I attended a Leadership training a few months ago and speaker started the session by asking each person the following question – “Are you thriving or surviving?”

On that day, my answer was that I was thriving.  Life was good.  I was thriving at work, thriving as a mom\wife, and in general, excelling at everything.  Over the next few months, things changed.  Due to a series of events that were out of my control, I spiraled into survival mode.  I could barely keep my head above water at work, my family was upset with me because I was not giving them enough attention, my body fat % went up, and I lost my drive to help others succeed.  It sucked.

So, it was time to make some changes.  I missed the old Lindsey.  Here are some things that helped me to get out of the “funk”:

1.   Talk about it – I have a bad habit of holding everything in.  Talking things through always makes me feel better and helps me to put things in perspective.  Thanks to everyone who has listened to me over the past few months.

2.   Take care of yourself – I decreased the frequency of my workouts in order to save time and focus on my job and family.  Not a good idea.  As I began to get back on track with my workouts, I  had more energy to put towards the things that I am passionate about (family, job, nutrition).

3.   Get organized – My house was a mess which was causing additional stress to my already stressful day.  Life is much easier when you are organized.

4.   Pray –  “If He gets you to it, He will get you through it”.

5.   Make your bed – This sounds funny, I know.  When I was growing up, my dad never let me leave the house in the mornings before I made my bed.  I continued this habit throughout my life.  Recently, I stopped making the bed in the morning an effort to save time.  There is something about making my bed that helps to get my day off to a good start.

6.   Read books – Someone, somewhere, has probably experienced what you are going through.  Make a trip to Barnes and Nobles.  I love that place.

7.   Drink water – I always have more energy when I stay hydrated.  It also speeds up the weight loss process.  Score!

Life is not always perfect.  I find it helpful to have an action plan in place to help make things better when life gets out of control.

Are you thriving or surviving?  I pray that each of you can find balance in your life and have a thriving 2013.

In order to succeed you must fail, so that you know what not to do the next time.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo