“One Of The Secrets to Life Is Making Stepping Stones Out Of Stumbling Blocks…”

By: Janine Serio

While January seemed to come and go in the blink of an eye, we enter February knowing that there are ONLY 28 days, we are that much closer to Spring (hoo-rah), and, oh yeah, maybe THAT Holiday that involves hearts, flowers, and a whole bunch of chocolate. Ah, yes, love is in the air for sure…ha! 

I am going to deviate a little bit in today’s post. For those who are part of the 2 Health Nuts “Inner Circle” (if you are not already on our list, you can do so HERE), the email I sent out this morning gave a little insight as to where I, currently, am in my personal process. I made a pact with my posse at the start of the year that as much as I will hold them accountable for being their most authentic self, I, in turn, would do the same.

I know what you are saying, though – “Janine, it’s Wednesday and that means a really AWESOME workout you are going to showcase!” Yes, while that is TOTALLY true, this week, I wanted to take a “rest day” (lol) and get a little more vulnerable. 

I wanted you to see, firsthand, how I am working through my process and how I, too, need to have a daily practice in a little mindset boot camp! 

Although this discussion has seemed to be a continuum over the last year, I still found myself on the phone with my Mom yesterday asking this very question – “when will IT get easier?” I mean, let’s be honest, does it really ever get “easier?” And by “it” I mean the game called LIFE. 

Oh, and guess what, did you know that EASY IS EARNED {Jade Teta} anyway? So, I guess I have to be in agreement that life doesn’t get easier – we simply grow and yearn for the challenge. That’s the point, right?

I am a firm believer that our experiences – no matter how easy or tough – make us stronger, wiser, and feeling more in our power than ever before. In fact, I used this very quote today with one of my coaching groups – “one of the secrets to life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks” {Jack Penn}. 

At what point, though, do we start to say that something’s got to give? At what point do THESE very questions start to get a clearer answer?

“When will I start feeling ‘normal’ again?” Ah hem, what is “normal” anyway, right?

“When will I wake up feeling rested, content, and ready to take on the day, not overly tired, ‘hungover,’ and experiencing the ick factor?

“When will I stop obsessing about my finances and worrying about my financial future?” I guess this really never goes away, but there must come a point where it is not on your mind 24/7.

“When will I start feeling ‘normal’ again?” Ah hem, what is “normal” anyway – ha!

“When will I wake up feeling rested, content, and ready to take on the day, not overly tired, ‘hungover,’ and experiencing the ick factor?

“When will I stop obsessing about my finances and worrying about my financial future?” There must come a point where it is not on your mind 24/7, right?

“Will my workouts ever feel satisfying again?”

“Will I ever find TRUE love again?”

“Will I ever find the REAL Janine, and not feel that I am in a constant tug of war between WHAT I REALLY WANT, WHAT I THINK I DESERVE, and HOW PEOPLE THINK AND PERCEIVE ME?”

And so on, and so on…

If I had all of the answers to these very questions, would that make me feel more fulfilled? Satisfied? Happier? Maybe, but my guess is probably not, and I would, most likely, be seeking some other kind of answers.

It’s what we humans like to do!

If I am, constantly, focused on writing the future, and needing to know how the story will end – Will I be okay? How will I feel? – I am missing out on KEY insight and perspective as to where I am in my process RIGHT NOW!

Insert mindset boot camp!

I have no idea when I will start to feel like ME, or well rested, or not worried about money, but, seriously, where is the urgency? Don’t get me wrong, I would LOVE to wake up feeling rested & refreshed BUT this will NEVER happen if I am up all night worrying about when it will happen!

Life is hard enough and to continue trying to figure out things that I have absolutely no control over is doing nothing more than keeping me stagnant, unsatisfied, unfulfilled, unhappy, and down right exhausted.

It’s like trying to fit a square peg into a circular hole. 

So, in the quest to answer the question “when will IT get easier,” maybe the fact is it never will…and maybe that is how it should be. Easy is earned and, if we are consistently striving to be a higher version of our current selves, then don’t we want the challenge of learning, growing, and getting out of our own way?

“Easier” said than felt?? Juicy stuff? Ooh, I would love to hear your thoughts! AND, don’t forget, if you want to continue getting awesome content JUST LIKE THIS on all things LIFESTYLE, make sure you subscribe to the 2 Health Nuts “Inner Circle.” Get on the list HERE! 🙂

xoxo

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