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First Things First

Things I Think, I Think… First Things First

Jim HarringtonThis is my first blog. Ever. At nearly 56 years of age. Not only that; earlier this year I changed careers to pursue passions that were always there – percolating just under the surface for years. In doing so, I traded the relative security of a solid career in insurance for what I believe is my true calling… helping people…. Pretty wild to help mitigate corporate risks for 30+ years, and then throw caution to the wind and embrace the uncertainties of managing and running a couple of small businesses!

Anyway, when you start something new a lot of questions and uncertainties swirl all around. In fact, it feels like those days leading up to the start of high school… Where do I fit? Am I a ‘jock’ or a ‘geek’ or whatever other labels our minds and society can conjure at the moment? Will people like or even notice me? In the inimitable words of David Byrne of the Talking Heads; “well, how did I get here… my God, what have I done?!”

Sticking with the high school visual, think back to OUR years there. Maybe we were in better physical condition then, maybe not. Perhaps we couldn’t wait to hit the weight room, field, and/or the courts. But, not everyone has those desires or abilities. For many folks, the thought of taking phys ed was downright terrifying and off-putting. All those people looking, and judging; being the last one picked. Whichever scenario applies to you, I’m proud of you for surviving and thriving in your own way.

What’s that you say? You don’t feel like you’re thriving and maybe you’d even say you’re barely surviving?! Well, I’m here to tell you that you are awesome! You rock!!! And you matter – to those around you, and to me…

As we get older we all accumulate a personalized collection of bumps and bruises. Relationships. Jobs. Family stuff. Health challenges. Getting older is hard, but it’s better than the alternative!

Add physical activity to the list of things that can be hard – but oh so necessary —- especially as we age. It’s never too late to make positive changes and enhance your level of health and fitness. For those who work out consistently – BRAVO! Keep at it. But there’s always more you can do, and different approaches that will help you along on your fitness journey. I can help you.

If your idea of a workout is rising from the couch, tracking down some pork rinds, and making it back to the TV, I can REALLY help you.

No matter where you are today – good BMI… high blood pressure… sub 7-minute miles… a penchant for a sleeve of Oreos every so often… pickle ball age group champ —- it doesn’t matter. There’s always more to do. More to conquer.

This is your call to action. Wake up every day and get moving! None of us are getting out of here alive – so let’s live as long and as awesome of a life as we can, right?!

Don’t be intimidated by new beginnings. Embrace them! Give me a call (973.520.2033) or email me at Let’s discuss your wellness goals and map out a plan.

Not ready to chat yet? No worries, but let’s stay connected. Subscribe to my blog and follow me on social media. I’m here for you… let’s enjoy the ride, together.

All the best,


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