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What I’m realizing though is it wasn’t a resounding YES. To link over to another philosophic rabbit hole, I am trying to teach my 8-year-old daughter even more about consent. At 8, she already tells me she sometimes makes bad choices with a friend (i.e. crossing the street together without a parent, not paying attention in class) because her friend “really wanted her to.” It leads to a lot of great conversations that I want in her head a 1000 times before her teen years. I tell her if it is not an Shelly Coffman enthusiastic YES, then it’s a NO. I realized in a benign conversation about Amazon, that I need to take more opportunities to say no too, to turn down things, activities, and commitments that don’t enhance my life, and, in this beautiful, barely post-Columbian place, it was wonderful to reflect and engage the space for adventure and learning and quiet, all things I welcome more of. My wish for you is that you take a peaceful few minutes to reflect — what brings a resounding YES for you? How can you make space for that, and let the rest fall to the back of the line?
For my 50th birthday, I traveled to Havana, Cuba. One, I wanted to go somewhere I’ve never been and have always been intrigued by, and two, it was actually relatively affordable to go. We arrived in Havana by boat, and the moment we stepped out to cross the main drag, it was like stepping back in time. Old Havana is full of cobblestone streets, magnificent squares, classic cars, and friendly people. The visit exceeded my expectations by a long shot, and my husband is already trying to plan a trip back. Among the many things that struck me about Cuba (and I wish I had read more before I got there), was a conversation with an immigration official on my third time off the ship, shuttling the tired and hungry kid back and forth. This last time, I was carrying my Yeti knock-off mug full of ice water. He asked me where I got it, and I matter-of-factly said “Amazon,” then immediately thought, “Does he even know what Amazon is?” Something I take so for granted, and pervasive in my life was not accessible to this gentleman. My husband then said, “It’ll get here, you guys will get Amazon some day.” And the next words out of his mouth made me smile. “I don’t want Amazon. What am I going to do with Amazon? I don’t need that in my life.” And I thought about how right he is. Getting in the meat of the day-to-day, it’s easy to get distracted by “shiny objects”— things that we feel that we need, or are really useful wants. Taking the time to step back and take a fresh view and inventory what is truly important and valuable in our lives is a step that is often overlooked. Do I love my knock-off Yeti mug? Sort of.
Let’s face it: Maintaining your fitness this time of year is difficult. Even if you have kept up on your diet and workout habits during the spring and summer months, once the first leaf falls to the ground, even the idea of going to the gym seems strenuous. Why does this happen? All signs point to colder weather and bigger meals. In addition to the temperature drop that occurs during the fall and winter months, the number of daylight hours drops as well. You go from having up to 13 hours of daylight to only 9 by the end of November. This reduction leaves many avid runners with less time to get that jog in after work. In addition to this colder and darker weather, the emphasis on food this time of year also causes people to fall off the fitness wagon. Between scooping a third helping of Thanksgiving dinner and eating candy canes while decorating the Christmas tree, the choice to indulge during holiday meals leads many to toss aside portion control. 3 F itness T rends T hat C an W ithstand the H oliday S eason
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