I was sitting eating my lunch and thinking. I was thinking about my business, in particular, rebranding. The first time I saw the Wuhoo Fitness logo I fell head over heels in love and I REALLY wanted to be able to use it in rebranding from Wuhoo Fitness to Wuhoo Coaching. I was struggling with how to incorporate the equine & phone coaching elements into the logo. I may have mentioned before that I have wicked cool Friends - well the combined talent of two of them were able to create something that I'm falling in love with. It’s still a work in progress but it is super close.
I asked a special group of friends to give me honest and authentic feedback, so far the feedback has been very positive. As I was pondering the comments about how it so nicely incorporates all the different things I do I started to think about all the individuals I've worked with over the past 10 (going on 11!) years that I've been working with clients.
To date I've helped over 350 Women cross the finish line of their first fitness event - triathlons, 5 & 10K's & 25+ mile bike rides. This doesn't include the one on one & small group clients reaching personal goals or coaching clients achieving personal bests as well as profound breakthroughs.
If I go deeper and include my volunteering the numbers grow larger and larger. I host a free 5K on New Year’s day, I coached my sons' soccer teams for 9 years, volunteered in their classrooms, taught Sunday school at church, was a Swim Angel for the Danskin triathlon in Seattle for many years and gifted my motivational speaking to Cycle the WAVE (Women Against Violence Everywhere) bike ride.
The number of lives I've touched is substantial, why is it then, that I feel a need to give more, do more, BE more? Which leads to the BIG question - how much is enough? Or more precisely when am I enough? I’m not sharing what I’ve done in an effort to have people think ‘wow – you’re so amazing’, quite the contrary. I’m sharing this with you because for a long, long time I’ve felt that in order to be almost as good as everyone else I have to do, give and be more. I’ve been working on healing that though.
Just because we CAN do something doesn’t mean we HAVE to do it. I’ve been learning this over the last year and a half. I have a lot of knowledge, I have many gifts, I know how to drive to make things happen. Right now I’m learning balance. I’m focusing on doing the things that I love, that bring me joy, that make my heart sing. I’ve been working on creating breathing space that is restful, not just for me, but also for those who interact with me.
A former teacher shared a perspective and story with me that has had a profound impact on my life. What if I’ve done all that I’ve come here to do? What if now all I have to do is enjoy life? What if one day I was standing waiting for a bus when a man walked past me. He wasn’t paying attention and was about to step out into the street in front of a bus. I reached out and pull him back saving his life. He thanks me and keeps going on with his day. What if that man went on to discover a cure for cancer. What if the whole reason I was alive was to be there, at that exact moment, to save his life? What if that was my life’s purpose?
I’ve become very mindful of what I do and why I do it. I always enjoyed giving of myself in the ways that I have in the past, but now it’s different. I still give of myself but I do it from a very different place. I give from a place of joy and I give because it brings me joy to give. I no longer feel the need to drive, to strive, to do more and be more. Now I just want to BE.
Where are you driving in your life? Is it serving you? Do you feel you have to or do you feel you get to? If there are places in your life that you’d like to create more peace, consider coming to one of the Equine Assisted Group Coaching sessions I host the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month from 2-4 pm, it’s only $30 per person and the comments I get is that at $30 it’s a steal. But come find out for yourself, the life you heal could be your own…..
Here's to you in Wellness, Fitness, and Health!
Jennifer Malocha CEO of Fun at Wuhoo Coaching
Written by Jennifer Malocha On January 19, 2013