Get On The Plane: NOLA Trip Recap

Hello, hello!

I know, it’s been a while, but things have been pretty crazy! While I have been busy, I’ve also been decompressing from a big weekend and dealing with dog-sitting. I’m with one dog this week, Monday through Friday, then on Friday, I switch to two dogs for SIXTEEN nights! You read that right! But let’s move on because that’s not what this post is about!

Today, I want to talk about my trip to New Orleans for the 2017 Beachbody Summit, which is essentially our big conference for Beachbody coaches. There were about 20,000 coaches there! This was the third year I’ve attended (Summit 2015, Summit 2016) but the first time that I’ve been genuinely nervous.

Why was I so nervous? Because this year I felt like an outsider. Do you ever feel that way? Like you’re showing up for something and everyone else is on one page and you are totally somewhere else? Well, I was afraid that because I’m not really coaching right now that I’d either feel really separate from everyone else who is super fired up about coaching, or they’d all try to convince me to dive back in.

To be honest, I almost didn’t get on the plane. 

The whole morning that I was heading to the airport and getting ready to leave I had to keep fighting the urge to turn around and go back home. I was ready to leave my luggage and book it! Luckily, I have a few experiences and tools under my belt.

I asked myself, what’s the biggest reason you don’t want to go? I realized that the ONLY reason I didn’t want to go was that I was afraid. And you know what?

I refuse to let fear drive my life.

I know from many, many experiences that when I get out of my comfort zone and do something that I was nervous about doing, 99% of the time I am so glad that I pushed myself. I almost always end up thanking myself and God for that last push to get me to go because I always gain so much or at least have a fun time.

And we sure had fun!

Within a minute of seeing my teammates, I knew I’d made the right choice. It was so good to see them and hug them and they all told me they were so glad that I came. You know what? I’m so glad too.

Yes, there were workshops around coaching and I zoned out more than I would have in previous years (although, to be honest, I’d heard of lot of it before!). But there were also some amazing speakers that I took pages of notes from, there were fun celebrations that I enjoyed watching with my teammates, but most of all, there were those moments when we were just hanging out together.

Whether it included adventures on Bourbon Street and Frenchman Street or sitting on the floor of a conference center, I loved every minute with these women. Some of them are friends I’d met at previous conferences and talked with over the year, others were women I knew of but I’d never really talked to or seen in person.

Every single one of them felt like family. It sounds cliche but it’s so true:

Your vibe attracts your tribe.

My coach, Anna, has done an amazing job of attracting a group of women who all seem to just “get” each other. Some of the girls I’d never spoken to and suddenly we’re realizing just how similar we are and could have talked for hours. I wish we’d been able to, but the time just flew by! 

So, as I expected when I pushed myself onto that plane, I had a great trip. I made memories that will last me a lifetime, I made new friends, I reconnected with old ones, and I got to see New Orleans through a 29 year-old’s eyes rather than a 20 year-old’s. Those memories are a little foggier 😉 

Next time you find yourself presented with an opportunity and it makes you freak out a bit with fear and anxiety, ask yourself: “Am I being led by fear or led by love?” Push yourself out of your comfort zone and you’ll either be rewarded with a great experience or at least you’ll learn something about yourself.

 

When was the last time you really went out of your comfort zone?

Have you ever been to New Orleans?

 

P.S. I promise part 2 of this post is coming next week! 

Thursday Thoughts

1. As you’re reading this, I’m on my way to New Orleans! Most of my team arrived yesterday, but I opted to come in today since all the events start tonight, the flight was cheaper, and I had a lot to get done at work!

2. To be completely honest, I’m a little nervous that I’m going to feel like an outsider during Summit this year. This will be my third time going, but the first time I’m going when I’m not working my Beachbody business and don’t see myself restarting in the near future. Everyone else, on the other hand, is pumped and excited about growing their businesses. So why am I going? For one thing, I already paid for it… but also, I love these girls and want to see them! Hopefully, everything will go well and I won’t feel too awkward… 

3. I AM excited that the conference is in New Orleans instead of Nashville this year. While I loved Nashville, it will be fun to mix things up and be somewhere new!

4. Last week I spent about five days in Colorado Springs with my WHOLE family: my mom, dad, brother, sister-in-law, niece, grandparents, and of course my BFF, Molly. It was so nice to hang out with everyone, have some fun activities, but also do plenty of relaxing. We went on a hike, played golf, watched fireworks, went out to eat a couple times, had lots of Addie (my niece) play time and even took Addie to the pool!

