NO REGRETS

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“I wasted my whole life!”

He’s holding his favorite cupful of coffee reheated in the monster microwave more than once this morning. His small plate with a piece of toast on it, piled so high with strawberry jam that it should be called jam with a side of toast sits in front of him. “My grandmother used to put tons of sugar on her blackberries,” he says, assigning guilt for his overabundant sweet tooth. Funny, he’s always stayed the same weight, too since his Army days. I can’t sweeten this moment enough for him now though. My father  just turned 90 years old.

 

Sitting across from him, I want to turn back time, turn back the clock for him and watch him go to medical school, become a doctor or the Professor of Asian Studies he dreamt of being. I want to make it all better.

 

I will never forget this moment. It’s what spurred me on to a life of entrepreneurship, to be the captain of my own ship, designer of my own life, choreographer of my own dance. I knew, then and there, if I didn’t make a change, I would end up exactly where my father was–regretting his life.

 

What’s holding you back? What lies do you tell yourself at night that keep you from dancing your path to your own happiness?  No one can complete that mission but you. But, I can help.

 

Let me be your Mentor of Movement.

 

Become the person you were meant to be.

 

No regrets.

 

Email me.

jvmc_happy@hotmail.com

 

How To Be A Movement Emcee

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Eminem comes on the box. “‘Till I Collapse.” Earlier, angrier Eminem. The tune is heavy and intense.  It fits.

 

We start off in a wide, bent-legged second position. The moves are deceptively simple and slow. It’s low. It allows us to stretch deeply. We stay in the deep second for the entire song.

 

As the song builds, our lower bodies remain static while our upper bodies make slow, going-crazy moves in a-controlled way. With arms gone wild, twisting and turning, elbows cinching the waist, rotating against it, Em’s music surges with us. The sequence culminates in wide, overhead, big-arc arms spiraling in full extension and full out energy.

 

It’s bold, it’s strong, it’s angry and it’s passionate. I feel like a warrior. And, at the same time, grounded.

 

The song ends. I’m drenched in sweet sweat from head-to-toe.

 

These are the words that I’m feeling during this class:

focussed

warrior

targeted

driving

breathing

alive

happy

fully immersed

passion

 

Are you experiencing this kind of emotion about the work that you do?? What do you do to get your move on? Your groove on? Letting the flow of energy bring the energy back your way?

 

Eminem. He gets you in the gut. Maybe you don’t like what he says, maybe you don’t like the music, or his rap, but even if you can’t “wrap” yourself around the words, you can’t deny the passion this MC feels for what he does.

 

Wouldn’t it be great to feel that kind of passion for what you do? How do you move your body so you can free your mind to move forward with your best work?

 

Tell me in an email…

 

jvmc_happy@hotmail.com

20 Ways to Make Running Seem Like Fun

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I don’t always feel like running.

Sometimes I run fast. Sometimes I run slow. Sometimes I run like an old lady–but it doesn’t matter as long as I’m moving forward. It doesn’t matter how fast or how slow I go as long as there’s progress.

As long as I Just.Keep.Moving.

 

Sometimes progress seems practically imperceptible–almost like you’re moving through m-o-l-a-s-s-e-s or like you’re not moving. at. all.

 

And, your “fast” may not look like somebody else’s fast.

 

Particularly when you’re looking with your outer-not your inner eye.

 

For, on the surface, movement can be deceiving.

You just may not see it.

 

Here are 20 ways to help you stay focused, mark your progress and make running seem like fun.

 

  1. Walk for 5 minutes to warm up.
  2. Run at half your normal speed (time).
  3. Run when you feel like it; walk when you feel like it
  4. Inch along with baby steps
  5. Run leading with toes first on your footfall
  6. Run leading with heels first on your foot fall.
  7. Walk for a count of 60; run for 60
  8. Walk for 60; run for 120; 180, etc. until you build up to all running for 2-3 miles, or more
  9. Run sideways (grapevine); (Side step, Step behind the support foot, Side step, Step across support foot); alternate sides
  10. Run forward in wide, “S” curve pattern
  11. Run forward making half circles with feet back to front
  12. Run forward with feet moving side-to-side
  13. Run to next mile marker
  14. Run to next tractor crossing sign
  15. Run to next red bush
  16. Run to next beach umbrella
  17. Run until you pass another runner
  18. Run until a bike passes you
  19. Run like you’re running on firm, wet sand
  20. Run like you’re running on clouds

You get the idea.

