My Complex System: Family, School, Work, and Health & Fitness

People often comment to me that they are amazed at my ability to juggle life, and for the most part that is true but what they may not know is that I spend a great deal of my time in the clouds. Well not really, but I do spend a lot of time looking at my life from many different perspectives; I feel like it’s a complex system and to keep up with it all I have become super-efficient with my time. I also get told that I think a lot, which I also know that to be true. I am constantly reflecting, making adjustments and then reflecting again (and blogging). It’s not easy managing schooling, my fitness and health goals, family and work.

But I am learning that all that I am learning is connected and applies in many aspects of my life…

Losing my weight gave me confidence to become more active. Becoming more active while reaching weight loss goals made me strive for new fitness goals. Achieving goals made me crave a bigger much more uncomfortable goal like learning at a graduate level, starting out by “getting my feet wet” with a graduate certificate, I am now over half way through a master’s degree. Going to school provided me the knowledge and perspective creating a desire to purse a new job.

As I revisit my fitness goals and losing weight, my learning there was previously limited because I was only dealing with my exterior shell but not the system that needed the most help if I want to truly change it forever. Learning that system (my mind) has been challenging but luckily have an amazing coach that is not only helping me achieve fitness and health goals but more importantly he is giving me the tools by sending me tons of reading, such as evidence-based resources, to help me better understand the system (me), so I can one day fly solo and do this on my own. What has been interesting for me is how much the learning from my master’s and the learning from the tons of resources my Coach gives me to read are connected. There are common themes that show up in all areas; systems thinking, coaching, values, design thinking, feedback loops, reflective practice, critical thinking, habits or tiny changes that impact the system slowly. These show up at work, school, family and my fitness and nutrition – it is all connected – learning from one thing is supporting my learning or growth in another.

I value all of these things equally, they are requiring my time and energy so finding the balance can be challenging but with a little planning it is possible to juggle it all. From a weekly school schedule to utilizing my treadmill time to catch up on fitness and nutrition resources, to declining the odd social event to make room for it all, I do what I have to do because I know it is temporary but very important to me.

It amazes me how complex we are but how simple solutions or tweaks have a huge impact on the system over time constantly expanding our boundaries, our potential in all aspects of life is endless if you really want something bad enough.

There will be a day soon that I will be done my master’s degree and by then I will have figured out what life without needing a coach to manage my health and fitness is like… But I doubt that means the learning will ever stop as my boundaries shift so will my goals.

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