When I started offering formal coaching services, I was stunned by the first official client that came through my website. It was someone I already admired and respected tremendously. I'd seen her leadership in action. I'd heard her speak and knew she was changing lives in a positive way. I was terrified. I didn't know what I could possibly offer her. Somehow, I quieted that screaming voice in my mind and moved forward with the coaching framework I'd developed over the years in working with employees and colleagues informally. I'm so thankful I did. Because it led to one of the best friendships of my life. Over the years, I've realized that we continuously coach each other. I'm a systems gal and can help her in those areas. And I learn from her tremendous communication skills and grass roots leadership. In fact, when I read Proverbs 27:17 this morning, I thought, "Yep, that's Alene!"
We want to be a healthy example for our families. We want to live longer and feel better. We want to avoid taking pills to get through the day. But we don't know where to start. I know because I was there. A month before my 30th birthday, I felt like I was closer to 80. My joints hurt. I had constant headaches and stomach problems. I barely had enough energy to get through the day, and stress was taking its toll. On May 7, 2009, I decided that had to change. Since then, I've spent hundreds of hours researching our bodies and how modern life affects us. I've experimented with different approaches and closely tracked the results. I've assisted friends and family with making similar changes and watched their transformations as well. I know it can be better. I've lived it, and I've seen it. And I firmly believe you can have it too.
I discovered Brett Kelly in the summer of 2010 through a mutual love of Evernote. I'd played with the service and realized I was only scratching the surface of its potential. A quick Google search turned up his recently released ebook, Evernote Essentials. I bought it immediately and felt my memory and organizational capacity expand overnight. At the time, I was part of business project making an early attempt at online learning. Knowing what a difference Evernote and his guide had made in my life, I cold-emailed Brett to ask if we could use his guide as the foundation for a new course for our students. He agreed immediately and even shared our course with his network - which was significantly larger than ours. Over the years, we kept in touch through Twitter and met in person at the first World Domination Summit in July 2011. There, I learned that we also shared a common faith and affinity for tattoos. But it wasn't until I read Chris Guillebeau's $100 Startup that I knew the full story. After several stressful years of working opposite schedules with his wife to make ends meet, Brett had the idea for his ebook and worked for months to make it "exactly right." Right before the guide went on sale, Brett and Joana made a pact. If it sold at least $10,000 worth of copies, she could quit her job and be able to stay home with their kids full-time. Eleven days later . . .
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) sounds like something for astronauts. But it's designed for regular people just like me and you. (Astronauts can use it too.) In a nutshell, HIIT workouts pack a lot of benefits in a short amount of time. If you're anything like me, you struggle to find time to exercise. Between work commitments, raising kids, and other projects, personal time is often the first place we cut. Even if we know better. We've got to stop doing that. It's the worst kind of short term thinking, and it harms us and those we love.
I'll bet each of us spend most of our days doing the exact same thing - sitting. We sit to commute. We sit at our desks. We sit to relax at the end of the day. And it's literally killing us. Study after study has documented the results, and more time at the gym probably won't help either. Thankfully, there are some simple things you can do.
I'll get right to the point. For one reader, I'll buy your groceries for the month of October - up to $800. There's no catches, fine print, or series of hoops to jump through. For four weeks, I'll reimburse your grocery receipts up to $200. I'll also provide personalized meal plans and weekly coaching. Here's the deal: Too many of us are sick and unhealthy, and it breaks my heart. Just over three years ago, I was there too. My clothes were always too small. I had headaches every afternoon. My digestive system was a mess. Nearly every day, I took some sort of pill to feel better. I never had enough energy to do the things I wanted. Today, I know it doesn't have to be that way - for me or for you.
When I first met Nan Palmero a few years ago, he was helping to launch a new app by literally hosting foursquare games on the sidewalk. We had a blast reliving our playground days that weekend, and now we compete to be "mayor" of Bay Area Fellowship on that same app. I follow his blog to keep up with his latest adventures, whether it's a Chevy Mancation, meeting General Colin Powell, learning to be Wild at Heart at a bootcamp in Hawaii, running marathons, or speaking at his beloved Blackberry conferences. I know it'll always be inspiring.
Let’s start with a phone call that changed my life. “Kendra, I just want to thank you,” she began. “I was so anxious when you had your retreat here in December and wanted those special recipes. I had no idea how to cook them, but we’ve been eating that way ever since, and it’s literally saved my life.” I had no idea how to respond to that. She kept going, “I just got back from my doctor’s office, and he was downright giddy. He shook my hand and told me that he’d never seen results like this before.” The caller was my Mom’s best friend, Vickie. Three months had passed since I’d hosted a planning retreat at her bed and breakfast. I’d asked her to prepare specific recipes for the group. I knew she was amazing in the kitchen, and it never occurred to me that this would be stressful for her. I never saw her sweat, and every dish she prepared was as delicious as I’d imagined. But no one else seemed to take particular interest in their selection, and I’d almost forgotten about our experiment. She hadn’t. Vickie and her husband Marshall have been eating “paleo” ever since. In just a few months, she’d lost over 20 pounds. That wasn’t even the best part.