This is probably one of my favorite transformations ever! Personal development has made such a huge impact on my life that when I see others diving in I am so happy and excited to see the changes it makes, the success it brings, and the way people are then able to give back because they are filling themselves up first.
“Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”
With that being said, take a look at my amazing friend’s transformation!
I set out to change my body, and I ended up changing my life.
by Danielle Asherson, creator of The Balance Project
Looking back, it seems obvious to me now that most people begin a journey with physical change, because that is what we see in front of us every day. We cannot hide from our physical selves because every time we look in a mirror, there we are, staring right back. When I started the process of moving forward, I had no idea how much my mind and soul would be enriched. The physical change is only the planting of the seed, and from there we can grow and flourish.
It started with fitness – I loved the feeling of accomplishment at the end of a workout and the sense that I was becoming stronger. That quickly led to a desire to improve my nutrition because I soon realized that I needed to properly fuel my body for the exercise I was doing. Learning about the correct way to eat and what to put in my body has been completely life changing. When I think about the way I used to eat, I cannot believe I was abusing the gift of my body in such a disrespectful way. I can’t be angry with myself – I didn’t know any better, but now I do and so I treat my body like the amazing, capable, and strong being that it is.
Figuring out that our bodies are so precious can only lead to the realization that they house our most precious possessions – our soul, spirit, mind, emotions, and everything that happens below the surface. Once I had my fitness and nutrition under control, I started to feel happier, kinder, more patient with others, and more patient with myself. I felt the urge to nourish not only the physical me, but also my mind and soul.
Personal development is so crucial to my life now, that I struggle to understand how I managed before I started doing it. I listen to podcasts and read about an array of topics that have helped to expand my knowledge in so many areas. It has enabled me to understand my emotions, communicate with and understand others more easily. It’s helped me in my teaching practice, and I feel I have so much more to offer my students now, more than just how to play the violin.
Committing to a fitness journey teaches you that you are in control of your mind, and not the other way around. It teaches you to speak to yourself with positivity and compassion, motivating yourself to push further. Eventually you will realize that how you speak to yourself sets the tone for the rest of your life. You start your journey trying to change from the outside in, when really what we need to be doing is change from the inside out.
The changes that have happened to my body have been so rewarding and I so appreciate it when people tell me how good I look, but what they cannot see, and what is even more rewarding, is the change that has taken place internally, deep inside of me. I’m so thankful that I took that first step to make a change, and so excited for the steps I am yet to take.