the year of you, day 273

Friday, October 1, 2021 (Day 273)

Relaxing Music for the week: Matamua: Deuter (9:47) –

Question: How is your physical health right now?

Answer: Okay, so now it’s October, which means only 3 more months before we start 2022. Time just seems to be flying by these days, that’s for sure.

So this month’s topic is “Health,” a topic that will be VERY interesting since my #1 Personal Core Value is Fitness/Health and one of the core tenets of Life Design Catalyst work is holistic health and well-being. And when I talk about holistic health, I’m addressing physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. And I bet that I’ll address this at some point in the near future.

Anyway, how’s my physical health right now? On a scale from 1 (it’s really, really bad) to 10 (phenomenal), I would say that it’s about a 7. For the most part, I feel pretty good, but I do have some pain in my right ankle and have been a little tired from EVERYTHING going on in my life right now. Although my relationship with Rebecca is improving and I’ll get to spend time with Amanda and Bethany this weekend, it’s been tough coming to work in an environment where they don’t believe what you’ve created matters in the big picture of student success. Plus, today is the day where I will be cleaning out my old, damaged car, which breaks my heart a little bit. That car got me through the death of my parents, since I was driving it back and forth to Florida for about a year and change. We spent a lot of time together, that’s for sure. But its new home will be in a salvage yard, now that it’s been officially considered “totaled.” So I think the emotional side of my life is draining a lot of energy out of me; for example, I went out to play golf after work this past Wednesday with one of my friends/neighbors (Tony), and by the sixth hole, I had ZERO energy to play – and to walk up and down the hills on the golf course. It didn’t help that I had ONE BANANA for breakfast (after fasting the night before), and doing a 18-mile bike ride on my Schwinn Air Dyne. So, although I’m doing relatively well in most areas, there are a few areas where I can do a whole lot better, that’s for sure! But I’m progressing EXTREMELY well on my fitness goals for the year, so that’s a positive. I will reach my yearly goal of 1,000 miles running/walking/elliptical, 3,000 miles indoor/outdoor cycling, 10,000 pushups and sit-ups, and 6,000,000 steps at the end of this month – which means a great reward! It’s why I get up early in the morning and still look like I’m in my late 40’s/early 50’s, instead of being a year and small change from 60! Wow, that’s a big number!


September Reflection: Travel and Adventure

What did I learn about myself this month?

  • I realized that my travel/adventure love is more about visiting different parts of the country through workshops and training than actual vacations to exotic places. It’s such a joy to see how things are “done” (and how people live) in different parts of the country. I think that’s why I would much rather work for a college system than an individual school, so that I can visit and experience different things every time.

Which of the prompts this month were most challenging? Which of my answers most surprised me?

  • I don’t think any of the prompts were challenging, hard, or surprising. I’m pretty basic in my wants and needs for travel, so there wasn’t anything that was a stretch for me. I will say that spending time with the Life Design Catalyst Community is really important to me, since many of the people in that group provide me energy to keep moving forward. And any opportunity to do something active is always a plus!

Based on what I’ve written, one action I want to take over the next month is…

  • Actually, I think I’m taking action this month, since I’ll be seeing my daughters this coming weekend and then traveling for my conference next week. I’m excited about the possibilities.


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