This last month was the one year anniversary of PB Bliss and I can’t believe how far we’ve come. I had skeptics from the start, namely my father, but I think I’ve proved them wrong. From the get go, I wanted to make this company much more than simple board rentals – I sought to create an experience of finding your true self on the water.
Last week, I received an email that touched my heart and I wanted to share it with everyone because I know there’s a lot of people out there who can relate. For now, this kind soul will remain anonymous, but in the spring she will be a paddling force, living the life she chooses. Thanks so much for passing this on to me – you are an inspiration!
“I love your website. Your story inspires me and I look forward to coming to take lessons from you beginning next spring. Why so long from now? Well, I’m on a fitness quest, and am currently working with a trainer to lose 100 pounds. I don’t believe SUP’ing is in the cards for me at the moment, but it will be very soon…
I was an athletic kid, waterskiing, swimming and playing softball. Then in college I fell in love with SCUBA diving, my total passion. Marriage, kids, and a desk job made me sedentary and bad food made me fat. I’ve gone through a divorce and come out the other end. I’m now 39 and redifining my life. I’m a Paralegal in Irvine and live with my mom & kids in Rancho Santa Margarita.
Why am I telling you this? My trainer asked me to visualize my perfect authentic life and what I came up with led me to your site. You are living my dream life! At least the job and fitness part of it! I thought I’d share with you what I came up with:
My Dream Self, My Authentic Self (thriving, not merely surviving)
I am healthy. I am fit. I am firm.I have rosy cheeks, bronze skin and long light-brown shiny hair with sun kissed strands about my face.
I enjoy paddle boarding, SCUBA diving and swimming.
I live in a bungalow near Laguna Beach in Orange County, California and can see the sea from my bedroom window. I do yoga every morning in my backyard.
I have happy, healthy and kind children. They are my joy.
I have a relationship with a man that is patient and selfless. We spend time together and enjoy our children. We may even get married some day, but there’s no hurry.
I vacation twice a year: one camping trip in the states visiting the wonderful parks and beaches on the West Coast, and once to an international location for a tropical island reef SCUBA diving adventure.
I don’t have a job. I do what I love. That includes living healthy, and inspiring others to do the same. I arrange travel for parent groups and that pays for my own. I spend much of my day outdoors, near the sea, and when I need to, I work from my home office with a view and lots of natural light.
I don’t worry about retiring, because I’m not working. I have enough to live comfortably, and invest for my old age, the kids’ college funds and emergencies. I am healthy and have great health insurance as well. I don’t worry about anything.
I have a deep connection with my spirit and God, and I spend at least two days a week nurturing that relationship through worship and study. I share this in my love and family relationships.
I am in the planning stages of a foundation/non-profit. I will give back to the community, and run it from my home. I am being called to children’s needs, but haven’t put my finger on it just yet.
I love to read, run, swim, cook whole organic foods, travel, love, laugh and THRIVE!
I don’t know exactly why I’m telling you this, but I suppose it may be to introduce myself and to tell you, put it out there, that I will learn SUP’ing and yoga come spring. And just maybe, I’ll be so good at SUP that in the future your company may need my services. Maybe I will get out of the corporate world, use my legal/business education to help run a company (or start my own), and enjoy this life I’ve been given. And enjoy the outdoors M-F as well as Sat & Sun.”
Writing down your goals and who you want to be makes it tangible and holds yourself accountable. If you want something to happen, write it down and hang it on a wall that you will see every day. This way, you never lose sight of your goals to make each day a step in the right direction.