Name: MC Jenni, mother, trainer, fitness
instructor, friend, lover of life, traveler, retired bicycle
MC is the mother of two - Ellie, almost
4 years old, and Ruby who turned 2 years old in late October
- and is married to Tom, a fishing guide and outfitter with
his own company, Tom Jenni's Reel Montana. MC is also a personal
fitness trainer and instructor of cycling and yoga at the
Club in Bozeman.
MC Jenni personifies a "Find the Time
Hero," because she has found ways to nurture herself
and her loved ones and contribute to the well being of others.
She recognizes that by making positive choices in her attitude
toward the activities in her daily life, she "finds the
time" to connect with clients, friends and family in
MC is grateful to a friend who pointed out
that she was living in a world where she felt overwhelmed
and never had enough time to do all the things she felt she
"must" or "should" do. "What changed
for me was noticing every opportunity possible where I could
choose what I wanted in my life," she says. "It's
not about changing the events in my life but about realizing
that I can choose how to respond to what life brings me."
For example, I find more well-being and joy in my life and
in others when I respond to those who request something from
me by saying, 'Let me think about it and I'll get back to
you' (I give a specific time that I'll respond)." Instead
of simply saying "yes" or "no" to every
request, she reflects and makes decisions with a clear mind.
MC says it's the difference between saying "I have to
exercise" versus "I want to exercise." She
asks: "Might your experience be different depending on
the perspective you take?"
MC finds the time to play with her children,
sleep in a tent in the backyard, talk to her girls about "the
stars." She's raced in two 5-k runs pushing her children
in a double stroller,completed three bike races and over the
summer. She 's a participant in an 8-week nordic ski training
program this Fall while also conducting a lifestyle and weight
management program open to the community. "I say 'no'
to activities in order to say 'yes' to the ones that work
for me and my priorities," she says. "When I pay
attention and recognize what energizes and inspires me in
life, I feel balanced and peaceful. For example, today I exercised
in the morning. Instead of spending the time to take my habitual
post-exercise shower, I played with my kids and then we went
and visited a friend. It was more important to me to connect
with my children and friend than to take a shower today. Tomorrow
brings other possibilities."
She loves being a fitness trainer and instructor
because she sees people "open themselves to changing
their bodies and their lifestyles in order to support health,
hope and a positive attitude. In the face of hurricanes, earthquakes,
war, poverty and loss, it inspires me to see individuals choosing
to improve themselves."
MC participates and promotes physical
fitness because physical activity "can bring about a
deeper sense of ourselves and our potential to be better human
beings. I feel strongly that exercise can bring peace and
well-being to individuals which then overflows into our families,
communities and society."
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