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By Jen Edney:

I went into the gym to do my workout for the day and at the end I was talking with one of my coaches. He was checking in on me to see how everything was going and I told him I was struggling to navigate everything emotionally and that coming into the gym today was ‘food for the soul.’

He said to me, “you are emptying your cup everyday and in order to continue to do that you need to fill yours. That's what we are here for, we are here to help you with that.” I teared up and gave him a hug because he was able to put into words what I could not, what I had been struggling with trying to figure out for the past few weeks. I understood now what I needed to do to be the best version of myself to continue to help others and be there for my family and friends.

I’ve been struggling the past month to navigate my emotions and feeling like I am living in a bubble that only a few can understand. I can’t unsee the images I’ve seen. I can’t forget the energy and the emotions I’ve felt. I’ve been living the floods everyday since I got the phone call from my parents. I’ve been living it with my family and with those that have allowed me into their lives to share their story and experiences with them. I dove so deep into feeling the need to help, to push and do all that I can, to soak it all in, making sure everyone around me was being taken care of, soaking up the time with my family, struggling with the desire to be two places at once and amongst all that I forgot one thing. I forgot to take care of Me.

It became clear to me that I needed to take some time to figure that out. What fills my cup? Retreating to my room, my personal space and having some time to myself. I don’t have that option at the moment so I had to figure out another way to satisfy that need. Spending time outside, with nature is a must and spending time with my dogs, taking them our for a walk or bike ride. I’ve been able to do now that we have them back. Swimming, I love to swim so needed to get back into the pool. I needed to focus on the things I can control when there is so much that I can’t. My fitness and nutritional goals are something I can completely control so I decided to set some daily goals and just take it one day at a time. Inspired by a friend’s recent journey and my twin brother’s recent success I decided to give myself a 60 Day Project that will help my discipline and accountability. #

#ProjectGIJen is what I named it.

Travel has been one of the main culprits in my lack of consistency in achieving these goals so I decided I wasn’t going to let it get in the way this time and made the time to meal prep so I could remain in control and keep the momentum going in the right direction. For me, it’s about the little victories. One day at a time, achieving tho goals set out for the day. 

Today is Day 7 #ProjectGIJen. My coaches are working with me daily no matter where I am at, I know I have their support, their guidance and push when I need it. That’s what families do. It’s so much more the a physical journey with them.

Take some time today to think about what fills your cup and remember to take care of yourself, you can’t fill from an empty cup.

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Mike Brownfield