Challenge Your Excuses

There's always something! The life of an entrepreneur is one in which problems always need solving. Regardless of the number of processes, checks and balances you establish, things will always happen to push your efforts outside of the intended state. I think a lot of moms can relate to this feeling too, as kids have constant needs that compete with their own and usually become prioritized. Living a balanced life while rocking professional goals is a shuffle for sure, and I am 100% guilty of choosing work over most things in life.  I truly believe that health is the basis of our being and core, yet I still struggle to maintain that balance, even as the owner of a health-related businesses.

I'll never forget my first week at Nike and transitioning into life at the Berm. It was like walking into a health heaven. Employees had access to two large sports facilities, and everyone was expected to take a break during the day to workout.  The job was essentially 9-5, but there were always extra hours, outside requests, and major projects to push through.  Balance was a challenge then as well, even with a wellness-focused work culture, but I didn't know how good I had it in comparison to what entrepreneurship would bring.

My transition out of Nike led me to owning my own business and opening a few Pure Barre studios.  Fitness studios!  Whoop whoop! That had to be a guarantee that health and fitness would be my life...right? I quickly learned that business is business, regardless of the industry, and that my mindset and personal makeup leave me susceptible to overwork.  There is a monkey on my back that feels very real to me; it's constantly telling me to push harder.  I feel seconds away from failure at any point, as if the rug will get pulled out from under me. This feeling has decreased a bit over time as I've settled into following my muse, but I don't like to get comfortable. As soon as you stop pushing, others catch up. You can and will drop to the bottom quickly.

This monkey on my back, pushing me, has really affected my consistency in regards to health and fitness.  I have allowed work to take over my life so many times. I can easily sacrifice a workout for work. The consequences of not working feel much more significant with having responsibility for so many staff members. I have to check myself on this often. I'm not someone that works more efficiently because I took an hour to workout.  It might mean better sleep, but it also means an added hour to my day. I'm fine with that added hour.  Where I suffer, is the urgency I feel with work related issues and tasks. It's part of my fire and determination to move forward at all times. So, what it essentially comes down to for me is asking: "Am I living up to my full potential?"

It takes a ton of responsibility to own our excuses in the areas of life where we are not performing to our potential, and everything in life comes with a consequence. Choosing to be "fairly fit" is an excuse for me. Yes, I can eat healthy enough, naturally look fit enough, kill it in business, consistently work on self development and honestly,  I am happy with that. But am I truly living my potential by being healthy and fit "enough"? The answer is obviously NO! There is nothing like admitting an excuse, even when it's a good one, and
creating a new challenge for yourself. When we own it, and take on
the challenge, we simply prove our strength to ourselves. We learn that our capacity is greater than we thought, and we can accomplish amazing things. I hope that you too can identify your own excuses and motivate yourself to live up to your potential, your muse...everything you were meant to be in this lifetime. Make it spectacular and leave nothing on the table.

Rashanna Moss
CEO, Moderna Muse
Owner, Pure Barre Austin

You're My Muse.

You’re my Muse…

…my worst distraction, my rhythm and blues.  

In love, we have felt this.  The dichotomy of being completely taken off course, while also completely inspired by the one we love.  Many of us have also been this muse for someone else.  A mirror, a voice, a piece of inspiration for another.

In my most intense relationship, I was moved by the idea of “MUSE”.  To be the inspiration for creativity, expression, a work of art, in another person’s soul.  What a compliment!  Yet what responsibility to be held in such high regard.

This concept takes on a new meaning when we apply it to ourselves.  Through self-love, we can find and honor our inner muse. We no longer need to rely solely on others to ignite our fire of inspiration.  The closer we come to being the ideal version of ourselves, the more self-love we have.  

Consider the times you’ve told yourself you are going to elevate your health, but kept slipping back to old habits - and in turn, you beat yourself up over your setbacks.  Consider the impact of the negative self-talk you inflict on yourself while in that state. There is not enough room in your soul for this negative energy. The decline in your self worth just leads to more drinking, more cheetos, and more time engaging in the vicious cycle of sabotage.  

Now compare that to the times when you set clear health goals and took the personal responsibility to actually get there.  The process becomes fun, your setbacks become few and far between, and your internal dialogue becomes one of self-love. You now enjoy how you feel, your confidence increases and you love yourself more.

You are riding this high because you are “living your muse” - our term for aligning with who you are meant to be and showing up as your highest expression of self. You are meant to be powerful, healthy, and strong. There is an immense amount of responsibility that comes with living your muse.  It takes attention, work and accountability, but when we are aligned, we know it.  We feel it.  And it translates to self-love, which in turn emanates into the world around you.  Be that light and live your muse.

Rashanna Moss
Executive Visionary, Moderna Muse