Disclaimer: this blog is not about hurricane safety; however, in wake of recent events I hope you know to not ride out an actual hurricane. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who are facing the effects of storms in North Carolina and Florida.
Today, we revisit Steven’s previous blog, and discuss how to be channel resilience when riding out (metaphorical) storms in your life. Whether it be a breakup, a move, a job-loss, an unexpected death in the family; we all go through storms- sometimes it sprinkles, sometimes it rains, and sometimes it just straight down pours. Resilience is the ability to not just survive difficult situations, but also thrive and be stronger because of them.
Resilience, like wellness, is not constant, it is shaped by the stage of life we’re in or what we’re going through. Like a river, it ebbs and flows.
Recently through self-reflection, I haven’t been feeling like myself. I started a 9-5 job about a month ago and am not feeling fulfilled whatsoever. However, I knew that this was getting my foot in the door and I actively sought out the opportunities I wanted. Because I “rode out my storm” of dissatisfaction, I’m thrilled to announce I will start teaching group fitness classes next week! I haven’t taught in about two months. You’re probably aware I love teaching. No matter the subject, we are always students, there is always more we can learn.
Back to the subject at hand, I also don’t feel like my true self because my wedding is less than a month away now! Let me tell you, I am not the traditional bride. I HATE wedding planning. Weddings are time consuming, expensive, stressful, and there are so many event details and moving parts. In combination, these external life factors have taken a great toll on my happiness. However, I have chosen to believe in resilience, and the power of knowing there will be an end.
In the words of our girl Kelly Clarkson, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”
After you ride out your storm, the sun will shine.
Your friend in wellness,
Wild, Wild, Wild Thoughts
Did this title put Rihanna’s voice in your head (in case you didn’t get this reference)? There’s someone else’s voice I want you to hear: your own.
On a run earlier this week I was listening through Eric Thomas’ latest album and came across his concept of a two-word phrase that’s a powerful reminder to keep your dreams at the top of your mental: “wild thoughts.”
“I believe that some of us have gotten so caught up with school and work, you’ve forgotten what you can do as a human…” and “Maybe because you’re a human and you’ve gotten so accustomed to human, that maybe you don’t know what you’re capable of doing as a human.”
He likened the situation to the moment that you receive a new smartphone. When we upgrade phones, we’re (positively) dumbfounded at it’s speed, size, and the endless capabilities!
A human, just like you, dreamed thoughts wild enough to create that same smartphone. So, what are your wild thoughts?
Now, for all of this to be optimally impactful, I think it’s important for you to know who Eric Thomas is if you haven’t heard of him:
Take 30 seconds to read his Wikipedia Page: High school dropout and homeless, Thomas dreamed wild thoughts of a better life. Worked 12 years toward an undergrad degree, then a masters, Thomas is now a PhD recipient, known as “The Hip Hop Preacher” and is one of the most successful motivational speakers in the game today.
Peace, Love, and Wild Thoughts,
Beyond the 100:
Quote: “Do you know how many humans are dead before they die?” - ET
Spotify Track: Wild Thoughts by Eric Thomas: https://open.spotify.com/track/34euMPJ45XhArVmWfHvxAI?si=nvN9qYAhQnef1y2dSlXkfQ
Twitter Follow: https://twitter.com/ericthomasbtc
Who we are
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