There’s a discussion forum (both on a separate website and on Facebook) in which many folks post about finding motivation and overcoming various obstacles in their lives, whether physical or mental, chronic or habitual, lonely or common. In one discussion, one of the ladies on the list said something in passing that struck me at the heart.

“In my exercise classes, the only required choreography is the get out of the car and walk in the door of the class step. Everything after that is optional.”  — Jeanette Depatie (author of

I took her quote and made a visually appealing graphic, uploaded it to the group, my students’ forum, pinterest, and my general facebook timeline.

I’m glad that Jeanette liked it. She’s an inspiration to many people, and I could not help spreading more of her inspiration to other people.