*Are you happy at the moment?
I couldn’t be happier. This is the first year of my adult life of not having a job and it’s phenomenal. I get to be creative; say and do what I’m passionate about with the driving force of helping people behind it. I have been blessed and have the pleasure of working with extraordinary individuals working towards or living a lifestyle I truly care about everyday. Calling it a job doesn’t do it justice. Plus, I get to nap at work and not get in trouble.
*If you could go back and say anything to your 16-year-old self now – what would it be?
The letters N and O side by side have never caused third degree burns or hurt anyone so never let that be a reason to never try, ask, or do something. Be fearless in this life about the things you want and are passionate about. Don’t worry about what other people think, someone will like you for who you are, what you like, and how you like it. As long as you’re genuine, care for others, and keep joy and laughter in your heart, you can do no wrong even when you make a mistake or fail.
*What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?
I’ve learned to be comfortable with being myself. This is the first time in my professional life where I could truly be who I am, not worry about what anyone thinks, and express my personality creatively how I want and not have to be called into someone’s office.
*What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?
I want to help give people a better understanding about their health and fitness. To understand that it never has and never will be complicated and if being healthy were, we’d all be dead by now. We weren’t put on this earth to stress and put so much pressure on ourselves about our bodies. Today there is a lack of understanding and simplicity about being healthy because my industry has made it complicated for the sake of making more money off of people’s vulnerability and it’s causing people to be miserable and confused and not enjoy this incredible machine you get to walk around in all day.
*What’s your secret to happiness?
Not caring and having imagination. I like me. That’s all that matters. I don’t care what anyone else thinks of me or how I choose to live my life. It makes me happy being me. Plus having an imagination and dreaming up the most incredible thoughts that’s will come true.
*What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?
You need to take advantage of everything you’re capable of doing that truly makes you happy because tomorrow isn’t a guarantee. Also, be different and don’t fear showing your real feelings not to make someone mad but because you see things differently.
*What’s your biggest regret?
Putting way to much stock in how people feel about me and worrying about their opinion when they’re not in charge of my electricity bill.
*What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?
I don’t have any kids, but if I did I would tell them that their happiness is never wrong no matter if no one else likes it. Truly love who you are and how you see the world. There’s no one else like you and that’s something to be proud of.
*What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?
Slow down sometimes and listen to the world and have a better understanding of why. I tend to want things to happen right at this moment and sometimes it’s not the right time and that can leave me a little discouraged. I want to achieve so much but everything takes time and there are still plenty of lessons to be learned so I need to remind myself to slow down.
*Aside from motherhood/fatherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?
Understanding my purpose, being happy about it, and living it.
*When were you happiest?
Right now. I can put food on the table, clothes on my back, gas in my car – all while doing what I really care about in this world.
*What ten words best describe you?
Happy, compassionate, sincere, donuts, jokester, trustworthy, driven, dreamer, empathetic, thinker.
Maurice Buchanan is originally from Louisville Kentucky. He moved to Hopkins MN in the mid 90’s with his mother, father, and sister. He played football in high school, and attended the University of MN on a football scholarship. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology. He got into personal training a little before he graduated; fell in love with the profession and has been doing it ever since. Find Maurice on Facebook at Facebook.com/UGO1Fitness.