Make It A Game. And…

When you feel like you’re not moving fast enough in the game of life or business,

JUST. KEEP. MOVING.

When Is It Smarter To Be Helpful Or Selfish?

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Today was hard.

 

I delivered five kittens around 5 weeks of age to the humane society after knowing them since they were two days old. (This humane society keeps all animals unless they have an incurable disease.)

 

I wanted to be selfish and keep them all! So cute–and its nice to have something so new,  so fresh–not like mine who are all getting on in years. I know…it sounds so selfish.

 

But, rather than be selfish, I helped.

 

I helped them get on to the next phase of their journey.

 

But it wasn’t easy letting go at first.

 

While they played, crawled all over me, came running when I entered the room, or heard the sound of my voice, and put their little heads near mine while I washed their dirty faces after eating their first wet food, I cried torrents of tears.

 

Sigh.

 

I became Cat Mama–like their Mama Cat– who brought them to me when she was ready to relinquish the feeding. Voracious wet food eaters those little ones were. This is the second time around that she brought them to me when it was time. Didn’t catch her soon enough for the first time to be the last.

 

Wild Mama cat knows I’m her friend. Feral Mama Cat, Wild Mama Cat is slowly becoming tamer. I couldn’t get close at first, now she lets me pet, stroke, lift her up halfway but not pick her up. Will she be adoptable? Not sure. Perhaps she will be forever feral.

 

But, the babies? They can be adopted. It was time to help. They quickly became socialized.

 

Then it will be Mama Cat’s turn to be helped relinquish the breeding of more adorable babies. I think ten –five each the first and second times–is enough.

 

I’m grateful I wasn’t selfish. And, that I helped the babies on their journey to their next, and hopefully final Cat Mama or Cat Dada. And, whomever that may be, I know we’ll always –two and four leggeds alike–be connected.

 

Sometimes it’s good to be selfish. Sometimes it’s absolutely necessary!

 

LIke if you’re a little–or big– fuzzy or a not-so-fuzzy two legged who needs help to your next step on your journey. That’s a good kind of selfish.

 

Maybe you’re not a fuzzy warm cat, but I’ll bet you’re a fuzzy warm human–with dreams and desires to move forward, or change direction in order to create a life you love.

 

Maybe you’re stuck and you need a little help to get you to the next step?

 

Shoot me an email. Let’s make a connection. I’d love to talk to you.

 

Jvmc_happy@hotmail.com

 

Are You Ready To Get In Motion?

 

tumblr_nah5oa2Te91qk2ek1o1_500An Open Letter to All The Coaches and Entrepreneurs Out There,

Are you tired of taking course after course, and getting nowhere? I watch you guys posting, and procrastinating. Hamstrung by perfectionism. You’re always looking for the next training that’ll give you the magic bullet, or you’re busy polishing your blogs that go nowhere. You’re doing everything but taking simple action. Weeks. Months. Years go by.

I get it. I’ve been there. I’ve taken all the courses. I kept thinking I needed more. The only thing that changed was when I took action — the right way.

That’s why I’m opening up my calendar for 5 Get In Motion calls. First come first served. Let me help you shift into gear. Are you ready to finally put all that time and money you’ve invested into a business that works? Into a service that easily attracts? How would you like clients and money to come running after you?

Shoot me an email at jvmc_happy@hotmail.com and let’s jump on the phone so I can share the one thing that’ll get you from stuck to full speed. I can’t wait to hear from you.

Best,

Jean (Your Mentor Of Movement)

 

(photo: West Side Story by Jerome Robbins 1961)