Simplicity and Changes

by tinareale on May 31, 2012

2012 has already showed me a few things. Namely, God wants to teach me some lessons this year.

I have mentioned a few times before that I consider my greatest weakness my overly type A personality. It can benefit me in some ways by keeping me motivated, hard-working, determined, and passionate. It also undoubtedly hinders me in living life, adding more stress than necessary.

I can easily find myself worked up over the most trivial things. I tend to bury myself in to-do lists. I think I can take on more than I really should handle. 

Over recent months, I have put a concentrated effort into turning to God and His will in my life. I want my life to reflect the peace and joy I know I can only find by living with the right priorities. I have had to let go of control and trust more fully at times. I have faced the lessons that perfection doesn’t happen, but making the best of any situation matters most. On countless occasions, I found myself giving up what I thought I wanted in order to go with my gut. Now my gut continues to lead me…to simplicity.

Jolene recently wrote an amazing post on her thoughts in seeking simplicity. I say a big ditto to all she shared.

I want more simplicity. I want, no…need, to take off some of the load I have given myself and streamline some things in my life. I must care for myself mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically.

I must find more simplicity in living.

Out of my desire to scale back and realign my priorities, there will be a shift in my blogging and personal training work. For the blog side of things? There is no plan nor pressure, so I don’t need to tell you all about that. I’ll post when I post, even if more infrequent.

However, I do need to give a formal announcement in regards to the training I offer.

Things have been going very well with the online training. I still love it. I still plan to do it. However, I also want to give each client the individual attention and care deserved. I can’t keep taking on new clients one after the other. I feel a bit odd having to do this, but I have instituted a wait list. This will allow me to focus more fully on my training participants. I know this could hinder some people from choosing to work with me, but I feel it best for both myself and everyone who signs up. For more information (if you’re interested), feel free to visit my services page which will take you a questionnaire to enter the queue. 

In sum, simplicity is good for our lives. Don’t fear making changes to find it in your life any way possible.

And I will still be doing my passion of helping bring fitness to others in a fun, realistic, achievable manner through my training programs AND Best Body Bootcamp later this summer. Smile


1 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats May 31, 2012 at 9:11 am

I think it’s a good idea to set a limit to clients! As much as you want to do everything, sometimes that’s just not possible while also enjoying life!

2 Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona May 31, 2012 at 9:30 am

It’s sometimes to slow down when you know there’s things that “have” to be done, but if you’re stressed out 24/7 and running on empty it’s not worth it. I know it’ll be hard, but I think it’ll definitely be worth it!

3 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss May 31, 2012 at 9:37 am

I think that’s a great idea… and you approached it beautifully. I’m sure your clients (as well as you!) will like quality over quantity so much more.

4 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries May 31, 2012 at 9:38 am

i admire you so much for taking a step back and simplifying things. i never see that as an easy task (i’m totally type A too!), but i think you’re doing the best thing for you and your family and that’s what matters!

5 Laurie @Love, Laugh, laurie May 31, 2012 at 9:47 am

I think it’s good that you are doing what’s best for you and your clients. I think simplifying things is one of the hardest things to do, so I’m proud of you for inspiring the rest of us :)

6 Alicia May 31, 2012 at 9:58 am

I, for one, and thrilled to have more attention from my trainer! I miss our more personalized emails.
Good job doing what is right for you, you WILL be blessed. I too have been trying to more align my life, wishes, and goals with the Lord’s timeline. It is a hard step but it will be worth it.

7 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More May 31, 2012 at 10:02 am

Honesty is a beautiful thing whether it be with ourselves or with each other. I need to remind myself more often when I’m feeling overwhelmed and need to say “no” to certain situations, but I too allow my Type A to take reign and often take more on. Listening to yourself and what you need it a beautiful thing. You go, girl!

8 Yellow Haired Girl May 31, 2012 at 10:02 am

Good for you! It’s great that you’ve taken a step back and realized what you need to do. I don’t think anyone would argue for a second. And if they do, send ‘em my way ;) enjoy your day!

