A few weeks ago I had a lovely visit with Laura, one of our former KeyHolders who has been living abroad for a few months now. She was in town for a quick weekend, so we set up shop on my couch and caught up for a few hours.
Laura and her husband had recently spent some time in the Netherlands and we were discussing the differences between life here in the US and life there. The culture in the Netherlands is all about conformity - based upon the Law of Jante, a code of conduct that portrays doing things out of the ordinary, or being overtly personally ambitious as unworthy and inappropriate.
“I feel like it’s almost the anti-SheHive,” Laura shared. “You have to look it up!”
So I did.
There are ten rules in the Law of Jante, all expressive of variations on a single theme: You are not to think you're anyone special or that you're better than us.
Does the new year make you feel like you should be doing something? And does knowing there are “only” three months left in the year make you feel like you should really be doing something?
You are not alone! Last year, I worked myself into exhaustion. If you’ve ever done that, you know it’s not pretty. And it doesn’t feel good either.
What do you do when you wake up in a funk? I mean a funk where you feel off and agitated? Or, when (let me just be blunt and bold here), you feel just plain old fucking pissed off at the world?
I usually love the mornings. They are a peaceful, quiet time... coffee, protein bar and time with myself. But, lately, I am waking up pissed off at the world and it scares me to death. I am scared of going down the "rabbit hole" - a place I have visited too many times. It is a negative state, a dark cloud - a lonely place that doesn’t sell my favorite yoga pants. It's where my Hag in the Attic - my bitchy inner critic - lives. And she can drag me down fast!
Our health is our most valuable asset and, if we invested a fraction of the time in our own health and wellbeing as we do in our businesses, careers, and families, I believe that chronic disease in women would decrease drastically.
One of the greatest misunderstandings when we talk about “getting healthy” or “health and wellness” is that we think it means fad diets and losing weight. Well, that is not correct. Losing weight (if there is any to lose) is the end result or by-product of a healthy lifestyle.
Last week was the 3rd annual “Camp Aunt Corinne.” My nephew, who is now 14 comes to stay with me for a week. During our time I choose fun activities in the area for us to do together. (Per his request, he also gets to go to Dave and Buster’s and plays video games until the money I give him runs out.
This week we went on a long bike ride and several shorter rides to get ice cream, spent an hour at WhoaZone in Holly; an inflatable adventure course floating on the lake. An afternoon at Tree Runner in West Bloomfield; an adventure course up in the trees with zip lines and repelling. And my nephew’s favorite, DEFY Trampoline park in Commerce; think Air Time plus America Ninja Warrior. Although, for the record, I did not participate in the trampoline park day for bladder related reasons. (I know you ladies can relate).