5. Molly had a wonderful time over the Fourth because she got plenty of attention! She did, however, run away… We accidentally left her out back when we went up to see the fireworks and apparently they scared her so she ran for it. Our house is on a golf course, so I spent about 45 minutes walking the course looking for her… in the dark. It was a little spooky but surprisingly relaxing (clearly I wasn’t concerned that she was lost forever). And yes, we found her. 

6. Because I took off work last Wednesday after the Fourth, I only had a two day work week. Can’t we do that every week? It was amazing…

7. I got my hair cut! This is the best picture that shows my cut… and yes, I realize to most people it looks exactly the same. But I lost about 3-4 inches and feel a little more like an adult and a little less than one of the High School girls. Perhaps I should cut my hair more than twice a year? 

8. Have a great Thursday!

Your turn!

How often do you get your haircut? 

How many days would you like the work week to be? 

What was your favorite part of your Fourth of July? 

Where I’m At With Life, Health and Fitness {Part One}

I feel like the topic of this post is the pink elephant in the room – something I’ve been avoiding talking about for several months now. I think it’s also part of the reason I haven’t blogged much because if I’m feeling protective of my personal life then I’m not in much of a sharing mood in general. But today, I thought I’d try to explain where I am a little bit more.

This year has been a rollercoaster.

A year ago, I left my community and my life in Chicago and moved to Colorado. I needed a change, I needed an adventure, but I had no idea how difficult the transition would be. I moved specifically to Colorado Springs to stay with family while I job searched and while I was there I started out by enjoying the summer and assuming I’d find a job soon so I could move up to Denver and start my “new life.” Well, I was wrong.I ended up staying in Colorado Springs from May through December of 2016. My mom visited for some time, I went up to see my friend in Denver, and I saw my new niece on occasion but for the most part, I was alone and starting to feel more confused and less valuable as my job search continued on.

I applied to over 100 jobs. I got a couple interviews, but nothing worked out. Why? Well, to be honest, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I was just applying to jobs because I thought “this could be okay?” It’s pretty hard to job-hunt when you don’t know what you’re looking for.

This overall feeling of confusion of what I want to do with my life, coupled with being alone and feeling a little unworthy due to no response to so many applications, sent me down a bit of a spiral.

I was depressed. My anxiety was flaring.

Even trips with friends that I loved couldn’t pull me out of my funk. And to be honest, I wasn’t working incredibly hard at creating a positive life for myself. I kept thinking that I’d build a community once I moved up to Denver – what’s the point of doing it in Colorado Springs when I’d just move away? I never imagined that I’d be living there for so long.

During all of this turmoil, I started to feel less and less enthusiastic about coaching. How could I support and give advice to others when I was falling apart? I felt ingenuine, so I started backing away. How was I supposed to live as an example to others if I felt like I was barely keeping my head above water? Yes, we all have struggles and how we get through those struggles can be an inspiration, but I was in the midst of them with no end in sight and not overcoming anything.

Even now that I’m settling in with my new job, finding a church and making friends, I’m still dealing with some things behind the scenes. While I would love to share everything I’ve been through and am going through with clients and readers to help them feel less alone and to bring a little inspiration, I’ve learned from many women that I look up to that it’s best to talk about difficult times afterward. That’s when you have a sense of perspective as well as can give hope to other women dealing with the same thing.

So I haven’t been coaching, other than one life-coaching client. I love my Beachbody products and recommend them and the programs 100%, but I’m just not feeling like pushing anything on anyone else. If someone reaches out and wants to try something, great, but I’m not promoting because right now I just need to do my own thing.

I’m focusing on filling my cup back up. It took me a year to go downhill, so it will take some time to build myself back up.

So that’s where I am with coaching – open and available but not reaching out purposefully. I still love my team (and will be spending the weekend in New Orleans with them!) but I’m not “working the business.”

Maybe one day I’ll go back to running challenge groups, or maybe I’ll focus more on life coaching – who knows! All I know is that I’m going to stick to my gut instincts, follow my heart and do what’s best for me in this season of life.

 

Check back in next week for Part Two  – focusing on my personal health and fitness journey over the past few months and what I’m working on now. 

