Living JOY Out Loud with Ashley Banks
Introduction to Ashley Banks:
As I have been loving doing this year-long series on the living a more FRUITFUL health (refer to Galatians 5:22-23) and anticipating getting to this fruit of JOY, the VERY FIRST person I thought of when I thought of the word joy was Ashley Banks.
Have you ever known one of those people that just exudes joy? They just have this positive and happy energy around them and you just gravitate toward them? Well, that is Ashley 100%. I had the privilege of knowing Ashley while we both taught and trained at a gym in Denver, CO back in 2012-2014.
So imagine my utter shock when I found out just last year, from a bold post of brave honesty, that Ashley had been raped by her doorman while living in New York City in 2008.
This tragic occurrence was vastly incongruent with the contagiously JOYFUL friend I have known all this time! I think I was among most of us who thought that happy people got that way simply because they didn't have tragic circumstances.
Given this history, no one in their right mind would EXPECT Ashley to be as joyful as she is. We would all give her a "PASS" if she had a hard time in life. But, Ashley isn't like that. She doesn't life a life for excuses.
She CHOOSES JOY every day. Still living in Denver, she is now happily married, traveling the world and living the life of her dreams as a fitness instructor and health and mindset coach.
You are going to love all she has to say on how she "chases possibility" every day in health, mindset and life!
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Here are the Highlights 😉
Happiness Is A Choice (Minute 5:00)
“I choose joy. It was hard and it was something I trained myself to do. The more I did it, the easier it got. I feel like it was something I was as a child and then just chose to come back to it.”
Rising Up and Remaining Hopeful After Surviving Rape (Minute 7:30)
Ashley was raped by her doorman while living in New York City in 2008.
"I choose to look not at what happened to me but on what came from it. I moved to Colorado six months after that happened and it was the best thing that ever happened to me. So I see the possibility that came from that dark time….and I now chase the POSSIBILITY in life.
My hope wasn’t a conscious thing more just an inner knowing."
Handling Losing a Job (Minute 10:00)
"I learned during this rather embarrassing and humbling time from getting fired to then how simple life could be. I was making twenty dollars per class teaching yoga, all my bills were getting paid, and I was loving life. I learned there will always be a way and that I will always come out better than when I started."
How To Make Working Out FUN! (Minute 13:00)
"I teach classes because I am all about getting people together. I make sure there’s good music. And most importantly I set my INTENTION, once again, to choose to make it a fun experience. It’s the same amount of energy spent hating something or enjoying it, so I might as well choose to enjoy it!"
The Power of Choice (Minute 16:00)
(Mandi) "I almost look at choosing JOY as this competitive way that we can defeat the darkness in life. I use it as a personal challenge to WIN in life; that I’m not going to let the darkness win."
Philosophy Regarding Worry (Minute 17:30)
"Worry and happiness are both emotions. Emotion is really just ENERGY in MOTION. So the only difference between WORRY or JOY is what you are focusing on. Most of the time we are worrying simply because we are focusing on what we DON’T want to happen instead of what we DO want. I simply change my focus."
Creating an Environment of Joy (Minute 21:00)
"I intentionally express joy by making t-shirts, wearing bracelets, and putting a pop-up reminder in my phone three times a day that says “Let it Go” and I usually start singing the Frozen song at that time too. I create this awareness for JOY so I remember to choose it."
Questioning, But Also Living By Your Emotions (Minute 23:50)
"I believe its up to all of us to create our ANCHOR and our identity comes from that. You mentioned the Bible and your Faith being your anchor. I don’t really have a label for mine and I didn’t grow up religious so I kind of created my own anchor that has become my CERTAINTY."
The Ability To Laugh At Yourself (Minute 26:00)
"The other day I was teaching a class and yelling at this guy “Peter!” to work only to realize three-fourths of the way through that his name was Greg. I do things like this all the time and send out emails to the wrong people etc. I’m pretty clumsy and everyone just shakes their head. But, it’s funny and I laugh about it."
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