New Life In A New Land

IMG_2054It’s something I cannot explain, but I love it.  It is not an easy life, yet I want to live it.  I will never be one of them and will always be looked at differently.  I will always be treated like a visitor, no matter how local I become.  People will always say things in front of me expecting me not to understand.  And they will ALWAYS stare no matter what I say, wear, or do.  I will not make friends because I am in my thirties and have no children and have a husband that lives ten thousand miles away from me.  At the end of the day I go to an empty house and spend the evening alone.  All for the love of my job and this country I have fallen in love with; there is still no other place I’d rather be.

It has been a long time coming.  Other offers had come and gone in the past, but this was the one to take…I had actually come to the conclusion that moving here was going to just be a fantasy, since year after year I was denied by my other half whenever it came to the final decision to make the move.  This time was different.  Just when I was about to accept that the life I wanted would never be, it happened…and here I am.  A new job in a new country, this new place I now call my home now. 

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I look forward to the many adventures that are ahead of me.  My patience will be tested daily.  I will get very little sleep in comparison to what I am used to.  It will be uncomfortably hot and dirty.  I will not get to race as I once did…the one thing that has always given me life.  Hopefully there will be something there to help keep that spark within me. 

I am here now.  This is my home.  Welcome to India.

A Father’s Influence

It’s is rare that I ever post an article that I read, simply because it is not my work.  However, today is a different day.  I am lucky to get to work with this man.  He one of the best at what he does in the fitness industry and lives the lifestyle that goes with it.  An influencer not only to the ones he works with, but also to his family…his daughter, who did this beautiful interview for O2 Max Fitness for Father’s Day.

We truly need more parents like this in the world who understand the importance of healthy lifestyles and the affects it has on their children.  Leading by example and influencing their children’s lives will help set them up for many healthy years.  It can be one of the greatest gifts you can ever give.

Check out their article:  How a Fit and Successful Father has Influenced His Daughter

The Indian Diaries Part 1

IMG_0560HOW I GOT HERE

28th November, 2009 I first landed in the country, of what seemingly up until now was the last place in the world I would expect to travel.  But when you live life with an open heart and an open mind, you never know what path life might lead you.  Here I was.  Ready to meet the rest of this new family I had married in to and take my first trip through India.

When people ask me what I like most about India, there aren’t words to describe the warmth, peace and love I feel when I am here.  I had always felt deep down, since my younger years, that I would end up living in a different country, from the beginning there was always something pulling me away from my ‘homeland’.  I have traveled all over the world, and for some reason I have always placed my first impression on a country by the first breath of air I take once I step out of the plane.

I will never forget that first breath of air I took when I landed in India.  It wasn’t a smell that awakened my senses, it was a feeling that took over my soul.  For someone who lives by a schedule, cannot function in crowds and traffic and disorderly inefficient ways.  The deeper I explored this land of unorganized chaos, the more I felt at home.

It was on this first trip where I taught my first fitness class in the city of Ahmedabad at a club.  With family, I went to take my first group fitness class, fore I was curious to see what the fitness industry was like in the country.  Within the first five minutes of class, the music went out and the teacher froze no knowing what to do next.  Spending another five minutes trying to get music to work again she was ready to end class, but not before the cousin I was with said, “Kimberly will teach, she is a fitness professional in the U.S.”  So there I was, standing there ready to do a workout, now becoming the teacher for the workout.

As I was walking out of the club that evening, I looked at my husband and said, “I am going to help revolutionize the fitness world in India.”