The End of a Decade – Welcome 2020!

It has been over 2 years since I have made a post to my blog. There has been so much that has changed, yet so much still remains the same. As we are ending one decade and about to embark on a new one, I wanted to take time to share some of my reflections. Often we get so caught up in the day to day that we don’t realize just how much has changed. My motto has always been that if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you. I have seen my share of challenges over the past decade, but I have grown so much from it all.

cko awardsThis past decade has taught me that change is necessary in order to grow. Like all living things, if we aren’t growing, we are dying. About mid-way through this past decade I had a huge life change in so many ways. I went from job security, to creating my brand and becoming an independent contractor. I went from a very structured routine to one that would have me really testing my organizational skills daily.  By the end of this decade I learned the importance of balance and returned to the full time corporate scene and still am in the fitness industry helping others. I am so blessed to be able to do both professions that I am so passionate about now.

I learned who is truly in my corner and who is just there for their own personal gain. I became more public over the past decade, which in turn sadly led to being targeted by those who secretly were rooting me to fail. I have felt the joys of success as well as the hurt of the knives that stabbed me in the back, some by people that I had given so much to, but am I bitter? No, because I am now better for it.

usaI have pushed my body to do things I never imagined possible. I started obstacle course racing and even represented the USA at the OCRWC twice. I have done endurance events that would have me literally push my body to limits I didn’t know existed. I have completed events that took over 12 hours in duration and was reminded that in this every growing selfish world, there is still kindness in strangers. Some of these strangers have even become friends.

30726232_10216804281448004_9058607045451710464_nstatusI have transformed my body several times in order to achieve different goals. I not only became an athlete on the race course, but I have stepped on stage and allowed strangers to judge me, which was not easy but it actually made me more comfortable in my own skin. I have learned that no one is perfect and we all have flaws! One person’s opinion of you should not define you or your worth. I been in a professional photo shoot and actually published in a fitness magazine, which I would have never imagined possible.

I have visited so many new places and learned to embrace the beauty this world has to offer. I love nature and spent so much time admiring its splendor. I have shared experiences with others that made these trips even more remarkable. What I once couldn’t imagine doing, running, I often miss being able to do more often. canada

Over the past decade I have learned how to let go. I have learned that sometimes people are only in your lives for a period of time, but that doesn’t mean that they weren’t special, it just meant that it was time for you both to move on to other chapters. I learned to walk away from toxic environments and people no matter how hard it can be to do so. I have also learned the importance of cherishing those who year after year, decade after decade, remain by your side through the good and the bad.

pupsWe adopted two rescue dogs that have stolen our hearts. Our babies are now teenagers that I am incredibly proud of. Our home is not as neat as it once was, but the love in those often messy rooms are undeniable. My family is my world.

I am grateful for the experiences I have had and am so blessed to be where I am today. New goals have been set and I have big plans for the new decade, so stay tuned to find out what new and exciting adventures I will be on next! Time to shoot for the stars!

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and safe new year!

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