Same Path Traveled Different Journey Part 4: Houseless but not HOMEless

If we are Facebook friends (if not lets be friends!) you may have seen the post I wrote about a month ago. I didn’t know how else to start this post so I thought I would add a little more to who I am and this gypsy spirit of mine.

Many have said have I needed this time away and travel to do a little soul searching . . . or I have been asked what in the world am I doing with my life?

The best answer I can give is I am being a gypsy. As a gypsy, she knows who she is and who she wants to become. Seattle is my HOMEIt is through the journey she takes steps closer to the women she knows she is created to be. She is not searching for her soul for it is her soul that is leading her down this wild adventure that she can only travel. So what may have looked like a little soul searching is by far what I have been doing these last couple of months. Being this gypsy girl, I am chasing my dreams and enjoying the journey.

I have not been doing any soul searching but I have been searching, I have been wandering with purpose, wondering where do I fit in this dynamic world and how to share my passions?

Coble Ski School is one place where I feel I can fully embrace my crazy spirit to water ski. When I am there I have this pull to be part of the health industry and fitness. During my time at Coble Ski School even I consider this place home, I longed for something more.

Once I was back in Seattle, I joined an amazing company Athleta, empowering women to be fit and fashionable. Being the athlete and gym rate, I usually don’t have time to go shopping. There the women helped me embrace my style as an athlete and as a woman. Even though this was a short chapter to my story, I am grateful for what it taught me.

Women need women.

During past 8 years I have been in many cases the only female. Through college I worked at all boys camp (more on that later). Post college I was the only full time female trainer at the gym. Then during my free time, I found myself water skiing but again surrounded by men! It wasn’t till this year I realized I needed more women in my life. Women like my mother, my sisters, and women like Rachael (see previous post) who embraces each other to be each other’s best! Whether that is through fashion, or at the gym.

Knowing I belong in fitness I started looking or “wandering” to find a place where we would embrace each other! Talking to many people throughout the Seattle area I was able to find my TRIBE at FUELhouse!

It is a team of amazing women coaching the art of living a healthy lifestyle. I have only been there very little this past month and I can’t believe I found my tribe! Working with women who have the similar philosophies on training and nutrition is so uplifting knowing I am not the only one who has these beliefs.   I have already learned a lot from each one and I am excited for our journey together!

Admit it or not we are all wanders, looking for our tribe. You don’t have to travel across the country like me; you could be driving to and from work or picking up your kids, but still wondering where do you fit in this world. The only way I was able to find my tribe was trying different work environments on and seeing how they fit. But to know if it is a good fit for you, you need to know who you are and your beliefs.

A tribe is a group of people with a common interest like: exercise, religion, gaming, s etc. Once you have found this common interest it unites you and the group as one creating an amazing community.

My gypsy spirit lead me to my tribe and I am excited to have found my home.

Do you have your tribe?

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.

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

The Willard’s -Welcome to Water Skiing

Father's Day June 16th 2013
Father’s Day June 16th 2013

Water skiing is an adventurous sport and it has given me many thrills and excitements. This past month it has been crazy fun with traveling and lots of skiing. I had the opportunity to return to Coble Ski School in North Carolina and ski and coach for a week. This was my third time returning and it will always feel like I am returning home. Busy with skiing, coaching, driving, and catching up with old ski buddies, it was a difficult to leave (let alone to find time to blog about my week there). Once I returned, I didn’t lose the rhythm of the business of water skiing. First weekend back in Washington, I was on the road heading to Kories to help Micah Ping host a water ski clinic. Then I only had one week to prepare for my first competition. Focused on getting time on the water for practice, the excitement and nerves of the first tournament started to build.

Finding myself on the road again as I was getting closer to Baseline in George WA my nervous started to build,  but then the memories of this being my first tournament two summer ago came rushing to my head.  I remembered how welcoming the water ski community was to me and my nervous vanished. The water ski community is like another family to me and I was eager to reunite with my water ski family. One of the main reason why I love doing water ski competitions is the family support we  have for each other. We all want us to ski our best.

Not only was I excited for this tournament to be with my water ski family, but my entire family was able to come and watch me compete for the very first! Having my family there and being able to share my passion with them was the highlight of the weekend. With water skiing being such a family sport, I was so happy to finally be able to share it with mine. Through the support of the amazing water ski community and my loving family I was able ski a new tournament personal best.

Thank you Willard Family for all you have given me. I would not be the same without you so active in my life.


SUN BASIN June 16th 2013

Contribute to Mom – Coble’s Ski School

This past weekend I was able to make a trip across the state to visit my family in my home town, Spokane WA.  Family has always been an important part to my life.  I was thrilled to go home to spend mothers day with my mom Elizabeth Willard.  My mom has always been there for me cheering me on with the various sports I competed in.

During college I had an opportunity to travel to Maine to instruct water skiing, nervous to leave Washington, it was my mom who encourage me to pack my ski and make the trip across the country.  My last summer there (2009) my mom was able to come to visit me for a couple of  days.  We made tons of memories and had great adventures together.  My mom has always been and still is my number one supporter to achieving my dreams.  She encourages me through many “pep talks” (as a coach to an athlete) helping me follow my dreams.    Thank you Mom for all your support and love.  I would not be where I am today without you and how you have raised me.

Through my mother’s encouragement to travel to Maine seven years ago, it opened a door for me to attend April Coble Ski school for the summer of 2010. Words cannot describe the level of fun I had there.  I learned a tremendous about skiing and life.  Being able to work side by side with April Coble was inspirational.  She is a professional athlete, a business women, a wife, and a mother.  Seeing how she balances her different roles, made me realize the importance balancing things you value in life.  Since then I have been able to return for a week during the summers to help April’s facility. This weekend I will be leaving to make another trip across the country to North Carolina to work and learn more from April.  April Coble- Eller