I’ve been so fortunate my entire life to have an awesome support system. My family, my friends, my boyfriend… they all believe in me, possibly more than I believe in myself. That right there gives me the power to find the strength inside to dive in head first… to pretty much everything I do.
See, by nature, I am an introvert. If I had it my way, I would live in a cabin in the woods with nothing but the sounds of Mother Nature to disturb me. Typically, my favorite time of day is when I am by myself (or with my dogs and boyfriend) in silence. In social settings, I get really nervous and I have to force myself to converse. I’d rather sit back and observe. By nurture (or by my lifestyle), I have to make myself be an extrovert.. a lot! I work with people in 1 on 1 and group settings everyday. I am the motivator for them. It’s my job to be outgoing!
As an outsider looking in, people typically think I am an extrovert. My entire upbringing I played on team sports and was lucky enough to be the team captain several times, the team leader. As team sports came to a halt, I found CrossFit and dove in without thinking twice. I had the terrifying (for me) privilege of performing in front of massive crowds at the CrossFit Games and regionals. After developing a bit of a platform through CrossFit, I let a little cat out of the bag and announced that I have epilepsy… to the whole world! From there, I created a charity event, Move Mountains and ran 500 miles across Colorado for epilepsy awareness, trying to get as much publicity as possible. Now, I’m putting myself out there again with the goal of leading women’s camping retreats.
I’m not listing all this to toot my own horn… believe me there were plenty of times I fell down in between all those successes. I am telling you all this because I have learned through these ventures of overcoming my introverted self, that life is short and the only way you’re going to do what you want to do is to do it. People often ask me about the things I’ve done, “how did you do it?” My answer, “I just did, I took the first step and then kept going.”
Most of those major successes in my life were complete at total unknowns. I wasn’t as prepared as I should have been. I had no idea what to expect. With my CrossFit career, I was told by several people more experienced than I, that I wasn’t ready to compete and I should wait and train another year (I had only been doing CrossFit for 6 months when I got 6th in the world in 2011). I didn’t listen because I had made up my mind that I was going to try and go to the CrossFit games. For my run across Colorado, I had never run more than 26.2 miles in my life at one time… and I only did that once and promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. But I put it out to the world that I was going to do this, so I did. Every day was an unknown and a challenge and I didn’t know if I could make it to the next day… but I did. For The WILD Women, this idea came to me about 6 weeks ago. I made my vision a reality and offered it to the world with no idea what to expect and was so nervous that no one was going to register. It sold out in less than 5 days!
Guys, again, not trying to toot my own horn, but the only true way I have to convey this message of diving in head first is my own experiences.
So, what are you waiting for? That deep desire you have in you to go on that adventure or change career paths or go back to school… do it! Take the first step and the next one will follow. We are the only ones that have the power to control our next move. We are the only ones that have the power be who we truly want to be and do what we truly want to do. So… Dive in head first!
I’d love to hear what you’re going to do or what you are doing… please share in the comments!
This week’s favorites…
“Read books and do squats. Grow your mind and butt.”
We are progressing from last week’s Straight Arm Plank and moving to Marching Straight Arm Plank. This continue to develop core strength, but adding the single arm movement, we are challenging ourselves by preventing rotation (anti-rotation).
Okay.. I could literally eat this everyday for the rest of my life. This is ahhhhhmazing… and SO easy!
- 1 lb Grass Fed Beef and 1 lb Grass Fed Pork
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 white onion diced
- Sea Salt, Black Pepper, Oregano, Garlic Powder (didn’t measure, just dashed it in)
- Handful of Fresh Spinach
- 4 oz of Goat Cheese
- Preheat oven to 425 F
- In a large bowl mix beef, pork, eggs, onion and spices
- Flatten out in a rectangle (about 1/2 inch thick) on foil
- Put spinach and goat cheese in middle
- Pick up side of foil and “flop” one half of meet on top of spinach and cheese and then do the same with the other side on top of meat.
- Place on baking sheet and bake for 45-50 minutes