What’s upppp???? Did you miss my post on Monday. Probably not. Hopefully you had a pretty #MotivatedMonday without it. No excuses, but I’ll give them to you anyway. If you want a lot of delays, just fly United Airlines. They make it up to you by giving you free drinks on the airplane, so if you care about that kind of thing, they are a great airline to consider. Anyway, we got home a little later than expected, and I had to be at the gym by 5:30 AND upload my Wodapalooza videos (these things take time). I made it to the gym by 5:32 (whoops) and my videos (which were due by 8 pm) were submitted at 7:58 pm. Talk about living on the edge! I also needed to process all I learned at the Brute Athlete Camp before I shared a little about it.

Thanks, again, for all the birthday wishes! Shoutout to all of my friends and family that drag my birthday out to make it a week long event. I’m not complaining about that. Thank you to everyone who said really nice things. You know you don’t have to buy me anything or do anything.. just say something nice to me, and tell me why you love me, and I’m good to go! Thanks to Daniel for taking me to Austin. Thanks to Brute Strength for letting me be a part of your athlete camp.

First of all… birthdays. I can’t believe I’m 31. THIRTY ONE. Birthdays are a great time to reflect over the past year.

As a Christian, I believe that a perfect Savior (Jesus) died for an imperfect me. I take the Bible at it’s word. Therefore, I believe James 1:17 where James says that all the good and perfect things I have in my life right now are all only because of God. And that is 100% true about age 30.

Turning a year older is always a great opportunity for reflection.

And with that…

Here are THREE things I learned at age 30.

  1. Less can mean more. (when it comes to exercise, or really, anything for that matter). If I want to be in it for the long run, I have to do a better job about not overdoing it. Coming back from my second achilles surgery forced me to slow down, and through that, I saw that I actually performed better in the long run when I didn’t do as much. I’m able to practice what I preach a little more now. Now, I still overdo it sometimes, but I’m better about listening to my body, assessing my goals, and remembering that I am not 25 anymore.

  2. At the end of the day, the only voice I need to listen to about myself is my own. People say weird things. In Anderson. Really anywhere, for that matter. People say nice things. People say inappropriate things. People say hurtful things. People say things that I believe come from a good heart and mind, but can be easily interpreted to be weird/awkward/unkind. None of those things define me.

  3. Eating more won’t always make you gain weight. – This was the year that I finally took that step, started eating enough to support my lifestyle, and ended up feeling healthier and fitter overall. I want to encourage others to make sure they are eating enough and help them get there!

Here are THREE things I got better with at age 30.

  1. Knowing when to rest.

  2. Being proud of myself. – This is weird, but I’ve been actually admitting out loud when I am proud of myself (for anything and everything) and I don’t really know how to describe the feeling, but it’s been very empowering.

  3. Vulnerability. With friends and on social media. People need more realness, and I feel like I’ve seen strength come with vulnerability and realness in my own life, and in some of my friends/people I see on the daily.

Here are THREE things I am looking forward to improving at age 31.

  1. Ramping up this blog. (Ok, I put it out there, so now I need to make it happen).

  2. Taking a few other big steps to help others have a MEANINGFUL and HEALTHY life.

  3. If I am doing my best, and following through with the action steps I’ve laid out for me,  I have nothing to prove to anyone, and I don’t have to explain myself to anyone else.

**These are all pretty basic, if I do say so myself. But if you’re anything like me, I encourage you to reflect every now and then!

Now, let’s talk about Brute Strength Athlete Camp! I was able to go via an instagram giveaway, and for that, I am very, very thankful.  I would be lying if I said I wasn’t really nervous or knew what to expect going into it. I’ve never been to an “athlete camp” before. The schedule/lineup looked amazing, and I was so pumped to learn some tips and tricks to implement as a coach and as an athlete. I got to learn from some of the best coaches in CrossFit, and with that, I was inspired by how helpful they were and how they went out of their way for each person there. Special shoutout to Coach Nick Sorrell who never gave up on my lack of body awareness in all things gymnastics. He actually sought me out a couple of times to help me (because he knew that I needed it). He could have just told me what he knew, and left it at that, but the fact that he was pretty persistent with it (while not making me feel like a total idiot) inspired me as a coach. T

I feel like this camp came at a great time, as I am always trying to figure out “what I want to do when I grow up…” But even more recently, figuring out what else I can be doing RIGHT NOW. I always know I can be doing so much more in fitness (and I’m not talking about as an athlete), but it’s hard for me to actually follow through with practical action steps. We talked about INTENTION (what truly matters to me and where I see myself going). But we also talked about ACTION (and what this looks like for me right now, in the near future, and in the far future). We talked about habits. We spoke in present tense (instead of future tense) which to me, holds me accountable even more because I’ve voiced it and claimed it as true. The Brute Team – in particular Michael Cazyoux – laid out a very do able process for me to be able to take steps towards personal growth. I truly feel like I can help people make their life better, and fitness is the vehicle for that.

