Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Spreading Wellness: What is your personal and professional "WHY" and do you blend them?

Do you know what your personal mission is? Do you know "WHY" that is your personal mission? Knowing your "why" is a great place to start, and fulfilling that "why" takes a plan of action....just like personal growth and development, professional growth and development, and any other "growth" a person, organization or corporation goes through. Actually, I consider personal growth the fulfillment of your personal mission. Because if we are growing personally and professionally, we must have a reason for it. Even though you may not have defined the reason, dig deep, reflect, and find that mission/meaning behind your decisions.

I often talk with people about growth and although they want to grow, they are not clear on their meaning in life. They are not clear in their personal mission. Typically, when talking with working professionals, they are more clear on their professional goals than they are on their personal goals. Is this true for you? After pondering this, I wonder if it is because we are so trained in our education to think about our professional careers, but it is rare that teachers or other role models in our lives ask us about our personal development. And, from my personal experience, it is even less common for people to ask "why."

Fantastic growth in leadership read, and we are so grateful that we had an opportunity to hear Paul Batz speak in person. His company is doing amazing things! One of our goals at E3 is to be a leader in science based health and wellness. For more information about us, please email info@e3twinports.com and visit our website at www.e3twinports.com where you can find more links to our social media as well. Thank you for your interest, and helping us to spread wellness in our community (Twin Ports).: Today, I am asking you how and why you blend yours? If you are an organizational or corporate leader, my question for you is, do you ask your employees about their personal mission? Do you ask about the personal growth and development of your employees? Do you supplement this financially? Why is this important? Have you ever read the book, "What Really Works, Blending the 7 F's" by Paul Batz and Tim Schmidt? If not, it is a good read on this topic. I've used this book in wellness coaching, and continue to recommend it to friends, colleagues, and clients. Our society has been evolving. Professions have been changing, and now is the time to revisit our meaning in life, and remember that our personal mission is just as important as our professional mission. Why? For your personal health and happiness.

We have heard that the brain is "fully developed" by our mid-20's. But, with everything in life, growth can still occur. Not very many years ago, scientists thought our brain was complete with little to no change after this "development period" was complete. Now we know that our brain continues to evolve if we continue to "exercise" it. Once our brain is finished with this big growth period, we begin to connect the many moments in our lives and the lives of others on a number of levels. We connect the concepts of how we influence each other, our lakes and streams, and if we have a "growth mindset" we continue to connect the dots between all of life. With this new understanding of the brain, it is more reason to seek out, and create personal action plans for growth.

A growth mindset is great, but how do we create our action plans? How do we pursue growth without obsessing over it and adding undue stress to our lives? And, going back to the original question, "WHY" are you pursuing this growth?

Do you need help creating your action plan for personal growth? If you want to include meditation, yoga, outdoor movement, outdoor exploration, &/or fitness, consider hiring E3. We offer personal fitness based wellness coaching, along with corporate/organizational health and wellness packages.

Does your organization need help creating an action plan to improve the health and happiness of your organization/corporation? Do you need help to see the connection between personal and professional growth? Please consider hiring E3. E3 offers interactive educational presentations and trainings. And, E3 has teamed up with the Raffetto Group, to offer a Corporate Culture Health and Happiness survey, which can be customized to your needs. This survey allows us to see areas of growth opportunity, areas of strength you can capitalize on, and help you create a plan of action (and training) that is customized to your organization.

Maybe your organization has leadership teams that would benefit from a few days away (into the Boundary Waters) so you can truly experience the health and creativity benefits of the wilderness. And sometimes, blending a variety of departments is a good way to expand connection and communication in your organization. I can help ask you questions so that you can you determine what the best fit is for you and your organization. E3 will happily plan and guide you on an all inclusive BWCAW trip for you and your team. Contact me, Jodi, Owner of E3 at info@e3twinports.com. I'll happily meet you for a free consultation.

