I was pondering what to say to everyone on The Burned Hand fan page, when I came up with #fiercefebruary due to some research I was doing about cortisol levels and self-esteem in the older population. The word “fierce” is particularly useful in self-esteem talks because you can basically “fake it until you make it”. Fierce can be ferocious and forceful like a lion…but it can also mean showing a heartfelt and powerful intensity. That’s what I want you to put in your head a minute.
What does fierce look like?
So I did a series of posters on Vitalize You Wellness that I pinned to the top of the fan page. That page is meant to inspire my friends, followers, and clients of my 4 Weeks to Wellness as well as my yoga community. It was difficult to do the posters and of course, that was because of the old feelings that came up with them, but when I was done, I knew it was the right thing…even though you have to hover over the pause to slow it down since I didn’t create the program as it’s on FB.
When I came to my yoga teacher training, it was just like any other time you would meet me. I was open and honest about what it was like to live with invisible diseases and pain because I looked okay on the outside. But the truth is, don’t we all?? I’d like to start you off with this thought for the month. How can coming to terms with whatever you can’t change make you stronger? Better yet, why don’t you start working on the things you can change and see where you are in a month? I mean honestly, that’s the whole basis of my plan that I made for myself. I was so focused on the pain, the hurt and the diseases that I forgot to focus on other things.
As I began to work my way backwards, which was very interesting because I focused on the end result instead of that moment, I kept telling myself that I could make it from February 6th of last year, WOW, until June 14th. Each month I would start my wellness checks, was I eating the right way for my body, yes. Was I now moving, yes. Was I taking care of my stress and balancing my life out as best I could?? Yes. And lastly, was I taking care of my self-care needs? Yes. When I began to realize that not everyone fighting invisible diseases had the kind of support that I did, I started working on this course for my friends.
It has now been one year since I started my yoga teacher journey, and I want to encourage you to do something that makes you feel “fierce” and strong. Please know that one of my favorite quotes is “It takes so much courage just to start.” And I hope you start working on yourself a little each day. If you are interested in learning more about my program, 4 Weeks to Wellness, which is currently under $50!! Click the linked word to find out more. You get lifetime membership for the introductory price even if I add more modules later!