Just do the work

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First of all…holy eff.

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I’m SO not ready,  but as with EVERYTHING in life, it just happens and I make it work. Every. Single. Time.

We are on day 16 of the 30 Days of Skating challenge, and kicking ASS!

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Epic meetup in Vegas will happen!

I also got the proofs for a graphics order, so I authorized printing and we should have some sample shirts soon,  WOOT!

Aaaannnd I’m definitely struggling with readiness.  I haven’t bouted since January. I have no idea what’s going to happen.

But that is a good thing. I keep learning, over and over (clearly I’m having problems retaining this lesson), that I can’t force anything.  It has to happen naturally. Do the work for the love of the work, and whatever outcome will be exactly what it needs to be.

Skating, business, partners, everything. 

Do the work.

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MONDAY FUNDAY!

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I’m a bit excited, because Mondays are when my buddy Durdy and I get to skate, and then I take yoga at 6:30! Today also marks the halfway point of our 30 Days of Skating challenge!

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and…

…I GOT MY ROLLERCON PASS TODAY.

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Glad we practiced our mula bandha engagement this weekend in training!

OKAY.

After I left Durdy’s and headed to yoga, I had this huge wave of relief and forgiveness wash over me, and a SECOND later,  someone passed me on the road that I had JUST been thinking about. 

I had a dream about this woman on Thursday night, and in the dream I told her to go fuck herself. So, I clearly needed to address, accept,  and alchemize that anger. Today in our adventures, Durdy spoke about learning to realize people have their own shit, and we all just need to love ourselves.  We talked about the courage to be weird,  the strength to be brave, the experiences that teach us humility and compassion. 

The past few days have been cathartic and exhausting, and it’s been a cleansing, renewing process. More pieces are falling into place,  and I know and trust that good things are continuing to flow my way, and I’m happy to let them.

Let it flow,  let it flow 🙂

Fifty shades of pain (they loved it)

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Today at the end of class, one of our regulars said, “That was fifty shades of PAIN, Karen!”

He then said it’s been good for all of us, for them and for me, because (he said) they can all see my body shifting and I’m getting more cut and lean 🙂

SO YAY

Today was Day 11 of the 30 Days of Skating challenge, and our folks are staying the course  ❤

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I also came up with a brilliant idea to visit the skaters that are participating in the challenge during my cross country road trip. I started putting together a map with various stops to visit and skate with our challengers. I’m super stoked to travel the country, and to spread the gospel of 8 wheels, one love. It’s just one more thing that I can go around and talk to people about, and share love and inspiration 🙂

I can’t wait to hit the road! There’s still a lot of work ahead, & I still have yet to get a lot of the details worked out, but I trust that it will work, and then I’ll pull it off. After all, I’ve gotten everything that I’ve ever wanted so far, and the best is yet to come 😉

Zen on Day 10

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Day 10! Every day people say how glad they are doing the 30 days of skating challenge, and TWICE today I heard the BEST thing.

“I’m feeling more comfortable on my skates.”

YES. PRECISELY!

As for me, I got to do everything I wanted today.

Skated 5.5 miles to the fitness center, took BodyPump class, had some lunch and packed the rest for the trip home,  skated home,  finished lunch,  danced in the rain, taught yoga, went to Jacksonville and reffed there.

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Can I just say again how much I love the derby community?!?

Plus I got some more speaking and video work done.

So right now I’m actually getting to do all of the things that I said I would love to do if I wasn’t burdened with a “job.”

Fuck jobs.

When the heart has good intentions, when we help people, and when these things make us happy, it ain’t “work.”

It’s purpose.

I settled for too damn long and listened too much to the wrong people about all the wrong things. I’ve been right all along.

Do. What. Makes. You.  HAPPY!!

DOOOO EEEEETTTT.

Shut up and take the goddamn compliment!!!

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Do you know how awesome you are? I didn’t even want to take the time to put my breakfast in a bowl, so I’m eating it right out of the pan so I can share this with you guys.

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You. Are. AWESOME.  But I can’t convince you of this, nor can I show you how great you really are. Why do I know this? Because I’m the kind of person that can come to tears when somebody tells me that I am great. When somebody gives me a compliment, I struggle with just accepting it, struggle with just savoring it like a delicious bite of a scrumptuous, indulgent dish. People give us these amazing gift so that we can enjoy them, but we don’t have to compare or compete with ourselves with the people who give us these things to try to one up them. When we’re given a compliment, do that person a favor by accepting that compliment graciously. Stop giving reasons about why you’re not the wonderful thing that they are calling you. You want to know why they’re calling you that thing? They’re calling you that wonderful thing because they recognize that aspect in you that reflects their own greatness. So by accepting a compliment, you are giving the other person permission to be great, and bask in the light of greatness together.

So when I tell you you are awesome, shut up and take the god damn compliment! Quit playing small, and together let’s clear the storm cloud of negativity with radiant, bright light!

