Same Path Traveled Different Journey ~ Part 2: giving up your dreams

As you start reading this, I will be on the road again across the state from a weekend visiting my family in Spokane. I have made this trip uncountable times in my life. I started making this trip when I was in college traveling to the Big City. I was filled with excitement!!! Dreams flashed through my head as I passed each mile marker. Dreams of living in the city, becoming a personal trainer and water skiing!

The end of this October will mark 5 years of me living on the west side of the state with numerous trips back and forth to and from Spokane. Within these 5 years, I have learned so much through injuries, through relationships, and through my goals! But through these multiple trips in life I learned it is ok to give up on dreams.

The last blog post may have been a little surprising or devastating as you read it.

Lets just say this was a big obstacle to manage and still is! The news of your mother having a brain tumor is something no one wants to face. Yet this was my reality a year ago and we are still learning how to navigate post her surgery.

Throughout this year, I had an opportunity in Orlando, FL! The feeling of starting something fresh, a new beginning, warmth sunshine was so appealing to me. It took a long time for me to decide if I was going to take this chance or not. I wanted to forget the hardship and start with a clean slate working toward my goals as an athlete and professional career training.

After long talks with my mom about this opportunity, she reminded me this is the one and only life I get to live and encouraged me to make the jump and go for it! So at the end of April I was in Orlando!

As soon as I arrived there the opportunity had vanished! Devastated with this reality, I went to my “Never-Land” aka Coble Ski School. There I was able to of course ski but more importantly come to the conclusion I am a northwest girl!

After two wonderful months at Cobles, I was back to the Northwest! Don’t get me wrong I love being in the Northwest, it is my home and where my heart belongs. But it is not where I thought I would be. I thought I would be on a new adventure in a new city, making new friends and chasing new dreams.

Since my time here in Seattle, I started to give up on my dreams. Yes I gave up my dreams! CRAZY (I know)! As the doors were obviously closed in Orlando, I started to question my dreams and wondered how they would become a reality.

My gypsy spirit is starving for a new adventure yet my heart and soul is directing me to stay in Seattle.

Afflicted inside, I continue to trust my ultimate coach who is the one who directs my heart and soul. Not understanding how He is directing my compass to stay in the Northwest, my gypsy spirit grieves the path it thought it would be taking to achieve her dreams. Knowing how He give us dreams as a calling to do His work, I will believe He has a much bigger adventure waiting for me here in Seattle! I may not know the steps of my journey, but living the unknown is the greatest adventure.

I may feel like I have given up on my dreams with “settling” being back in Seattle, the path has changed but my dream continue to live.

I have faith in the unknown Knowing the one who knows the Unknown.

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. Proverbs 16:9
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. Proverbs 16:9

Coming out of the Closet on CrossFit

Many have asked if I am straight, bi, and/or lesbian. This post is not to answer these types of questions. But I am coming out of the closest to set the record straight about my opinion about CrossFit.

 

When I first entered exercise as a professional, I was eager to become part of the CrossFit movement. Yet over a year of doing CrossFit style workouts my body became very broken. As a result of this, I was totally turned off from the Crossfit community. Like a high school student feels being benched the entire season, I felt I was the outcast for physically not being able to keep up with my teammates. Jealous I was not part of the team, I banded CrossFit. Then I find out the gym I am working at is opening a CrossFit “box.”

 

As CrossFit continues to grow, I have been challenged professionally about this growth. Like any type of exercise whether it be CrossFit, Zumba, Martial Arts etc, without the proper coaching there is always going the be the risk of injuries.

 

There is a lot contrast about if CrossFit is healthy or not. When the real question is how are the participants being coached. If you want to perfect a skill through Crossfitt, or kettlebells, it will take time and diligence. We can’t just jump into these classes knowing exactly how to do all the lifts and expect no injuries. It takes time and proper coaching. Even as a coach, I still seek coaching to perfect my kettlebell swings and the water skiing abilities.

 

I have the privilege to work with an amazing team of experts these past three years. They have challenge themselves to continue to expand their knowledge and coaching skills, while at the same time pushes each other to new physical limits. I have learned so much working with them both with coaching and reaching my personal physical goals.

