Balcony Time: Looking Over Concord

1 Step, 5 Minutes to a more focused, powerful,

and healthy life.

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? – Mary Oliver

Without a doubt life is busy. I was talking with my roommate, Tyler, about how things were going and he said something that I think a lot of people resonate with, “There just aren’t enough hours in the day.”

finding time for yourself

Is this how your clock looks?

Here’s a look at what Tyler’s schedule looks like:

  • Wake-up 6am
  • Work 8am
  • Get to the Gym 5 pm
  • Get Home and shower 7:30pm
  • Eat Diner 8:00pm
  • Study/girlfriend/down time until 10pm
  • Sleep

Rinse and repeat. Maybe you’re a working Mom, or a stay at home Mom and your days are even crazier. I know that when I was growing up my mom had to balance cleaning the house, teaching us school (yeah my mom was a hippie and homeschooled us until we got to highschool), making meals, on top of being a wife.

I am thankful that she did all of that for us, but one thing that I know kept her sane was a few minutes every morning.

Mom with baby

Before the onslaught of the other two brothers

Your health and fitness results are made up of about 20% what you do in the gym, 30% what you put in your mouth, and 50% what you think about yourself.

Last post was all about taking massive action, if you haven’t read that one go check it out: Take Massive action

Today is about what you do before and after you do take massive action.

I have a balcony that looks out over my apartment complex in Walnut Creek towards Pleasant Hill, I can even see Concord. One thing that I love is sitting out there, night or day and watching people and spending some time thinking about how I want my life to turn out.

It’s my version of my mom’s few minutes each morning. As a kid I would walk in and see her reading or journaling about something, and I never realized why.

Without spending time for yourself ON yourself, NOT working out, you don’t have a whole lot of chance to reach your health and fitness goals.

The 5 minutes don’t have to be focused at first, but making sure that somewhere in that insane 4, 5, 6am to whenever you get into bed you devote at least 5 minutes to thinking about where you want your life to end up.

Otherwise, well life becomes and accident. You didn’t mean to spend your time just reacting to what’s happening all around you, you really wanted to take those dance lessons, or learn French, lose the weight, whatever it may be, but it just never happened.

2 reasons:

1. You didn’t spend the time planning how you are going to spend your one wild and precious life

2. You didn’t take action.

With those two steps I guarantee that you will start seeing change in how you feel, look and act. To get the body you want and deserve is about nutrition and exercise, but that’s only half of the battle. Where your mindset is is ultimately where you will end up.


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  • Brenda Ameli

    awww, this one made me cry…big surprise, I know. :)
    You are teaching really, really important stuff—I’m so proud of you!

  • Dee Hudson

    Kian, I feel like in the last several blogs, you have been really on point with your message. You have found your true voice and it is coming through loud and clear…what you are teaching is coming from the heart and soul of someone who is devoted to helping others change their lives. You are creating change in this world, one person at a time…what a gift you are sharing! From one coach to another, stick with it, even on days it seems for not…as we encourage others to live their best and most brilliant lives…we in turn have huge learning and enlightenment. ~dee

  • Leslie

    Great advice Kian! Beautiful post too! Even though I hate journaling, and with seven kids , my moments were too few and far between,its still a wild and great life! Love you!

  • Elizabeth Rusiecki

    Kian, you’re an old, wise soul in a little boy’s body. As one who stumbled upon her epiphany last summer, this one resonated with me. Keep it up. I’m proud to call you “friend.”