What up? So, how’s your Monday going? I hope it’s just everything you’d want it to be so far – all of the productivity, no Monday blues, a big smile on your face, not tired at all….

Speaking of productivity…my man, Dan worked so hard on our house this weekend. He even moved our assault bike to the basement so we can easily move it outside (Oh, he bought me one for my birthday last October). See, for the past 9 or 10 months, we’ve steadily moved it back and forth from the living room to the guest room. We don’t use it as much as we’d like. Funny how that works. You buy something cool…you know, like an investment. And you’re like, “oh, we’re going to get so fit and use this all the time.” But it turns out you can’t just say you’re going to do something (or buy something) to see results. Not that I stay away from the bike in general or anything. I’d just rather ride it at the gym with all my friends, instead of in my living room watching other people’s VLOGS on youtube (we don’t have cable). 

Anyway, it felt great to start my Monday off at 7 am with some bike intervals in my back yard, mixed in with that big, 150 lb rogue sandbag. That thing is HEA-VY.

Ok. Ok. Ok. Enough of that. I’m almost positive I’ve talked about what I’m going to talk about today before on here. BUT…. I guess I’m just going to talk about it again. One, because it’s a hot topic and something everyone can relate to. And two, because I don’t have much else to talk about today!

It seems like no matter how happy or content we are, we’re always watching other people. And sometimes that watching turns into wishing for, and even wanting what they have. We devalue what we have, what we’re good at, and sometimes our entire identity, because we’re too busy watching someone else. 

We want the relationship our friend has…or the job that guy has… or the success that the random girl on instagram has. 

<<And for all you CrossFitters out there>> We want to be able to do what she can do, or what he can – without fully knowing what it took to get them there. We don’t bother looking at the whole picture (their background, time spent working on it, and the help they may have received along the way). 

So, here is your (and my) weekly reminder to just stop. Stop comparing yourself to everyone else. 

YOU (yes, you) have something to offer – to your family, your friends and the people you see on the daily, at your job, in your gym, etc.

If you spend too much time trying to be someone else, you’re shafting (sorry, I couldn’t think of a better word off the top of my head) everyone else around you. 

You’re special and unique. Sweet, right?

Sure, keep learning from other people. There’s nothing wrong with admiring a quality or skill someone has. I usually get inspired by other people, and it makes me want to be a better version of myself even more.

That doesn’t mean that I never get jealous, or frustrated, or even sad by other people. It’s always a work in progress for me, so I’m sure other people out there struggle with it too. I like to compare myself to others all the time. 

But I know better. And ultimately you probably do too. You just needed the reminder!

Have a great week! As cliché as it sounds, strive to be the best YOU can be. If you feel down, praise someone else. Take the focus off of you, and put it on someone else. That always helps me. 

And as always, thanks for reading these posts. They really are me just preaching to myself. But the messages people send and/or feedback always means a lot that people would even take the five minutes to read.