Superstars … all of us! Seriously, we are ALL shining stars. WAKE UP YOU ROCKSTAR, YOU!!! As I sit here and watch the world pass by through a coffee shop window, life drifts aimlessly. People drift aimlessly. I honestly have to hold myself back from getting up out of my cozy seat, marching straight out the door into the bitter cold and up to people to ask who pissed in their cornflakes this morning. SMILE, people!
Really, gang. Get over yourselves. YOU. ARE. ALIVE. And if you’re reading this you have eyes that see! And if you’re somehow listening to this, you have ears that hear! And if you are doing neither, yet are still getting this message through to you in some other way that I can’t imagine right now, you have a brain that functions!
I have a little “happy life-hack” that I do each morning when I wake up. It takes me literally two seconds … when my right foot hits the cold hardwood floor beside my bed, I say “thank” and when the left foot hits, “you!” THANK. YOU. Thank you Universe! I woke up! I’m alive! I have a bed to get out of! I have a warm pup by my side! I have clean water to shower and brush my teeth with! I have clean air to breathe! There is always, always, always SOMEthing to be thankful for, even if it’s just the smile of a stranger, or the sun on your face. Always.
The choice is yours to love this life, or to be miserable and hate it. Think I’m being harsh? Bullshit. And you know it. You can turn your mood, your day … hell, your entire LIFE around on a dime, if you choose. But there’s a catch. You must DECIDE to let light in … to be happy … to be JOYFUL
God forbid we have to make a conscious decision once in a while (I seriously have zero tolerance for indecisive people, but that’s a rant for another day). God forbid we take the blinders off and take in the world around us instead of being so trapped in our own heads. God forbid we shut up the inner-critics within and step forward into the beauty of our lives.
For some, this may be a radical concept. This whole “choose your own life” thing might sound kinda airy fairy, right? But honestly, what do you have to lose? Look at where not making conscious decisions has gotten you thus far … and maybe it’s not so bad where you stand right now, but can you imagine how much more magnificent your life might be, if you actually put a little effort into it? No joke, it’s as easy as ordering from a menu. You can just place your order with The Universe and stand back to watch it unfold. No, really! Although … this does come with a warning: “Be careful what you wish for, cuz you just might get it!” (Did anyone else sing that with me?! I even danced it a little in my head!)
The caveat is that you have to actually BELIEVE that this will work, to make it work. You must have faith. Should you choose to live in fear over faith, I can assure you that what you fear will come your way. The good news is that our positive thoughts, those faith-filled ones, are far more powerful and carry much more weight than any negative thought that may form (phew!). So, which do you choose? Do you choose to live in fear or in faith? Fear is just faith flipped upside-down, ya know. You just gotta put your “thing down flip it and reverse it!” (C’mon, you totally sang that one!) Seriously though, it may seem overly simplified, but it really just comes down to thought, word, and deed … easy peasy.
Lose yourself in the thoughts of your ideal life … what does it look like, where are you, and what does it feel like to be that version of you? Don’t hold back … really FEEL IT! Then, speak the words aloud … affirm to yourself and to others … share your intentions … heck, scream ‘em from the rooftops! And finally, take action! You didn’t honestly think you got to just sit on your ass and have your ultimate life handed to you on a silver platter, did you? Yep, you gotta work for that shit! Really, that’s all it takes. Like I said, there’s a shining star in all of us. You could be a SUPERNOVA, if you’ll only let your light shine.
Joy Perugini is an Writer, Speaker, Runner, Dancer, Yogini and Health & Happiness Coach, but above all else, she is an Entrepreneur. She finds her passion in helping others live their DREAM LIVES in their DREAM BODIES. Her twenty-four years of diverse experience in the health and fitness industry include establishments throughout the continental United States and Hawaii. Her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science with a concentration in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, provides a strong knowledge-base to her work. Joy started as a student athletic trainer at Eastern College in Pennsylvania and interned at a physical therapy center treating sports related injuries. During a two-year residency on Maui, Hawaii, Joy served as the Lead Fitness Trainer at the Grand Wailea Resort and Spa, rated the #1 Resort Spa in the World by Conde Nast Magazine. Joy’s tenure there increased her knowledge of the spa industry and importance of customer care. Joy was born and raised in West Hartford, CT and returned there as an in-home personal trainer, helping many clients achieve their wellness goals. She later managed a health and fitness center for a major international corporation based in Hartford, CT. Feeding her entrepreneurial spirit, Joy opened a boutique group exercise and personal training studio located in Plainville, CT, in June 2006. The studio offered customized training to individuals of all fitness levels and abilities, and housed a distinctively friendly atmosphere in an industry known to intimidate many. While still running the day to day activities at the studio, in 2014 Joy decided to expand her reach and spread her love of life, fitness, health and wellness far and wide by forming her web-based company, JoyFit Nation, LLC. Today, Joy spreads insight, motivation and inspiration by sharing her message online and in person via her signature programs, retreats, workshops and private mentoring, looking to provide "fitspiration for a happy nation" and quite possibly the world.