Hey Yo! Sorry it’s been awhile… a really long while. In fact, I’m pretty sure I haven’t written anything since the Open! I don’t even think I wrote about the last workout! I think we were all over the Open by that point anyway! Haha…although that last workout was a blast, let me tell ya!

Since then, I’ve been a little busy! I have this great site that my friend Jerry helped me with. However, I haven’t really done much with it. And for the past week or so, I’ve caught myself wondering about it, and questioning it, and asking myself, “why do I even have this site If I’m not going to do much with it?” Although the response for training has been great! So thanks to those who have reached out about that. And thanks to the people who have been like,”hey, why haven’t you blogged anything? Are you good?”

SOOOOO, I decided to just START. I didn’t even really know what to write about, but hey, I’ve got a solid 30 minutes right now, so I’m going to write.

First of all, I want to THANK everyone who has been so SUPPORTIVE about this upcoming trip to Iceland. I really thought I would sell a few shirts to help with costs, but because of your generosity, my entry fee (those are pricey in case you didn’t know that), my flight, my part in the airbnb, and even a little money for some high quality Iceland food is all paid for. SO THANK YOU! Some people have gone over and beyond to help, including some gyms in the area, so I’m going to do a special THANK YOU post next week.

Also, speaking of generosity… I just want to throw out there that I FREAKING LOVE THESE EYELASHES. The story behind that…about a month ago, a very kind girl named Nicki reached out to me. She does CrossFit in Easley at CrossFit Bang Bang. She’s an aesthetician, and she told me she wanted to hook me up with some eye lash extensions for Iceland so I can look good, feel good, do good…You know?!? To be honest, a couple weeks before, I legitimately bought a $3 pair of fake eye lashes from Target (high end ELF brand, ya know?) because I’ve always wanted longer eye lashes. Mine are just blonde and boring, and I don’t know anything about makeup or how to make them longer or prettier. I was too scared to try and put the fake eye lashes on, so they are just hanging out in my bathroom right now. Anyway, out of total GENEROSITY and KINDNESS, Nicki sacrificed her time and her resources to give me eye lashes, and I’m in love. And now that I have them, I know they won’t be there forever, so I am thinking about getting some refills next month. I definitely recommend going to see Nicki. She told me she is passionate about helping women feel their best, and that is right up my alley. Here is her info if you want some lashes, or really anything else to make you look your best:

Beauty by Nicki Freeman

Mere Norman Cosmetics and Day Spa of Easley

Anyway, that kinda leads into what I wanted to talk about today – really fast! According to the internet, today is NATIONAL TAKE A CHANCE DAY! – Ok! I can get on board with that. And I know if you are actually still reading this, it’s probably late at night, and the day is almost over. But that doesn’t mean that every day can’t be that. Why does it just have to be April 23rd??

I am so thankful for the “chances” I have taken – and for all of the people who have paved the way for me to take those steps. I am getting to live out what I am passionate about.. and that is helping others feel their best (by helping them move better and take steps to meet their health goals… mostly through CrossFit). But what is most challenging about this is that it isn’t just like a one time thing and bam, you’ve arrived. No. Just like with most things.. you have to constantly be learning and growing. Every single day I feel like I have so much more to learn. BUT, each day also brings so many new opportunities to learn. Growing complacent is so easy to do, but you can’t if you want to help others to be their best.

I am thankful for the steps I’ve taken to make my own health better. But it wasn’t like, “oh, yeah – I just made this one decision to clean up my diet and start exercising, and now I’ve made it!” No, every single day I have to make the decision to eat the foods that will help my body feel best. I have to make the decision to go to the gym. And I have to make the decision to not overdo it in the gym and remember my real reason for getting to workout in the first place. Do I fall short some days? Yes. And truth be told, some days it’s probably better for me to eat ice cream, or eat chips and queso with friends, or have a drink.

And I know that in order to continue to continue to be my personal best, I need to take steps to learn and grow. So, right now, I have seen the BIGGEST NEED ever for help with nutrition. I’ve had the amazing opportunity to learn and grow by helping people as a coach get on the right path. HOWEVER, like most things, the more I try to help, the more I realize that I have so much to learn. Basically what I know doesn’t match up to the need that I see in the gym I coach at and in other gyms as well. SOOOO, I am looking into furthering my education. Ya girl went to school for sociology. I wanted exercise science so bad, but when I was 18, I decided that general bio was too hard, and I wanted to study human services and sciences instead. So, today I am taking some steps out of my comfort zone, so I can help other people. And I think it’s worth throwing out there that I am able to do this because my grandparents gave me an extra generous Christmas present this past year and told me to spend the money on my future. I’ve been waiting to spend it on something to make them proud.

So, there ya have it. I would love to hear how you are taking a chance these days. Whether it’s something like furthering your education, or applying for a new job or opportunity, or going for a PR in the gym, or getting eyelash extensions.. be willing to take chances, take steps, and embrace new potential opportunities. Because ya never know what they will lead to! And while you’re at it, don’t forget to remember, thank, and give credit to the people who have made those opportunities come alive.


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