What Lens Do You Look At The World Through?

My Smile Productions or what I’m grateful for today is the wonderful time that I’ve had here in Gig Harbor with friends. It’s really interesting how life gives you lots of opportunities to look at things through various different lenses.

My question for you as we talk about this is, what lens do you look at the world through?

As you look behind me, here is a home and you may look at this home in various different ways. You may see it as a shack, you may see it as huge potential, but there’s lots of these opportunities for us to put a lens on. My friends have really taught me how to really be able to see the potential of things.

There’s lots of Gurus’ that come into your life, but it’s the lens of which we choose that really has an influence on us. Seeing where the house is, it absolutely has some opportunities for improvement, but when you see the view of what this house has, it’s right here on Gig Harbor and it is absolutely stunning.

 
 

You may say, “oh, I don’t want to be in a community where there’s a house that has so much opportunity or potential,” or whatever the lens that which you’re looking through it for. But my friends saw what was possible and they were able to say, “hey, how can I create something that takes advantage of this natural beauty of this Gig Harbor view and they were able to create their natural art here.

Life is always giving us that opportunity to say, “hey, what is the potential in the opportunity that is right in front of us!”

Please share with me the lens that you are looking through and what has stretched your thinking to see it differently!



Morning Sun Sets You Up For Better Sleep

Good morning!

“My Smile Production,” or what I’m grateful for this morning is that I am setting my nighttime up for sleep by getting sun exposure early in the morning.

I used to have the motto of “I’ll catch up on all the sleep that I need when I die,” not realizing that neglecting my sleep may have brought my death to a sooner time than I would really want it to be.

I’ve been studying sleep a tremendous amount lately and one of the tips that I’ve learned is that getting 30 minutes of sunlight in the early morning, that’s from 6 am - 8:30 in the morning, sets our sleep up for the greatest success at night. It actually helps us to release hormones that will help us to sleep better at night.

One of the tips that you can think about is when you want to set your nighttime up for sleep if you are one of those people who are sleeping for less than 8 hours per day, is start out with 30 minutes of sunlight in the morning.

I’d love to hear what things that you are doing to improve your sleep each day and to make it a rhythm.

Please leave in the comments below with your sleep tips. Have a great day!

Getting the Biggest Bang For Your Exercise Time!

Good morning! My Smile Production or MSP, what I’m grateful for is that this morning is that I’m getting the most BANG for my exercise time.

What do I mean by that?

This morning I’m at the pool exercising before I eat breakfast, which we call “fasting exercise.” When you exercise while you’re fasting, you are able to deplete your glycogen stores and burn fat.

So if you are like me and wanting to maximize your fat burning, try exercising in the morning before you break your fast and get maximum fat burning potential.

Have a great day!

Do you have the grit to accomplish your goals?

Here I am in Boston the day after the marathon and just so amazed at the grit and determination of the amazing runners who completed that marathon yesterday!

Over 32,000 runners in the marathon and the temperature started out at about 38 degrees and was anywhere between 38 and 45 degrees with an inch and a half of rain pelting them. I can tell you being a spectator it was overwhelming just to be out there in that cold and the rain pounding on you, so I can only imagine how it felt for these runners. Just amazing that they were able to go after their goal despite the conditions. They certainly don't let the weather set their opportunity to accomplish their goals.

There are so many lessons learned.  One is that we got to see our friend two times during the race and what I noticed in those two times was that her energy lifted. One of the things that my hope was for others was that they would be supporting our friend when she didn't get the opportunity to see us and also in that same vein being able to stick my hand out and just say “hey you're doing a great job” and seeing the energy!

 

The number of runners who thanked us for being out there was enormous. It is just amazing the energy of people when you’re collectively working towards the same goal to see the energy shift and today seeing the runners hobble along as they’re recovering. Their bodies healing from that incredible distance.  Just amazing to be in the energy of them and seeing really top performers going after their goals.

Lessons learned are - ask for help! - It is awesome to see how many runners would say as they're running, raise their arms and say “hey you’re helping, thank you for being here!” Just many many lessons of how people accomplish their goal by paying attention to those who are supporting them, asking for help, and keeping the grit going as you go along.

Where in your life do you have an opportunity to ask for help, have grit to carry on, and allow others to help support you with those challenging times?

 

What communities are making the greatest impact in your life?

What communities are you part of?

I’m here in Boston a few days before the Boston Marathon, as they call it - Boston Marathon weekend.

There’s was a 5k race that just took place here in the Boston Commons. It is really amazing, no matter what is your passion in life, there are usually others who share it with you. People really thrive in community. For me, there are multiple communities that I love being a part of.

More importantly, what communities are bonding you together?

 

Here we had over 10,000 runners who came together to share their passion for running and also to see how their progress has been over the year. Here at the Boston Marathon there are several different events that bring people with a united passion together and create a community.

What are the communities that are making the greatest impact in your life?

Please share in the comments below!