Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Since Being Home

Three Things I've Learned Since Being Home (by home, I mean the United States). 

1. There is nothing that a glass of wine or three can't fix.

Wine, how I missed you ...

2. Be friendly. Ask the cashier how she's doing. Ask the guy pumping your gas what his plans are this weekend. After spending a year in the Middle East unable to converse during small, trivial, interactions like this, I am soaking up as many of them as I can (it's the little things you miss). Make everyone a friend. Learn their first name. Greet them with it. 

3. There is life outside of training. I know I was all hell bent on being an "athlete" after Regionals this year. But life is short. And beer is good. And sleeping in is heaven. Again, it's the small things ... 

As I write this, I am flying over Chicago, on a jet plane heading to Connecticut. It's a business (but mostly pleasure) trip. I get to see some of my favorite people that I haven't seen in months. Do some CrossFit. Drink. Relax. 

I attended the CrossFit Kettlebell Trainer Seminar over the weekend at CrossFit X-Factor in Portland.  I was very impressed with the instruction. Zach is bearded and burly. His girl Roo, moves like a leopard. Great team. You'll be swinging a lot of bells. If you're a trainer looking for more tools in the toolbox for your athletes regarding rehabilitation, accessory work, strength, etc., I can't recommend this course enough. My hamstrings are still sore.

This weekend I'm attending a USAW Seminar (trying to studying on my flight over, but this chardonnay is distracting). I'm hoping it ties in with everything I learned at the CrossFit Weightlifting Seminar a few weeks ago in Kuwait. 

It's a little surreal to be back in the United States. But I am loving every minute of it. 


And those mups are coming along! 

Monday, September 8, 2014


I'm back!

USA! USA! USA! It's so wonderful to be back.

I have so much to catch you up on!

1) I flew from Kuwait to London to Seattle to Oregon on Friday. It was maybe the longest flight of my life. I was up for over 28 hours ... Didn't sleep a wink on the plane. I was too busy conversing with a bottle of Johnny Waker. *wink wink*

2) I was reunited with my love bug. And he hasn't left my side since. 

3) I made a large purchase. Meet Isabel the Impreza.

4) I miss my athletes and coaches at CrossFit Arifjan terribly. They spoiled me with an AMAZING going-away WOD, t-shirt, cards, cake, and I was even given a certificate of appreciation and coins from the 108th Sergeant Major. How awesome are my people?!

 Everyone came out to bid me farewell and throw down one last time.

I haven't been in the gym for the last 3 days. I'm dying. My sleep has been all ass backwards trying to adjust. I can't sleep more than 2 hours without waking up. I'm just trying to acclimate myself back to the States, take care of some paperwork, insurance, my car, living out of a suitcase ...

Oregon is not my final destination. I'm just here for a few weeks visiting with family, Isabel and I will be hitting the road soon for a road trip of a lifetime. 

This weekend I signed up for the CrossFit Kettlebell Seminar in Portland. So excited! Next weekend I signed up for the USAW Seminar. Which I'll be flying out to the East Coast to attend. 

Do I have any readers that live on the East Coast? Connecticut, to be exact? :)

I promise I'm working on my Advocare 24 Day Challenge write up. My Macbook air took a crap on me, so it's been a process blogging. 

Sorry to be short and sweet, but I have to run. Isabel has an appointment at the mechanic. 

Happy Monday!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

27 by 27

I was born on August 20, 1987. 

Yesterday I turned 27. 

26 was an incredible and memorable year for me. It was a year of self discovery. A year of struggle and of triumph. I leapt, and built my wings on the way down.

I ended my marriage. I moved half way around the world. I competed in my first CrossFit Open. I made it to Regionals. I traveled everywhere from Dubai to Seoul, Korea. I made new friends. I let old ones go. I closed doors behind me and walked through new ones. I forgave myself. I learned to stand on my own two feet. I soul searched. I discovered my passions. And most importantly ...

I fell in love with the person I've become.

