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A Life Full of Firsts

(December 2020's Newsletter)

Life is full of firsts. Firsts can be exciting, and exhilarating, they can also be challenging and sometimes stressful. They take time, they take effort, they require a learning curve, but they are the building blocks that lead to growth in our lives. Two weeks ago I began working with a personal trainer for the first time. Ok, full disclosure, I have never been a fan of working out which has been a running joke in our family. But, age and quarantine snuck up on me and something needed to be done! I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength, right? Then came the squats! Squats have long been my nemesis. Many moons ago, while on a health kick, I attempted squats in a group class. My form was so wonky that the class instructor told me I was going to destroy my knees. Now, here we were to try them once again. My trainer demonstrated how the squat should be done and handed me the kettlebell to begin my first set. The one silver lining for me in going to the gym during a pandemic is the notable decrease in people who are there to stand around and watch. I can only describe my squat as a 3-part process. Hinge, stick my bum out to an uncomfortable measure, then a shaky dip. Rinse and repeat for 3 sets of 12. Not only am I sure that it was probably the most unusual squat to grace the floor of the gym, but it also had to be one of the most strenuous. I almost didn’t finish. I asked my trainer if my squats looked odd? His response, “not odd, just new”. That says it all! 😂 Not odd, just new, but you know what? I started! I nearly buckled walking down the steps as I left the gym, but I started. I moaned for 3 days every time I got up, but I started, and I’ve gone back since. Are my squats perfect now? NO WAY! But I started! All of us are familiar with the challenge of firsts, but do you also know what’s great about them? Once you have accomplished that first, you have not only achieved something for yourself, you have also become a resource for someone else by default. As you know, my other recent first has been writing and publishing my first children’s book, “Marvin Mouse Meets the Baby King”! Was it exciting and exhilarating? Absolutely! Was it challenging and sometimes stressful? Yep, check that box off too! But, I did it! Through much prayer, research, and an amazing group of people who became my resource when I ran into hiccups, I did it! So, what’s the takeaway? Start! Whatever your new first is, it likely won’t look perfect in the beginning. That’s ok, give yourself grace. It may be a challenge. That’s ok too, anything worth doing usually is. It’s scary. I understand that! But covered in prayer, and surrounded by your crew, (the ones who love you, support you, and have done it before you), take the step out in faith towards your new first! Do you have a wonky squat metaphorically speaking? Nah, I’m here to tell you, you’ve got this! Take it from someone who knows. Thank you to each of you for your support and contribution in making “Marvin Mouse Meets the Baby King” a #1 New Release on Amazon. I am immensely grateful. Merry Christmas to all of you, and the hope of a blessed New Year, Michelle L Hoy


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