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Ashley Tudor Ashley Tudor designer. athlete. lifelong trainer.

Artist and published author Ashley Tudor is a design strategist who helps create new businesses and innovate in the area of health. [www.sweetpotatopower.com]

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I trained my body for years in difficult sports and activities that really pushed me physically and mentally. My body became the initial great teacher of my mind.  Those activities gave me the ability to discipline myself, compete, and remain positive. That has had a ripple effect on the rest of my life.

The next frontier is to train my mind to be supportive and encouraging. It’s so important to keep out any negative thoughts and focus on being positive. If we let it, fear can get in the way of our progress. There’s that debilitating “What do I do next?” that can totally shut a person down. Being supportive of ourselves and following our intuition can lead us to a place of joy and fulfillment.

It’s not always super easy. We grow up believing very set terms for achieving this to win that. What makes someone successful in their schooling doesn’t necessarily translate into having a fulfilling and meaningful life. It gets really hard. I can’t tell you how many friends I have who are the brightest of the bright, but who struggle, asking themselves, “What’s my meaning? What’s my purpose? Why am I here?”

Finding passion requires us to experiment and take risks. Find stuff, try stuff, and put yourself out there. We all get there in different ways,. We find our meaning or purpose by trying and doing. It’s through the exploratory process that we create the life we want to live.

It’s so important to keep our bodies healthy. Health can focus on food or on changing behaviors, but what it really boils down to is creating an ability to have meaningful and full lives. It’s fun to think about how we can encourage ourselves and others to make good decisions that will serve us well all through life.

My ninety-three-year-old grandmother is a great example of what a healthy life can result in. She’s vibrant and active. Every morning she does her sit-ups and calisthenics. She has an insatiable energy, a desire to learn, and a get-up-and-go attitude. We recently took a trip to China, traveling around together for three weeks. I was the one who had to say, “Mercy! Can we stop and take a nap?”

If we’re in poor health, it can be hard to do things. Health is the key to all the rest of it. When we’re healthy in both body and mind, we can exploring now and keep exploring through our twilight years. Isn’t that what it’s all about?

Ashley Tudor

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