Words To Live By – Jillian Michaels


I know that Jillian is not everyone’s cup of tea.  Neither am I.  I respect her and admire her not only because she has built an empire out of her passion, but because she seems genuine to me. She is blunt and pushy and believes we all have it in us to be the best version of ourselves. We just have to choose to. I like that.

When I decided to start this new blog that focused more on Self-help and Motivation, I had some real moments of doubt.

I worried about losing the community I had built at A Kinder Way. I worked hard to build that following.  Would my friends like a new blog? Accept it? Follow it?

But mostly I doubted my value.

How can I….an over-weight, 43 year old, housewife with an anxiety disorder, a short fuse and a procrastination problem write with any authority about self- help and motivation?

But the answer came quickly. All self doubt was abandoned because this blog is just as much for me, as it is for those that read it.  The motivation and self help ideas are just as much to help me become the best version of myself as they are to encourage you to as well.

I don’t have life figured out! Not by a long shot.

(Isn’t it funny to look back and remember how you, at times,  judged adults for not having their shit together because they were…well…GROWN UPS!  If we had only known then how they were just doing the best they could and most of the time had no idea if it was right.)

But I WANT to figure out what’s right for me.  I want to grow emotionally and mentally….I want to shrink physically….I want to write the book….be the Zen Yogi…..take the trips….feel freedom from anxiety and OCD…..laugh when I would normally cry….forgive or forget…..let go or fight…..rise above….and find my most authentic self.

I’m putting in the effort.  Will you?

Happy Friday!



41 thoughts on “Words To Live By – Jillian Michaels

  1. Nikki, this is one of the best things you have said. I come away from your post feeling like you said ‘one big something’. The difference is that this quote, combined with your writing, makes me do more than feel good or worthwhile; it makes me want to do it. And tomorrow I will. Thank you!

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  2. Beautiful!!
    You just keep on doing what feels, looks and sounds better for you! 🙂
    Believe me, if you are true to yourself, everyone else will recognize your original value, admire and follow you! 😉

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  3. Yes yes yes! Yay, Nikki. I love your expression, your authenticity, and your sharing of your wisdom. These are gifts.
    In my experience, my giving comes out of my own self-healing and expansion that comes with it … that’s a relief. It’s like “oh, right – it can be really natural.”
    Loving to you, Nikki my friend ❤

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  4. Hey Nikki, you will figure out what’s right for you, and you’ll grow and you’ll inspire us all at the same time. 🙂 I love the quote and I agree, it’s not about being perfect, there’s no such thing in my book, but it is about the effort. And when you write from your heart and you’re true to yourself, which you’ve always done, then your light shines. That’s what blogging is all about. Go girl. xo

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  5. Fantastic quote, and so true. Nikki. I personally like Jillian and her bluntness, she is genuine, she doesn’t beat around the bush or walk on egg shells with anyone.
    I too, don’t have life figured out yet…Life is hard, but we will get there 🙂

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  6. Hi Nikki! What you’re “growing” through is your transition to maturity. I’m proud of you, honey! It takes guts to be transparent among a world of judges. Self reflection is part of the growing process. Keep doing your best to encourage yourself and others.

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  7. I relate to what you’ve shared in many ways. If we wait until we have it all figured out then we will never start. Great job of being brave!! Keep sharing the real you, the one you want to hide, and step forward when you feel you can’t. I will be cheering you on.

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