Anyway, I’m super thankful and I’ll be breaking it down in my head for awhile!

Next up, AUSTIN! I loved exploring Austin with Daniel. We had a loooong delay leaving Greenville on Thursday afternoon, so about 6 hours of my birthday was spent in the Greenville airport. The other time was spent in the gym – coaching and doing the 2 Wodapalooza workouts for the weekend so I didn’t have to do them in Austin or when I got back in town Monday night. By the time we got to Houston (we flew into Houston, not Austin) nothing was open. And we were pretty hungry. However, shoutout to United Airlines for the TWO mini bags of pretzels and a free drink. I chose bombay gin and gingerale over ice. Solid choice if I do say so myself. We ended up eating dinner at 11 pm at….get ready for it….WHATABURGER. Have you ever been there? Honestly it was pretty good, and the girl who served us was the best. We stayed in Houston that night (instead of driving to Austin like we originally planned). It’s a good thing Daniel and I like long car rides together (because that drive is pretty dreary…unless you like cows, fields, and dinosaur figurines you can buy and put in your yard. God Bless Texas.

We went straight to SNOOZE. It was worth the wait. I got a veggie frittata. And don’t worry. We split a pancake flight too (sweet potato, pumpkin, and peanut butter) <—can’t go wrong with that combo 🙂

It was raining in Austin (bummer) but that didn’t stop us from driving around and getting lost on campus, going to lululemon (helllllerrrrrr) and seeing some pretty fine attractions, if I do say so myself.. like Graffiti Park and the “I love you so much” wall at Jo’s Coffee. We went to a dairy free ice cream place called Nada Moo. I got an almond milk latte. Daniel got some milkshake. Even the dreary weather couldn’t hold back how GREAT Austin is.  Camp started that night, so we didn’t do much after that. We did eat at Z’Tejas (which is one of my new favorite places we’ve ever been to while traveling. They even gave me free pie for my birthday (weekend).

At camp on Saturday, I grabbed a quick lunch at Picnik – mostly because it was right by the gym.  It got the job done, but I wasn’t like thrilled or anything with what I got. That night, we ate at Gordoughs. Daniel wanted to go here so bad. We passed up the donut burger and ended up getting salads (I know, lame) BUT….we each got our own dessert donut. He got some chocolate one and I got a cake batter one. Living large.

On Sunday, I’m embarrassed to say that my lunch was picked up on the way to camp – at the local HEB grocery store. I had a spinach/fruit salad which a little bit of chicken. But that night, we went to Hopdoddy’s Burger. I finally got that good burger. I won’t talk about how awkward the restaurant staff was, but the burger was great! We went to Amy’s for icecream after. And yes, it is just as good as Jeni’s.

On Monday, after a whole weekend of eating all the tasty donuts, icecream, tacos, and burgers, we came to the realization that it was time to go back to real life. So, we got up super early, made  the drive back to Houston, and got on a plane to come back to South Carolina.

I know there are still 15684 more places for us to check out in Austin. We barely saw/experienced what we wanted to see. Everyone was so kind and laid back though. We’ll be back soon (hopefully 🙂 Thank you to everyone for the suggestions!

Thanks, as always for reading!

 Daniel’s face got chopped up, but all you need to know is what’s on the table. Not where I would have dreamed of spending my birthday dinner, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

Daniel’s face got chopped up, but all you need to know is what’s on the table. Not where I would have dreamed of spending my birthday dinner, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

 My “I’ve been up for 19 hours eyes.”

My “I’ve been up for 19 hours eyes.”

 Made it to Austin. First stop: SNOOZE and COFFEE

Made it to Austin. First stop: SNOOZE and COFFEE

 When vegetables (and some fruit) are life

When vegetables (and some fruit) are life

 But…because we could eat whatever we wanted this weekend….

But…because we could eat whatever we wanted this weekend….

 Graffiti Park

Graffiti Park

 Nada Moo

Nada Moo

 GREAT street tacos at Z’Tejas

GREAT street tacos at Z’Tejas

 Gordoughs Cake batter donut…..wuuutttt??

Gordoughs Cake batter donut…..wuuutttt??

 GREAT PEOPLE RIGHT HERE :)

GREAT PEOPLE RIGHT HERE 🙂