The best part of my job — which is, in essence, making a healthy lifestyle simple and achievable for everyone — is the “aha” moments when clients and friends start seeing how inter-related our daily lifestyle habits are with our life purpose and goals. It is especially cool when a reporter grasps it and becomes the megaphone for sharing these simple truths: that every seemingly small decision we make about health fuels our bodies to achieve the things we dream about and that fulfill us.
In this month’s Looking Good Magazine, Kymberly Taylor writes: “Most important, Shattuck teaches not just how to eat to live, but also how to eat to give. ‘You fuel your body with goodness. You give yourself this gift and then you can become a gift to others,’ she believes.’” Setting aside for a moment the weight loss, disease prevention, and the desire we have to look and feel younger, what is it that truly gives us deep fulfillment and contentment? For me, it is the act of giving — and sharing the gifts God has given me.
I love that Looking Good features me in a swimsuit on the cover (It’s a Target fashion, circa 2012, by the way) and conveys the spirituality of the message — that our strong and healthy bodies are vessels for a higher calling, that of giving to others and living in the fullness of the grace and beauty that exists all around us. Vibrant Living relies on the combination of healthy and connected habits: moving our bodies, spending time in nature; lapping up water and earth-borne fruits and vegetables; and devoting ourselves to active and regular volunteer work. Thanks, Looking Good, for delving deep into the REAL goodness that lies within each of us.