Hiiiii! Happy Monday. It’s going to be a great week. Shoutout to all the moms and dads out there who made my morning complete by posting the best back to school pics of your kids. Great outfit choices. Everyone (or mostly everyone) is smiling. I always look forward to them.

Ok, sorry I’m a lame blogger sometimes. I never posted those other podcasts last week like I told you I would. I could give you a whole bunch of excuses, but actually there are none. Except I never took the time to sit down and do it. I hate not following through. I’m bad at that sometimes. So, I just apologize and move on. Maybe this week? Who knows? I’ve been slacking on the blog follow through thing lately. 

BUT, I’m going to make it up to you by letting you know that those Polar seltzer waters are still BOGO at Publix (I guess for a couple more days). My friend, Lindsey told me about them last week. The Orange Vanilla flavor is A-MA-ZING. It’s like drinking a creamsicle. It does make me burp a lot though, so not sure what that’s about. But if you love all things ice cream and just anything sugar in general, but you try to stay away from it as much as you can, go do yourself a favor and go get you some of the Orange Vanilla Polar Seltzers 

Ok. Have you ever tried something new? Attempted something you were terrified of? Gone waaayyyyy out of your comfort zone? It’s so scary. It’s easy to ya know, commit. And at the same time, it’s easy to talk yourself out of what you originally said you would do. But the feeling you get when you take the step, make the attempt, and follow through can’t be beat. On Saturday, a group of us went running up a mountain in Toccoa. It’s called Currahee Mountain, and it’s worth the 1 hour 15 minute drive from Anderson. If you start at the barracks at Camp Toccoa(I think that’s what it’s called), it’s 3 miles to the top (actually, according to my watch, it was a little bit less than that, but let’s just say..right under 3 miles!) The first half was let’s just call it, “larger rolling hills than what you’ll see in Anderson.” BUT, the last almost mile and a half is STRAIGHT UP! It’s a fun mountain to attempt to run, and shoutout to you if you can make it the whole way without having to turn your uphill jog into a fast walk or bear crawl. I have to admit that towards the end, my pace went from a run, to more of a “run for 10-15 sec…walk/climb for 10-15 sec.” It was rough. My legs were jello. The 5.11 vest I had on didn’t help either. 

I didn’t know everyone in the group super well or anything. My friend, Blake got a group of people from ECMMA to go. So, there were 3 gyms representing. But I do know that everyone was at least a little intimidated before we started. We got lost trying to find the starting point. We ended up in some old man’s back yard. He was not happy with us. We had to ask for directions at a gas station. We had to keep turning around. And I’ll admit, part of me was like, “oh well. I guess we’ll have to choose a smaller mountain/trail.” But everyone (with varying fitness abilities) finished. Everyone pushed themselves. And the feeling of completing that is hard to even put into words! I wish Daniel could have gone. He was in Georgia, but I know he would have loved it. Actually, he would have hated it too. But I would have loved to run it with him. 

I’ve been really trying to put myself out of my comfort zone lately. Because let’s be real. Instagram may make me look tough most of the time. I try to be real and vulnerabe, BUT if y’all really knew what was going on in my head most of the time, you’d be like…”oh, sweetheart…” But I do know that putting myself in challenging situations, or pushing myself past where I think I can go, always makes me better. I’m able to show myself that if I can do…”fill in the blank,” then what else can I do?” 

So, here is your reminder this week to do something that scares you. And don’t do it just so you can talk about it, or post it on instagram. Do it for yourself. Maybe it’s starting a new job now that your kids are in school. Maybe it’s getting your cute little butt back in the gym because once again, your kids are going back to school. Maybe there is some big step you’re wanting to take – but you’re scared of failing or what people would say. 

Running(climbing) to the top of the mountain on Saturday reminded me of two things:

1) The view at the TOP is worth it every time!

2) Getting over the peak (and on to the downhill) is always smooth sailing. As in, once you take the step, do the grunt work, and get out of your comfort zone, you reach the peak. After you cross over that peak, it’s all downhill from there. 

Getting out of your comfort zone is always scary. But it always makes you better. 

Have a great week! Maybe I’ll be a better blogger one day with great content, but for now, what you see is what you get. Peace.