Keeping that spring in your step

Kathryn SwanJ-C Correspondent

It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over and school will begin in a few short weeks. I don’t know about you, but with the onset of spring, my energy level escalates and I feel ready to tackle the world.

The Pawhuska Business Development Center, Formby Oil & Propane, and the Pawhuska Chamber, must have felt the same way when they sponsored “How to Keep that Spring in Your Step” on May 22. The event was part of their “Food for Thought” series. These energetic lunch and learn sessions provide Pawhuska residents a venue for meaningful networking and professional development. Since launching last year, attendance continues to escalate. That certainly speaks volumes of the quality of the program and the dynamic trainers, Tonya Foreman and Tara Gotwalt.

In today’s column, I would like to address five key components Foreman and Gotwalt shared on how to keep that spring in your step. These are tips that can be applied to our lives throughout the year.

Topping the list is learning how to stay motivated in life regardless of what ‘season’ of life we are in.

Foreman explained, “Motivation equates to happiness. There is no better motivation than the people you love. People have done great things in the name of love and of family.

“There are a lot of people who hate their jobs, but stay with their employers because they have a family to support. Although this could motivate you, I would suggest finding work that you love if you really want to be happy. Once motivated, set a vision or goal. Think about where you want to be five or ten years from now.”

Surrounding yourself with positive people inspires you to continue your quest for happiness. Establish some type of exercise regime.

“Follow a certain routine for a week or two, and then switch to something new,” suggest Foreman. “Don’t push your body to the limit as that may actually cause you the exact opposite of what you desire.”

Gotwalt added, “Find something beautiful every day. It could be as simple as the sunrise, a child’s laughter or the smile of a friend. Learning how to stay motivated in life is easy. As soon as you make that first step, that first effort to motivate yourself, the rest will follow.”

The Fall Food for Thought is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 18. Be watching the Journal-Capital for more information. To learn more, contact Cindy Helmer at or 918-287-3357.