M.M. Coffee: Who’s Your Mentor?

Good morning and happy Monday everyone!

Sorry I’m late getting this to you, I had the brilliant idea of going somewhere else to do my Monday work and the first two places I went didn’t have wifi! who doesn’t have wifi anymore?! anyway, different subject, to get on with what I’ll be having you think about today….

As many of you know I am beginning my fitness model program this month with the first main day being today. I was doing a pre-phase to help ease myself off sugar. (which I failed miserably at by the way) I decided there was no way I could do this beast on my own so I set out and found a coach. She has been in the industry for nine years and as soon as I met her I knew she was going to be my coach. I received my first instructions yesterday and oh man, she has me counting ounces and gave me my exact grocery list. Not only that but she gave me my workouts for the next month.

Now, I have been an athlete all my life and a trainer for over four years…I’ve never had this big of a disciplined nutrition and fitness program before. Ever. So when I say this is going to be a tough beast, as I’m eating broccoli with a TBSP of coconut oil this morning and two whole eggs, I’ve already thought about caving. Hence the reason I have a coach.

My coach is having me check-in every night via email and weekly check-ins via phone. If I didn’t have Sharon as a coach, I’d be doing the pre phase the whole time and still eating sugar on the weekends. Coaches are ESSENTIAL in life. Notice I said LIFE and not fitness modeling. Coaches and mentors help you with the hard stuff, the staying on track stuff. If you have a goal or a dream it is crucial to success you get someone to guide you; someone who has already done what you want to do. They have an inside intellect in what you need to do and as they say “Iron sharpens iron.”

Coaches and mentors ask you the questions to make you think outside the box. They don’t tell you what to think, they just ask the right questions to get you thinking. I currently have four mentors/coaches for different aspects of my life and I can honestly say I wouldn’t be where I am today if I didn’t have them to lean on, having them push me and my barriers.

So I ask you today: Who are your mentors and coaches in life? Do you have any? If you don’t, I would highly suggest finding one, or two, or five. Heck, they don’t even have to know they’re your mentor! I consider Robin Sharma my inspiration mentor and I’ve never met the guy! I read all his books and get his weekly emails. Those alone help inspire me to think outside the box. You see, getting a mentor is simply allowing someone you look up to to feed your mind with the good stuff and get you thinking, then push you to act on your life goals.

 

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Carpe Diem

 

 

 


Happiness: The Never Ending Journey

I used to think if I had the body I dreamed of or that shiny new sports car with the million dollars to match I would be happy. I also thought if I had prince charming to rescue me on his white horse my life would be complete. If all this happened then I would be happy.

Then one day it occurred to me… If I did have the million dollars, would I still want the sports car? If Prince charming did come marching in…then what? what about the next 40 years being with him? So I got the body…how does my heart feel?

If you learn nothing else today, learn this. Happiness is not a destination, it is a state of mind. It’s a place inside you where you can go when the world is stormy. Whether you’re with your soul mate, driving that car, or homeless on the street; you are still with YOU the rest of your life. Regardless of what other people think or say about you, you have a journey to walk out, you have a life to live. That life reflects how you feel and see yourself inside. Make sure to find happiness within yourself while you travel, or life is going to be a bumpy road.

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*Carpe Diem*


Monday Morning: Are You Authentic?

It’s a little gloomy here in Southern California this morning which oddly enough is my favorite type of weather for writing and reflection. If it’s sunny out you feel like you are missing out on something great, the calm grey clouds allows me to sit and reflect with comfort. Reflection always brings up a very simple yet profound question. One that, surprisingly, a lot of people tend to steer clear of. I ask you today to ask yourself one simple question and to really dig deep on it, answer it truthfully.

Are you living your most authentic life? 

Authentic in the dictionary means “not false or copied; genuine; real” so what I’m asking you is are you living a life that is true to you? Do you feel fulfilled and passionate about your work, relationships, where you live? These are all things that relate to your well being. Your well being relates to how you influence the world. Even if you are doing what you love it is always good to go back, reflect on where you are today, and evaluate where you are going. It’s a great way to stay on target and make sure you are headed in the right direction.

CHALLENGE: I challenge you to sit still today and reflect on your life… all aspects of it.

  • How do you relate to your current positions in life? 
  • What relationships are hurting you? Which are uplifting you?
  • Are there pieces of your life missing? If so, how are you going to fix it?
  • Are you passionate about what you are doing in work? Does it give you purpose?
  • How are you contributing to the world?

If you know there are missing pieces or you are unhappy with certain parts of your life and need further assistance, I recommend a book from an inspirational mentor of mine. The authors name is Robin Sharma. All of his books are phenomenal really but one in particular for you to read is The Secret Letters from The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. This book is a great read for anyone, especially if you’re feeling a little lost.

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Carpe Diem


Hats Off to You

As I walked into my local Starbucks this morning I immediately noticed the line almost out the door and the three baristas behind the counter. From experience I know this means they are slammed and maybe even a little behind on their chores due to the flux of customers arriving. While in line I noticed a basket of dried fruit that had fallen earlier and without any hesitation I picked it up and fixed it neatly onto the table above.  Once I received my ice coffee and moved to the condiment counter I noticed there were no napkins and the space was messy. I went to go fill the napkin holders (they always keep extras in the cabinet beneath it) when a new barista came out to fill it herself. After she filled the napkins I cleaned off the counter of the drip coffee and spilled spices, fixed the holders so they looked neat, and faced the labels forward for everyone to see clearly.

