Please read these lyrics and think about them…

Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes,
Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear.
Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes,
How do you measure, measure a year?

How about love? How about love? How about love?

Measure in love.

Today is the one year anniversary of Higher Purpose Fitness, and it’s the reason that I came home today and typed in “Seasons of Love.” The song that always brings tears to my eyes… The song that just sparked this blog…

When I look back on the last year, I definitely measure it in love.

I measure it in love that is from our Heavenly Father. A Father that has blessed us with Higher Purpose Fitness and has shown us so much favor. A Father that has never forsaken us – He has provided for us every step of the way. A Father that has proven over and over again that He is abundantly available. A Father that has always said, and is always saying, “trust Me and let Me lead the way.”

I measure the last year in love that comes from our amazing clients. Clients that have been dedicated and have worked their butts off! Clients that have completely trusted us. Clients that have become so much more than clients. Friends. Supporters. Encouragers. People that have been genuinely interested in the success of our business. The stories of our lives. The success of our lives. If I could give you an exact measurement of the love that I’ve felt from our clients, I would say that it’s to infinity and beyond. =)

I measure the last year in love that comes from my business partner. Without him, I wouldn’t be here typing this blog about our business. He has pulled more than his weight. He has done more than his fair share of work. He has given so much of his time and energy to make this business successful. He has been supportive of me and my desires/visions for HPF. He’s trusted me to run wild with my ideas. He’s listened to my praises and to my complaints. He’s seen me succeed and fail. He’s dealt, first hand, with the good, the bad, and the ugly of Nikki.

I measure the last year in love that comes from Josh and Holly, the husband and wife team that owns The Dojo American Karate Center that we operate out of. I don’t know where we would be without the two of them! Josh has given so much of his time to us. He has answered 5,000 of our questions and has given us great advice and suggestions over and over again. He has put his faith in us and trusted us to run our business out of his studio. He has promoted our boot camps to so many people, and we are forever grateful to him. Holly has supported us from the start as well, and she’s been one of our hardest working boot campers. What a blessing!

I measure the last year in love that comes from the relationships that I’ve formed with clients outside of boot camp. A particular boot camper has welcomed me into her life and into her Bible study group that’s full of incredible ladies. Several different boot campers have hired me for babysitting jobs. Their love has welcomed me into their homes time and time again, and has entrusted me to watch, care for and love on their children. Their love has provided for me when finances were tight. Another boot camper has welcomed me into her life. The deepest parts of her life. We have created a friendship that is so genuine, so transparent, so raw. A friendship that contains zero judgments. A friendship that God has been using to bring about change and growth. There are so many love stories in this area… My list could go on and on…

I measure the last year in love that comes from family members and friends that have supported me during this business venture. Without their love and encouragement, I don’t know if I would have made it this far. They have cheered for me during the great times and the not so great times. I’m so thankful for their words of wisdom and their financial blessings during some of the more difficult times. I love my family and friends!

I measure the last year in love that comes from me. Nikki. I have learned to have confidence in myself and to find my strengths in my weaknesses. I have learned to trust myself. To listen to my gut when it talks. I have learned to conquer fears. I have learned to risk. I have learned that with the help of my Father, I can do anything. I have learned that life is so short and that there are no guarantees. That we are vapors. I have learned that love is a choice. I have the ability to choose love every single day. I have the ability to measure life in love. Not in fear. Not in hate. Not in bad times. Not in darkness. But in love. The gift of love that has been given to us by God.

Will you choose to measure the last 5 hundred 25 thousand 6 hundred minutes in love? How about the next 525,600?