Season Reason Lifetime

IMG_5391.JPGA relationship is either for a Season, a Reason, or a Lifetime. I recently heard this from someone I highly respect when talking about relationships. After doing a little research, it seems that I’m a little behind the curve, but hey we all hear things at specific times in our lives when it’s applicable. I’m inclined to write about it, but I don’t know why. I have a feeling that this is going to be one of those posts that probably won’t get that much attention or hit any buttons because it’s passé, cliché, and maybe a little yesterday. But it really made a difference in how I see relationships. Who knows, maybe I’m not alone in this stage of my life.

IMG_1665In order for this community to be stronger, I am fully committed to being open about my process. As my last relationship came to an end, I found myself on a path to discover what is making the marriages between those closest to me work. I am not going to include all of what has been shared with me because it would go on forever because the conversations continue and lessons evolve as we all do.

The summer of 2017 was a modern pilgrimage re-connecting me with a few of my best male friends. Why is the male component important? Because It was my opportunity to talk about what it means to be a modern man. Who we want to be in relationship, who are we in relationship, and how we are constantly striving to be better. I feel blessed that some of my closests of friends have found those lifetime relationships which has given me the opportunity to learn from them, lean on them for support, be inspired by the work they do within their relationships. Their spouses are just as wonderful and open to talking about their process as well which makes the conversations that much more potent.IMG_3706.JPG

I have experienced seasons and reasons that are preparing me for a lifetime. Reflecting back on the seasons they felt exciting, uplifting, and fun. Maybe sometimes a little chaotic, I guess could be akin to the eye fo the storm.

Reasons. These relationships provide some of the hardest lessons, the feelings associated with the growth that I have experienced are so much nore painful that I remember growing pains to ever be. How I managed to survive with no resentment, bitterness, or anger is beyond me. I am thankful for the reasons that the relationship brought to my life. Without the seasonal and reason relationships, I wouldn’t have known what to ask, and who to turn to for support and guidance as I continue to grow. The masculine energy that my male friends bring to my life has literally saved my life. Their unwavering support of my journey to understand lifetime relationships by being open about their processes are making me the best man I can be for the right woman.

As 2018 begins I am planning another pilgrimage. New places, new adventures, maybe some new faces along the way. Please join me in supporting this community by sharing, commenting, and connecting.IMG_1560

Published by: Coach DanielH

Daniel Heller is a strength and conditioning coach, working in the field since 2007 where he began as an intern at Hope’s Gym in Monroe, Washington. In 2009, a month after graduating from Bastyr University, Daniel became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA). Since then, he has served as a strength and conditioning coach in the private sector, helping athletes from youth through college level in ice hockey, figure skating, mountain biking, football, and motocross. He works closely with each athlete’s physical therapists and doctors to ensure safety and performance improvement. In 2013, Daniel received the designation of Registered Strength & Conditioning Coach (RSCC) through the NSCA. On the side Daniel was the exercise physiology, biomechanics, and kinesiology consultant for the Advanced Products Development Team at Oakley Inc. He is the Cofounder and Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at Seattle Institute of Athletic Performance providing Functional Movement Screens, corrective exercises, athletic performance programs, as well as educating athletes and parents on the importance of Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD) and practice of heads up sports. Daniel’s passion for strength and conditioning stems from his days as a competitive ice hockey player and mountain biker, aside from the many recreational sports he participates in. He is the true strength & conditioning coach for competitive youths aiming for long careers as athletes but also the weekend warriors that train during the week to stay safe on the weekends. In 2015, Daniel took a year break from coaching in Seattle, Washington to pursue his dream of acquiring a masters degree. He returned to Seattle in September 2016 with a Masters of Science in Strength & Conditioning from the University of Edinburgh after living in Edinburgh, Scotland for a year. By immersing himself in the cycling community of Scotland, he was inspired to focus his dissertation on competitive cyclists from varying disciplines where he researched a potential method of improving stationary sprint start performance. He is excited to return to coaching mountain biking combining his childhood passion with his academic and applied expertise.

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