You may ask me, what is E3's mission and how does it relate to the personal mission of mine, owner of E3? E3 strives to empower people to reach their goals, to improve their energy through exercise/movement outdoors. Our goal is to help people lead a holistically healthy, happy, and meaningful life using nature, meditation, wellness coaching, outdoor adventures (BWCAW trips), outdoor recreation, and movement of all kinds outdoors. This is very similar to my personal mission, which is to help my family to be the best they can be...to encourage continued growth opportunities...to pursue their dreams in life. I enjoy empowering them with the confidence they need to reach their dreams. I enjoy encouraging my husband to continue his education, and high-fiving him when he does well on one of his college tests. I use outdoor recreation and fitness as the catalyst to teach our little girl about growth, overcoming obstacles, leading, and problem solving, and I do the same thing when I lead outdoor recreational activities for my clients. No one is perfect with blending our missions. No one is perfect with our action plans. However, it is the intention that we continue to pursue as best as we can to continue to grow as individuals and professionals...and lead a healthy, happy, & meaningful life in a state of contentment. Last question, "Why" do I blend them? My personal and professional goals are really all 1. To help the world be healthier and happier. By helping my loved ones be healthy and happy, it helps my own personal wellness. By supporting them in their dreams, they support me back in mine (such as pursuing this business). It is this dynamic balance that keeps me healthy and happy.

Now I ask you, what is your personal and professional "WHY" and do you blend them?

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 150 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.

Website: e3twinports.com
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LIVE HAPPY, DREAM BIG, SMILE, and PLAY OUTSIDE!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Spreading Wellness: What is your favorite seasonal outdoor activity in the Twin Ports?

Good Morning, E3 Blog Followers, Supporters, Clients, and Friends.

Today's blog is different than most. I've had feedback from readers that the stories are great, but the photos are better. I LOVE when readers send me feedback. So this blog goes out to all those readers who enjoy the photos. This is NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin in pictures...of some of my favorite outdoor activities to do here in Duluth & Superior. Please share (in the comments below, or send me an email) your favorite outdoor activities. And for all of you brave souls who post your original pictures in the comments below (with your name and a way for me to contact you), I will enter you in a drawing for 10% off of a 7 punch pass for the next round of Yoga at the Fairlawn! :)

A year in pictures:

Winter: XC Ski, Downhill Ski, Hike, Bike, Ice Fish, Playgrounds, Run, Explore Lake Superiors changing shoreline, Skate, & Build Snowmen. And, on REALLY cold days (remember I'm originally from the UP, not MN, so -22 is extremely cold to me), our family enjoys planning play dates at the World of Wheels Rollerskating rink in Superior. :)
Photos by Jodi, owner of E3 Twin Ports, LLC.
Except the photos of Jodi were taken by her family. :) 

Spring: My absolute FAVORITE part of spring is to watch the changing outdoor environments along the Superior Hiking Trails MANY waterfalls/creek descents.
Photos by: Jodi, Owner of E3 Twin Ports, LLC. Jodi enjoys guiding. If you have an organization or group that would like customized outdoor outings (guiding, education, etc), please contact her at info@e3twinports.com. She will happily create a fun & educational outdoor event or series for you, your group, your organization, or your corporation.
This year, you can meet Jodi at the Northland Community Wellness Day, for the Walk for Diabetes & the NCWD. She will guide a walk/hike into the Bagley Nature area at 8:30 and 10:30, Saturday, April 9, 2016. These events will be held at UMD. For more information visit: http://northlandcwd.org/ 

Summer: Swimming in the big lake, and swimming holes of the many Duluth creeks, Bike, Hike, Canoe, Kayak, Stand Up Paddleboard, Fish, Playgrounds, Run, Eat Yummy Meals Outside, & Garden. On some of the really HOT summer days (yes, 80's with high humidity is hot), we enjoy skating at the Duluth Heritage Center, which is sponsored by the Duluth Parks and Rec almost all summer long, once a week.
Photos by Jodi L. Tervo Roberts, Owner of E3 Twin Ports, LLC
www.e3twinports.com   info@e3twinports.com

Fall: Hike in the changing forest with the aromas and feel of fall air, Bike, Playgrounds, Canoe, Kayak, Run, Harvest the garden, Cook homegrown meals, & enjoy evening BBQ with a campfire.
Photos by: Jodi L. Tervo Roberts, Owner of E3 Twin Ports, LLC (Except photo of Jodi biking, which was taken by her hubby.) E3's owner Jodi, is very involved in the community...secretary for the LSDBF Recruitment Committee, VP for the Northland Paddlers Alliance, along with many other volunteer duties. Register your team for the dragon boat festival by clicking here.
When you hire E3 for individual wellness coaching, or your corporate wellness, you are hiring a community member that values service through volunteering to help make our community a better place. Thank you for considering E3 for your next event or corporate educational need.

