I want you to know that sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same. Did you know that you can be brave and absolutely terrified at the same time? Did you know that when your head and heart go to war over what to do, you’ve got to do what is right, not what is easy? Just because the struggles you encounter may be unknown and often unnoticed, you are still a hero, nonetheless. You give sacrificial love in the face of affliction. You walk by faith and not by sight while in the darkness of the great unknown. You fill yourself up every single day with courage while holding shaking hands of those who you walk with. Not everyone has the heart you have. Nor the love. Nor the willingness to do the things you do. That’s what makes you special. That’s why people appreciate you. That’s how you are strong and that is how you’re different.
Being soft in a world that is determined to make you hard is the ultimate challenge. There will come times in life where your love, your courage, your gusto and your might will be drawn down to the bone and all you’ll have left to give will be your presence. And guess what? It will be enough, because you are enough.
If you find it within yourself to care for someone, you have succeeded. The biggest disease this world faces, is the disease of people feeling unloved. Use the power of who you are, your experiences, and all the times you’ve fallen and had to rise, to transform someone else’s dark moment with blaze of light. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, don’t be afraid to love deep. It’s not the magnitude of our actions, but the amount of love that is put into them, that ultimately matters.
You were made for a purpose.
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Sometimes we fall down because there is something down there for us to find. Struggles are required in life in order to survive because in order to stand up you gotta know what falling down is like. What you become as a human become is dependent upon what you can overcome.
So go ahead.
Smack your head.
Scrape your knees.
Cry and scream.
Then look up.
The world looks different from the ground and you know what? You’re here in this moment, in this situation, in this experience, to learn from it. To learn that you never, ever, want to let yourself get here again. That you won’t let anyone shove you here and that it is your job and responsibility, to none other than yourself, to get back up.
This is life. It’s not easy. And these feelings you’re having and the things you’re experiencing aren’t forever. We all need help. We all need hope. And to stand back up again, we need others to lend a helping hand. If you see a hand, grab it. And falling? Falling is just a part of life. Not the whole thing.
Every master was once a disaster. So fuck perfect. You’re human. You’re not perfect. You were never designed to be perfect or even close to it. You have the choice, whether you’re upright and tall, or broken and on the floor, to make yourself miserable or strong.
It’s the same amount of work either way.
You are bent, but not broken.
You are scared, but not disfigured.
You are sad, but not hopeless.
You are tired, but not lifeless.
You are afraid, but not powerless.
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October is National Women’s Small Business Month in the U.S. 👩🏼🏫🇺🇸 Let’s take a closer look at these lady bosses, by the numbers: ⠀ 💥 According to the 2017 Kauffman Index of Startup Activity, 40 percent of new entrepreneurs in the United States are women.⠀
💥With over 11.3 million female-owned businesses in the U.S., women own more than 38 percent of businesses in the country (according to American Express’ 2016 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report), supporting nearly nine million jobs and generating annual revenues of $1.6 trillion.⠀
💥Three out of five female small business owners work over 40 hours per week. Despite demanding and long hours, 52 percent of women small business owners describe their work as interesting, and 48 percent describe their business as fulfilling.⠀
💥Still, as the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) reports, 99 percent of women-owned businesses are small businesses and 89.5 percent employ no one other than the owner. In spite of these limited resources, which compound persistent problems like limited access to capital, women entrepreneurs have emerged as one of the fastest-growing business segments.⠀
💥Let’s remember that #werisebyliftingothers so let’s recognize, support and applaud the talented, dedicated and driven women whose entrepreneurial spirit helps drive our nation’s economy. There’s no denying this female force. ⠀
Repost from @butterandbiscuits CEO of @thechestee 👑🖤🙌🏽
Morning handstand work - Sometimes you just need a little perspective change to look at things differently.
Day 4 of the Handstand Challenge from @chuckbennington and @cfgymnastics - Accumulate 5:00 wall facing handstand with a hollow plant on entry and exit. Reset as needed with wrist or shoulder range work.
There are going to be dozens of people in this life that take your breath away, but the one who reminds you to breathe is the one that you should keep. No relationship is easy, but if you’re willing to make it work, it will. With strong love comes a strong promise - to protect, to provide, to profess. It’s a whole lot harder to stay together than to fall apart, but it’s worth every second. It’s easy to love someone when things are perfect and everything’s wonderful.
