Yes, I am up at 5:00 a.m. on a Saturday morning.  No, I don’t have anywhere in particular that I need to be this morning, but I woke up and my body and mind were ready to get started.

Two and a half years and 191lbs ago, I had to set my alarm clock to get up on any day that I had something to do.  I slept a lot.  Anytime someone asked me, “How are you doing today?” I always responded with, “Tired.”  I was tired of the same old routine and, due to what I was doing to my body, I was physically tired, as well.

Today, I can’t seem to stay in the bed.  Once my body gets about 7 hours of sleep, I will magically wake up and my mind starts racing with all of the many things that I could be doing instead of lying in the bed.  I seldom need my alarm clock anymore.  I always set it, though, on the off chance that I might sleep a little longer one morning, but I am generally turning it off long before it is set to sound.

This past Sunday, our Pastor at Grayson United Methodist Church spoke about “Taking a Look at Our Labor.”  He specifically discussed Ecclesiastes 1:5-9.  Ecclesiastes 1:7 says, “Every river flows into the sea, but the sea is not yet full. The water returns to where the rivers began, and starts all over again.”  He mentioned that people are like the sea, having several streams or labors (job, house, family, school, etc) running into them, but always being tired and never being fulfilled until they start to focus on God (Colossians 3:1 & 2), work towards eternal life (John 6:27) and give to those in need (Psalm 112:9).

My mom leaned over and said that sounded like me….lots of streams coming in.  As the pastor spoke, I had been thinking that he was talking about the old Kristy, not the new Kristy.  I quickly wrote her a note that said, “Actually, I think I am the iceberg filling the streams.”    I feel like, though I have a huge number of things going on in my life that I am constantly working on, I am incredibly fulfilled because I am focused on God’s Word and working towards and on my passion and purpose.

My passion and purpose in life is to inspire and motivate others to make the changes that they need to make in their own lives so that they may have the happiest and healthiest life possible.

To that end, I have several charitable organizations and activities that I assist, coordinate, and raise funds for.  I also have my Move Your Body Transformation Program, which is slated to launch November 1, 2012.  I am on the Board of my Homeowner’s Association and assist with and/or coordinate several activities throughout the year.  Additionally, I assist family and friends with whatever I am able to help with, when requested.

Though, my schedule may be full, so is my heart and soul.  I am overflowing with a sense of true appreciation for the many blessings and opportunities that I have in my life.  I am overflowing with a sense of urgency to help others- whether that is one-on-one or through a charitable organization.  I am overflowing with a deep love and caring for my family and friends.

My life is far from perfect.  We are going through a serious financial crisis right now.  We are also struggling with a very smart and independent 4 year old who is adjusting to school, a new schedule, and just being 4.  However, I have chosen to focus, not on those things, but on all of the blessings and goodness that surrounds me.

Thursday night, after a struggle and battle with his food choices, I was playing Hungry Hungry Hippos (a game where four Hippos simultaneously try to eat up all of the marbles/food) with Drew (my 4 year old).  As we were playing, he gathered all of the marbles and began to give the marbles to the Hippos, one at a time and evenly.  I watched him as he did this.  At first, all four Hippos were being fed one after the other in a rotation until all of the food had been dispersed.  Then I noticed that he was only giving food to three of the Hippos and the pink Hippo had not received any.  He said, “Mommy, will you please tell the other Hippos why it is important that they share the food that they have with the Hippo who doesn’t have any?”  At that moment, I realized that the discussion that we have had about giving to others, who may not have the things that we have, has actually been something that he has thought about.  I was overjoyed.  I hope that as he grows up, he will take that lesson and let it help to fill his life with purpose and joy, as it has mine.

I want everyone to be able to experience the happiness and joy that I have in my life.  I want to be able to help others, through my actions and my words, to learn to smile and to find things to smile about every day.  I want to fill those streams with water that will truly fill someone’s sea the way that my sea is FULL.

Today, when people ask me, “How are you doing?” I always respond with, “I am WELL, thank you!  How are you?”  I am no longer tired.  I am no longer on the hamster wheel of life searching for something.  I have found my passion and my purpose and I live every day in furtherance of it.

How can I help you??

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