Month: November 2012

Eyes forward; here we go ~ Take Nothing for Granted

Today I write in honor of my first mentor in the health and fitness world, Patti Newcombe.  As we wrap up this weekend of gratitude, I have memories of this woman who was always upbeat, smiling, encouraging and energetic.  Thank you Patti for allowing me to learn from you.   Without her, I would perhaps not be doing what I am today. When people ask me, how did you get started, her name always comes to mind. Patti said to me one day, “Jill, why don’t YOU teach?” as we stood at the pool at the Bally’s in San Bernardino. And so it began. I took every class that I could from her. To learn. Patti has been fighting cancer for the last several months.  Her courageous fight ended November 16 when her spirit was set free of the body.  Now, she’s watching over two beautiful girls and an amazing husband and her “circle of loved ones” (COLO).  Her girls and my two children shared many times together at the gyms’ kid’s clubs, although her …

It’s all good! GRATITUDE

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” -William Arthur Ward I love to tell you, “It’s all good!”  You’ve heard me say it as I encourage you through the last few reps of a TRX exercise or up a hill on the bike!  “We’ve got this!” is part of our PMA (positive mental attitude) that we share when we’re sweating together, facing mental struggles and physical breakthroughs.  But, this past month, Max Strom, a speaker and presenter I had the fortune to learn from, said, “It’s not all good.”  And he told us why.  I was fascinated, humbled, and somewhat disappointed; while at the same time, awestruck by the brilliance of this person and his statement. That’s when it made sense to me.  There was a reason three months ago that I determined I would be writing in three parts. I knew I would first write on mindfulness.  And then on perspective, and finally on gratitude.  I never knew how it would come together, I just knew …