Powered by an excess of decaf coffee and La Croix, a daily chocolate habit, two rambunctious dogs, a stack of personal development books, an unwaveringly supportive family, and a love of all things Disney, I invite you to follow along in my blister, self-doubt, and sore-muscle filled journey to go from couch to Walt Disney World Dopey Challenge.
But life is about so much more than fitness goals, and fitness goals are about so much more than physical strength.
Don't turn away from this page if you hate running, health food, and keeping track of how much water you're drinking. (Spoiler alert: So do I.) Alongside my daily endurance training, I will be pushing myself to try all of new adventures I have put off or told myself I could never accomplish over my 32 years.
Life is not all about crossing the finish line, but the experiences we have along the way.
Life is not about waiting to begin our lives until the day we've accomplished all of the things we want to accomplish.
Life is not about only living for the weekend or vacation or special occasions or when everything else is done. It's not about only rewarding ourselves when we've conquered everything on our calendar.
Life is about experiencing all that we can experience.
Life is about celebrating every little thing while we are on the way to accomplishing our biggest dreams.
Life is about doing all of the things we've always said we wanted to do.
Life is about LIVING it instead of just Pinteresting it.
Life is about actually getting out there and living the brighter and bolder life you've been watching other people live on their Instagram accounts.
Life is about what you can achieve when you stop talking and begin doing.
Life is about venturing outside of your comfort zone and realizing how rewarding it can be.
Life is about discovering who you are and fearlessly being that person.
I will be sharing the good, the bad, the ugly, and the vulnerable when it comes to sweat and self care, wanderlust and wandering willpower, courage and compassion, miscarriage and motherhood, and anything that lies between.
Guilt. Mom guilt. Spouse guilt. Teacher guilt.
It made my list of priorities look like this:
I always felt like everyone and everything needed to be taken care of first. I felt bad being away from the house by myself. I am naturally a people-pleaser, so I couldn’t wrap my head around letting anyone down or not putting other people’s needs and feelings ahead of my own.
Until I just couldn’t do it anymore. I didn’t know who I was besides the titles I held in my relationships with others. Mom. Wife. Teacher. Daughter. Aunt. Coworker. Friend. I knew how to be each of those things, but I never did anything that was just for me. Niki.
I can’t stress enough how important it is for YOU to be at the top of your priority list. It took me a long time to figure out self care...to leave the house for coffee or errands or make time for a workout or simply say no to someone else’s request. Once I made my health a priority, I became a priority.
Take care of others. But first, take care of yourself.