And for fuck’s sake, if any of you say, “oh I’m not like you, I don’t know how to be like that, oh it comes so easily for you”… have you been paying attention the last 6 months? The last year? Some of you have been with me for quite some time, and you’ve seen the ebb and flow of our limited time together. Life has not been easy, nor will it ever be easy. Life is tough, but so am I.

Brightness is not beautiful by itself. It takes the darkness to appreciate how luminous, incredible, and persistent that light is.

Stop playing small and come with me on an epic journey of growth, dream fulfillment, and unleashing all of our genius! Join, or just watch from the sidelines. Everybody is welcome, but when the train leave the station, don’t bitch about missing the ride.

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” – John 1:5

Which do you choose today? Sinking into the darkness, or realizing that you’ve always had the power all along to get up and be the light?

Words are lovely and all, but actions create results. Read this, enjoy it, be inspired and all, but fucking do something amazing today!

#skateeverydamnday #30daysofskating #day10of30 #allbodies #TeamVagine #VagineRegime #8wheelsonelove #Bodyandswole

Day 9 and we lookin fine!

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Day 9, lots of enthusiasm, momentum,  and encouragement from the 30 days of skating challenge!

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We are getting work done!!!

As for me, Tuesdays are a great training day, since I teach a high intensity intervals class, and take Buti yoga right after.

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Christy kicks our ass in class and then shares empowerment. Teaching and leading people means allowing ourselves to be vulnerable, to help others grow.

“Injuries are the best teacher.” – Kim Davies

It is a lesson I’ve had to learn the hard way a bunch of times,  but with each mistake, we learn more and are less likely to do it the same way.

Today I got a chance to get some heavy shit off my chest, and I’m readying for the next big leap forward. I talk often about breaking through a shell, getting outside of the comfort zone,  showing up big, and being authentic.

I’m about to make big changes in my life and have new experiences, and it’s pretty amazing how scary it can be to get something I want.

Scary to get something I want.

…writing it out just…wow.

A good and wise friend advised me to put my skates on and do what I enjoy.  It’ll clear my head. “Don’t make me say I’ll kick your ass.”

Smart advice 🙂

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I skated beachside here for the first time since I’ve lived here.

Yeah I’ll be doing that again!!! And next time I’ll make sure I have free time after so I can go swimming when I’m done!

So often, we focus on what we want, neglecting the beauty that surrounds us in the journey. Today I learned to just get the fuck out of my head and do something good for myself. My heart told me to reach out to my friend, and she was the right choice to give me the right advice.

I can’t take credit for the nudge that told me to reach out to her (thanks, God <3), but I will gladly take credit for taking action.

Show up big ❤

Guruuuuuvy!

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Day 8 of 30!

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Today I got an opportunity to go back to Palm Coast with my outdoor skating guru and shred the Lehigh trail together!

Modesty aside, I was certain that this was the one thing I knew for sure that I could outshine him in… 😀

What made me so happy and proud of him was that he did not try to compete, over exert himself to catch up, or do anything ridiculous in order to prove a point. He skated at his pace. Doing that distance alone was challenging enough. On the drive to the trail, he discussed how it’s important to do things outside of our comfort zone in order to grow. This for him was way outside of his comfort zone, and he did a stellar job today!

Because it was 90 degrees and we were already 11 miles in on the skate, we did take a short pause to rehydrate, and to replenish our electrolytes. While we were pausing, I told him about my derby hero, Tazmaniac. Taz and the Tampa Tantrums took on Gotham on Saturday, and she got lead jammer FIVE out of SIX jams. You know what Taz has working for her? A great team, incredible training, and an indomitable spirit. She’s strong, agile, and swole as FUCK. She is relentless, shows zero fatigue or wear, and is damn strong. 
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Taz being her amazing self! Photo credit Regularman.

Three miles into the skate, I was feeling the heat and knew I could take it easy, or I could do my best. What would Taz do? GO. GOGOGO. And be smart about what my body is doing and feeling 🙂

Mile 8 I got a quick drink of water and coconut water, and at 11 we took a moment to pause and finish out strong.

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Next time we’ll go earlier and be more proactive with hydration. We’ll also get Camelbacks and put electrolytes in our water 🙂

He and I also come from a background of knowing what it feels like to be much larger then we presently are. Having transitioned through a big reduction in body fat. He and I shared how we both have an internal image of the self we had become so familiar with for so long. And even though we are fit, we still see things in our bodies that remind us of what it was like to be much larger. For me, excess skin is something I’ve been thinking a bit more about lately. However, just like when transitioning through a fat reduction process, it’s important to appreciate the good things as they are right now. Right. Now.

After the skate, I took my yoga guru’s Monday night class and felt amazing during and after. I smelled like derby and a whole lotta funk, but gotdang did I FEEL amazing! So did the hot shower and dinner after 🙂

So, today I spent the day with two great influences, and am SO excited to experience our growth together ❤ Great conversations, inner growth, empowerment, training and amazing companions, on skates and in yoga class.

Today won best Monday 🙂 But then, all the days are great when we find reasons to make them great and see greatness 😉