What are some of your favorite outdoor activities? What activities provide you with the biggest soul smile? :) I look forward to seeing your pictures, and hearing your stories. :)

Make it a great day!

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 150 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.

Website: e3twinports.com
YouTube: Channel


LIVE HAPPY, DREAM BIG, SMILE, and PLAY OUTSIDE!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Spreading Wellness: Have you experienced the power of reflection?

Photo by Jodi L. Tervo Roberts,
Owner of E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Energy and Empowerment through Exercise
Peaceful. Rejuvenated. Smiling. When I reflect upon how I feel after being out in nature (the woods) all day, these are the first three words that come to mind. When I pause a little bit longer, I think about being energized or happily exhausted, depending upon the length of time and activity of choice for the day. Skiing, snowshoeing, jogging, hiking, hiking to ice fish, & meditation, all give me a slightly different sense of emotions and fulfillment. My intentions are different, depending upon the activity.

To make this reflection more powerful, I need to ask myself, "When I get stressed out, how do I feel? What emotions am I having?" Then I ask, what can help me to lower my anxiety? What helps me to heal, overcome, and/or let go of the negative emotions? Sometimes I would say that it is reading, other times, crafts, sometimes I need to be around people, and often, the emotions that I am seeking can be found by exploring in the woods. Having this personal tool box allows me to use the strategy that will best fit the current situation. Building this tool box takes time and reflection. It takes knowing yourself, your authentic self. Yes, there is immense power in nature, AND in reflection. :)

As a teacher, I ask students to be critical thinkers, and I truly believe the research that states, the best critical thinkers are good at reflecting upon previous tasks, assignments, discussions, and experiences. (Sorry no citations for this at this time...I've read this in many articles over the years.) I see wellness coaching as a similar position to teaching...I encourage my clients to reflect upon experiences that they have had in the past. What has worked? What has not worked? What activities do you enjoy? What is your go-to stress reducer? Is that stress reducer healthy, or not as healthy? I believe that we as human beings, are students of life and for life. If we are open to growing as people, we are then open to learning about how to make ourselves better, how to capitalize on our strengths, capitalize on what makes us happy, capitalize on what we believe to be fun, and how to positively reflect (not dwell) on our past to make our present moment the best that it can be!

Is this easy? Certainly not always. Just like life has ups and downs, so does our ability to look at life as a teacher and us as students. But, we can continue moving forward as best as we can, and stay as positive as possible...all while understanding this...if you are in a dip, and you are feeling emotions other than peace, joy, and exuberance, then allow yourself to feel these other feelings. This is important as well. Of course, if the feelings become "abnormal" for you (and only you know when that is), then by all means, seek a health professional to help you through. There are many kinds of health care professionals that can help us through difficult times. Seek the ones that will help you.

Reflections - Photo by Jodi L. Tervo Roberts,
Owner of E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Energy and Empowerment through Exercise
Please share with me; Have you experienced the power of reflection? As for me, I most definitely have. I reflect on a daily basis...sometimes with successful outcomes/improvements in life...sometimes to problem solve a situation...and sometimes, for pure enjoyment of re-living amazing past moments.

This blog went in a totally different direction than I planned. I had planned on talking about the benefits of being in nature, but my fingers typed out a story about personal growth. I never know what I will write about each week, until it is written. In a way, this blog is one long reflection on research, life, health, and happiness. I do hope you enjoy it. :)

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 150 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.

Website: e3twinports.com
YouTube: Channel


LIVE HAPPY, DREAM BIG, SMILE, and PLAY OUTSIDE!



Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Spreading Wellness: What lessons have you learned from a cross-generational relationship?

