Saturday Fun!

Today seems as good a day as any to bid farewell to the Jetta that’s gotten me through the last 8 years (and heard a LOT of baaaad singin’ 😉) and trade it in for a Jeep – a car I’ve wanted since I was barely a teenager!

Brace yourself Jeep, we’re gonna go on a LOT of adventures together (and you too will hear LOTS of bad singin’!)

Cool thing is I did this all by myself – I was nervous at first but then I came into my confidence, and I got very lucky that my salesman Rob was super awesome, and he actually wanted me to be happy with my purchase, and was really patient with my quadrillion questions (y’all know I love me some questions!) and took the time to write things out to be sure I was getting anything important (with a purchase that large and poorly functioning ears, I especially appreciated that he voluntarily went the extra mile for me!)

Grateful for his help, and I’m excited about my new wheels!

Beep beep!

Wednesday Wisdom – Doubt

Like every other human being on this planet, I have bouts of doubt.

It’s normal, despite what anyone tells you!

 What’s MOST important here is that you don’t let it PARALYZE you. You can’t let it overpower your drive and determination.

If you feed into it, it grows legs.

I can’t imagine where I’d be if I let my DOUBTS hold me back!

Acknowledge it, remind yourself you are capable, and then keep going, moving past it.

Doubt doesn’t last. Determination DOES.

 

Transformation Tuesday – Growth

Today’s transformation doesn’t include a picture, because how do you capture a picture of a shy, timid, slinking back, never-really-engaging girl who barely made a peep, versus the girl who’s engaged, who asks questions, who offers answers, input, value… how do you capture the HUGE surge of confidence, the enlightening empowerment, the self love to realize you are WORTHY of your dreams; you are CAPABLE of accomplishments?

How do you capture someone no longer being afraid to speak up, someone finding their voice?

How do you capture the feeling associated with realizing your passion, your potential, your PURPOSE?

You can’t. You can’t capture that in a side by side picture. I can only show you how happy and vibrant I FEEL now.

The real transformation is how I FEEL. I feel CONFIDENT. I know my PURPOSE. I know what EXCITES me. I feel strong, I feel my comfort zone is no longer even visible, I feel empowered and excited for what’s to come. I feel hopeful, helpful, and respected.

I didn’t always feel that way. That’s why this transformation, one of the few that CAN’T be captured via photographic evidence, is one of the most meaningful – I have the confidence to go after my dreams now instead of just sitting back, watching everyone else go after theirs.

I was scared, nervous and unsure… but I showed up.

Growth is awesome!

 

Feel Good Friday – Look Up

I am working on this myself… as an emotional empath, I tend to either be really up, or really down, there is no real in between for me.

And when you toss in things like the Mercury being in retrograde, and the intensely negative world we live in, shit gets real, fast.

I am a work in progress, but I am slowly (very slowly…) learning that attitude really does determine your altitude, and even though things may suck at the moment, you can still choose to remain positive about things. Because, spoiler alert – it WILL pass!

Transformation Tuesday – Not All Transformations Are Physical!

I don’t really have one of those “Wow!” kinds of physical transformations. Rather, my transformation has been mostly internal. It’s been mental, emotional, spiritual and yes, even physical.
What have I transformed since starting my Beachbody journey 3 years ago?

My Diabetes. From out of control to under control.

My mindset. From negative to considerably positive.

My body. From weak due to injuries to strong and capable.
My confidence. From insecure to healthy and expressed.
My spirit. From quiet and barely evident, to bold and obvious.
I have seen myself rise to the occasion, to the challenges, and surprised myself with what I am capable of. And in doing so, I bridged what started as a way to keep myself accountable and my Diabetes under control, into a passion for helping others get healthy too.
So while it’s not entirely something I can show from a side-by-side picture, there is absolutely no mistaking how much I have changed, and how far I have come. I used to just get by, lackluster and low energy. Now I feel VIBRANT. I feel CAPABLE. I am energized and excited to see my vision come to life, my dreams come true.
I no longer feel helpless and hopeless. I feel hopeful and confident! And thats the best transformation of them all!

Transformation Tuesday – Personal Growth

For too many years, I felt small. Invisible. Insignificant. Isolated. I can pin a decent chunk on my lack of functional ears, but not all of it….

I know what you are thinking… you?! You see my outgoing personality and you see the results of the personal growth I have experienced in the past couple of years, and the first sentence doesn’t quite compute. Kara? Was shy?!
But that’s how it was. The outgoing personality was always there (and for a select handful of friends and family members, was always out and on display), but it was stifled; it was muted. I never felt comfortable putting all my many quirks and flaws out on front street for ALL to see – this was reserved for those who were tried and true friends – ones who have seen me at my best, and my worst, and still don’t judge me.
But something happened when I started really focusing on my health and fitness journey, and in building my business. I still don’t know what, or how (my money is on all the team building and personal development!), but suddenly I didn’t feel shy about sharing just how quirky I am. I didn’t feel like I had to put out a muted, beige version of myself. I no longer felt like I had to conform to fit in, but I finally felt like I could carve my own niche out, and those who resonated with my vibe could join me; those who don’t could pass me by and I wouldn’t be any worse off for it.
It’s kind of a surreal feeling to finally feel comfortable and confident in your own skin; to feel like you can be yourself, 100%, and its OKAY if not everyone vibes with you. I wish it hadn’t taken me til my 30’s to realize it, but better late than never, huh?
Some transformations are physical, and those are amazing. Some are mental, and those are enlightening. Some are emotional, and those are powerful. And some transformations are all of the above – and those are EMPOWERING.
I could play the guessing game and think “Hmmm, would I be this far had I not become a Beachbody coach, thus holding myself accountable?”, but that won’t get me anywhere. All I do know is that the Beachbody Coaching opportunity has been great for me… physically, mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually.
I look forward to growing even more!
keep-going-keep-growing