Get Off the Couch and Walk: Study Shows How Fitness Can Improve Quality of Life

When I embarked on my latest fitness campaign to live my BEST LIFE NOW about a year ago I had to embrace regular exercise. The fact is that in order to be healthy, feel vibrant, and honor your temple you must have an active lifestyle and have a proper nutrition plan.

So when I read The Benefits of Middle-Age Fitness article in the NY Times I was delighted to read research on the benefits of fitness.

Interestingly, the effects of fitness in this study statistically were greater in terms of delaying illness than in prolonging life. While those in the fittest group did tend to live longer than the least fit, perhaps more important was the fact that they were even more likely to live well during more of their older years.

I’ve learned that finding some form of physical fitness that I like keeps me interested and motivated.

 “You don’t have to become an athlete,” says Dr. Willis, who himself has little time for exercise but tries to fit in a daily walk. “Just getting up off the couch is key.”

Until you can find an exercise that you like AT LEAST get off the couch!

Look at exercise and nutrition as an investment in your present and your future quality of life.

 So then, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you may do, do all for the honor and glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31 AMP)

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Serena Williams, the Comeback Tennis Champion

I’ve had the chance to watch Serena Williams compete at the US Open at Flushing Meadows several times. I’m always blown away by Ms. Williams’ enthralling passion during her matches.

Watching her play tennis will have you venturing to your nearest sports store to purchase a tennis racket and head to the tennis courts. However, you will soon develop a deeper respect for tennis and Ms. Williams’ mastery of the sport. Serena’s fluidity, like other champions, consists of a synergy of hard work, determination, and talent.

Williams’ winning victory over top-ranked Victoria Azarenka at the 2012 US Open championship marks a fourth U.S. Open championship and 15th Grand Slam title overall.

However this match was no walk on the tennis court. Two points from losing the U.S. Open final, Williams resiliently rallied to beat top-ranked Victoria Azarenka. Williams also came all the way back from the health problems that kept her from competing for 10 months in 2010-11.

When the going gets toughest, WIlliams tends to overcome adversity and shine.

“I really was preparing my runner-up speech.”

But Serena chose a new thought and achieved victory.

“I never give up. I never, never quit,” Williams said after the first three-set U.S. Open women’s final since 1995. “I have come back so many times in so many matches.”

Serena tapped into the equation for success! Whenever you’re in a dire situation recognize the power of positive thoughts plus action.

“So many people on tour are like, ‘Oh, you just show up and you win matches.’ I just smile and I let them believe that,” Williams told reporters. “The fact of the matter is I probably work harder than anyone else on the WTA Tour or else I wouldn’t be sitting here talking to you guys.”

Sounds like Serena knows about Ant-Mode!

Winning titles 13 years apart at the same Grand Slam tournament represents the longest span of success in the professional era, which began in 1968.

She is the first woman in her 30s to win the U.S. Open since Navratilova in 1987.

She is the first woman to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in the same season since 2002, when – yes, that’s right – Williams did it.


Congratulations Serena! You are truly inspiring!



Sources: RACHEL COHEN, AP Sports WriterHOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer

Image Credit: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images


Learn New Rules of The Competitive Job Market

NY Times OP-ED Columnist Thomas L. Friedman lays out a smart formula for remaining competitive in the job market in his article, New Rules.

This formula is crucial if you want to live a life where you are thriving.

The truth is, if you want a decent job that will lead to a decent life today you have to work harder, regularly reinvent yourself, obtain at least some form of postsecondary education, make sure that you’re engaged in lifelong learning and play by the rules.

You must stay engaged and open to becoming a better, more knowledgeable you!

Technology and globalization are wiping out lower-skilled jobs faster, while steadily raising the skill level required for new jobs. More than ever now, lifelong learning is the key to getting into, and staying in, the middle class.

When you approach your career with passion you will continuously seek out knowledge.

How you can find your passion in your job?

Or should you switch to a new career path that gives you a sense of exhilaration?

There is a quote attributed to the futurist Alvin Toffler that captures this new reality: In the future “illiteracy will not be defined by those who cannot read and write, but by those who cannot learn and relearn.” Any form of standing still is deadly.


