Travel

Get On The Plane: NOLA Trip Recap

July 21, 2017

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 but the first time that I've been genuinely nervous.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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. 

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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.

Vallecito

May 31, 2017

Well, hey there! I know, I know, I start blogging again and then disappear for a week! To my defense, this has been quite a month! I've been busy every single weekend (when I do most of my writing) and out of town most of the last week! I'm hoping to get back into a better blogging schedule soon, so stay tuned!

Today, I thought I'd catch you up on what's going on in my life by having a virtual coffee date. While I'd love to get coffee with each and every one of you, this will just have to do!

If we were having coffee, I'd tell you...

... that I got to go on an overnight field trip last week! The 7th-grade class went to Keystone Science School for three days last week and because they have so many girls in the grade they needed an extra female chaperone. I was asked if I could go and help out and, of course, I said yes! Although I was a little nervous, it turned out to be a LOT of fun. I loved getting to meet most of the kids and watch them interact (oh, Middle School...) as well as get to know the 7th-grade faculty. Spending three days in the mountains didn't hurt either!

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If we were having coffee, I'd tell you...

... that when I got home from Keystone I took a shower, repacked my bag, and then headed out on my next adventure! My friend, Maddie, and I got an Air BnB near Vallecito Lake, CO and made a road trip out of Memorial Day weekend. We drove to Colorado Springs on Friday night, then headed out early that morning. Over the weekend we saw some beautiful views driving across Colorado, went hiking, ate s'mores, relaxed at the yurt, went to an event at a local vineyard, and enjoyed lake life!

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If we were having coffee, I'd tell you...

... that while I thought the yurt was cute and I loved being in the woods, I would not recommend the bathroom situation. It was basically a metal screen and a compost toilet... I survived for a couple days but it wasn't exactly my favorite part of the trip. But you have to try everything once, right?!

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If we were having coffee, I'd tell you...

... that I realized during my two trips how many times I think to myself, "I wonder how/what/when...." and then never actually look up the answer. Don't you ever think of a question you have about something but then never look up the answer? While we were driving, I decided to start actually writing down some of these questions. Some are funnier than others... but at least now I have them written down so I can look them up!

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If we were having coffee, I'd tell you...

... that I am SO EXCITED FOR SUMMER! This is the last week of school for the students and while I don't actually get summers off (we have a LOT to do during the summer!) we do get shortened hours and most of us use our vacation days during this time since things were too busy during the year to use them. I'm hoping to do more hiking, writing, meeting people, and maybe even a few fun things like going to the driving range, batting cages, or even sailing!

If we were having coffee, I'd tell you...

... that I'm not following a workout program! I know, so unlike me, right?! Right now I'm just going with the flow and doing what I feel like and I have to admit - six days off while traveling was kind of nice! Although I was not quite as excited about it during those driving days... However, I think after a few weeks of just going with the flow I'm ready to push myself again! I'm thinking of trying out a new program from Beachbody called Shift Shop when it comes out in July but I need something to do in June!

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If we were having coffee, I'd tell you...

... that I've been horrible about going to church on Sundays. The last time I went was Easter, and it's not just because I've been busy! I really need to get back into the habit. I have to admit, it was much easier to go to church in Chicago because I knew I'd see my friends there and they were expecting me. I tried joining a small group but it was disorganized and kind of fell apart. I need to find something new!

San Francisco Inspiration Day

Nov 15, 2016

This past Friday I attended an event called Inspiration Day in San Francisco, which was put on by the coaching academy I took my life coaching course with, Beautiful You Coaching Academy. I actually can't believe it's all over! It was SUCH a blessing and exactly what my heart needed right now.

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To be honest, going in I did NOT want to be there. I was feeling bad about how my coaching business was going, thinking I wasn’t doing as well as everyone else, or I had wasted away my time and opportunity, and that I just wasn't good enough. You know, all those horrible thoughts that AREN'T TRUE and that I'm always working to keep out of my head! Understandably, I was feeling some major social anxiety - I was just NOT in the mood for chit-chatting with a bunch of happy people!

Luckily, I was attending with Anna and that made me feel so much better to have her support and know someone was going in with me. Friends are the best.

And can you guess what happened?

I came out with a full heart and felt SO inspired!

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I guess it was called Inspiration Day for a reason! But seriously, the day ended up being a big game changer for me. I walked in just wanting to get through it and get it over with, but it ended up making me feel so much better about where I am with my business and in life.

One of the things a speaker said that really clicked with me was that there are three phases to any project:

1) The shiny new phase, where you're so excited about your new idea;

2) the development phase, where you have to really put in the work and things get hard;

3) and the flow phase, where you've really gotten your project off the ground and things are clicking.

Guess where I am? The development stage. This is where most people quit - thinking it's harder than they thought, that maybe it wasn't meant to be, or they lose sight of their end goal and get distracted by something else. But you know what? Things are SUPPOSED to be tough! This is where I’m learning and going through growing pains and doing the hard work. This is where it isn’t new and fun anymore but it’s isn’t flowing yet.

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One of our speakers, Travis Barton, was talking to me after the event, asking me about my business, and when I told him I was really struggling with confidence he said to me: "You took this course right? You graduated from this course, right? Then you can do this."

I needed to hear that. I needed to be reminded of all the hard work that I put in over the first 6 months of the year and that I need to just keep working and practicing and reaching out to people.

Our teacher Julie’s speech at the end was also really inspiring (and had me in tears.) She said to us: “You are the light workers of the world.” Her speech reminded me of WHY I signed up for this course in the first place - why I wanted to help people and change lives. I think I’ve been getting so wrapped up in the little details of coaching sessions and things that haven’t been going as well and letting it bog me down.

I need to keep connecting with women and reaching out and being a light in people’s lives.

That’s WHY I do this - to be a lightworker. I know I was called to be a coach. I know I was called for something greater in this life - I am here to help and inspire.

I CAN do this - I just need to do the hard work. I just need to practice and practice and practice and not get so anxious about the outcomes - it’s up to my clients as to how their sessions go and what they get out of it, I just have to show up and be there to support them.

I am capable of accomplishing my dreams.

I am capable of being a light worker.

I BELIEVE in myself. I believe in what I do. I believe in me and the gift that God has given me to share with others.

What about you? Are you in the "development stage" of any part of your life? Or are you struggling to find the momentum to begin? If you ever want to chat, I'm here to help - just send me an email at Katie@peaceloveandoats.com and I'll be there for you!