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A Balanced Life is Like Flipping Burgers

Laarni San Juan

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Imagine you are at your friend's annual BBQ. Guests slowly trickle in and the host suddenly remembers somebody has to be in charge of the burger bar. There's laughter in the backyard, a bunch of head nods, no one bites, and finally the host points at you to take it on. You oblige. You think, how hard could it be to throw patties on the grill and get cheese ready for the cheeseburger fans. The party starts to warm up, beer is being chugged, the wine bottles are getting poured and the crowd looking comfortable. Your first order comes in, "well done please". Sure. No problem. Patty one thrown onto the hot grill. Second order, "medium with a touch of rare". Okay, I know what that looks like.  Cool. Third order, "medium with crispy edges but not burned". That sounds easy. That's how I like my burgers too. The patties are cooking, guests come over to the burger stand and you get distracted. You start laughing and cracking jokes too. You lose track of what's cooking. Uh oh. Burger one is almost burned (it's more like charred).  You forget what order three wanted so you keep it cooking. Starts to feel chaotic and you start to feel bad because you may have screwed up the one simple thing that was asked of you. It was supposed be easy but you managed to lose sight and now the person who depended on you goes hungry and maybe even disappointed. You pray they will say it's okay and we all move on. 

That scenario reminds me of life.  We have so much to cook all at once: health, family, job, community, business, and you can even throw in keeping up with social media. A lot of moving parts all at once. Whatever you got going on in your life, it's important to keep an eye on what's "cooking". We have to periodically check on the patties, flip it over once in awhile,  and sometimes chuck it out because we decided to have a veggie one instead. Maybe throw it on a toasted wheat bun with some hot sauce for zest. Maybe the fire underneath loses its heat and the time is taking way longer than planned.  Time to get more charcoal and lighter fluid to keep the fire going or is it? Whatever the situation, keep an eye on what's on the grill at all times.

You are the cook of your life. What's on your menu?

A is for Access

Laarni San Juan

One of my favorite words that start with "A" is ACCESS.

I love the concept of access. To access opportunities, ideas, and experiences is to increase your chances of being fulfilled. Access info, access mentors, access resources, access knowledge, access support, access help.

Access whatever it is that will lead you to the life you want.

Hashtag jus sayin.

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The Best Gift Ever

Laarni San Juan

I work with moms each day and I hear their joys but most of all their struggles. I hear what pains them and their perceived challenges.

I get it. I'm a mom too.

What I've learned over the years is that the struggle and the perceived challenges will always be there. However, it's all perspective and mindset. It's what we train our brains to think.

I taught parenting classes for over 10 years and I start with "LOVE YOURSELF FIRST BECAUSE YOU CAN'T GIVE WHAT YOU DON'T GOT".

I end the classes with "LOVE YOURSELF FIRST BECAUSE YOU CAN'T GIVE WHAT YOU DON'T GOT".

The best gift, ever, that we could give others is our best selves.

Our loved ones know when we are sad, angry, excited, alert and emotions in between. They are watching. They also copy what we are and what we do.  

Be contagious but for the right reasons.

Quakes and Identity

Laarni San Juan

Last night I did a presentation and let the audience know that I have a deep thirst for knowledge and so got a masters degree in public health. I love learning systems and examining WHY people do what they do. The constant denominator of my journey since childhood has been studying systems, helping others, and seeing them win in life. That's my drug. As humans we were meant to co-create, build communities, and thrive. When the human spirit thrives, living WITH LIFE happens.

The more I speak each night, the more I can feel the shift in my own IDENTITY. My breath becomes louder and my core does earthquake somersaults. Things jolt and I ENJOY it. God, I enjoy it. I am shedding my former identity and coming into the new. Its like a chameleon in an earthquake. Shedding and changing are part of the human condition. Fear can get in the way of what could be. The best part of the process is knowing I am alive, anew, and even more convicted to be a servant leader to others.