My friend Abbie AKA @blogibabe requested this blog post! You probably know her since she's all over the gram talking about POP, PIIT28, life, fitness and self-love. She also has a blog and it can be found HERE. She's amazing and super bubbly. There's no way you can't love her. Anyways, she had a blog request for me. She wanted mine and Eric's separate opinion on what it means to be successful and how our relationship supports our definitions.
I LOVE this topic. But before we get into it, can we talk about this photo? Eric and I did a photoshoot this weekend and this was the first pose we did. And the most challenging. It may look easy, but let me tell you, I have bruises. Eric is strong - holding me up is no problem but because I am not a barbell, I am unbalanced. So that's what makes it difficult. And then once I was up there, I had to position myself all fancy to make it look...PERFECT. This took several tries. And I ALMOST gave up. I was ready to quit with this pose. But we took one more chance and it was the winner. It turned out perfect. I love it so much. This photoshoot was so fun and a new experience for Eric and I. More photos to come next week!
Eric's Opinion on Success
Success is when you set a goal and you train to reach that goal. All your hard work leads to completing your goal. It's when you know what you want, and you go get it, knowing that it will take work, time, patience and persistence. I felt really successful after my Diving Course. After months of hard work, physically and mentally, it paid off when it was completed and I earned my new position. Success is when you have a goal and you focus on it so hard and you don't let anything stop you from reaching it.
All of the work and time that Steph and I put into our relationship pays off by us being happy. We support each other in our goals. And we support our relationship. We both agree that we need to work and put in effort for things to be good, just like other work or fitness related goals.
My Opinion on Success
My definition of success is being happy and passionate. And what makes me feel even more successful is when I can share my happiness and passion with people by HELPING them in some way. That to me is the greatest level of success. It's not about money, or fame, or having a big house or this or that. It's about waking up every day knowing that I can and will make a difference, even if it's a small amount. For example, teaching POP Pilates makes me SO happy, and I'm extremely passionate about it. And at the same time, I get to help people live healthier, more active lives. I leave POP classes feeling extremely energetic, happy and glowing with good vibes because of how amazing it makes me feel and how special my students are to me.
When I met Eric, the first time we hung out we talked for HOURS and HOURS about fitness - something we are both extremely passionate about and something that clearly makes us both happy. We also talked about our careers. What attracted me the most to Eric was his zest for life and his passion and motivation in his career, in fitness and all his goals in general. I always said that I wanted to be with someone who is extremely passionate. It doesn't matter what they are passionate about, but just passionate. I think because we are both motivated, hard-working people, we understand each other more - even if he's not passionate about POP - he knows that taking POP videos and pictures are important to me, so he helps me take them. He understand why it's so important. He supports me in my passions and goals to be successful, just like I support him.
Thanks for this awesome idea, Abbie! I hope we answered your question!