With a fresh, shiny new year upon us it only felt right to kick off 2019 with a blog!
First, I want you to know there is nothing wrong with the place you are in, there is a purpose in it. Take time to find the lesson from your situation and grow! Second, understand you have the ability to build the future you want.
Three years ago I was in a completely different space: mentally, physically, and spiritually. I was working a normal 9-5p job, nannying for an amazing family and powerlifting full time.
I began Bad Gals Barbell Club early 2017 with the hope of "blowing up" immediately. At the time I didn't understand the amount of effort it takes to build a brand. Ignorance is bliss as they say and I dove in head first. The brand is still small, I often wonder what would've happened if it blew up right away.
Side not: Instant success is rarely happens, hard work and dedication over time is the key!
Fast forward to September 2017, my brother and I opened an athletic training facility. All my attention and time went to building the gym and my athletic career. My social life, love life, and to be honest anything outside of the gym was no longer being nurtured. I had little time to expand the brand. I made the mistake of taking on too many ventures before I realized that nothing really became "successful".
In 2018 my life was split between competing, coaching nutrition, and trying to nurture a new apparel company and gym. It was HARD, I always felt like I was giving 25% of myself to each project when all of them required 100% of me. I was clinging onto so many terms I defined myself by, I didn't want to let any of them go.
It was time to make a change. I had a great powerlifting season last year, but I decided to put that passion on the back burner to further my career and life. I let go of something that had been defining me for the last 3 years and oddly it felt GREAT.
You might be asking what is the point behind this story? In 2018 I redefined myself, I was no longer just a nanny who liked to powerlift. I became an entrepreneur. I became more sure of myself. I trusted myself to make mistakes, I allowed myself to let go of terms that I thought would always define me.
How Can You Redefine Yourself?
1. Let go of terms or definitions that restrict your creative growth & development.
2. Evaluate areas of your life that need more lovin', focus on those for a while.
3. STOP comparing, focus on qualities that are GREAT about you & use those for your purpose.
4. LEARN! Take time to listen, read, and watch. Free information is everywhere, learn from people you look up to.
5. Give yourself GRACE. Understand that you are not perfect & never will be, but you always have the opportunity to grow and change.
Nothing happens over night, it took some time for me to realize living a great life is not sacrifice, it is an Opportunity to be more than I even thought I could be. I never Imagined at 26 years old I would have the opportunity to open a gym, travel the world and work for myself. Each an every year I redefine the women I want to be.
You have the choice everyday to take steps towards a new future.
What were you created to do?
Today I challenge you to take time to think about the things you enjoy and would want to spend the rest of your life doing. Now create a plan to start moving towards that direction.
TAKE STEPS FORWARD: You don't have to make leaps and bounds towards your goal. You can take small steps, shuffle, walk backwards but just be sure you are the one writing the script to your life. Never be defined by anything less than GREAT.
Creator of Bad Gals Barbell Club