I’m sort of obsessed with the Jillian Michaels podcast. Most of it doesn’t even talk about fitness — a lot of it is about Jillian’s life experience and her dealings with people and the lessons she’s learned emotionally. My life and your life are very different from this celebrity trainer, but she’s still really real and vulnerable, and it’s like free therapy in my ear that makes my therapist’s vacation seem a lot shorter.
Yesterday on my run*, I listened to a recent episode called “Jill Finds the Zen.” My BFF Jill talked about how despite a lot of drama she’s experienced this year, she’s learned to let a lot of it go and accept it and find the zen. She talked about a man who said his perfect day — one day — would involve a few hours of work, an hour at the gym, plenty of sexy time with his wife and hanging out with his son. “Why wait?” Jillian challenged. The man left work early one day to spend some extra time with his son, and the son said it was the best day of his life.
We can wait until we’re on vacation or we retire to have a perfect day, or we can bring elements of that perfect day into our everyday for those moments that matter.
This morning, I was working from home. I love my coworkers and sometimes get lonely working all day alone in my apartment, so working from home isn’t always exciting to me. But today, I decided I’d make it feel like a luxury.
I chose to save my workout for lunchtime since I didn’t have to waste time showering before work and lounged around for a bit and made a ginormous mug of coffee before diving into the day.
I put on a cozy pair of snowflake jammies, lit a candle and decided to enjoy the rare moment I got to work in the quiet of my own apartment during the day with my little dog by my side, rocking out to some music.
My life is far from perfect, and there were definitely other things I was preoccupied about, but for part of today, I put that aside and made this the best damn work from home day I could.
What are the moments that matter to you? How do you celebrate the small things?
*I started training for the RNR DC Half yesterday! I’m so excited to be back on a training plan and will be sharing more about my running soon! as my training progresses!