Posted by: joshjasper | December 17, 2011

Power and Purpose

According to Lance Farrell, founder of Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping (FXB) fitness program, his mission is simple: “We want to inspire you to live your life with power and purpose.”  I have been a member of the Dubuque FXB for nearly one year.  It was at this time last year that I made a commitment to myself to make 2011 about me and to begin living a healthier lifestyle.  Over the past 12 months, I have lost more than 40 pounds, lost inches to my waistline, gained lifelong friends, and regained a great deal of confidence.  Although those accomplishments are great, they are not why I feel compelled to write today.

Today, more than 60 people gathered at FXB to truly live their lives with “power and purpose.”  Riverview Center provides thousands of hours of counseling and advocacy services to women, children, and men each year that have been physically and sexually abused.  It’s this time of the year that we are reminded how fortunate we all really are.  It’s hard for me to imagine a Christmas that does not involve gifts.  I have countless memories of Christmas growing up.  I can remember racing downstairs Christmas morning before dawn to find present after present for me and my brothers.  Santa Claus always made it to our house, and was more generous than I could ever understand.

Many of the children that we serve at Riverview Center do not expect Santa to come this year.  For some, Mr. Claus has never made it down their chimney.  Two weeks ago, Jim Normandin and Kip and Laci Hoffmann made sure that this was not going to happen again.  Together, they organized a kickboxing class for today that was designed to generate gifts for the families we serve.

Thousands of dollars worth of gifts were donated.  It’s hard to put into words what took place today.  Lance Farrell created a program aimed at empowering people to live a life with power and purpose, and I have to believe his vision was realized today.  The people we serve have been stripped of their power.  They wrongfully blame themselves for what happened and feel like they are all alone.  60 members of Dubuque’s FXB got together today to let the 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys that are sexually assaulted in our community know that they are in fact, not alone.

Margaret Mead had it right:  “A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”  We will realize our vision of a community free of violence at Riverview Center not because of the work we do as an organization, but rather, it will be because of the work that we as a community accomplish together.

Thank you all.



  1. I have seen a lot of open hearts and many blessings to those in need.Truly the reason for the season.

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