I read a really great article the other day that reminded me that “I am not a superhero”. I’d love to be one FOR SURE and I’d really like to be able to teleport. Alas, I am who I am and my one superpower is simply being me. Being me is aided by a few items that make the life of Krystal a bit easier to manage. They also help me appear to have it decently together when in actuality I don’t have most of it together and likely never will. I shirk the elusive & illusive “ALL” that women are supposedly yearning to have and do in their life. I think it’s a fool’s errand we were sent on a long time ago and it’s taken us way too long to come back home to ourselves. Instead, I do the best I can with what I have and our world is full of goodies to help us navigate the journey.
Okay, ready for the first 3XTHRIVE?
SLIDES CARNIVAL - I present a great deal as a part of my profession and I still believe that sometimes one needs an effective visual to engage the audience. Notice, I said sometimes AND effective. I’m not just throwing too much text on a slide or inserting retro Clip Art. If I don’t need slides, I don’t create them BUT with various learning styles in a space, sometimes complicated information that needs to be simplified, and with our addiction to visual stimuli, I think when done well, slides can enhance your message and the overall presentation experience. I learned about Slides Carnival a few years ago and I love the variety of templates they offer for PowerPoint, Google Slides, and CANVA. I work on a daily basis with college students and have been asked numerous times about how I designed my slides or where I located my templates. This is a FREE site and you can search by color and under categories like Inspirational, Creative, Playful, and Business, etc. The site is quite easy to use and I find joy in selecting just the right template for the occasion.
CLASSPASS- I’ve learned that one of the best ways for me to manage and honor my energy is by sweating, lifting weights, and moving my body in healthy, functional, challenging, and fun ways.
Working out is EXPENSIVE and it’s even more so if you’re a person who enjoys a little variety in their exercise schedule. Attempting to hold a membership at multiple studios, finding a studio that has all of the options I enjoy, or paying the $10-$30 costs for one drop-in class just isn’t possible and certainly isn’t going to work for me and my budget. classpass is not in every city and it’s model has changed since it’s debut a few years ago. You now pay for credits and each class is worth a certain number of credits. For me, it is simply a part of my workout plan. I hold a membership at Full Ride Indoor Cycling in Nashville, TN (check out this video on my homepage) and I pay $10.00 a month for 6 credits which could be applied to 1-2 classes offered through classpass.
The cost ranges from $39.00-$119.00 a month. I mean, $119.00 is actually pretty cheap (WOWZA!) for an estimated 72 credits or 10-14 classes a month (this might vary by city). $39.00 gets you 21 credits which could be used for 2-4 classes. If you’re a person who is just getting into or back into the workout scene, this could be great for you because it allows you to have a sampler platter of workouts that could help you better understand what you like or what you don’t like and what studios feel comfortable for you in your city. I also enjoy using classpass when I travel. I always try to workout at a local studio on my trips and the service allows you to add on a city to explore options in your current area. Scheduling through classpass while on the road is easy and economical.
*Check out classpass on Instagram and enter their giveaway. It’s classpass’ 6th Birthday!
THE FOUR AGREEMENTS: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) by Don Miguel Ruiz - If you need a succinct and substantive read this summer, pick up this book and begin to change your life. A friend spoke highly of this book all through graduate school and when I finally succumbed to it, I could not stop connecting it to every aspect of my life. It debuted in 1997 and is timeless. I have now purchased numerous copies as gifts and I recommend it as often as I can to 18 year old college students all the way to 70 year old retirees. As a sneak peek, the Four Agreements are:
Be Impeccable with your Word
Don’t Take Anything Personally
Don’t Make Assumptions
Always Do Your Best
Sounds easy, right? Nope. Remember, common knowledge does not lead to common practice and we can all use a tune-up on these four agreements that we make first with ourselves and then with others.
So, there you have it, my first 3xTHRIVE. Let me know if you decide to check out any of my offerings and if they add anything to your life. All that I hope is that whatever books you read, tools you use, or sites you visit, that you’re thriving in life in whatever way is best for you. I simply want you to win.
See you next week!