All posts tagged: Inspiration

Who Am I? My Promises to You

Share a smile. Encourage a healthy glow. Ask questions that stir emotions. Serve and deliver what you did not know you needed. These are my promises to you.   “We have more in common than we don’t.”  My friend and colleague, Brian McCulloch shared this statement during our recent goal-setting workshop.  And yet, we think we are alone.  It will take the courage of one, two, three; heck, of all of us, to step out of this mindset and into world-class living. I believe you are here for a purpose. To be GREAT at the gift you have been given.  It is our obligation to our creator, our families, our friends,  communities, and to the world we live in to take the time to discover and to live that purpose.  I will offer you thought-provoking nuggets for living world-class and discovering your potential and purpose. There is something that only YOU can bring to this world and it is time to give it flight!

The Truth About Jill

Who I am and what I can tell you “about me”  is best summed up in Albert Einstein’s statement: “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” ~ Albert Einstein That curiosity has led me to so many wonderful discoveries about myself, about others, about the human body and movement, and about the things that make people tick!  As in all things in life, our education gives us the framework and opens the doors to experiences. The experiences themselves and our courage to pursue them are what define us.  Below is a list of my “framework”: ACE & AFAA Certified Personal Trainer Level 3 Institute of Motion Mentorship Level 2 TRX Instructor, and 4 TRX course certifications Fascia Dissection Course with Thomas Myers, 2014, 2015 & 2016 Jungshin Master Trainer Pilates, Cycling, Taiji Fit, and MELT Method certified Todd Durkin Mastermind Team, Platinum IDEA Health and Fitness Association FASTER Course Director Speaker and Innovator Creator, Owner and Chief Motivator of The Energy Lab I decided to become a personal trainer in 2007.  Never …

“Mamma said there’d be days like this” – 5 simple ways to get through them

We all have them. Days we wonder why we are here. What our purpose is.  What would happen if we just quit. Would anyone notice? Would we be happy? How much struggle is enough? Is your struggle a relationship? a job? a health or body image concern? the loss of someone in your life? reconciling yourself with your passion? Is it simply liking yourself? These things are all real. They sit with us and weigh us down. Sometimes they even make us sick.  If you are lucky, you notice it and feel it coming on. You sit with it and observe how it makes you act and react.  Just like injuries, some struggles

Why a Personal Trainer?

I decided to become a personal trainer 7 years ago.  Never in a million years did I imagine this is what I would be doing when I was in high school, when I graduated college, when I got married or had my first child.  By the time I had my second child, I was aware that personal trainers existed and I even had one.  I began teaching group fitness classes before I had my kids.  I was always at the gym before and after work, and instructors gave me the nudge that teaching might be something I would enjoy.  And so my fitness journey from the other side began!

A PIVOTAL moment!

A PIVOTAL moment! In life, there are hot tub moments.  The kind that feel good, but once they are over, the feeling is most often lost.  And then, there are pivotal moments.  Those are the ones that stick with you even after the experience is over.  I have had several pivotal moments. Their impact is felt often and sometimes really really deeply!  This is one of those times! In April of 2012 I attended a mentorship with Todd Durkin, a nationally acclaimed speaker, coach, business owner, personal trainer, and all around amazing person.  The 3.5 days I spent with him and his team and 25 other people there soaking up as much knowledge as we could was a pivotal moment.  Life changing and impactful.  The resonations are still and always with me in one way or another. This week  they were felt even more deeply as he asked us to submit a video of our experience. I was nervous and still am. That’s how I know it is pivotal, I don’t get nervous about much! …

What is REAL?

“You can just tell when someone is REAL.”  This is  a statement a great man told me once and I always go back to it.  It explains a lot.  And the cool thing is that it transcends time, generations, nationalities, family history, income level, etc.  It doesn’t seem like it should take much to be real and it is something that you cannot necessarily strive for. You just are.  But the key is: you cannot try.  And that is where most of us go wrong.  We try too hard to be something. Something someone expects us to be. Something we read or watched that everyone is doing or that has been said to improve our lives. The biggest barrier I think we face is the ability to let go.  To stop trying so hard.  To let our natural strengths show through.  To know the things to work on and to know the things to let go of.   To be.  To be real.  It might take a long time. And it might hurt.   Because …

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 …