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45 going on 30-ish

, by Heather Hill

Have you ever felt like you're stuck in a rut? 

It was five weeks ago that I made the decision to get out of what I might call a ‘funk.’ When I think of what that might look like literally and figuratively, I go back to when I was in my early thirties. I was in the best shape of my life, I was pursuing my passions, I was doing well in my career and I felt ‘invincible.”

What I want to share over the next year in my monthly guest blog post is what steps I’m learning to take to address challenges, to celebrate successes, to feel healthier physically and otherwise; and hopefully inspire a few folks along the way to start your own journey.

Why now, at age 45, am I motivated by this? I think it comes from a variety of things, but if I had to narrow it down it would probably be these, along with the fact that I’m still 30-ish at heart:

  • I know I can feel healthier, more physically fit and stronger than I do now.
  • I know I can find more joy in each and every day.
  • I want to inspire the people around me to live their best lives as well.

A little back story to put things in context. I grew up in Denver and moved to Boise, Idaho seven years ago. I don’t have kids, but love my nieces, nephews and friends’ kids like they’re my own. I’ve worked full-time in marketing and sports event production for over twenty years, and have a strong tendency to put my work ahead of nearly everything else in my life. I’ve certainly seen how that can take a toll on me in so many ways.

Having competed in triathlon and running for 15+ years, a succession of significant injuries in my early forties sidelined me from some of my true passions in life. For the past few years I’ve felt like I lost a big part of who I am in that regard, so how was I going to tap into underlying or perhaps even new passions to fill this void as I approach the age I’m not quite ready to say out loud nor put in writing?

My first step was to seek credible guidance and establish accountability with a coach, because I know for me ‘accountability’ is a critical component and that had always worked well for me as an athlete. Ultimately, I know I need to be accountable to myself as the key stakeholder here, but for now I’m okay with someone telling me how it is, providing guidance, support, encouragement and the occasional firm kick-in-the-pants.

What I learned quickly during that first meeting is that it wasn’t my lack of consistent exercise that had me feeling lazy, tired and out-of-sorts. I went in seeking an exercise routine to lose fat and get strong again; but what I found was that concerted focus on a few key areas of my life might be what I need to become my overall healthiest self. My coach asked some tough questions – some more obvious than others. He helped me connect dots in my life that I may not have otherwise. And he assigned homework.

Both at home and at work, I took a look around and said “is the space I am living and working in conducive to what I want to achieve?” The answer was simple. No. That’s where I started – creating my environment, organizing my spaces where I spend my time and setting myself up for success – building my ‘cocoons.’ I dedicated time to de-clutter, organize and clear a path for what the future will bring.

 

I’m heading into a new year that will bring number 46, but I’m confident I’ll feel even younger at heart.

“You are a product of your environment. So choose the environment that will best develop you toward your objective. Analyze your life in terms of its environment. Are the things around you helping you toward success - or are they holding you back? – W. Clement Stone

Tags: life balance,goal setting