Have you ever wondered:

“What is the #1 key to living an extraordinary life, and getting what I want?”

It’s a really great question, and the first one my coaching clients want me to answer. Here’s my straight-up, without-a-doubt response:

“How you feel about YOURSELF determines your ENTIRE life.

This basic statement is the premise behind everything I teach and everything I stand for. I believe it is, by far, the single most important philosophy for manifesting the life you want and deserve.

But don’t get me wrong. It’s not about blind self-acceptance or loving yourself, no matter what.

It’s about doing the work necessary to really like and respect yourself — it’s about living up to your own potential. Because when we do that, we trust ourselves, we believe in ourselves, and we attract opportunities.

As mentioned last week, my recent fitness boot camp adventure was a tough challenge. Really tough. Like five microscopic meals a day, six hours of daily exercise, NO BOOZE, and NO COFFEE.

And this is where a confession comes in: although it was strictly forbidden, I did indulge in one cup of coffee every morning. But just one, honest! (No one has ever convinced my to give it up entirely.)

Despite my daily caffeine “cheat,” I really did give it my all, and I am thrilled to report that I managed to achieve my goals. This included losing 4% body fat, packing on some muscle, and taking my fitness up to a level that far exceeds the norm for my age group.

And…I’m back! After two weeks sequestered away at a fitness boot camp, I’m finally back in the “Jacquie Straight Up” saddle!

I must say, I was so touched by the notes sent by some of you, asking where the videos were and if I was OK! Thank you for that! My time away was as challenging as it was rewarding, and I’ll be sharing more on that next week. But right now, it’s almost Valentine’s Day…so let’s have some fun and talk about love and sex!

This time last year, I shared about the fact that adding some variety to your life — including your sex life — causes the release of dopamine, a feel good brain chemical that gives us the sensation of pleasure and euphoria.

Ever notice how much joy you can get from the simple things in life?

For me, one of those things is bouncing on my trampoline! I love it even more as an adult than I did as a kid…weird but true.

Some of those simple things are so much fun, but we tend to forget to either notice them, or to include them in our daily lives as we get caught up in the big stuff and in our constant “pursuit” of the things that we think will make us happy.

In today’s somewhat “weird” episode of Jacquie Straight Up, you’ll catch me on my trampoline. And then I weigh in on our society’s never-ending pursuit of happiness, something that we’ve got to STOP.

Happy New Year again! We are only one week into 2015, so there’s still plenty of time to set goals, resolutions and plans.

It’s a short and quick video from me this week because I am knee deep all month in coaching the awesome women who took me up on my free gift of a coaching session! It’s crazy busy but I am LOVING it! Everyone has an interesting story, and I love people who take advantage of an opportunity to grow.

And speaking of opportunities, here’s a cool one for YOU:

This week, I am challenging you to a simple but transformational activity for the balance of this month: pick a book — any book that is educational or transformational — and commit to read one chapter EVERY DAY for the balance of January 2015.