Feeling introspective, I came up with a list ....

27 Things I've Learned by 27

1. Never apologize for who you are. Not everyone will like you. And why would you want everyone to? Be proud of who you are, what you stand for, and what you believe in. 

2. Start every day with a grateful heart. The first five thoughts you have in the morning will shape the course of your day. 

3. Don't sweat the small stuff. And it's all small stuff. 

4. Money does not = happiness. But it does = independence.

5. LAUGH. As much as you can, as often as you can. Nothing is that serious.

6. Fall in love with as many things as possible. 

7. Fake it until you make it. You have to believe in yourself first and foremost!

8. You'll become like the 5 people you spend the most time with. Choose very wisely. Elevate yourself. 

9. Follow your heart. Figure out the logistics later. I can't stress this enough. You don't have to have a perfect plan. But you need to believe in what you're doing enough that you'll fight like hell to make it happen. THAT will lead you to success. 

10. You can't plan life. Sometimes shit just happens. Your perspective will determine whether it's a lesson or a blessing - usually ends up being both.

11. Learn to bend. Don't break. Be adaptable to change.

12. The bedroom is for two things. Making love and sleeping.  Get the TV, the phones, the computers, the drama, out of the bedroom. That is your sanctuary.

13. Sleep more. Sleep is so damn important! Be selfish about it!

14. Stop watching TV and stop reading magazines. Living in Kuwait, I don't have very many channels and rarely watch TV. The only magazine I read is Box Life. I've discovered how freeing it is getting away from what society deems as "beautiful." Your hair is already shiny enough. Stop worrying about your "fine lines and wrinkles." No, you don't need another pair of shoes. No, you don't need to lose 5 more pounds. I didn't realize how BOMBARDED I was with images of "beauty" in magazines and in commercials, ideals that I DO NOT fit into ... all of these things I "needed" and/or I was "lacking." The comparison trap is brutal. Get away from it. 

15. YOU ARE ENOUGH. You are so enough. 

16. Everyone needs to be taking fish oil and a probiotic. These are natural inflammatory fighters.

17. Just because they are family, doesn't mean they need to be in your life. 

18. Set goals. Daily goals. Monthly Goals. Quarterly Goals. Annual Goals. Re-evaluate your wants and needs based on achieving them. Put them somewhere you can see them. 

19. Wake up with determination, go to bed with satisfaction. You have to have a purpose. Discover it. Live it. Relish it. Let it become your life blood. 

20. Be selfish. You have to take care of you before you can take care of anyone else. Be able to create your own happiness, and not depend on someone else for that. Know what your limitations are. Your needs. Put them first. This really isn't being selfish, it's called self-respect, and no nearly enough people have it. 

21. Never stop learning. Sign up for classes. Sign up for seminars. Try something different. Get your of your comfort zone. 

22. Live abroad. This is different than traveling abroad. Immerse yourself in a new culture, force yourself to meet new people, discover new foods, navigate a new country. 

23. Do 1 thing for 5 other people every day. Pay it forward. Buy the guys order behind you at Starbucks. Hold the door open. Say thank you. Compliment a stranger. Or just simply reach out to someone and say good morning. Go out of your way. It is such a good feeling. And karma is so good. 

24. Don't expect anything. Be pleasantly surprised, instead. Come from a place of gratitude, not entitlement. 

25. Get your money under control. Pay off your debt. Grow your savings, 401k, emergency funds, that's important. And makes you feel grown up.

26. Feeling grown up is kind of cool. But, always be a kid at heart. You're never too old for Saturday morning cartoons, fart jokes, or wet willies. 

27. Life is what you make it. You are not a tree. If you don't like where you are, move. 

I want to thank everyone who made my day so memorable. For the birthday wishes, the hugs, the high fives, the phone calls, the snap chats ... The INCREDIBLE birthday WOD! The cake, the cookies, the balloons ... 

I have so many amazing changes on the horizon and so much love in my life. I can't help but believe 27 is going to be even more memorable than 26!