When I got in my rental car a month ago and headed to Atlanta for the SCW Mania, I had no idea what was in store for me, that weekend or the month that lie ahead. I had a “schedule” but I didn’t have my brain wrapped around the fact that the people in the airport would get to know me, I’d be longing for my plain oatmeal and banana in the morning and would just about kill for an epsom salt bath. And yet, at the end, as tired and worn out as I feel, there is a sense of accomplishment that feels pretty fantastic. And it’s NOT because I got everything on my to-do list “done” but because, well, I found “me” on the road in ways I didn’t expect and I am pretty satisfied with the way I’m turning out…..except the bags under my eyes, of course. 🙂
The first trip to Atlanta was pretty amazing. (I love that word so prepare to hear it A LOT.) I got to be on stage with my fellow master trainer, Christin and Ms. Cortney Gornall, the president of education for Piloxing. I love Cortney but, good Lord, that woman tried to kill me! 🙂 It was the first opportunity I had to represent Piloxing on a national front other than training. I had to push (I mean REALLY push) myself, physically and mentally, beyond my injuries, beyond what I would normally do because there was NO stopping. We were killing it on that stage and that was that. Atlanta was a great opportunity for me to catch up with old friends (I was a staff assistant for SCW for years), met new one and spread the Piloxing love.
I came home for a few days and then headed to my 20th year high school reunion (you didn’t think I was that old, right?). WHAT A BLAST!!!! To see all of those faces, everyone looking good and healthy and happy was fantastic. The one thing that I found most amazing was that 96% of the people who were there approached me and said something about how I inspired them through Facebook and through my fitness life and/or transparency and thank you. It was a “WOW” moment. I had never been the popular girl at school and still didn’t expect people to talk much to me. 20 years can change people. It definitely changed me. I changed in 20 days. It was confirmation that I was where I needed to be.
I then headed to L.A. for the IDEA conference. Let me tell you, I have NEVER done a one-handed burpee or Insanity or back to back hard classes like that. I didn’t have any friends in the classes with me. It was me against my will and desire. It was the PERFECT opportunity to go full throttle because of my MIND game, which was on point. I do admit, however, that my body was so tired that I missed an afternoon lecture one day, and watched the three-on-three tournament at L.A. Live. To reward me for my hard work, I came face to face with Terrell Owens. I got a second wind after that but there were no more classes so I went to my room, ate a protein bar and went to bed. 🙂
It was as I headed to L.A. that I got the phone call to go to Baltimore to hang out at the Under Armour campus! If you follow me on ANY social media site then you know all about it! You can read my blog post on it by clicking here. Ahhhh, I still have so much to say about that trip!
Last week, I went to Birmingham to certify some great ladies in Piloxing and headed to Atlanta to teach a master class to another great group of ladies and then got certified in LeBarre myself. And, my children went back to school and my husband went on a business trip. I’ve had to cancel and rearrange clients and classes, eat when I could, ignore emails all together, be o.k. with the laundry not being done, take my kids to work with me, forgive myself for not being perfect, pray for a better attitude and make a plan to keep my life going because IT DOESN’T STOP. I still get up at 4:00 or 4;30 a.m. EVERY MORNING and get myself ready for work. It only looks “celebrity like” from the photos. I’m a real life person who has to find herself in the midst of everyone else finding out I exist. 🙂
The sobering moment in all of this? One of my real BFF’s is going through several weeks of intense radiation and then has to go through a week of chemo for cancer. When I feel sad, she is full of faith. When I feel sorry for her, she tells me she’s fine. When I feel like I’ve got too much to deal with it, I think of her. I think of how life can be so simple one day and then seemingly out of control the next. I think of her patience and willingness to face every day fresh and THAT’S what I want in my life, more than anything else.
Being humble is not a facade I “try” to create. It’s a life I try to live. Tomorrow, all of this could be over. What I want to create through my travels and EVERY life I touch is, “did I make a difference?” I’m not a sales person. I’m not a superstar. I don’t make millions. I’m just a woman who does the “extra” and adds it to the ordinary. I’m a mother. I’m a “big girl” who lost weight. I’m a wife. I’m a business owner. I need sleep. I underestimate myself sometimes. I’m human. And accepting that humanness has given me a flow to life that I am loving. Facing every day with open arms saying, “God, I’ll take it!!!” is what I want.
I took this month like a champ. And I’m proud.
What are you proud of?