Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Spreading Wellness: Who can you inspire today?

Mentors, Opportunity Makers, People who Inspire. Have you had a significant role model? Mentor? Or, a person who encouraged you to push your boundaries of comfort? Does that person(s) know that they made a positive impact in your life? Did you realize their impact at the time, or did that realization sneak up on you as you grew older (and wiser)? :) 

I have had dozens of amazing people in my life...mentors, people who've inspired me, people who've pushed me to be better, and I continue to seek out great mentors. I am passionate about surrounding myself with amazing and positive people, who together, we can help each other. Every day that I teach for E3 or at LSC, I learn something from my clients and students. I believe that everyone has something to teach and something to learn. Today, I'm sharing a story about a teacher who inspired me, but I didn't realize the impact until years later.

"Live Happy, Dream Big, and Smile!" 
~Jodi L. Tervo's motto/mantra...inspired by a HS teacher...~
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If you follow my blog on a regular basis, by now you know from my "Why" poem, that I experienced loss of a friend in a car accident, and had 2 friends battling cancer when I was in high school. Writing was one tool that I used to help comprehend my own feelings, and grief. Mr. Olson, my high school English teacher, challenged me to write my own poems in order to heal from life's events/losses.  As I reflect upon my journey, I realize how important his encouragement has been. At that time I didn't feel like I had meaningful thoughts to share with others, let alone, write poetry. I loved reading poetry, and it helped me to heal…but, write my own?! However, with his encouragement, I began writing my thoughts and feelings. He even allowed me to turn papers into him that were for my personal healing. Critiquing and encouraging me to continue, and my first poem was published in my senior year book...a poem about my dear friend who died in a car accident. I had people come up to me and tell me that I did a good job, and I was speechless and embarrassed. I felt vulnerable and proud all at the same time.
Early on, when I was still "practicing how to write poetry," and finding my personal style, I was able to reflect upon who I wanted to become, and what life meant to me. It came back to the simple words, "Live Happy, Dream Big, and Smile!" 

"Live Happy." Experiencing grief early in life, I realized that life is really short, so we might as well be happy. Laughter, peacefulness, happiness and having fun in all daily activities. That is what life is supposed to be about. Since we didn't know how long it would last, we might as well have fun. People always told me that I had a great smile. So I knew that my mantra needed the word "Smile." It was the one thing that connected others to myself. Being an extreme introvert, in a world of social beings, it was the one thing that kept me in a group. "Dream Big." Well, I loved to dream. It was dreaming that put me into a world outside of grief. A fantasy world, where I could be who ever I wanted to be, and do whatever my mind could imagine. It was dreaming that helped me to see into the future, and I would seek ways to make them come true. So early on, these six simple words became my mantra through difficult times, and slowly they became a part of my daily thinking. These simple words became the first simple poem that I could share with others.

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Years later, I can see the incredible power that these six words had on my life! I learned early on in my professional career, that I am a big picture person (Dream Big), a visionary, and a "get it done" person. The “don't just talk about it, do something about it,” sort of person.
Life continued...and after almost 2 decades of experience in healthcare, wellness, fitness, rehab and education, I continue to enjoy helping my clients, no matter their age or ability, which is one of  my many strengths! I LOVE to empower clients to reach their dreams, and jump over hurdles in life. Educating them about the "why" of health and wellness, cheering them along and celebrating their successes! :) But, I have also grown, and realized that I had to add to my motto the words, "Play Outside." Play is fun. Outside is fun. Outside has incredible powers of radiating happiness and peace. And, there is much research to back this up. People who play outside, and are surrounded by green space are happier. This addition was natural. As a child, my two favorite places to be were in the woods and playing on the monkey bars. And still today, I find comfort and happiness in both.

I now use blogging (and my business, E3 Twin Ports) as a way to help inspire others to live happy, reach for their dreams, smile, and play outside! Mr. Olson, a teacher whom unfortunately I haven't kept in touch with, has been a huge inspiration in my personal and professional career. And no, I don't think he knows how he truly has helped me through life. As a teacher and wellness coach myself, I often think about how I may touch the lives of others. Maybe I won't know about the positive impact I inspire, but it is my wish, that every day that I engage with my students, clients, & strangers, that I may inspire them (even in a small way) to reach for their dreams!  

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Recently, I listened to a story about a woman connecting people of different backgrounds so they could capitalize on each others strengths, to do good in the world. She called herself an "Opportunity Maker." It was so inspiring. As fall comes to a close and a new season is just before us, I want you to reflect upon your personal and professional careers. Have you been an "Opportunity Maker?" Can you recall a teacher or mentor who had a positive impact on your life? Have you been able to touch the lives of others in a way that you may never realize? Each day, we have a new opportunity to become "Opportunity Makers" and inspire others to reach for their dreams. 

We all have the ability to touch the lives of others. May this changing of seasons, rejuvenate you all, so that you are all able to maximize your abilities to make a difference in the lives of others! 

As a high school student, my English teacher inspired me to step outside of my comfort zone and write poetry. He believed in me, and now I realize the impact of his encouragement. So now I ask you, Who can you inspire today?

I'm hoping to inspire those that attend my newest and latest class offerings for E3. There are 2 WOMEN's ONLY programs that registration closes for today and tomorrow, along with Yoga at the Fairlawn Mansion. And of course, Personal Wellness Coaching is always available (schedule sessions by emailing me, and we will find a time that works for both of us), along with E3's Free Fitness Friday's.

Looking into the future: I am working with the Lodge at Giant's Ridge on a Winter Women's Wellness Retreat for February...working with Continental Bike for Fat Bike Rentals, and a COGGS leader for Duluth specific riding tips to include in an Intermediate Fitness Level course for Women starting in January...working with a group of community leaders to offer a snowshoe class for beginners with a different weekly guest speaker, again women's only, starting in January...and working with a local Alternative Healer and Oil specialist on an "Enlightened Yoga" class that will include gentle yoga, meditation, chakra and oil education to happen at the downtown non-profit, Avalon, also to start in January. Have questions? Please email me at info@e3twinports.com. 

If you have stumbled upon this blog, and would like to be added to our list, simply email info@e3twinports.com, with "Blog Sign-up" in the subject line. I'll happily add to to our growing list of over 145 people.

E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Energy and Empowerment through Exercise
Owner, Jodi L. Tervo Roberts
Jodi L. Tervo Roberts, Owner
E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Helping people to lead healthy, happy, & meaningful lives, while promoting healthy lifestyles through outdoor recreation, fitness, and interactive educational presentations.

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  1. Inspiring Jodi. I had a h.s. teacher who impacted my view of myself and helped me build my confidence through writing as well. Very special to me...