{Joyous Holidays} Shape Your Legacy


Over Thanksgiving, my step-brother said we were immortal. We’re not kids anymore, so I wasn’t really sure where he was headed with superherothis notion. I know there was a time I thought I would live forever and could leap tall buildings in a single bound, but that isn’t today. Honestly, that hasn’t been for quite some time.

I guess the hush in the room was finally too much, and he explained that we are immortal because of our children. There was a bit of nervous laughter, and then we all told stories about how awesome our kids are!

After the turkey induced coma, I started thinking more about my “new found” immortality. What could I do as a mom so that my immortality was the way I wanted it. In other words, how could I shape my legacy?

I thought about my great-grandmother. She passed when she was 106. I am much younger right now. Though I have to admit, not as active as she was. I realized, I don’t know if I will live as long as she did. What I do know is her life, her stories, and her input shaped who I am today. I am her legacy. My memories of our time together still bring me tremendous of joy!

I want to shape my children, their children, and if I am lucky, my great-grandchildren.

I am in relatively good health. I could definitely be lots healthier. At this point, I just want to be able to keep up with my four year old on one of his “off” days. I’ve already taken some positive steps. We eat organic, natural, and local as much as possible.

Thank God for Farmer’s Markets! I never knew veggies could taste so good.

My biggest obstacle is lack of activity. My great-grandmother was not sedentary. And if I’m going to make it to see my grandchildren, I know this is an area I have to change!

I’ve been searching for an exercise I actually like doing. Walking is OK. For me it depends on my mood and the temperature (it gets really hot in Texas). I love water aerobics, but I really don’t want to drive out to a gym. I need something that would not take up a lot of travel time, and I could do at my level of fitness (or lack of fitness, really).

My answer came in a mastermind group a few months ago when I met Erin Stutland. In our side discussions, she got me thinking about exercise even more than before. After the Thanksgiving immortality realization, I knew it was time for me to at least check out her Shrink Sessions. A few other women in the group had raved about them. They told me the online videos were only 15 minutes long and truly an uplifting part of their day. When I went to Erin’s website to sign up, it so happens, starting today, December 2nd, she is doing a week of movement: Say It – Sweat It – Get It free Challenge. I’m all signed up. I know this is a good way to see if what Erin offers will work for me, too.

gingerbread cookiesNow you know one way I am going to bring more joy into my holidays now and in the future, by getting into better shape. I hope to be that crazy nana who decks the halls, bakes mountains of cookies, and still has the energy to play soccer with my grandchildren. That’s making joyous holiday memories. That’s the legacy I want to leave!


How do you plan on shaping your legacy? What do you need to start doing now to make that happen? I can’t wait to read all about it in the comments below!

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Have a peaceful, joyous, love-filled day!


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