Whatever Is, Is Right

Hey friends!

Teaching a freaking-early class today. And I LOVE it. 5:45 a.m. BodyPUMP 83 here I come :)

(Why I am I so weird? Does anyone else like this hour to work out in? I like it about 3x/week).


Whatever Is, Is Right

As I was reading a book about spiritual explorations (it’s called Light in the Wilderness), the author (M. Catherine Thomas) made the point that

“whatever is, is right.”

LOVE this.

From either a religious side or not, I truly believe that things happen for a reason. I don’t believe in coincidences. For me personally, I know that my Heavenly Father is directing the best course for my life. Whatever happens is best for ME & my learning & growth.

**NOTE: That does not mean it is always easy to take, super fun to go through, and nor that I get to see the WHY right away.**

BUT, with patience & faith in my Savior, and in knowing that tough things have worked out for my benefit before, I can trust that whatever is happening is unfolding for the best.


You can take this gem (from a great book!) to help you BREATHE. Relax. And stop sweating the small stuff.

Sometimes I think our total health is actually in jeopardy: we rock our workouts, we eat the ‘right’ foods, and get a decent amount of sleep (all external ‘measurable’ things), but inside we’re slowly dying.

We suffer. We mourn. We cry. We feel alone. We are anxious.

But everything CAN be okay, because when we accept & believe:

“whatever is, is right,”

we become less anxious, worrisome, and frustrated.


Just trust that whatever trial, hardship, or experience you’re going through is for YOUR benefit. You will be a better, stronger, happier, and grateful version of YOU. And that is what is so awesome about this life!

We’re here to be happy & to learn & grow! Let’s stop wasting our time & moments on comparing, backbiting, being jealous, judgemental, or critical of others (and ourselves). Or even wasting our breathe & minutes on worrying, being anxious, or scared.

True love casteth out all fear, my friends. :)

And when you look back on your life-I promise you can see something tough that you went through, and then you can SEE the blessing afterwards. It happens OVER & OVER again.

Trust that it will keep happening. Storms may come, but there is always a calm (and rainbow) afterward.


This was written for all my readers as much as it was a reminder for me. :)


Thankful Thursday

  1. I am super grateful for people constantly helping me push past my comfort zone. It’s no fun (and boring) to do the same things over & over again.
  2. I am thankful for my lovely essential oils–they make drinking water more fun. My fav right now is grapefruit with lime. :) YUMM!
  3. I am really thankful for slippers on cold mornings.

What is a hardship that was really a blessing later on for YOU?? (my past with ED & disordered eating habits & where it’s brought me) What have YOU learned from letting go, & letting whatever is take its course?? What are YOU thankful for today??

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  1. Hmm a hardship that was really a blessing later on? Well, probably all of my break ups with past boyfriends because essentially they lead me to Jonny! :) :)

  2. GREAT points, Annette! And so true– My experiences with food (either from my period on the overweight side or underweight side) have all taught me to find this eventual balance that I’ve finally settled on. It’s so freeing to know that we have a God behind us for support too!

  3. This mornings BP class finally announced the new release (83) will be Saturday morning! 😉

    Love early morning workouts…in fact, if I don’t do it then I find it very hard to get it done.

    I have FINALLY started to let go of some family issues that have “gotten under my skin” for years now. They see things one way, I see them another, we still get along but I am letting the general “issues” die and just know that I AM OK with MY VIEW…and OTHERS ARE OK with THEIR VIEW. We are different, that’s the way God made us and he had/has a purpose for it.


    • YAY for 83 on Sat! You’ll LOVE it <3

      Good for you for being strong & letting it GO. You're a better person because of that! WOOT!

  4. Danielle D. says:

    Love, love, love this post. I think it’s your BEST one yet since I’ve been reading it. Your posts always seem to relate to me. THANK YOU!!!!

  5. As awful as my anorexia was, I know I wouldn’t be in the same place I am now without it. I know a lot more about myself and how I feel, and I take better care of myself than I ever would otherwise. Guess every cloud has a silver lining!

  6. Excellent points and such a great reminder for me today. This week I’ve been feeling kind of anxious and frustrated with some stuff going on at work, and this was perfect for me to read. xoxo

  7. Love these reminders! :)

  8. This is a great post Annette! I often find that I’ll go through a very rough time in my life and then looking back over it I wouldn’t change a thing because it made me who I am. Lol I just hope these 3 years in Chicago turn out that way as well… can’t wait to be on the other side of this one!

    • They will point you in the right direction–just TRUST that things work out, because they always DO!! A wise man once said “things always work out in the end, and if they haven’t, it’s not the end yet.” :)


  9. Breanne says:

    I went to a 6am pump for the first time today (heyyyy group x peer pressure! :)), but I loved it! Now work and then Flow tonight. :)

    I loved this post. I’m looking for the blessings.