 

With the new CrossFit Bel-Red opening up, I trust all the coaches will take the correct safety precautions. I know this team of CrossFit Coaches will make a huge difference in this community and will start changing the poor reputation CrossFit has to a safe and effect type of exercise. They have changed my opinion of it and I am excited to see the impact this “Box” will have through our community.

 

CrossFit has an amazing community, let this community grow to support all types of movement, exercise, and sports. Even though the high school student may not have the chance to play on the court they are still supporting their team by being there. We all can support one another. Not everyone can physically do CrossFit, more power to you if you can, I may be little jealous. Let us support our differences and remember the main goal: improving each other life through health and exercise.

 

CrossFitt may not be for everyone but movement is for everyone. Find something you enjoy and go “live with passion!”

I will leave you with one last comment. I am not a cross-fitter but I am open to learn from them. I am not bi and/or lesbian but open to dating not a boy but a man.

Competitions

Being a competitor, I love the challenge of any type of competition. The mental focus of syncing the mind and body to work together in the “zone” can be challenging at times. It is only time the mind and body are able preform at its best. This is what every athlete strives for, being in the zone at the present moment.

Planning water ski competitions schedule for 2014, I start to wonder how do I practice the zone during the off season? I find it extremely hard to practice this when I am not even out on the water yet. Though at the same time I see the mental challenge it creates and I am up for the task. As a water skier, I am always looking ways for improvement.  I am consistently competing against myself and  determined to progress to next level. Every time I am out on the water I treat as if I was at a competition, striving for my best.

Just like making my practice part of my competition, each day we all have the opportunity to make it a “game day.” What every you may be training for, approach each day with the mental tactic of  a competition. On any competition day we all have this mental approach of winning, transition this to everyday by attacking each workout routine or practice set with a winning mentality.  Even though it is not a true competition, your are competing against your old yourself striving for a new part of you. We can’t win every competition and not every day is going to be a fantastic thrilling day, but each day we will be seeking ways to improve ourselves. Make every day a “game day” and enjoy the present moment.

Game Day

MERRY CHRISTMAS and Happy New Year

Due to the busy season of Christmas, I decided I am taking the month of December off from blogging.  I will be back in the New Year with fun exercise tips and nutritional guidelines.  Till then enjoy this crazy video of me water skiing during the winter.

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Live with passion

A Water Ski Legacy

A legacy is someone from the past who has created a new direction into other’s heart leading them to live their dreams.  Herb O’ Brien has left a influential legacy in the water ski world.  He had a vision for the sport and invited others to join his journey as he carved new ideas that led the water ski industry.  He was a very generous man and never hesitated to help a friend. Blessed to have meet Herb and ski at Radar Lake, I only hope I can create a legacy like his inspiring others to live their passion.  As skiers, we all carry  part of his legacy whether it be creating new skis or swerving right and left.  Keep his legacy alive by living your passion in celebration of life.

It has been a full year since his funeral and a full year wearing the bracelets that was given to all guests in memory of his generosity.  The bracelet resembles more than Herb’s legacy, the three beads reminds us all to live with hope, to have dream and to continue learning.

Hope Dream Learn

This beautiful gift called life gives us the opportunity to live a life of  legacy. Herb O’ Brien followed his dreams and  wanted others to be part of it

What kind of legacy are you leading?

RADAR LAKE

Life Lessons: Women’s Week 2013

Live is an adventure and there are many lesson to learn along the journey. At Coble  ski school  this was the theme for the Women’s Week.  What brought this theme was one of the ladies everyday would had out Dove Chocolates and say “here is your life lesson for today.”  With this premise, I became more aware of the life lessons that  presented themselves everyday.

Most of the time I was in the boat coaching throughout the entire day.  Even though I was not being coached myself there were many things I was able to learn through this experience.

As a personal trainer and a coach, I am always looking for areas for improvement to progress the person to the next level, saying or cuing the right thing becomes an art.  There were many times I would catch myself saying something and think did that really come out of my mouth, (in a good way).  I felt like someone else was whispering into my ears this entire trip giving me the correct words to say to each women there.  This surprised me because as this would happen immediately I  was able relate it to my skiing, and my personal life .  I started to be aware of these life lesson through water skiing,and understanding the bigger picture of life and how these lessons related to me as a Christian.