An elderly woman with a thick, almost uncomprehendable Irish accent, the deepest belly laughter, and a story teller like none other. These are the first thoughts that come to mind when I think of my former land-lord/house mate, Mary, from Tacoma, WA. For 3 years I was a traveling therapist (PT Assistant), and had the honor of meeting some amazing people along the journey. This was before the days of being connected to people through social media...yes, I was slow at jumping on the social media band wagon. My first assignment was in the Seattle/Tacoma area, where I stayed for 2 years. The second year I rented a room from one of the most memorable elderly persons that I've ever met. I kept in touch with her via Christmas cards and random phone calls for a few years, and then my life became increasingly crazy, and I wasn't sure if she was still alive...we lost touch. A number of months ago, I was excited to see a profile of one of her girls on my social media, and sent a friend request. I learned that Mary had passed away. It was sad to hear, but I was not surprised as the last time I had talked with her she told me about her increasing ailments and doctors visits. But it did make me pause and reflect upon what I had learned from my friendship with her.

Mary was adamant about me watching one show a week with her, even though I didn't like watching TV, she said I will like Emeril. So most weeks we shared this time together, and yes, it was fun, and we always laughed. She was looking for a friend to socialize with, and this was something we could do together. (Relationship)
Squash Tacos - YUM! 

I was an avid runner when I was living in Tacoma, and there were amazing running groups that I was a part of, but many evenings I would tie my running shoes and take off from the house. She was always concerned for my safety and would spend time thinking about beautiful and safe places for me to run. (Showing Kindness/Caring) She was using her mothering instincts of love, and encouraging me to continue exercising, even though she wasn't able to part-take in intense physical exercise anymore. She would tell me that it was important. (Encouraging Exercise)

Mary and I had deep discussions about the spiritual meaning of life...she understood the importance of having meaning to life. (Spiritual Engagement/Meaning)

We often sat at her kitchen table, where she shared stories of her past. The one that I remember most was about a friend of hers...back in her late teenage/early 20's. With only humor that Mary could use, she told me how she saved her friend from being hurt by feeding vodka to a plant. A story that I cannot retell, but that story had deep meaning. She was sharing her strengths, virtues and values with me...to teach me the importance of helping a friend, and how to get out of a tricky situation if one ever came up. She did this in such a laughter filled story, that I will always remember it. (Strengths and Virtues)

Every day that I spent any time with Mary, we laughed. She was full of positivity and gratitude. She shared stories of love for her family, and absolutely adored her grandchildren. (Positive Mindset)

What does this memorandum have to do with health and wellness & nature? In parenthesis above, you see underlined traits. These 6 traits define the science of a truly happy person. The only trait that I did not personally see Mary use was "Flow." But, I believe that when I was off working and spending time with my friends, she had her own version of flow. When I stopped to reflect upon my time with Mary, I realized that Mary was one of the happiest people that I've ever met. She lived it every day. Positive psychology is a relatively new field of science. A field that I'm an avid learner in, and I love having real life experiences to relate research too. When I found the science based website, The Pursuit of Happiness, and I looked at the traits, I thought about my friend Mary. Now I can use science and reflection on real life experiences to really set the understanding of the practical application of these 7 scientific traits of happiness.

Mary was a wonderful woman. A woman that I will always remember, and I feel honored to have spent time getting to know her. Now I ask you, do you have an elderly person in your life that you learn/ed from? Have you truly reflected in gratitude about the relationship that you have/had with that person? Have you truly reflected in gratitude about the lessons that that person has taught you?

I encourage you to take a few minutes to reflect upon a relationship that you have/had with a significant person in your life. Preferably a person of a different generation, of a different background, of a different culture. It truly is amazing how much we can learn from one another, across generations, and across cultures.

Have you ever thought of adding this sort of goal to your health plan? Have you ever thought of the importance of relationships across generations and across cultures as it pertains to the health of your corporation or organization?

Maybe you know of an assisted living, or elderly community that would enjoy having E3 lead hikes or fitness groups? I enjoy working with the elderly, listening to their stories, and learning from them. The entire time, we can all work on our pursuit or continuation of a happy lifestyle. :)


If you would like to learn how I (E3) can help you, your family, your corporation, or your organization, please send me an email (info@e3twinports.com). I am excited to meet with you. The consultation is free. And when you send me that email, please feel free to share with me, a story about a wonderful relationship that you have experienced across culture, or across generations.

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 150 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.

Website: e3twinports.com
YouTube: Channel


LIVE HAPPY, DREAM BIG, SMILE, and PLAY OUTSIDE!