Thursday Thoughts

1. Hello, friends! Thank you for checking in, and for your patience! I’ve been working on a two-part blog post coming up to share where I am with food and exercise at this point in my life, but it’s taking me longer than I’d hoped to put together. So check back in next week on that!

2. For years, I avoided reading the Twilight saga because I knew I would love it too much. I have a tendency to get a little too into books (like I get emotionally invested and it’s all I can think about until it’s done…). Well, I watched the movies over Christmas break this past year and finally decided to listen to the books when I saw they were available as audiobooks at my library. I’ve still managed to function in daily life (okay, okay, it’s not that bad), but I’m almost done! The books are similar to the movies, just considerably more detailed and very well written! I started switching between reading and listening to go more quickly too.

P.S. I’m Team Edward, 100%.

3. Last Thursday night, I headed down to Colorado Springs for a couple days to get away from the heat (and lack of air conditioning). Of course, it ended up being freezing and rainy… Good thing that place is still pretty.

4. Remember how my friend and I went to ABBA last week? Well, we met some women celebrating a birthday who were about my mom’s age and one of them invited us to their Paella Party this past Saturday and we WENT! We promised we would, so we did! It was pretty fun, they were such welcoming people and it was nice to enjoy the weather, some delicious paella, and get to know some new people!

5. On Monday, after work, I headed downtown to pick up… Lindsay!!! I met Lindsay years ago at a blogging conference and when she found out she’d be coming to Denver for work she reached out to see if I could meet up! I picked her up and took her to the Cherry Creek area where we had dinner at True Food Kitchen.

6. I’m getting my haircut this evening for the first time in… 5 or 6 months? It’s needed…

7. I am SO EXCITED for the Fourth of July this year! I get Monday off and I’m taking Wednesday off so I have a long weekend. My WHOLE family will be in Colorado Springs! My mom is already in Colorado Springs; my brother and dad are driving in from Kansas City; my other brother, his wife, my niece and their dog are coming down from Boulder; plus my grandparents will be joining us on the 4th as well! Big weekend!!!

8. In honor of Harry Potter’s 20th Anniversary, have a great Thursday: 

 

If you live in the U.S., what are you doing for the long weekend?

Do you ever get a little too invested in a book or series?

Have you ever made friends through the internet or social media?

Thursday Thoughts

1. Happy Thursday! I hope you’ve all been having a good week! Mine’s been… hot. There is no AC at work and no AC in my apartment and it’s been in the mid to high 90’s for what feels like forever. I am cooking from the inside out. I am not a fan (pun not intended).

2. Last Thursday, however, we had the perfect evening for a night at Red Rocks! For those of you who aren’t familiar, Red Rocks is an outdoor amphitheater just outside of Denver that is built into… you guessed it: red rocks! It’s gorgeous and such a fun place for a concert. Maddie and I have been going to ABBA every few years here since we were in college and will keep going as long as the show continues!

3. Also, here are my steps from the ABBA concert. I got in about 10,000 that day, but the rest are all from dancing!!! 

4. Friday I spent most of the day lounging around, running errands and recovering from ABBA but Saturday it was back on! I was invited to a bridal shower for my friend, Alex, and it was so nice to see her and meet her friends who live here in Colorado! Alex and I met through our small group in Chicago, but she is originally from Denver!
5. After Alex’s shower, I headed up to the Boulder area to see my niece! My mom is in Colorado right now so she was there visiting and I just HAD to come too! My niece is just over 14 months now, walking, loving her swim lessons, and just the cutest thing ever! I’d show you a photo… but they don’t want her picture all over the internet. I know, so obnoxious 😉

6. THEN I headed down to Colorado Springs! Haha, busy day. I had dinner at home with my mom and then the next morning spent some time outdoors (it was SO NICE OUT THERE) and had a delicious egg/bacon/GF pancake breakfast at our favorite place. Sadly after that, it was time to head back to the real world…

7. In case you were just DYING to know, I think I’ve decided against the Chuck Taylors for now (again…) because I need to get a new pair of REAL running shoes! Mine are about to bite the dust. Where do you get your running shoes? Any good discount ideas?

8. Have a great Thursday! focus on where you want to go not on what you fear is a great quote to keep in mind when you need a little push in the right direction or motivation. This inspiration quote is one of my favorites... I always realize that success comes with facing our fears and it is okay to make mistakes. hand lettered motivational quote, inspirational quote, quote of the day, hand lettered quote

Your turn!

How are you enjoying your summer weather so far? 

What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?