Live While You Are Alive: Red Rock Canyon, Nevada.

FYI: There are a lot of awesome things to do while you’re in Vegas…  Especially if you’re not a fan of smoke-filled casinos, drunk tourists, and the smell of vomit in the hallways.  🙂

Check out Turtlehead Peak at Red Rock Canyon if you’re interested in an awesome workout and some fresh air.  *Huge bonus if you can find someone to share the experience with.

Cheers,

Show Me Your Friends, and I’ll Show You Your Future: The 2017 Celebrate Life Ride


Special thanks to Dr. Jill Garripoli and Healthy Kids Pediatrics for co-sponsoring the annual #CelebrateLife Ride in New York City. It was a gorgeous outing that included 35 miles of fresh air, sunshine, and Grimaldi’s Pizza with some incredible entrepreneurs.  Shout out to Johnny V’arvolis for the awesome pic at the George Washington Bridge lighthouse!

Cheers,

A Slice of Humble Pie: When the Motivator Needs Motivation

I was exhausted.  I was grumpy.  I was ready to quit.  After another 14-hour marathon study session in the kitchen, I called out to my wife who was in the living room and moaned, “have you ever spent the entire day studying like this?”  Without hesitation she yelled back , “yes honey, every day for four years while I was in medical school.”

Ouch.  A slice of humble pie served up hot and fresh.

Earning my CFT (Certified Fitness Trainer) credentials from ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association), was much harder than I thought it would be.  In addition to all the prerequisite quizzes that you have to pass just to unlock the rest of the course,  you have to read a 700-page book, write six essays, pass an intense final exam, and design a comprehensive 12-week health and wellness program for two unique individuals.   I’m grateful that I had an accountability partner on my side and I’m incredibly fortunate that my “study buddy” happened to be an award-winning pediatrician who actually enjoyed medical school and excels at continuing education.

There were several points along this journey where I thought to myself, “This is crazy.  I’m lying on the floor and whining like a little baby about not wanting to finish what I started.  I motivate people for a living! For the past twenty five years, I’ve motivated the young and old to get on the dance floor and celebrate life. For the past five, I’ve motivated the young and old to be more mindful and live a happier and healthier life. Why is this so freakin’ hard?”

Jill, with a healthy dose of both compassion and sarcasm, reminded me that many things we need to do for ourselves are incredibly challenging- but well worth it in the long run.  She essentially told me everything I needed to hear, not just what I wanted to hear.  Yes, the professional motivator got taken to school.  It was pretty impressive, actually.  At that moment, Jill helped reaffirm that sometimes we need to put our pride aside and seek inspiration from others when our own empowerment fuel tank is running low. 

Earning a few new letters after my name, which will help secure some future TV appearances for the book, was a bonus.  Being reminded that who you surround yourself with makes all the difference in this world… well, that was the lesson of the day.

Stay humble and stay hungry,

A Classy and Distinctive “Thank You” at The Park Savoy Estate for Jen & Frank


When I went to their home and saw the full-on antipasto spread and a bottle of wine on the table, I knew that this was the start of a beautiful relationship. 🙂 They chose one of the coolest first dance songs I’ve heard in a long time. Jen & Frank, who happen to be one of the coolest couples I’ve worked with in a long time, danced to Chris Cornell‘s stellar cover of “Thank You” by Led Zeppelin to set the tone for their exceptional once-in-a-lifetime celebration. Special thanks to our friends at Milton Gil Photographers for the gorgeous footage and to the The Park Savoy Estate for their professionalism and hospitality. It’s always a pleasure to collaborate with your team. Best wishes to the Abitabilo and Valente family.

Cheers,

Marcello Pedalino, MMP Entertainment, How To Be a Standout Wedding Guest, Celebrate Life Book, CelebrateLifeBook.com

The Reality Of A Four Day Work Week

Marcello Pedalino, Celebrate Life Book, 4 Day Work Week, Four Day Workweek, Work Life BalanceDesigned by mostly well-intended employers, the four-day work week is a catchy name and concept that has once again made the headlines.  It sounds really good to employees at first.  “Work only 4 days instead of 5 and enjoy a higher quality of life.” Not exactly.

Monday through Thursday employees are required to work 2 additional hours per shift. By the time they get to Friday, they are exhausted.

Many employers have found that extended shifts increased employee fatigue- which led to an increase in workplace accidents and inferior performance.   And since most employees with children usually end up going in an hour earlier and staying an hour later, they actually end up missing more prime family time before and after school with their kids.

The key is to find an employer who gets it.  One who understands that a blanket work schedule policy will not work for everyone.   Find an employer who will appreciate your ability to get the job done and meet all of your deadlines on your schedule by allowing you to “get up and go” when all the Hallmark moments in life are happening.

And sometimes you need to stop and ask yourself why you are working so hard.  If it’s just to maintain a lifestyle that’s above your means, you’re chasing your tail. Try living in a smaller house or driving an older car; you’d be surprised how much money you’ll save.   And you’d be surprised how little the year of your car and or the size of your house actually has to do with your over-all happiness in the long run.   There’s nothing wrong with wanting and earning and enjoying nice things, but you have to be financially practical.

And if you think your kids want your money when you die, you’re wrong.  They want your time and company while you’re alive.  They want the memories to cherish when you do pass on.

Marcello Pedalino, Celebrate LIfe Book, 4 Day Work Week, Four Day Workweek, Work Life BalanceWorking for a VIP (Very Inspiring Person) who prioritizes health and wellness for his or her team and surrounding yourself with the right co-workers when you’re on site will actually have a greater impact on your work-life balance than simply working longer hours for one less day each week.

The key is to be more pragmatic, focused, and productive.  Become a logistics ninja and make the most of your 24 hours.  In the Northeast, you can save up to 8 hours per week just by avoiding rush hour traffic and working from home 3 days a week.

If you eat well and sleep well, you’ll have the energy you’ll need to fire on all cylinders and be more efficient.

VDPs (Very Draining People) easily spend up to 8 hours per week during work on social media, playing fantasy football, or texting their cubicle neighbors about non-work related drama when they are supposed to be working. If you can remove yourself from the influences of these energy vampires, you’ll find yourself getting a lot more work done in less time when you do have to be at the office.  This will lead you one step closer to being work-life “fit.”

I think Lonnie Golden, a professor at Pennsylvania State University, has the right idea.  He advocates adopting a “Goldilocks” work week: “one that is not too long, not too short and that satisfies the employer’s interest in productivity and the employee’s interest in attaining good health and well-being.”

Marcello Pedalino, MMP Entertainment, How To Be a Standout Wedding Guest, Celebrate Life Book, CelebrateLifeBook.com

 

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Celebrate Life, The Book, Marcello Pedalino, Mark Pedalino, How to live it up, discover fulfillment, and experience the joy you deservewcbs promo for VIM fullMarcello Pedalino is an award-winning entrepreneur, lifestyle consultant, and fitness coach. He is the author of the new inspirational book, “Celebrate Life: How to live it up, discover fulfillment, and experience the joy you deserve.” As a lifestyle consultant and fitness coach, Pedalino advises individuals, groups, and organizations on how to enhance their current health, style, and overall wellness status.  Marcello’s health and wellness articles have been published by several prominent online publications and he’s often chosen to speak at conferences where the topic of work-life balance and energy management are a priority.

 

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