working through is finishing my workout by 10am every morning. If I’m not done by 10, then I just don’t finish. A little more incentive to get up early.

My challenge: start with one of those items. Or all. Find what works for you. What fits with your life. And what makes you feel good.

BONUS TIP:

  • Paint your nails. Or do something to make yourself feel glamorous and unstoppable. One of Chalene’s tips in her Productivity podcast was to get pretty. Rather than work from home in sweats and no make-up, do something to make yourself feel presentable. For me, I switched up my clothing a bit. But I also painted my nails. It’s something that makes me feel feminine and awesome. It’s also been a tip of mine before, which makes me realize how important having pretty nails for helping me feel great. I should probably paint them more often.
  • Put on your power song and sing it loud. Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’ is. my. jam. I freaking love it. And I hate that it’s not on Spotify. But when that song comes on in the car, my windows are down, it’s blaring and I’m singing at the top of my lungs. I’ve been on a kick, trying to find songs that get me pumped and excited. Make yourself a power playlist and listen to it in the morning, when you workout, when you feel discouraged. Music does wonders for the soul.


Did you make it through? I hope so. And I hope you got some good tips and inspiration. I honestly don’t have it all figured out yet, but I’m so pumped to start the process full force and learn along the way.

If you liked what you read, let me know. There are some GOOD changes coming to the blog and I’m definitely interested in what YOU GUYS want to read. Drop me some love in the comments and let me know what you want to see moving forward. AND let me know at least one thing you are going to do moving forward to EAT BURPEES FOR BREAKFAST!

Linking up with the lovely Jill today!

What are you doing this weekend? Any fun plans?!

– Jen.

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