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Coaching Women’s Week 2013

The main lesson I was able to learn while coaching: Don’t pull the power away from the boat, instead let the power of the boat work through you.

Thank you again Ladies for an amazing Life Changing week.  You will always be remembered when I am out on the water.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. – Ephesians 6:10

Dove Chocolates
Life Lessons

 

Coble Ski School

Many of you have ask me questions about what is like at Coble Ski School.  I was able to find this video made by one of the students from last summer.  It gives a great taste of ski school and a little insight of the facility and the family dynamic April and Chris are able to create.   Enjoy the video as I make my way across the country one more time this summer to go ski at Coble Ski School!!!

Women’s WEEK – Next week

At this time next week I will be on the plane for another ski adventure. This is the one trip out of them all I have been looking forward to the most.  I am heading back to Coble Ski School, for women’s week.  While I am there I will be coaching driving and instructing yoga to an amazing group of women.  It is a week full of inspiration on and off the water.  Here is a little preview of the week. Ladies countdown begins 1 week

Nationals 2013 – West Palm Beach

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2013 has been an amazing summer  full of water skiing and traveling.  This past week I was able to compete at the USA Water Ski National competition in West Palm Beach, FL.  Unfortunately,  during the competition I did not ski as well as I hoped.  Yet I cannot complain, I have had a very successful season.   During this time last summer I was recovering from a condition called costochondritis.  This is a conditions which causes inflammation on the chest  and making it painful to take deep breaths at times.  So even though I did not place as I hoped to at nationals, I have been able to ski and travel to some of my favorite places without any signs or symptoms from this injury.

While  at Nationals , I was able to reunite with many friends  and meet new skiers as well. Nationals is like a BIG family reunion. So many people travel from all over the nation to come and compete.  It is an amazing atmosphere full of rivalry, team spirit and excitement.  Just being there is a thrill to experience.   When I was not watching friends ski, I was able to talk to some of the pros like Marcus Brown and April Coble.  However the one conversation that was most inspiring was with Krisiti Overton, an amazing skier and strong christian woman. To be able to share my passion for water skiing and for my Lord with a professional skier was the highlight of the trip.  I took away many lessons from the trip both spiritually, mentally, and physically.  Since the 2013 Nationals have been completed now the 2014 water ski season has  officially started!  There are still plenty of tournaments this fall and I am excited to see where this year will  take me.

 

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

Western Regionals

Water skiing has allowed me to travel to many different states meeting new people and creating life long friends. I have discovered through these relationships, each place I have traveled feels a part of home to me. I am always excited for the next adventure and discovering new places, but I look forward to return to the places I consider home.

Home is not a building; it is the love from people you surround your life with and the inspiration from each other. Colorado is one of my “homes” and I am excited to return again next summer for Western Regionals.  Thank you everyone for such amazing experience! Could not have done it with everyone’s love and support.  THANK YOU

Thank you PRO Club and Vitalire — live with passion –  www.vitalire.com

  • Excited to be part of the Vitalire Team – inspiring other to live with passion (northwest clothing company)
  • Encouragement from coworkers to apply and their help with the application
  • Clients encourage me, seeing them achieve their goals, challenges me to do the same

Thank you Seattle Water Sports (SWS)

  • Mark Lord for always making time for me and coaching me here in the Northwest
  • Hooking me up with the  best ski equipment and good advance during the season
  • Introducing me to Northwest Ski community and letting me drive his clinics

Thank you Water ski Community and Family and Friends – Tournaments: Sun Basin and Western Regionals

  • Love the support that comes from the ski family atmosphere at Sun Basin.
  • Many memories as a child in Colorado with my grandparent, always dreamed of skier there.  Blessed to have my first ski experience be western regionals.
  • Through my family and friends support it inspires me to do my best on the water.

Thank you Coble Ski School

  • Big Thank You for April taking a chance on me hiring me when I did not even know how to ski the course
  • Truly I could not accomplish anything in this sport without her support and the coaching from her amazing staff.
  • Excited to be part of her team and help others learn the course, just like I did three summers ago.