9 jobo May 31, 2012 at 10:14 am

I love your thoughts on simplicity too, Tina! We are SO on the same wavelength here, it’s crazy, isn’t it? To dedicate the time you need and want to the things you are doing, sometimes you have to cut back on the other things, and do things like a wait list. It will give you and your clients the personal attention they need, and allow you not to grow gray hairs, in the process ;-) I call June – SIMPLICITY!

10 lindsay May 31, 2012 at 10:21 am

i think that is the best approach. I am right there with you! let GOd feed you and nourish you first so that you can feed others. love you!

11 Tina May 31, 2012 at 10:35 am

Tina, good for you for realizing that you have too much going on and working towards making things easier on you. I totally relate to you as i’m the same way.

12 Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) May 31, 2012 at 10:57 am

Tina, I’m so thrilled for you that your life is so full with goodness, that it’s requiring some focus and cutting back. You’ve made such amazing things happen! Also, maybe it’s time to increase your prices to compete with the high demand? I’m sure people won’t like me saying that, but it sounds like you are in demand, woman!! So happy for you :)

13 Mellissa May 31, 2012 at 10:58 am

Learning to slow down is a hard lesson, one I constantly work on and really struggle with. Between my job, blog and life I have 80+ hour weeks. It needs to stop! I need to appreciate sitting and just relaxing or reading more.

14 Julie May 31, 2012 at 11:17 am

What a great post, Tina! I agree that it’s easy to take on too much, and mental health is so important. I hope you find lots of peace by streamlining!

15 Jillian @ sprinkle massacre May 31, 2012 at 11:25 am

I am totally with you on this. Sometimes I feel like I’m failing because I haven’t completed what I intended, but really I just piled my plate a bit too high for what I am actually able to accomplish in the time I have. “Me time” is SO important.

16 Heather (Where's the Beach) May 31, 2012 at 11:39 am

I agree with all the other comments! It’s so important to focus on what’s most important.

17 Alex @ therunwithin May 31, 2012 at 11:44 am

Good for you, I think we all feel like doing everything is something to be proud of but in reality it is fully committing yourself to a balance. I think we all need this reminder, thanks for writing this.

18 Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life May 31, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Props to you, lady. You’re always so good at this sort of stuff :)

19 Amanda Perry @ Sistas of Strength May 31, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Lots of posts about this out there lately and it’s really so true. I’m going through a lot of the same things and have a very similar type A personality. I have a hard time saying no and want to do everything (and do everything well), but it’s just not possible. Right now I have a seriously overload of work from several different jobs and I need to simplify big time in order to be truly happy! Thanks for the lovely reminder that I’m not alone in feeling overwhelmed!!

20 [email protected] May 31, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Gotta follow your heart :) Love it! And yes, us Type A people must make sure we’re not overtaxing ourselves! Great post.

21 Jess May 31, 2012 at 12:33 pm

I love that you’ve taken this step back and have implemented a few really good, fairly simple, changes to make YOUR life more balanced and happy and PRESENT. SO so so important. Totally agree with all of your thoughts here and my sister’s too. Loved that post of hers. I’ve been thinking about the simplicity thing especially in relation to blogging and things and how much I want to continue to invest in it, and for how long and how in-depth. It’s on my mind a LOT lately…

22 hannah @ honestly here May 31, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Hi Tina!
I’m the same way when it comes to the pressure to get things done and have them be perfect, but so often it keeps me from the very thing I think it will give me- peace. I recently started this book called Grace for the Good Girl by Emily Freeman and it speaks straight into that mindset. Good for you for setting limits and doings whats best for you and your family! :)

23 Lisa May 31, 2012 at 2:33 pm

It is great that you are simplifying things! You are already a wonderful mother and have so much other stuff on your plate. Taking a step back so that you can create a better quality of things will be a great approach!

