I’m typing this post from the booth of my new favorite coffee shop, chai latte in hand — Something I haven’t done in a while. I’m finally off of new grad orientation as a Registered Nurse, working three nights a week at the hospital, catching up with friends & family, budgeting my money & my time, trying to squeeze all the last-minute Fall things in-between…
It’s been a lot. & I wouldn’t have it any other way.
But, I’m always so thankful to have this little blog of mine to come back to. Whether I’m in the thick of it & need a place to vent, or ready to kick back with the warm & fuzzy feels like today, I close my laptop hours later feeling better for it. Since starting The Fit Nurse, I’ve continued to ask myself — What does “Fit” mean to me? I’ve turned the word over & over in my head but each time I come up with a different answer.
Webster’s Dictionary defines it as:
fit·ness | \ˈfit-nəs \
: the capacity of an organism to stay alive
& somehow all of my own thoughts seemed to blend together into one. Fit is one’s ability to survive (& thrive!) in any situation, under any circumstances. It’s digging deep when we’re running on empty. Embracing the #STRUGGLE & accepting what we cannot change. Finding the courage to speak up, get up, & do the things we love without fear of failure. It’s failing, then picking ourselves back up again.
I broke this concept down even further into four separate categories — Fitness of mind, body, heart, & soul. I took a hard look at myself & the way I choose to live; am I going through the motions just to get by, just to keep my head above water? OR, do I take things one step further by living in a way that cultivates my better self & gets me one step further toward my dreams? I hope that by following along on The Fit Nurse, you’ll find yourself asking these questions & more. Let’s get REAL, y’all —
FITNESS OF MIND
We’re building & molding neural connections in the brain every day — Are you doing everything you can to keep your memory sharp & mind at ease? Make time for a mental check-in with yourself. As someone who has struggled with my own mental health, I know that it’s easy to let life stressors & negative thoughts build up until they spill over. Figure out how YOU let go & de-stress; & don’t be afraid to ask for help.
FITNESS OF BODY
Raise your hand if you’re still learning to love yourself…✋ We’ve all been there. When I first stopped running over a year ago, I was so not used to having curves & a butt & soft parts in the middle. Even today, my body continues to change with my lifestyle — Now, I choose to get my burn on at Pure Barre & yoga classes but I’ve come to appreciate the “imperfections” I still see in the mirror. Make an effort to celebrate all your body does.
FITNESS OF HEART
It’s true when they say that love finds it’s way into your life unexpectedly — But only when your heart is open to it. Do you feel loved & cared for? Are you sharing love generously with yourself & others, or holding back for fear of falling? It’s easy to let breakups, failures, & a lack of self-confidence define the course, but put a little faith in the universe & you’ll be surprised at what comes back.
FITNESS OF SOUL
Okay, I tried meditation for a week after reading The Buddha Walks Into A Bar… but it is definitely not for me. How do I find my inner calm in the chaos that surrounds me? Most of the time it’s as simple as listening to what my soul craves. I know that when I’m stressed I like to watch Friends & when I’m lazy I go for a run, or that when I’m bored I look at fun Airbnb’s. We all have different needs — Find the key to your zen.
What does Fit mean to you? Share your thoughts below!