By Katherine Kerrick, Fitness Blogger, Actress/Fit Model
A self-love letter
Life is good, isn't it? Continue to meet things head on — you’re killing it!
SMILE! It’s your greatest asset — it puts others instantly at ease and lights up your whole face. You rarely believe it when others say so, but you really are beautiful, both inside and out. Your greatest attribute is your warmth. Your ability to walk into a room and, if you decide to, own it.
Be sassy and stubborn. Don’t be afraid to show others how much of a firecracker you really are! Keep cracking jokes and keep things light — it doesn’t always have to be serious.
Sweat! Every damn day! Staying physically active is what reminds you of your strength, your discipline, the fire deep within. Being picked last for softball and crying while you ran the mile in 4th grade seems a bit ironic now. You’re incredibly driven, never afraid of a new challenge, and anyone would be lucky to have you on their team. Surround yourself with people who lift you higher, who support you and see your value.
Relinquish the need to control everything. Let go of worrying about the mundane details and cramping your mind with what others think of you. When you do this, you make room for life’s tiny surprises. And sometimes, they are the sweetest! You want that big bowl of guacamole? Eat it! Then burn it off. And, if you can’t live without that gooey, chocolate chip cookie — enjoy. Life is meant to be savored.
Get outside. Feel the wind in your hair and the sun on your face. Inhale-exhale-inhale-exhale. Play by your own rules. Remember that life is not “one size fits all,” and what works for some may not work for others.
Continue to celebrate your imperfections. It’s taken nearly three decades for you to make peace with them. Who would have guessed that they make you more approachable — that other people can relate? It’s okay to be sad. We ALL have some darkness inside ourselves; some of us share it more, and some hide it away. Keep discovering and revealing more of yourself.
Be ever so good to yourself. Take care of your body and mind, it’s your greatest gift to those around you. It feels overwhelming, I know, but you are your own worst critic. No one expects perfection the way you define it. And about that — LET IT GO. Breathe easy, baby. Keep improving, keep learning, but be prepared to screw up. A lot. You’ll fail. Again and again and more — don’t let it stop you. Keep fighting. You know deep down, in your heart of hearts, that no matter how hard the world pushes against you —within you — there’s something stronger, something better, pushing right back.
Ask for help. Keep reading, learning, and laughing too loud. Ditch the labels. Don’t box yourself in.
Create. Build the life you want, with the people you want. Invest in what really matters. Be open to the possibilities.
Push yourself. You’re damn good under pressure. You’re a hustler. I’m SO insanely proud of you for moving to New York City, with one suitcase and not knowing a single person. You’ve created a community, a life here. Take comfort in knowing that you will always land on your feet.
Work hard. Laugh often. Thrive. Shine brightly. Be good to others.
And, above all else, love yourself first.
Growing up in small-town Idaho, Katherine Kerrick began singing and dancing in front of audiences before preschool. She dreamed of one day moving to the Big Apple, and, after graduating with degrees in both Music and Theatre, packed a suitcase and bought her ticket to LaGuardia. Katherine worked in television and performed off-Broadway, but found her daily workouts turned into much more than just a hobby. Her love of fitness eventually led her to teaching barre, and she has found incredible excitement and energy in sharing her fitness goals with others. Katherine loves being outdoors, reading, cooking, and spending time with family when she has the opportunity — but she also loves being a New Yorker now, soaking up all the experiences this vibrant city has to offer.