Friday, September 29, 2017
Daily Thought
 
Purposeful Engagement
As I get ready to go and serve at Camp Blue Skies this weekend it marks the 7th year I have engaged and served as a counselor and program instructor. When I get to share my “Balance Your Body” fitness program with the campers it is the most rewarding experience and something that adds so much value to my life. What an amazing journey this has been that started over 15 years ago when I first met Brent Sesler. Brent is an adult with a developmental disability called Williams Syndrome and he has touched my heart and drawn me to this work with his beautiful soul. I don’t consider Brent’s condition a disability, he has taught me so much about life and what it means to really love people with all your heart. The lessons learned that I have come to understand by being so fortunate to have met Brent and his family is to be present in our lives with the people that matter to us the most. Please view this video (Opening Skies) that tells his story and what this camp is all about.
 
Each time I get to serve at one of these amazing camps I realize I get as much back in return as I give as a result of my service. What gets revealed is that in the act of serving someone else we actually serve our own needs to be purposeful and make our lives matter. This very special need we have to serve others is very important to our own personal development. The good feelings we get from service adds to our own sense of self worth and builds within us a relationship with ourselves where we like who we are on a deeper level. Give yourself away in pursuit of something that enhances other’s life experience and find you build something inside of you that enhances your  own health by increasing your self-esteem. Care about others to care more about yourself.
 
Camp Blue Skies is a non-profit foundation that provides a camp environment to adults with developmental disabilities to teach life skills and build self-esteem through a challenge by choice philosophy. If you can support the work of this foundation please consider a donation here.

“Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not truly knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that man is here for the sake of other men.” Albert Einstein
 
Polar Smart Coaching Training Tip: Share Your Love for Fitness
If you are a crazy fitness fanatic like I am and live to move everyday then you will really connect this coaching concept. As a fitness professional and coach I get to play with fitness everyday of my life. To share my love for athletics and competition with all the people I care about in my life each day gives me huge motivation to show up at my best for them all. Be the instigator for healthy movement everyday by sharing yourself with others in your athletic pursuits. You all your friends and family want to exercise too they just need a little nudge and encouragement. Pursue your passion and think about who you can take with you on your journey.
 
Nutrition Tip: Make the Best Choices You Have Available
This weekend as I head to Camp Blue Skies I know I need to watch what I eat. Camp food is great and in great supply so the temptation is there to overeat. While I am not going to sweat the calories because I will get a lot of activity I still want to stay true to my Spartan training for my next race in November. Sometimes you have to go with the choices in front of you when you travel. Just remember just because you are not in your normal surroundings doesn’t mean you can’t still make good choices and stay committed to your fitness goals. Make good choices for nutrition no matter where you are to make the results you want.
 
“Make visible what, without you, might perhaps have never been seen.” Robert Bresson

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