Ah, Spring. Here in the Pacific Northwest, at last.
Well, for the moment. April on Whidbey Island is like a crapshoot. Today was absolutely gorgeous. This weekend is supposed to be raining and dreary again.
Spring, to me, is where ZooFit thrives. ZooFit is very much about exploring and appreciating the outdoors, nature, and the environment. A favorite quote of mine from Baba Dioum says “we will conserve only what we love”. This is true, to me. The more time we go outside, the more we will love being outside. This leads us to caring about what happens to our sacred spaces, those spots we enjoy more than anything else. And what we love we will protect. Continue reading 30 Days of ZooFit: Day 6- Conservation Hero WODs
If you would like a glimpse into my inspiration and what influenced me for ZooFit’s first cornerstone, Fitness Through Operant Conditioning, look no further than the book Don’t Shoot the Dog by Karen Pryor. I really love this book because every time I read it, I find something new I never before considered with ZooFit. Continue reading 30 Days of ZooFit: Day 5- Focus on the Positive, Learn from the Animals
I am always looking for ways to reduce the amount of waste I throw away. I sometimes feel like a pack rat, saving items destined for the trash, because, you never know what we can use it for later. In fact, I have a whole series called “Reuse, Recycle, Reduce Your Waist” where I turn old household items into workout equipment. Continue reading 30 Days of ZooFit: Day 4- Trash to Treasure
I’m re-reading a favorite book of mine, Level Up Your Life by Steve Kamb, and just finished giving a class on Building Habits for North Sound Writers. These have reminded me of my lessons from ZooFit for building habits.
As I start a 30 day writing/fitness challenge, I recall how important habits are in our daily lives. Whether it’s eating habits, fitness habits, habits to take care of ourselves, or habits to improve our lives, they are the building block to success. Continue reading 30 Days of ZooFit: Day 1- Habit Building 101
This past month has really been sending me signals to work on Experience Nature segment of my book, specifically in the area of Find Your Sacred Space. Because all this month I have been inundated with events and incidents revolving around my love of the ocean. Tonight was no different. I watched a movie that literally broke my heart. It’s called “Chasing Coral” and if you have Netflix, do not saunter to your television or computer. I urge you to run. RUN! And watch this important documentary before it’s too late. Continue reading Find Your Sacred Space
This weekend has been a great reminder of how powerful finding one’s sacred space for fitness can be. I participated in two activities over the weekend that got me back in my element. And I can’t wait to return, again and again and again. Continue reading Back in my Element
I’ve often referred to zookeepers as the MacGyvers of the professional world. I can’t think of any other profession where employees routinely think quick on their feet, respond immediately to issues, and utilize resources the way zookeepers do. We are innovative, creative, and inventive, the Ravenclaws for the Care of Truly Magical Creatures. This resourcefulness I learned in the animal care field has helped me more times than I can count, as a zookeeper, as a writer, as a fitness enthusiast, and as a conservationist. Continue reading The MacGyver Factor
I’ve become engrossed in a book very similar to my concept of “Zookeeper’s Guide to Fitness”. I thought reading a book with the same ideas as my own would cave my motivation, as I feared someone beat me to the punch, but actually I feel quite the opposite. I am motivated and stoked to share another program with just a few subtle differences, to reinforce the first one. They are on the right track, and I love what they are doing with fitness and achieving goals. I am bringing more to the table.
Continue reading Level Up My Life- How I Write!
A little over a month ago, I attended the Clicker Expo in Portland to network and review hot topics that are discussed among fellow animal trainers and see what would be relevant for my book. Continue reading Clicker Worthy Moments from Clicker Expo
Not wanting to end my streak of writing a gratitude list after 4 weeks, I waited until the last day to accomplish it.
Brian Johnson from Optimize Me (get used to me referencing him) talks about more than just gratitude for things in your life, we should also celebrate other people’s accomplishments and ways they have helped. That is, supposedly, a deeper form of gratitude. Continue reading Gratitude List, Week 4