Two Truths & A Lie (I’ll let you decide which one is a lie at the end..)
1. I’ve yet to regret a single November project workout and leave the morning feeling amazing and energized for my day
2. You have to be a morning person or a certain level of “fit” to participate in November Project
3. I’ve yet to enjoy the sound of my alarm going off at 5:45 a.m
So I’m not a morning person. Like at all. Those “Good Morning’s” in the office at 8 a.m before I’ve had a cup of coffee- PURE LIES. There’s nothing good about waking up early (thanks Netflix…) and if it was up to me good morning would start around 9:30 a.m. So when I moved back to Kelowna and my good friend Roz was doing this thing called November Project- in September (????) at 6:29 (????) in the morning—- yaaaa I was a little skeptical about #justshowingup for my first workout. Oh ya, it was my birthday too so not only was I a “newbie’ but Roz made damnnnn well sure that everyone knew it was my birthday and that I would be doing extra everything. It’s been over 2 years now of showing up on Wednesday mornings now that I honestly can’t really remember the thoughts going through my head at that time but I guarantee if you are reading this and considering showing up for the first time (or first time in awhile) the sense of nervousness and unknown is real. I hope those are gone by the time you finish reading this. I’m so grateful that I did.
So what can I also tell you now? I actually look FORWARD to waking up at 5:45 on Wednesday mornings now (buuuut just Wednesday’s …. let’s not get carried away). I didn’t think in a million years I would ever type that statement (are you reading this Dad!) but it 100% is summed up by my 2 main thoughts when it comes to November Project- Community, and #justshowup.
Yes, November Project is a workout. The most common question I get from people considering showing up is about is what the workout is and whether they can do it. The answer, 100%, is YES. Roz and Steve and the whole tribe honestly do not care if you do 10000 or 10 laps/pushups/burpees whatever-we-are-doing this week, if you are “first” or “last” and you won’t find a more supportive group of people around. I think in 2 years I’ve done the same workout a handful of times only (shoutout to Steve & Roz- I co-lead and designed one week and I don’t know how you guys do it) and nobody is counting. We don’t keep score and honestly everyone is too busy doing their own shit to worry about what the person beside them is doing (other than to give them a high five or a little encouragement if they need it). What the whole workout is about is getting sweaty with a group of supportive and inspiring people and doing YOUR OWN personal best, whatever that is. To me, if I’m going to be up moving around at 6:29 a.m (remember what I said about mornings earlier?) I’m going to make sure I get something out of it and work my ass off but the workout is a small part of why November Project means so much to me.
I was lucky enough to grow up in the Okanagan- I went to school at UBCO where quite a few of my friends still live in Kelowna and I have a few different networks through sports, work, November Project, etc where I know quite a few people here now and have a solid group of friends. Guess what the #1 thing I hear from people about Kelowna is? It’s hard to meet people. Guess what- there is a community of 40-100+ people (and growing) people of various ages, professions, interests who show up every Wednesday morning who are looking to meet people just like you. If you don’t like positive, engaged, friendly , (and generally slightly above average looking!) people then definitely do not #justshowup but if you do I think chances are pretty high you’re going to connect with someone beyond the morning who you might click with…. an added bonus of sweating. The Facebook Social Page is always full of people doing various activities in Kelowna to join as well. Through this Community I’ve also volunteered with United Way, Central Okanagan Hospice Society, YMCA Okanagan, Canadian Blood Services and a few other things I’m sure I am forgetting right now and it’s really inspired a sense of Volunteering and Community that I find super important that I don’t know if I would have found that if I didn’t join NP. .In travelling I’ve also attended November Project Orlando & November Project San Diego and it’s amazing to see and know that other people are waking up just as damn early as you and are committed to showing up and bettering themselves and their communities a little bit further each week. We might need a little bit of that in the world right now no?
To me, the most important thing November Project has helped foster is the #justshowup mindset in more than just working out- which is suuuuuuper important for my own mental health as well. I’m extra committed to show up in the lives of my friends/family, relationships, my community and my work. I’m definitely more physically active. This isn’t an accident and I have November Project and the friends I’ve met in this community to thank because to me there is nothing more important than showing up- especially when you don’t feel like it.
Roz is one of my favorite humans on this Earth (and everyone else’s) and she recently wrote something for KelownaNow I wanted to share again because I feel it so perfectly sums up this Community.
Once you wake up to this idea that you have the power to impact your community, the people and the world around you, you will understand it’s not all about you. You can’t go back to sleep. You’re alive and breathing. Yes, you’ve made it this far. And you know there’s more.Roz Huber- who then probably followed it up with a “Fuck Ya”
So what’s holding you back? Ready to #justshowup in your life and your community? Been awhile since you attended? Worried about not knowing anyone? You know me now and I’m personally inviting you to join me and I’ll be there at 6:20. It’s going to be cold but I have a warm hug awaiting you- See you Wednesday 🙂