I never imagined I could smile throughout reading for my Criminal Procedures class, but this is better than I ever dreamed. When I got home from my interview with the new director of Lifting Lives, at ACM, I went on my computer to email her, thanking her for meeting with me; and low and behold, there was already an email from the internship coordinator in my inbox, congratulating and welcoming me to the team. I can’t even describe how thrilled I was—my face hurts because I’ve been smiling so big for the past 3½ hours.
So, how did I get here this time? Simple—patience and persistence. Their application deadline was November 1, 2011. A few days after that deadline, I heard back from them, asking me to do a preliminary phone interview. Then a few days after that, I received an email that my interview would be postponed while they hired a new director for Lifting Lives. I periodically checked in with them, as it ended up taking longer than expected, but I never gave up. I wanted this badly. I hadn’t wanted anything this badly since…well, since last year around this time when I started figuring out how I was going to get my California sun-kissed tushkus to Nashville. When the new semester started, I was a little nervous that I still had not settled on an internship, and was essentially depending on this one to pull through for me, but I was patient. Like I said, I wanted it badly. That’s the only time I’m ever patient, is when I really want something. Now, I cannot wait to get started on doing great things, connecting music with causes—a great gift in itself.
Patience and persistence is important for any goal, and is also applicable to your fitness and health goals. The thing is, we’re only human. The thing is, we’re incredibly human! Our bodies are all different, and the way they change and adjust to different things is different for everyone. One thing I’ve learned while on my own fitness and health journey, is that the scale doesn’t tell you the entire truth about you, your health, and your body. What matters is your body fat percentage. What matters is the energy you feel. Don’t limit your focus to the number on the scale–pay attention to everything going on with you.
Don’t give up because the number on the scale goes up, or doesn’t tell you what you want it to tell you. That doesn’t necessarily mean what you think it means. It may be just the muscle you’ve added (or lost if the number on the scale goes down). Sometimes gaining weight may just be your body’s initial reaction to a new workout program–the “protect and defend” reaction of your body. No matter what, with patience and persistence, you will get yourself to the beautiful you you deserve and desire—both inside and out.
Patience and persistence—just keep on keepin’ on! I know you can do it . Don’t forget to be magnificent!
BIG LOVE & BIG HUGS!