How This One Word Changed My Life

Hint: There was a movie made about this one word.

Looking back at my high school-aged self, I was a bit of a loner. Not a loner in the sense I had few friends or shut my self out, I just didn't step outside my comfort zone. I was very caught up in how I carried myself. But now, more than ever, I wish I could tell my younger self to, "fucking relax".

I wasn't involved in many extracurricular activities, hung out with my usual friend crowd, did mostly the same things after school. I had a routine and rarely did I break my routine. But as I've gotten older I've realized - breaking routines is the best. It's exciting. It's fun. You don't know what is coming next. And how did I come upon this realization? But saying this one word more often than I ever have in my entire life:

Yes.

In July of 2013, my brother told me about this gym at which a friend of his, Mark Schneider, was now a trainer. What did I tell him when he said I should check it out? "Yes."

What did I tell a fellow gym go-er when she asked me to come to a volunteer meeting for a local marketing organization? "Yes."

What did I tell my former employer when she told me to learn more about something called Google Adwords? "Yes."

The results of these three instances have quite literally changed my life. I enjoy incredible community, knowledge base and workout regimen at The Movement Minneapolis. I haven't been going there enough lately (sorry, guys), but it is incredibly comforting to know you have the opportunity to visit with amazing people everyday. I've learned more about myself and my body in the past two years than I ever could have imagined - and it's all thanks to those amazing folks

Thanks to Monica, I am now pretty involved with the MIMA membership committee. I work on the social side of things, helping distribute content across multiple social channels. The team is headed up by the incredibly smart and insightful Arik Hanson, and I get to work on an insanely talented team of volunteers. Words cant describe how much I look up to these people, and what their friendship means to me. It is truly an honor to work with each of them.

As for my former employer, I wouldn't be where I am today without the push they provided to me. Being that I no longer work there, I constantly find myself looking back at how much I learned in the 2.5 years I was at Diedrich RPM. It is because of them I am now running paid search efforts for a software company in Minnesota. 

So - has one simple word changed my life? Yes. The word has helped - but also my inner drive to become something greater than my past self. And it's fun. 

So obliterate that comfort zone and realize that excitement, fun, laughter and success are just one word away.