that little extra

that little extra

Not long ago, something wild took over me while sounding-off in SPIN class. As if those poor souls weren’t already screaming in their heads for me to shut up, I started barking:

It doesn’t have to be pretty, just keep moving!
One. Pedal. At. A. Time!
We’re all in this together!
You didn’t get here this early for nothin’!
Drive! Drive! Drive!
Move! Move! Move!

I went all out Denzel-Remember the Titans.
I recomposed because *clears throat* I am a Professional. Duh.
Nevertheless, my mind howled with embarrassment.
You Weirdo!! These folks came to sweat! They aren’t here for a life-coaching session. Lock it UP.
Admittedly, I gave them way more than they bargained for and I was a tad blue from letting myself go so next level.

Typically after a class, people just pant out the door with a faint thanks and most don’t even make eye contact.
This time, however, I was thanked and hugged more than ever before! They genuinely and thoroughly enjoyed my next level crazy! Their excitement quickly replaced any self-conscious angst my brain was dangling in front of me.

It was a small, yet remarkably liberating moment that taught me the value of “that little extra” we’re all seeking to find. It’s rare these days because, let’s be honest, it’s (definitely) a “give” before you “get” kinda thing.

All that to lead to this:
I admit that (so far) this year hasn’t unfolded exactly the way I wanted. Begrudgingly, I’ve been fighting through the “season of waiting” funk. (The Big Guy really has me workin’ on my patience game). But, I’m learning to embrace the growth that comes along with these little moments of clarity, even the embarrassing Denzel ones!

Because of that one (tiny) moment of vulnerability, I’ve learned so much more about people I’ve known forever - my family, my closest friends, and even myself.
All because I decided to give a little extra time, to put more effort into being present, to not care what others might think, and to begin (real) conversations.
Conversations that reveal truth, discourage shame, enlighten minds, swell hearts and create relationships stronger than ever imagined.

My friends, last year might not have been “your year” like you thought. This one might be off to a slow start.
I feel ya. Deep.
Life is WILD, it’s messy, and it’s constantly changing.
(This post, for example, wasn’t intended to be a cheesy Pinterest-pump up jam, but, now it is. So be it).
My intention is to encourage you half-way through this year to stay focused, too keep listening, to keep believing, and to keep engaging with those around you.

A lot can happen in one year and it’s not over yet!
So starting now, let’s DO MORE than we’ve ever done before, because what the world needs right now is that little extra! We need real folks like you, who aren’t afraid to be bold, show up, and be (truly) seen.
THERE ARE ZERO LIMITS IN THIS LIFE!
So, GO:

LIVE MORE.
DREAM MORE.
GIVE MORE.
BELIEVE MORE.
SING MORE.
LAUGH MORE.
TRY MORE.
BREATHE MORE.
DANCE MORE
BE YOU MORE.
FIGHT FOR IT MORE.
BE PRESENT MORE.
LOVE
MORE.

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In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take, the relationships we were afraid to have and the decisions we waited too long to make. – Author Unknown

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