24 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance May 31, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Go Tina! I think it’s great that you’re deciding to scale back on the training and blogging. I’m very much like you in the fact that I’m a type A as well, so I get stressed VERY easily. The key is to figure out what works best for you by trial and error, and that’s exactly what you’re doing :)

Amen sista! Keep up the great work!

25 Michelle (Better with Berries) May 31, 2012 at 3:24 pm

I love this post – I needed it today! It seems like you are making a great decision to keep your life less stressful.

I tend to get caught up in little details – this morning I was almost in tears while dealing with some problems when registering for classes. If I would have stopped and thought about it, I know that everything would be figured out in the end.

Simplicity is a good thing – you are so right :-)

26 Heather @ Better With Veggies May 31, 2012 at 5:43 pm

I think this is VERY smart, for both you and your clients. I already have a max number of clients in mind (I’m not there yet) that I can handle for run & multisport training – these things take time and you want to give people the right attention without turning yourself into a crazy lady!! Good for you making that official!

27 Leonor @FoodFaithFitness May 31, 2012 at 7:43 pm

I am all about simplifying my life. I am a “yes” person, but sometimes you have to say “no”.

28 Val @ Tips on Healthy Living May 31, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Boundaries! They are so important to be able to set, not just in your relationships with other people but in your relationship with yourself too. Because that’s what we have with ourselves right? When you are a person with a lot of self-motivation, that relationship can be both positive and negative, and it sounds like you are working on balancing that. Good for you! :)

29 Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health May 31, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Love you Tina! I’m so glad you are doing what is best for you!! I might have to take a cue from you once I start my internship in July

30 Jordan Lynn (Ciao Cow) May 31, 2012 at 9:45 pm

As a law student, I have had to realize that I can only take on so much as well, and I’m 100% certain it has improved the quality of my life. Congrats on the success and being able to recognize healthy limits!

31 Heather May 31, 2012 at 10:00 pm

yay for best body boot camp! I missed the last go around!

32 Arlene @ Adventures in Weight Loss May 31, 2012 at 10:06 pm

I think you’re making a wise decision to limit stress/maximize family time/devote attention to clients.

That said, the announcement spurred me to put myself on your waiting list. I’ve been wanting to do it since bootcamp ended, but haven’t gotten around to it.

33 Liz May 31, 2012 at 10:12 pm

Good for you! I bet it’s tempting to take on a lot of clients for the monetary gain. What you’re doing will allow you to have a deeper impact. Can’t wait for Bootcamp #2!

34 pluvk June 1, 2012 at 1:06 am

Good for you! God always has the right plan and the right path for each of us. Sometimes we’re stubborn and try to veer off the trail, but it’s great that you’ve found your footing again. I need to do the same!

Can’t wait for your bootcamp. I’m hoping to participate!

35 [email protected] June 1, 2012 at 10:06 am

As someone who really only has to take care of myself these days, I can’t even imagine how hard it becomes to live a simply life once you have a family, especially children. Once you are in charge of others lives it must be almost impossible to live a life of simplicity. We appreciate the fitness help and motivation you give online, and will be here for support as well whenever you need it!

36 Jocelyn @ Peace Love Nutrition June 1, 2012 at 1:25 pm

It’s so important to find a healthy balance in your life. Some people like taking on a million things but I’m like you- I like quality instead of quantity.

37 Sara @ Nourish and Flourish June 4, 2012 at 2:20 am

You’re so right, Tina–the only REAL satisfaction, joy and PEACE we’ll ever have in this life comes from trusting God. It’s such a simple concept, but gosh darnit, why does it have to be so hard? :-p Society tells us to take on more more more, while God is telling us to make due with less. You have a gift for reaching people emotionally (through this blog) and physically (through your training services); your decision to do a little less means you’ll be able to GIVE so much more. xoxo <3

38 [email protected] June 12, 2012 at 7:27 am

Great post Tina !!! If I may add— “You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need. ” ~Vernon Howard

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