But to love someone when things are difficult, when they aren’t perfect, when there are mistakes made and feelings hurt, when flaws are seen, that’s where you allow love to grow. To love someone at their lowest, despite how broken they feel or how much they don’t have it together, when you’re willing to stand by them no matter the challenge, no matter the difficulty level, in an agreed effort to grow through what you must go through in order to get where you want to be, that kind of love is astonishingly beautiful and a lot more meaningful.
If you love someone, take the time to learn them. Know the reasons why they are silent, trace their weakest spots, write to them, and give to them. Let them now they are loved and worthy to be kept. And most of all? Let them love you just the way you are, too. As flawed as you might be, as unattractive as you sometimes feel, and as unaccomplished as you may think you are. You must not hide the parts of you that you fear someone cannot love, just because someone has been incapable of loving what is less than perfect, before. Because the secret is this - nobody is perfect. But there are people out there that are the sunlight, capable of entering a broken window and illuminating an entirely dark room. And this person beside me, is one of them.
Thank you for loving me.
But thank you for letting me, love you.
Late night shenanigans. Finally have figured out how to string together some kipping HSPUs. Getting my arms to extend at the same time as my legs and keeping my knees tight to my chest rather than flared out towards my elbow has been key... for me at least 🤪
💀 Death By HSPU 💀
On the first minute do 1 hspu, 2 on the second, 3 on the third…. until you can no longer complete the prescribed reps inside the minute.
⏱ METCON (time) ⏱
42-30-18 reps for time of:
Weighted Abmat Sit-ups (25/15)
Good Mornings (45/35)
OCTOBER GAME PLAN BELOW 👇🏽💯 I’m determined to make this month my happiest and healthiest and I’d like to challenge YOU to do the very same.
How are we going to do that?
🖤 By shutting down the negative committee that meets in your head. The one that doubts you, tells you you can’t, that stops you and keeps you from being the real, unapologetic, strong and confident YOU
🖤 By eating food to NOURISH your body and not just fill it. Being conscious of what you’re putting in and what you’re getting out. Not getting results? Not feeling good? Let’s change up what you put in your mouth.
🖤 Food journaling and becoming more conscious of what you put in! If you’re shameful about writing it down then you should prooooobably stop eating it...
🖤 Raising your heart rate and I’m not talking about the stress here. Go for walks, do air squats, lunge from the living room to the bathroom, jog with the dogs, do some pushups, go to the gym, drop into a new class, snag a cheap month at a workout studio you’ve been eyeing from Groupon, hell, do a class instructed by YouTube and get the kids to do it with you. JUST MOVE YOURSELF.
🖤 Stop PROCRASTINATING and PRIORITIZE your life. Do what you can now and incrementally work on the big stuff. Small steps make big results and the only thing that’s going to happen if you constantly overload yourself in the moment is... NOTHING. Write it down. Develop a plan. Ask for help when you need it. MAKE 👏🏽 SHIT 👏🏽 HAPPEN 👏🏽 THIS 👏🏽 MONTH 👏🏽 🖤 By finding one thing you don’t like about yourself or your lifestyle or your environment and taking the entire month to change it for the better. “By November 1st I will _______.” I will stop squeezing my fat, shaking my cellulite in the mirror, telling myself I’m not enough, picking at my face, emotionally eating, binge watch TV, yell at my partner, go out to eat... THE LIST GOES ON AND ON - all you have to do is pick ONE and slay it.
So... with this all being said...
BRING IT ON OCTOBER!!!
This is YOUR month for nobody else but YOU!
Tomorrow is a new month and you know what that means? New goals, metrics, and plans. Our business have taught me so much about prioritizing and planning (and how much I don’t do it 🙄) as well as the power of developing a plan. Take time to reflect and appreciate how far you’ve come and where you are right at this moment in time. Critically analyze what you’ve done right, done wrong, and not done at all. Then, step into the new month with clarity and purpose, passion and drive, oh... and a plan! And if you’re having a little trouble? Notice how the trees do not cling to their leaves. Fall is all about releasing the old to make way for the new. It teaches us that change can indeed be beautiful. And it teaches us how to let go. 🧡🖤🎃🍂👻
Shared suffering creates strong bonds.
Behind every success is effort.
Behind every effort is passion.
Behind every passion is someone with the courage to try.
Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. Today was a big day in my life, and my family’s life, for many reasons most will never know. What I can tell you is that the continuous effort, positivity, and encouragement I’ve received from the beautiful humans that surround me, have kept me sane, positive, and ultimately hopeful.
Today... today is a great day.
And may the news and the hope that we received today transcend into the days to come that aren’t always going to be so great.
Cheers to enduring this beautiful blessing and gift we call life! 🎉🍻🖤