    PS 83 is seriously kicking my booty the more I do it.

    • LOVE me some early Pump! Way to GO!! Have fun/relax at Flow :)

      Keep your chin up, the blessings ALWAYS come!

      83 is kicking my butt every time I do it too. We’re in the same boat, my friend.

      • Thanks! I’m definitely going to be hitting that class more often – it’s a great way to start the day! My shoulders really don’t like me anymore. :)

  10. I absolutely love this post, lady. It couldn’t be more true, and couldn’t ring more true to my own life. I’ve been through so many difficult situations, where at the time, I just didn’t understand. Now getting through it and being in the amazing place I am, I KNOW that was God’s will for me. He had a path for me and I had to go through those things to learn, grow, become a better person, and fully accept and appreciate the things I have now. I had some VERY difficult break ups I never thought I’d over come, but now having Nick, I’d do it all 100000x over again if it meant getting him in the end. So cheesy, I know :) Great reminder to us all.

  11. Danielle says:

    Ohhhhhh mahhhh gooodnessss, I love love love this post of yours today!!!!! Golly jeepers, it really came at the right time, what do ya know?
    First off, I totally dig early morning workouts – since I have to be at my office by 7am, I am at the gym at 4 or 5am at least many days a week! I love getting it done and starting my day out with a sweat – it’s better than coffee.
    One hardship that became a blessing was having spinal surgery – before my operation I took for granted so many things, like running, walking, swimming, cycling, etc. It was not until after my back surgery that I decided to try things that I had not done before, because I was so terrified of them after surgery I knew I had to do them! My doctors all said it was okay for me to try anything I wanted to, (except full-contact sports) and to just listen to my body. Slowly but surely I got the courage to start cycling, running, and swimming, and now I feel so blessed that I had my surgery because it made me appreciate my body and what I can do now more than ever.
    Recently I learned to let go and let things go after my breakup with my ex in March – after a bit of sadness, I realized I just need to participate in hobbies and have fun living life, no matter what! Now that I’ve been training and joined a couple clubs, I’ve made so many new friends and realized how great life is and that I can be on my own, and when I do meet someone I know that he will have common interests.
    Today I’m thankful for pretty much everything you listed, so ditto! LOL seriously though, I’m thankful for the great people in my life and my mom. She’s not perfect but I love that about her, and seeing her go after her dreams make me happy, and even more motivated to go after mine.
    Happy Thursday!!!! xoxox

  12. Our release for body pump is Saturday too, wish I could be there but I get to do it next week since they teach it for three weeks :). I love this post too, sometimes we really doubt God and find out later that what was best for us was really happening and we should’ve trusted Him more instead of doubting and worrying so much!

  13. I wish that I could agree with this post, and I will that there is a lot that is good in life and that a willingness to learn from our hardships and mistakes can strengthen and empower us – this is true of many of my worst experiences. But if I look around the world and think “everything happens for a reason,” there are so many people, children included, who suffer so profoundly and irredeemably, that there is no way I can say that about their lives. And if I can’t say it about theirs, I won’t say it about mine. I’ll just say that I’m so fortunate that my problems aren’t so huge that I can’t grow from them.

    • You’re right, Jess. There is a LOT of pain & suffering in this world, and I am sorry if you feel like I diminished that or made light of that. That was not my intention at all. Have a lovely night!

  14. The last quote is my favorite – perspective is key!

  15. I just have to chime in and say that I LOVE early morning classes!!! I am SO MUCH BETTER teaching at 5:30 am than 5:30 PM. And I love the early morning crowd- they’re a crazy, hardcore, dedicated bunch!

  16. Hindsight really is 20/20, isn’t it? NEEDED this post today, so thank ya 😉

  17. Marielle says:

    Love this post so much! A good reminder for all of us! :) thank you!

  18. I love your thankful Thursday’s! They make me remember to appreciate the small things in life! Which is really what we should appreciate each day!
    Great post too! I’ve been through a lot of stressful and overwhelming times in my life, and looking back I wouldn’t change a thing. I am more humbled from these experiences, I’ve learned so much about myself and its made me who I am today.
    I just didn’t understand at the time why I *had* to go through these rough periods, when they ultimately made me a stronger person in the end!
    I love my early morning workouts too! I was at the gym at 5:30 and was quite pleased with that:)

  19. Christine says:

    I haven’t missed a 5:15am body pump class in 3 months!! I go every Tuesday and Thursday and I actually look forward to waking up for it. It’s always the same dedicated people every time and I feel great the rest of the day!

  20. Thank you for the reminder :) I have let go of battling with my anxiety and instead am learning to live with it- because it’s inevitable and by avoiding it with bingeing and ED is no fun. Ps. You blog about loving 5:45 classes…I blog about omg what an early morning that 5:45 class was! Haha. But I love it AFTER the fact… not so much when I wake up or set the alarm the night before 😉



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