Working it Out!

There are so many days that I have to drag myself off to the gym to workout with Mark, my super trainer from Before I get there I think of all the ways I could or should beg off working out that day. You know the standard excuses, I’m tired, I didn’t sleep, is this even working, I hate crunches, I wrote yesterday, I deserve a break, right?

Still more times than not I push myself to go workout and remind myself that I am doing a little each day, baby steps even, it’s just important that I DO IT! Though I love applause, and who doesn’t, discipline is about doing the work even when there is no one around to applaud or to see your blood, sweat and tears.

I often feel the same way about writing, photography, blogging or any other creative venture that I undertake, the same excuses rattle around in my head trying to deter me from pushing myself a bit more. It requires the same discipline to sit down and write, read, study, take photographs, upload photos, etc. to keep my creative muscles tuned and primed as it does for my to keep my body toned and strong. Nothing replaces the work.

I have to remind myself that it is the way I feel after I have embarked on my exercises both physical and creative that keeps me coming back for more, digging deeper and challenging myself a little bit more everyday. I derive a sense of accomplishment, confidence and pride in myself that I didn’t take the easy way out and I pushed myself to do what is absolutely the best thing for me.

It simply requires that I show up and put in the time and work. It doesn’t hurt when your trainer says, “look at the muscles in your legs, they are sick.”

Ok, a smattering of applause and praise for a job well done doesn’t hurt either.

4 Replies to “Working it Out!”

  1. Dear Nikki, I am so pleased you have stepped out on your Artists’ Promenade, writing with such clarity and understanding, finding and mining your own creative passions, while sharing and encouraging other artists. I loved reading your entries thus far, and look forward to following your journey and further discoveries along the way.
    With a Mother’s pride and love, always, Mom


    1. Dear Mom, thanks for the encouraging words it means a lot to me.
      The idea of sharing my creative passions with others came partly out of the many discussions we’ve had, so thank you for the insipration.
      I am looking forward to the journey and can’t wait for the discoveries ahead.
      I am delighted that you’re reading and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts and your own creative contiributions.
      With a daughter’s love and admiration, N


  2. Finding the motivation, or dare I say, the strength of character to move forward beyond all roadblocks, both those of our own making and the ones life throws our way, is ultimately about faith. The faith that says “this is the right way, walk in it”! The faith that knows that there is more to this life than feeling tired, bored, etc.

    Thanks for sharing your journey!


    1. You’re right Dominiquie, faith is the backbone needed to step out of your comfort zone.
      Fear saps us of the strength needed to fulfill our dreams and live our purpose.
      It’s also important to surround yourself with people who support your asprirations and encourage
      you to step out on faith. Thanks for doing that for me.

      Keep in touch and let me know how you use faith and creativity to reach out for your dreams.


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