Tonight I was able to go and see Jillian Michaels speak.
I have to go to the beginning. The friend that I was originally going with was unable to go because she came down with a sickness. That said it is important for me to point out how she asked me to go with her because it warrants being noted. While at my house for a jewelry party, my friend came up to me and asked if I would go see Jillian with her. She was trying to think of a friend that was on a motivational kick and she thought of me. That in itself was such an honor.
I had talked about going to see Jillian with two other friends on Thursday so when my friend let me know she couldn’t go I asked these friends and one of them was able to go with me. It was such a great night. My friend that went with me is such an inspiration to me. If she didn’t know it before she knows it now. As we had dinner before the show there was great conversation and lots of laughing. I believe that we need friends that can do one of the following: 1) make us laugh no matter how bad of mood we are in 2) make us laugh so hard we fight spitting or actually spit liquid back at them 3) pick up after not talking for any period of time and it seemed like it was just yesterday 4) motivate us 5) better us in at least one part of our life. This specific friend did #1,2,4 AND 5 before we event left where we met to have dinner. No matter what Jillian actually had to say, it was going to be a win for the night.
Jillian is known as being a hard ass on the show “the biggest loser.” In her speech she talked nutrition and exercise and that was good to hear but I was more focused on the motivational part of her speech more than anything. She gave us “homework” for the next two weeks. I loved it but for the life of me I cannot remember anything she asked us to do. The one thing she did ask us was to identify our “why.” Mine is easy. Aaron. Aaron is why I work hard emotionally and physically to move forward in this journey and in this life. He is why I get up every morning. He is why I challenge myself every day to make this life worth living. I found myself thinking about my life and this journey a lot while listening to her speak and I felt an energy I haven’t felt in a long time return to me.
What hit me the hardest is when she told us we were all awesome and we were all miracles. She is right. Tonight was a good night…thank you Jillian.