Health, Wealth, and Happiness

This week has been off to a good start for out-of-the-box living. I have three new experiences, and the week isn’t even half-done!


On Monday, I got myself a personal trainer. This is something else I’ve never done before. I’ve joined gyms before, and I’ve tried Weight Watchers, but the problem I have is a difficulty with internal motivation. I know I have to lose weight and get fit, but DOING anything about it is a whole different thing. This trainer teaches kickboxing and the classes are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6AM. To my surprise, I got up at 5:30 on Monday with minimum complaint (which is also very out of my comfort zone!) and got quite a workout. Today, I went in and managed to twist my ankle five minutes in while I was warming up. Now, if this had happened while I was working out alone, that would have been it for me. I would have called it quits, sat on my couch, and continued to gain weight. My PT, instead, managed to help me with the ankle, and I still got a killer upper body workout. I know this, if I stick with it, will definitely pay off.


I am now a stockholder in several companies. I’ve never before imagined myself in the stock market, yet here I am. Now the question remains whether I’ll be any good at it. But this is an experience I felt I needed to take. I’ve never really tried putting my money to work for me, and it’s a nerve-wracking decision, definitely not in my comfort zone. Whether it pays off remains to be seen.


The third out-of-the-box experience of the week will take place today. I am applying for a passport. It seems that once I made the decision to travel, doors have opened that I would never have expected that have made the possibility of international travel a reality. As of now, I’m shooting for an early March trip to Europe. I’ve been out of the country before, but as a child, and then only to Canada and the Dominican Republic. The idea of seeing a whole other continent is mind-blowing!

So, there it is. We’re off to a great start, and I can’t wait to see what the rest of this “season” holds!

Back from Hiatus

A little less than six months ago, an idea was born. I was about to celebrate my 43rd birthday, and I decided it was time to step out of my comfort zone, to step out of my box, and to embrace new experiences. During the first six months, I got quite a few experiences. I tried out for several shows, and actually was on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.” I got to spend a week in New York as a tourist. I got to see myself on national television. I tried new food, although that one did not go so well. I took a painting class. In short, I would say the first six months of JOOTB were quite successful, and if my life were a TV show, we would just now be done with the winter hiatus and moving into the second half of the season. Now that I have a little “funding”, the experiences should be more frequent and hopefully more ratings-worthy. Some of the things I’m hoping to accomplish include: traveling to a foreign country, learning to swim, and taking cooking, dancing, and photography classes. (not all at the same time-although that would make for quite an interesting class…) Between moving, working, and studying, I haven’t given myself any time for new experiences lately. That will soon change. By the end of this month, I will have finished packing and moving (yet again!) and will be comfortably settled for the foreseeable future. And in just five weeks, I will be graduating with a Bachelors degree, which will free up a huge chunk of my time. But I’m not waiting. The out-of-the-box experiences will begin anew as of tomorrow.
Starting tomorrow, I will be taking kickboxing classes, three times a week, at six in the morning. For those who know me and know how much I LOVE my sleep, this is extremely out of the box. I found a personal trainer who will hopefully be able to get me on the right track as far as getting fit and losing weight goes. Some of the things I would like to experience require a smaller me. For instance, skydiving and horseback riding. I’ve let myself go for too long, and it’s time to reclaim myself, body, mind and soul.
Speaking of soul, one piece of unfinished business from the first half of the “season” is my thoughts on the fruits of the Spirit. I left off with my old blog on goodness, and I have not been able to get back to that. I will finish those soon, as well.
So, to recap, JOOTB is back, with – More Action! More Adventure! More Alliteration! So, step out of that box and join me, won’t you?