Resilient Artist don’t stand still!



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Train Drain- Taking Responsibility of Your Energy

The post was written on an NYC express subway train while…

I was sitting next to this woman that complained every stop about how slow the train was going. She kept smacking her lips & complaining.

“Yes. A Jedi strength flow from the Force, but beware of the Dark Side. ” – Yoda to Luke, Star Wars



After a few of these outbursts she started to work my nerves.  I realized my PH emotional energy levels turning to the dark side and a side-eye emerging so I decided to quickly take action.

  Be responsible for the energy that you bring into this space. Dr. Jill Taylor

Not only are you responsible for the energy that you bring, you are also responsible for the energy around you.  You will never be able to be who you are suppose to be in the world if you continue to allow the energy suckers in your life. Oprah Life Class

I could either put on my headphones and listen to music.


Figure out how could I use this experience for my good and the good of others.

I chose option 2 and this option lead me to pose this question: When you are on the most efficient path for your life, are you complaining?


The express train is the best way to get around NYC during rush hour and this lady choose to stay on and complain at every stop instead of exercising her right to get off and chart a new course.


This experience taught me to be happy and go with the flow or choose another course to find my joy.

I also learned to be aware of people in my environment that choose to complain and stay on their same emotional train headed to misery.

Are you the “Train Drain”?


Are their some “Train Drains” that you need to remove from your journey?

Let’s discuss!


Who are you? Proverbs 31:25-27

…and what are YOU made of ?

Welcome to Day 31 of the Will Proverbs Change Your Life? Reading Series. Today’s reading is Proverbs chapter 31.

Today’s favorite verse in Proverbs chapter 31 is…

Strength and dignity are her clothing and her position is strong and secure; she rejoices over the future [the latter day or time to come, knowing that she and her family are in readiness for it]! She opens her mouth in skillful and godly Wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness [giving counsel and instruction]. She looks well to how things go in her household, and the bread of idleness (gossip, discontent, and self-pity) she will not eat. (Proverbs 31:25-27 AMP)

In conclusion of the Proverbs Reading Series, I would like to challenge us all to focus on being INTROSPECTIVE today. Proverbs 31 highlights the characteristics of the virtuous woman and we must also , as men and women, be able to produce evidence in our character of the virtues and morals we proclaim.

5 Questions to ask your self today:

1. How will I clothe my self today? Will I wear peace, love, strength, etc?

 Know, first, who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly.  ~Epictetus                                                                                                                      

2. What will my position and stance be like today? Will they reflect my core?

Rise O fallen fighters, rise and take your stance again, He who fight and run away, live to fight another day ~Bob Marley

3. How does my future look based on my present preparedness?

 I run on the road, long before I dance under the lights ~Muhammad Ali

4. What am I talking about today? Is it of substance?

The words of the tongue should have three gatekeepers:  Is it true?  Is it kind? Is it necessary? ~ Arabian proverb

5. Is my house (heart, mind, body, work, goals, ‘actual home’) in order?

Good order is the foundation of all good things ~Edmund Burke


Please give an I AM statement below. Let us know WHO YOU ARE?!

Let Resilient Artist be your Accountability Partner!!!!! 


I am reading The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: King Solomon’s Secrets to Success, Wealth, and Happiness. Mr. Scott reveals several breakthrough strategies to achieve a life of success. One of these strategies he recommends that you read a chapter from Proverbs a day. For your reading schedule, he recommends that each day you read the chapter that matches the current day of the month. So for August 1st you would read Proverbs Chapter 1.

August marks my third month on this reading plan and it’s amazing how fun and enlightening reading Proverbs can be.

This month I will share my favorite verse for the Proverbs chapter of the day along with a video clip, picture, etc.


Check out other days of the Proverbs Reading Series.

*NOTE: One strategy that I use on this reading plan is that if I miss a day, oh well. You can read whatever chapters missed the next month on the corresponding day. Just read the chapter that matches the day of the month. That way it doesn’t become a chore and you can stay present.

*Leave a comment below and let’s discuss.