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The Long Game - Issue #100

I never imagined I would still be writing this newsletter almost two years after starting The Long Ga
Taylor Somerville
The Long Game - Issue #100
By Taylor Somerville • Issue #100 • View online
I never imagined I would still be writing this newsletter almost two years after starting The Long Game. This week is my 100th edition of The Long Game. So, I wanted to discuss the reasons why I write this newsletter and some of the changes it helped foster in my life.
My mission with The Long Game is to help others realize and live up to their full potential, create a space where we can be honest with our thoughts and feelings and help others realize that we all go through difficult times and we are there for each other. Everyone is different and we must live the life we want. If we do not take control of our lives, someone else will. I hope by sharing my story, my weekly intros, the struggles I am going through on a weekly basis and the weekly links, it will help you take more control of your life or provide some comfort if you are going through a hard time. Starting this newsletter and allowing myself to be vulnerable was scary at first, each week, it gets easier.
Opening up to all of you through my writings allowed me to become more in touch with what I want out of life and how I can serve others. I remember how fearful I was about writing some of my thoughts and fears in this newsletter when I would typically only write this in my journal. Each week, I would be afraid what someone else would think. However, I now realize, it doesn’t matter. No matter what you do, there will be those that love it, those that hate it, and those that don’t care.
When I quit my job, I wasn’t sure what exactly I wanted to do or where it would take me, but I knew I needed to forge a new path. Starting this newsletter was one of the first steps in helping me figure out my new path in life and how I could best show up in this world. As most of you know, I started my own business, Symmetry, and entered the fitness/wellness industry. I’m certified with XPT and Art of Breath and recently became a CrossFit Level 1 trainer. I’ve met a lot of interesting people along the way and helped a lot people on their own journey. Every day brings new challenges, but they are exciting and help me grow into what I was meant to be and do.
This past week, I did something I never imagined I would do. Thanks to a friend of mine, I was asked to lead the Shelby County Commissioners in a  talk on stress management through using your breath and put them through a five-minute breath session. Next week, I will be in Atlanta assisting in certifying the new XPT coaches. I am also currently looking for space to expand my business and have the opportunity to collaborate with great people in the Memphis community. I am extremely grateful where I am in this world right now. I know there will be many ups and downs to come, but I’m ready to see where this ride takes me.  
As Helen Keller said, “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” If any of you are contemplating starting something new in your life or taking a leap of faith to follow your passion, I encourage you to lean into the fear and allow yourself to be vulnerable and uncomfortable. That is the moment where the magic happens. I don’t regret starting this newsletter as it has allowed me to grow, learn more about myself and others, opened a lot of doors, allowed new opportunities, and strengthened my existing relationships. You won’t regret starting something you are passionate about!

When we create too many expectations around an event, we become too attached to the outcome, allowing external forces to decide our happiness. Releasing expectations does not mean you don’t care, it means you understand you will be fine no matter what. It also opens yourself up to hidden opportunities you never saw coming. You will find that you focus on what you can control, which is the process and the work. You can’t worry how you will be received or whether you “win.” Keep grinding, keep moving and enjoy the journey.
This is a great article on the power of the brain. Scientist used to think it was difficult to learn new skills as we aged because our minds went into a steady decline. Research proves that this hypothesis is false. There are plenty of things you can do to keep your brain healthy as you age such as: exercise, the right diet (no sugar), sleep, and meditation.
Time for Happiness
This article discusses a topic I touched on last week - prioritizing money over time. While this can seem like the right thing to do, in the end, it doesn’t make us happy or fulfilled. This article provides tips on ways to increase the time you have in your personal and professional life along with some cheap ways to buy yourself time and more happiness.
This is a fascinating article discussing the link between our gut microbiome and diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, schizophrenia, and autism. The research is new on this topic, but what they are finding will have major impacts on how we approach these diseases going forward. It also discusses the importance of mindfulness about what you put into your body.
Before I go, check out a recent post of mine and a few more interesting reads I found this week
I hope you enjoyed another edition of The Long Game; feel free to pass it along. Have a great weekend!
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Taylor Somerville

The Long Game is a newsletter for people that want to grow and challenge themselves. It is about the drive to better ourselves mentally, physically, and spiritually while having the curiosity to enjoy the journey. I will include articles, podcast, videos, and blogs on a variety of topics ranging from psychology, fitness, meditation, and nutrition. I am a certified XPT Coach, I hold the Art of Breath certification, I am a CrossFit Level 1 trainer and hold the Aerobic Capacity certficate. Checkout my website to learn more about the services I offer.

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