This was actually the very first essay topic I remember writing. Pop essay, Laurie Johnson’s grade 9 English Language Arts class, Chestermere High. First day of class. Woah. Must have stuck, eh?

I believe I wrote something like, “Why not?” – and forever my quick tongue would help shape the creative communicator I have become.

My point being is that from a young age we are shaped by experiences, values and behaviour yet sometimes we fail to embrace this identity that often sticks with us into our adult lives, buried beneath the skin, but oftentimes it rears its ugly head at the worst of times.

Life is full of choice. We choose who we want to be around, what time we wake up, how we spend the money we earn from the chosen profession we choose to arrive at each day (typically). It’s really quite amazing to me when I hear of people shelfing any of this choice on anyone but themselves – it just shows lack of ownership, and that’s something that I absolutely despise. When times are good, you tend to see all credit taken. But holy guacamole, when it’s not all sunshine and lollipops, it is generally everyone else’s fault. Never yours, everyone else’s. Right?

Well, I’m here to get to the bottom of it. I write a lot nowadays and have seen a sort of career shift in a sense of who I am and how I feel full at the end of each day. I have CHOSEN to pursue one of the most underrated talents: communication.

I’ve been a health and fitness nerd for as long as I can remember, and here’s why – I had to have emergency open heart surgery in 1987, just three short months after I was born. Fortunately for my family – mom, dad and big sis, Ronald McDonald House took care of accommodating the crew while I was in the hospital up in Edmonton. Amazing really. Strange, ever since I’ve felt incredibly passionate for life, health and inspiring others to be the best versions of themselves. I don’t even think I knew it growing up – it was just normal for me to be super active. Little did I know I wouldn’t have been here to write this had I not…my mission in life is to communicate the benefits of a healthy lifestyle to others! Take away all of my titles, education and experience in helping others donjustbthat and you’re left with the core – why?

My why is the overarching statement that defines what I do. It’s the reason I get up each morning and go help to change lives. If I could do it for free all of the time I certainly would. I’m very proud of what I have accomplished and feel as though it’s absolutely the least I can do to give back to the House whenever possible – be it donating time, service, talent, or money. Furthermore I challenge others in finding their why. It could be anything, but at the end of the day if we know why we do something, why we make that choice, we often find ourselves “killin’ it” at life.

So, what is your why?


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