Jillian Michaels: “Mazimize Your Life” Tour

Jillian Michaels is super cool.

Going to see her live made me realize how awkward and naïve I am and how I really need to start standing up for myself and being honest with myself. Maybe it was all the wine I drank during the show, but I swear that she totally inspired me to follow my heart and do what makes me happy and what is best for me, rather than just going through the motions of my life and taking each day as it is: the same.

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I went to the show with one of my best friends, Erica, and her mom. We had an absolute blast. We went to a super cute little Italian restaurant first where we got some red wine, Caesar salads, and margherita pizza. Obviously started the night off on a healthy foot (just kidding). But hey, that’s fine. We’re all in good shape and into health and fitness, so it worked Smile with tongue out

Then we ended up getting super lucky and getting our seats upgraded from the 40ish row to the 3rd row. SCORE. Still not sure why, but I’m sure not mad about it at all. I will tell you that I was surprised at the crowd of people that was there. I had this notion in my mind that it was going to be all health and fitness professionals or all obese people, but it was seriously a mixture of every person and gender you could get. I thought that was fantastic, because it really made me realize that a lot of people want to be informed about their own health and success in life and are taking steps to get there.

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I didn’t take any notes during the show, since it was really dark and I would have rather held my glass of wine than a pen, but here are the main things that I took out of the night:

  • If you want something, do it now. Right now. Don’t wait any longer.
  • You can do absolutely anything you want in the whole world, and the only thing stopping you is whether you will do it or not.
  • As long as you’re not an ass, you’re doing something right in life.
  • People need other people to thrive, and you need others that lift you up in order to succeed and be happy in life.
  • You are completely, 100% responsible for where you are at in your life right now.
  • If you are a cynical person, you are setting yourself up for failure. You are going into a situation with a negative attitude and have a much lower chance at coming out on top and/or successful.
  • It is totally okay to fail in things in life, and in fact, it is a good thing. That means that you are doing something right by taking chances and risks and trying different things.
  • Find the source of the problem rather than trying to cover it up or make excuses for yourself or someone else.

I am surprised at how long I could go on with this! I am also quite surprised at how I was able to pull all this out of my head at 11:40 p.m. at night when I am exhausted. Jillian just inspires me like that apparently. Bottom line is that she is adorable and brilliant. She tells you stuff that you already know, but preaches it in such a way that makes you want to go after all your dreams and be happy and run around in the flowers forever.

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I am determined to get up with a positive attitude, put myself out there, and take steps towards leading a happy, productive life that I am proud of. I work all day nannying my girls and then am going to a Tigers baseball game; yay! Hope you all enjoy this last day before the wonderful weekend <3

What is one of the best motivational quotes you know?

Sunshine and smiles :)

Well that’s a cheesy title if I ever saw one. That is how I feel about yesterday though! The day started out terrible. My phone is broken, I woke up late, my stomach has been hurting like crazy, and I’ve just been super stressed. I spent my entire day with children yesterday, from 8am-8pm and they managed to make me smile for about 100% of that time. Once the sun came out and we were able to play outside all afternoon, the day got even better. It really reminded me to cherish the little things in life and to try to remember to live each day as big as I can, even if I’m not currently as content as I would like to be. I was reminded of that little fact in an e-mail from a super special lady earlier this week; so thank you love Smile

I actually got a lot of little things accomplished that I had been meaning to get done. Ya’ll probably think I’m weird from getting a kick out of joy from making a 5 minute phone call that I had been putting off, but I really just do.

I also get a big burst of happiness from finishing the scrapbook I’m going to send to Ellen full of pictures and reasons I should work for her. I’m mailing it out today and am going to pray for the best! The girls I nanny helped me make it super cute (or super tacky, take your pick) and glittery. In their eyes, there’s no other way to do things.

Since I’ve been talking a lot lately about things I dislike about Michigan, I want to share some of the things that make me really happy here:

  • I know this place like the back of my hand, since I’ve lived here for 21 years. “Seek alternate route” construction signs don’t stand a chance with me.
  • We get some really awesome thunder/lightning storms, which make me much happier than a sunny day does for some odd reason. They’re especially the best if I have wine and a good book.
  • This can also be a bad thing, but almost every time I go out in public I run into someone I know.
  • It’s an extremely safe area.
  • My room is the bomb. It is super organized and super cute (thanks to momma) and is just such a sacred place for me to chill in. I love leaving the windows open all night in the summer and waking up to the sun coming up. Wonderful.
  • I have become involved with some amazing families with some even more amazing children. I don’t think I would ever be able to find sweeter kids than the ones I babysit for. I just love them all. In total, I watch 9 kids on a regular basis!
  • My gym is sweet and has the best people. My yoga studio is my favorite.
  • It’s really easy to drive an hour in any direction and find a cool city or small little town with random things to do and see. Like if you go one hour south you’re in Detroit and can go to the casino and drink and have a blast. If you drive one hour west you’re in Frankenmuth and it’s a super tiny touristy Bavarian town with tacky sight-seeing, yet weirdly fun.
  • People wave when you pass them in their cars.
  • I have a really good doctor, dentist, massage therapist, etc. I am bad at getting to know new people to help me out with these things!

There really are a lot of positives about living in Michigan, but like I said in my previous post, I just need something more. I am so glad that I was reminded to make the best out of the situation for the time being though. That’s really important. Everyone that I have talked to about this has encouraged me to follow my heart. I have talked to a lot of women older than me about it (because I’m a nanny and am around real moms all the time) and every single person has said that their one regret in life has been not getting out and experiencing more. I will not let that happen to me. If my dream is to move to California and work for Ellen, why would I not go for that? It’s totally do-able if I quit spending my time watching cat videos on YouTube and put that time towards actually applying myself to something productive.

For the time being, I’m going to focus on spending time with friends and family and enjoying myself. Sure, I know deep down this isn’t what I want, but that doesn’t mean I need to have a bad attitude about it. Life goes on and the only thing we can’t get back is time, so I’m sure as hell not going to waste it.

What is one great thing about the place you live?