I was so honoured to be interviewed recently by Kattie Forbes – a Post Grad Student at Western.  She wanted my tips on how to “Bring It” and although Bring It caters to children…I think these apply to us bigger kids too!

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The 21st century is bombarded with pictures of unattainable body images, a slipping economy and fractured sense of self-worth. This interview with Carolyn Martyn, Health, Wellness and Body Image coach, personal trainer, and the founder Bring It!, provides insights on how to embrace your inner brave, and bring it with confidence.

Face your fears

Don’t give into those butterflies when faced with a challenge. Butterflies just mean something is important to you, so give it your all and be proud of yourself. Don’t be afraid to fail, and try, try again. Fear is only a state of mind that will hold you back from chasing your dreams. Additionally, understand that you are not perfect, but “perfectly imperfect” and you can handle anything. That big midterm at school? The pitch in the staff meeting this afternoon? Don’t be afraid of failure. Everything is a learning opportunity to do better next time. Be Resilient! Rise to challenges, and don’t give in to them. Be fearless, be bold, be you.

Make a plan

Whether it’s sitting down on a Sunday and going through the week ahead or writing out your to-dos, make a plan in order of importance to get your tasks completed. Also, respect ‘your place,’ your space, and your time to alleviate stress.

Don’t forget to block off time to make sure you eat well and exercise. If you just say each day “I will do it later,” tasks tend to build up. Write your to-do list in your planner or put it in your phone calendar to stay on track. Also, make sure you are not saying ‘yes’ to so many other people that you are really saying ‘no’ to you. Prioritize your time, and be honest to others about what you can achieve, and the rest will follow

Be kind and get involved

Do volunteer work to spread kindness and empathy. We need so much more of that in this world. The feeling you get from helping others is something that cannot be explained. It puts things in perspective about your own wants and needs, while understanding that those around you need a little help as well.

Volunteering at a local food bank, festival, or school in your community will ignite new interests or hobbies you never considered before. Also, you can meet a range of new people and places. Lastly, it can be a great way to network and meet important people in your community, which can boost your professional goals and connections.

Speak up and be brave

Your voice matters, so be brave and embrace your value. Communicating with others is one of the most important things you can do. You can never communicate too much with others. Speak up, and find your voice: at home, school, work and in the community. Chances are that you have great innovative ideas that others can benefit from, and your positive energy can inspire others to be brave.

That being said, never assume someone feels the same way. Just ask, and collaborate to meet your greatest potential. Use your voice, take action, and take a stand for what you believe in. Your ideas will go a long way.

Take time for yourself

Lastly, the most important way to bring it is to make time to lookout for your own best interests. Start the day with a healthy breakfast and a workout. Pursuing hobbies that you love allows you to be grateful for all the good in your life. Good food, rest, and time to kick back really helps you bring it in all other aspects of your life.

Life is full of pressures, anxieties about body image, relationships, grades, pressing work deadlines, and struggling to feel confident. Sometimes we take the small things in life for granted. Carolyn Martyn, the founder of Bring It, has been on the brink of death and realized it is crucial to bring it in all aspect of life.

We are all suffering the same challenges, and you are not alone. Resilience, support and the right attitude will get you through any challenge in life.

You don’t have to be perfect, you just have to Bring It!        Carolyn Martyn Shine Fitness7