Work, gym, play, weekday, weekend, Mondays or Saturdays...I've learned, it's all the same. It's what you make it. You want to think Mondays suck more than Fridays? That's relative. Ive untrained that type of thinking through the years. The infamous Al Golin said to me once when I was an intern, "I pity those that hate Mondays... do what you love where that doesn't matter." And the infamous comparison - corporate vs non corporate. Corporate is worse, right? That stereotype isn't always true. Reframe that thinking. There's something for everyone... somewhere. Find what excites you, find the fun in what you do, if it doesn't exist... create it. BE THE CHANGE. #sororitysquat
There are times when I just say, NAHHHH BOOO.......forget that. 👋🏽BUT THANK GOODNESS FOR good coaches, THO! Carsten's sessions are explosive, but I know he doesn't go easy on me. Small, big, man, woman... if he has trained me for it & if my body can endure it, there's no hollywood weights, no excuses. Having been raised with little to zero exposure to gender roles, I appreciate that I'm treated and trained the same way as any willing, dedicated and hard working human being in the gym. It's just training the mind that's the hardest part for me when it comes to lifting. BUT. IF this is what I can do towards the end of a session, this tells me I've got more to give next time. I just have to not stay at my comfort of single reps of 195. I NEED TO JUST LET IT ALL OUT. Let go of fear! // But, to my credit tho...(personal plug) right between these 195s, I just completed sets of warmup deadsx12, bench pressesx12, 30 bench leg raises. We hit the Keiser machines a couple of times and intense body squats on the power plate, split back squats and "bonus" regular back squats. So...next time:)
My other favorite niece :) My twin!!! @pentipa ///She just had a birthday and living her best life! Creative, curious, outspoken, and goes against the grain. 😋MAY YOU CONTINUE TO LIVE IN THE MOMENT, never settle, keep asking questions, be curious... and never live with regrets! You and @pintipa are a couple of great gals! @cats_army you done good!!!! 💕💕💥💥💥When I think about it... hate to admit it, but we all have traits like our mom/your grandma...WE ARE STRONG AF.
This was me exactly two years ago - on some mountain spending days on a back of motor bike crossing countrying around Vietnam. One of my many solitude trips. I didn't tell anyone exactly what I was up to... which in hindsight, probably wasn't the smartest idea :) Purpose was to go outside my comfort zone, go with the flow...get gritty....truth be told... THERE WERE A LOT OF TEARS. Terror and TEARS.
After a week of roughing it, I called Stan and said ...."Stan... hi.... I never told you but I've been in Vietnam....up and down mountains on a back of a motorcycle with just my bag tied to the back of the bike ..., met some French girl... "chased" by two snakes....and I've been wearing dirty clothes for a week...(tears tears)...also... I THINK I've been eating pork but I dunno... I think it's mystery meat....can you send a driver and book me & my friend a hotel for the rest of my stay???" Stan: "WAIT, WHERE ARE YOU?" Me: "in the middle of the forrest in Vietnam." TEARS. Stan: "Mananya... don't try to be someone you're not...what are you trying to prove and to WHOM? Come on now babe...you have EXTENSIONS... your extensions even have a name! (RIP Prita) OWN IT" I cried and said I wanted to prove to him, to myself, to my family that I could live with little like most of the world...ppl seemed happy with just the bare essentials. I had something to prove. I wanted people to know I'm not a privileged city chick. But, truth be told...within 24 hours, Stan made all the arrangements and sent my new friend, @leelzee, & I to more familiar grounds.
I'll never forget that trip. That's actually when I realized my reasoning for doing what I did was ALL WRONG. //// I'll leave you guys with this...💕💕Climb up a mountain so you can see the world...not so the world can see you. 💕💕Forget what people think... do things for yourself. Not for the gram, not for the likes. Do things for you... and at your pace. It's all relative.
This quote sums up my leadership style 100% and a nice correlation to my NASM journey. I took on the challenge not to change my career, but rather, give homage to all the trainers out there that's changing lives (impacting ppl on the emotional and mental capacity beyond the physical) - like the trainers I have or have had in recent years. I wanted to learn their craft. MAD RESPECT. Similarly, ON THE CORPORATE FRONT.... I BELIEVE IN KNOWLEDGE SHARING, I BELIEVE IN GOING OUTSIDE YOUR COMFORT ZONE, IN CHANGING THE STATUS QUO. I encourage my team members to BE CURIOUS & respect their colleagues' skills aka SUPER POWERS... not to dominate it, but LEARN IT. I tell them "even if it seems like it's of no use to you ... we must respect each other's craft & learn their language. That's how we make the work better." If we stay within our comfort zones and feel threatened by others, don't face our own vulnerability or potential failures, we will never be ONE TEAM. ONE SOCIETY. // So, today? I encourage you to go up to a friend, a colleague... and tell them you appreciate their craft - their expertise, their hobby - whatever it may be! Find time to sit down with them and learn more about what they do. THIS, my friends, is what human beings were meant to do. 💕
WHEN MY CIRCLE GOT SMALLER, MY VISION GOT CLEARER.💯/// The older I get, the less friends I make and intentionally, the less friends I keep. It's shocking really when I self analyze myself (which I do often) and evaluate my personal growth journey, my progress, downfall or evolution. I grew up as one of the "popular" kids, made friends easily, spent a lot of energy wanting to be liked and socially accepted -- which of course, naturally led me to being the same way during my adult years and into my professional life. Big network, accommodating to everyone... worried about perception. However, what Ive realized in recent years? Not worth it. Can't spread yourself too thin! I live by the velvet rope theory - something I learned a couple of years back and it's one of the north stars to mapping my social circle and social life. IM THE BOUNCER OF AN EXCLUSIVE CLUB (the mananya club) WHO WILL I LET IN the CLUB BEHIND THE VELVET ROPE? Think about that! Who gets all of you and your energy?? To the masses, I'm likely seen as a hermit these days - but as you can see by this pic, these are some of the folks I've let into my exclusive club. They don't see the hermit me:) You've gotta save your energy, folks! That shit is precious! BE A HARDASS BOUNCER OF YOUR EXCLUSIVE CLUB! Only VIPs should get through. // #lifecoaching#weaktowarrior#judahlifecoach