For the first time in my life, I had a new year’s resolution this year. My resolution was to rediscover myself. I clearly knew I wasn’t living up to my full potential. My life consisted of little exercise and a lot of overeating. And quite frankly, living like that didn’t feel right. I knew it was time for a change.

I wanted to feel strong, balanced, and be the best I can be. I knew becoming the best version of myself included making healthier eating decisions, exercise, and having caring relationships with not only the people in my life whom I so adore, but with my self as well. It was time to focus my attention on me and become my own caring parent and friend.

Of course, I knew I couldn’t tackle this road to self discovery all at once. I needed to take baby steps. Very, very small baby steps.

So I began to go to the gym.

At first, I was only able to jog for 60 seconds at a time without stopping to catch my breath. But then, as the days went on and my dedication grew, I began to notice how quickly my strength was increasing. I was going to the gym 6 days a week and was now able to do more push-ups and jog longer. My friend from college, Amber, even convinced me to give the treadmill a try (which was a personal fear of mine). I loved it!

I was constantly impressing myself with my new capabilities! It felt like I was birthing a new me, a new Katherine.┬áMy “can’t” mentality turned into “cans” and I began to shed negativity, feelings of unworthiness, and most importantly, I became closer to my self than ever before.

My new relationship with my self also affected the world around me. Instead of the usual happy hour with friends, I became more interested in going on yoga dates. Yes, yoga dates!

At Web Marketing Therapy, we always say, health is wealth…not just for marketing, but also for the people behind the marketing (US!!). I finally understand what that means. Moving, stretching, and running has added a new level of fulfillment to my life that I have never experienced before. And the cool thing is, my joy from exercise has affected my close friends and family. Just last week, my 5-year old goddaughter asked if she could go jogging with me! And we did!

Everyday I am constantly being in awe of the new things I am capable of. I feel happier in my personal and professional life. I wake up with more energy and eager to work and workout. And although I still have a lot of self-discovery to do, emotionally and physically, I feel proud to be on such a beautiful, healthy path.

So, who wants to workout with me? ­čśë