Oola Challenge Day 1: Fitness

Here’s an excerpt of the challenge from the Oola Guys:

Challenge 1: Fitness

It’s easy to point out what we love about how other people look. We notice how fit, strong, and good-looking they are. Social media, magazines, and TV bombard us with ideas of what our bodies should look like and what diet we should be on. It’s easy to get caught up in society’s idea that physical appearance dictates beauty. With all these influences, it’s easy to compare our bodies to the “perfect” things we see in society. Today, we want you to find the beauty in you.

Today’s #OolaYLChallenge is to think of three things you love about your body.

This is always tough for me….but I guess that’s why it’s so important, right? Here are three things I love about my body:
1) It was strong and adaptable enough to conceive, carry and sustain my two precious children
2) It has allowed me to achieve a lot of goals in life and to reach literal and figurative peaks I’d only imagined
3) It was uniquely, beautifully and wonderfully purpose built by God to bring me joy- from my curvy bottom to my hazel eyes and from my tiny feet to my curly hair. Everything else is mine for the shaping!

After deciding my 3 things, I rubbed 2 drops of Fitness between my palms, inhaled deeply and said “I am fit, healthy, disciplined and strong”…know what? I believed it.

I may not have the body I want but I am so grateful I have the body I need. Time to get serious though. I turn 40 this year (in a few weeks actually) and I want 40 to be my healthiest ever. So, here we go…

The Oola Challenge

The inspiration for this blog came from a 21-day challenge I completed in May 2016 known as the Oola Life Young Living Challenge.

What the heck is Oola? Well, I’m glad you asked…

“Oola is that state of awesomeness when your life is balanced and growing in the 7 Fs of Oola.”

There is an Oola companion book (available on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Oola) and this year they’ve released a new version specifically for women.  The premise is that to live a life ” in balance” (a concept I’ve come to realize is a myth), you have to constantly reprioritize and tweak your seven Fs of Oola.

Want to learn more right from the source…check out this YL Podcast with the OolaGuys. Listen in as they share with us their tips to finding balance and growth in the seven key areas of life: the 7 F’s of Oola: Fitness, Finance, Family, Field, Faith, Friends, and Fun.

I’ve included my current OolaWheel result in this post. If you’d like to join me on this journey and need some help identifying your own starting point for this journey, go here to take a quick little test:

“When all 5 senses are working together for your #OolaLife, you become fearless, transcend guilt, release anger, gain victory over self-sabotage, overcome laziness, transform envy, and refocus.” These things are known as the Oola Blockers and part of how we overcome these obstacles on the path to Oola is by embracing the Oola Accelerators for Love, Gratitude, Humility, Discipline, Integrity, Passion and Wisdom.

I mean….who doesn’t want some of that, right?

This challenge was really eye opening to me in 2016….but I had a hard time “staying the course”…so, I decided to do the challenge again in July 2017 along with my Young Living team for added accountability and for that extra push…I’m sharing this journey with all of you  ready for Day 1?


Getting Started

So, here we are. More than a year after I made the decision to start a blog. And…this is the first post. 😳 You ‘might’ say I’m a bit of a procrastinator and a perfectionist. The combination is well….a vicious cycle. Alas, I’m finally doing it because I’ve realized 1) it’s going to always be a work in progress (just like me) and 2) if I don’t just pull the trigger, it may never happen.

So, a little about me. I’m an Army helicopter pilot (just over 18 years) married to another Army aviator (Andrew) and we are raising two little spitfires (Casey is 3 and Anna is 1)  just outside Kansas City (^this is us celebrating the 4th of July in Pueblo, CO earlier this week).

We just returned from a 3 week RV Trip (proof of concept for our post-military retirement plan…more on that in a future post) and the house is a disaster area of unloading and reorganizing. I mentioned I was a procrastinator, right? So, one of my primary modes of procrastination….avoid work that needs to be done by doing other work I’ve been putting off. Lol. Perfect time to start a blog, right? 😜

Anyway, I’m a Jesus-loving (though church struggling), overworked and underorganized mom of two rambunctious littles, with a tirelessly patient husband working my way towards military retirement while trying to find a “better way” to be present for my family, to meet their needs with my time and energy while minimizing our exposure to all the “gunk” in our environment (processed foods, toxic chemicals in everyday products, violence, racism, and on and on). One way I’ve found to do this is with Young Living Essential Oils. I’m able to replace everyday, toxin laden products with natural alternatives, reconnect with myself and my passions (outside of wife, mother and Soldier) and I’m even bringing in enough side income now to realize this could change the game for us in retirement. But, I’ll tell you more about my YL journey in a later post. For now, suffice it to say….I’m inspired to know better and do better…one mistake at a time-  haha!

Thus, Our Inspired Living was born! Welcome to the journey, friends 😘