Why did I do this? I have not worked for Starbucks for over 7 years. It was not my job to clean the condiment station or fix the basket of fruit. The reason however, is because I feel a connection with the company. Even though I no longer work for them I still feel a pride in the brand and have respect for them as a whole. I have worked for many companies in my life and Starbucks was one of my favorite corporations to work for. They gave employees perks (even the part-timers) and always gave us benefits like tips, free pounds of coffee, and stocks. I believe in their brand and so keep it in me to take care of Starbucks just like Starbucks took care of me.

When building a business or building your life it is important to realize the affect you will have on the world around you and how they will react to you. Some big name companies have it right. You gain respect from the bottom up, not the other way around. Disney is another company that holds this true. The CEO of disney, from Walt Disney himself to now, still walks around the park and picks up trash. 

Everyone has a part, no one is too good for any job. Whether its saying hi to a random stranger or picking up trash at a park, we all have an influence, we all make a difference. Keep this in mind next time you are being impatient in line or see a piece of trash on the sidewalk outside.


Just a Thought

Do you ever think about things you really WANT to do but then get discouraged because of the time it’ll take to get there? for example the thought: “awe I’d love to get into shape but the magazines are saying it’ll take like 3 MONTHS to even notice a difference! That’s a long time!”

 

Let me ask you a question… What else are you going to be doing for the next 3 months? eating poorly and getting even more over weight? the time is going to pass anyway, why not start it now? This mindset goes deeper than just working out too, it involves your dreams. Your deepest, childlike dreams you have always wanted to do. Maybe that is a fitness goal; one of mine is as I’m explaining weekly. Maybe it’s a career path, a destination spot, maybe its a lifestyle. Whatever it is, the time is passing anyway. You have the rest of your life to do whatever it is you want to get done…

WHY NOT START TODAY?

 

*Carpe Diem*

 


Monday Morning Thoughts Over Coffee: My journey and Its Obstacles

Hey everyone! Checking in and giving you an update of my Fitness competition journey so far. I’m only a week in (the hard stuff hasn’t even started yet) and there are a few hurdles to jump. Good thing jumping is good for you!

Nutrition and training wise I have been disciplined. I eat oatmeal for most mornings and stick to mainly veggies and proteins. I do eat brown rice for lunch with chicken a lot but working on minimizing the sugar intake, including fruit. I had a party on Thursday that I drank sparkling water at, no alcohol. I did have a drink for the holiday and cheated with Sushi last night. Otherwise, nutrition is pretty good.

Obstacle 1: I found out the show I was going to do in LA on October 18th is the same day as my boyfriends cousins wedding so that day is now out. The next shows are either November 8th in Rhode Island (Brr) or November 15th in Miami (obvious choice). I’m no millionaire so I’m working out a plan to get enough funds saved up to go to that show for WBFF. So if you see me at a gas station trying to wash your car please stop by haha… seriously though. It’s either that or I do the NPC show in December in LA.

Obstacle 2: Apparently I’m finding out the NPC and WBFF are big rivals and I need to pick one or the other if I want to continue doing this in the future. I am in no way committing myself to that but there is always an option and I don’t like burning bridges unless I have to so..Which do I choose? I don’t even now the major differences! I’m leaning more toward WBFF. I’ll keep you posted.

Obstacle 3: I like to eat, and I need to fuel myself a lot during the day as it is (about 6 times with a mix of carbs, proteins, fruits, and veggies). A (I’ll call her a mentor) of mine was telling me her eating schedule for her competition and she only eats a 1/4 cup of dry oats in the morning and 4 ounces of sweet potatoes at night. Everything else is lean proteins and veggies… that’s not a lot… I’m going to be hungry ALL the time…yikes!

There are my obstacles so far, and I know it’s just the beginning. Knowing that anything worth doing is not going to be easy helps with the journey and I know this is not going to be any easy task. Stay strong and do well. I’m giving it my best shot, that’s all I can do. I’ll keep you updated, please keep me updated on your progress as well!


How a Single Amazing Book Inspires Movement

 

You know those days where your mind goes on zoom mode and you start to think about all the possibilities you have in life? For me, today has been just that. I heard of a company called TOMS shoes awhile back and I just had the privilege of reading the creator Blake Mycoskie’s book Start Something That Matters. If you have never read it please pick it up at the local bookstore or library today, it’s a must read. The book is about his vision for the future and how there are endless ways to help the world around us. He sincerely believes everyone was made to help change the world, as do I.

With this idea and his words fresh in my mind I’m unable to help but think forward as well. Of all the things I would like to have a helping hand in. If you truly think about it, this idea for a better future is not only in my hands but in your hands as well. It is in all of our hands, the way our world is going to move and benefit is directly related to yours and my thoughts and actions today. We are the future, and everything we do now will have a lasting impression on tomorrow.

I know what you’re thinking, what can one person do? This is a major thought, even in my mind. There is a poem that comes to mind when I think this however, it is this:

 

What will your contribution be? Be it small or big, it can be either. Your contribution can be one movement or several, remember this is your life and your legacy after all, there are no rules. I will begin mine small.

As most of you know I run a small business out of Orange County California teaching bootcamps and fitness/health classes to help other live a stronger, healthier life. Every last Saturday of the month we run an open bootcamp at a park for the community. Starting this month we are making it a donation based class where all the money donated will go to a charity of the month. This is my beginning, but in no way is it the end. Remember, the scariest part is taking that first step. That first step is also the most important.

 

Where are you going to start?

 

 

*Thank you Blake for the push. Carpe Diem*


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