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My soul is on FIRE this morning and I want to share the ‘why’ with you.

This morning I had the opportunity to go and sub as a fitness instructor at a rehab facility. Y’all! It was amazing! I can’t even believe how much I enjoyed it. Normally I’m nervous to go and teach a class for the first time somewhere, but I wasn’t even nervous this time. It was enlightening. It was so fun to see their smiles, and it was so great to watch them really get into what we were doing.

The class was cut a bit short because the meeting before our class ran long. We only had 25 minutes to do what I was going to do in 45, but we just knocked it out! The thing that really resonated with me about this experience is how much people feed off of the energy you exude. If you’re flat and lacking energy, people will feed off of that. But if you are in a group of people and you are excited and smiling, and you have an energy about you, other people will see it. Other people will feel it, and they will feed off of it.

Everyone at this facility is “required” to take this exercise class. There were some people that just chose to walk, there were some that just signed in and left, and then there were about 8 or 9 people who were truly committed to getting the most out of the experience. The smiles on their faces when we were all done were just incredible. They felt good about themselves. These are individuals in a rehab facility for drugs, or alcohol or anger management, etc. These are people in the process of healing. I’ve got to tell you, it was so rewarding to be blessed by their presence today. It was so rewarding to be around them. Literally 45 minutes of my day and I’m left feeling like I truly made a little bit of a difference in their lives.

These are people who need help. People who need others to make a difference in their lives. It was unbelievably awesome and it lit a fire in me like I have never felt before. Everyone in that room was happy, positive, uplifted and they truly enjoyed it. I think we’ve all experienced this to some degree, but when you are making a difference in someone else’s world, it really sets your soul on fire, doesn’t it?!

So my question for you today is- what lights your soul on fire? Honestly, before today I had no idea how exhilarating an experience like this would be or how rewarding it would be. I’m certified to teach CIZE, which is a dance workout program from Beachbody, but this lit me up so much that I’m going to go get my group fitness certification.

Today, do more of what lights you up. Really! Even if it scares the bejezus out of you. When you find something that makes you happy, makes you feel alive and makes you tick- DO IT! Fight for it! Don’t let excuses cloud that vision and that passion you feel. Believe that you can make it possible. You have a light that you can shine for others in this life. You have a difference to make in other people’s lives. So much of the time we allow our self-doubt, our excuses or our lack of belief in ourselves to get in the way of things we can do! We all have spiritual gifts to give others. I do a lot of my health and fitness coaching online, which I love, but it is a totally different ballgame to do it in person and see the effect you’re having on someone in the moment.

What do you offer? What is it that lights you up? What do you want to go for in this life? Do not let fear hold you back because you are worth so much more than that. Fight through that fear and go for what you want in this life. That “thing” is calling you for a reason. You are meant to live out that dream, so don’t hide behind the fear or the excuses. Just do it and watch yourself come alive in a totally different way.

Remember y’all- every step you take is progress and it matters. Don’t stop taking steps. Keep moving forward.

Y’all have a blessed day.