Someone once told me that flooded memories of what once was meant that your brain was showing you how far you have come. Well, with the one year anniversary of my freedom looming just around the corner, apparently my brain wanted to reflect once more. These last couple of days have been rough, I’m not going to lie. Then a good friend reminded me what I know to be true. My toxic five and a half years wasn’t going to define me. Only I could label myself. And so a brand was born.
So if we’re going to look at how far we’ve come, yes I said we because you have been with me this whole time, then we’re going to do it right. Go big or go home, baby! What has this last year brought us? We stepped outside of our comfort zone and began trying random new things. We made a lot of friends along the way. We found out what we were good at and what we were probably not repeating. Heck! We even got on a plane, flew to a foreign country, and met what was at first 15 strangers to do yoga. Who does that?! Certainly not this girl! As a planner by nature, I had to fight my fears and need for control and embrace the unknown to try something different. I did no homework. I made no plans. Luckily the company that we went with took care of everything.
I looked only at the suggested pack list and loaded my trusty nap sack. It wasn’t until a few days before leaving that I began to get nervous. Had I lost my mind? What if everyone backed out and I was left alone in a country I knew nothing about? What if I couldn’t find the freaking cowboy hat?!! All of those “I can’t believe you’re doing this…” and “Do you even know what you have gotten yourself into?...” lectures swirled in my head.
I resolved that I could surely figure it out. I always do. I am a survivor! And wasn’t this what being single was all about? No strings, no commitments, nothing holding me back from the adventures ahead?
I faced my fear of heights as I climbed to the top of the tallest Mayan temple. I even went snorkeling and ate a bug, which I promise you was on my “Not until hell freezes over and then some” list.
So what has this year of freedom brought? Self-knowing. Trust. Adventure. Awkwardness. Excitement. Peace. Friendship. Love for myself. Flexibility. Happiness. Struggle. Independence. Freedom. Satisfaction, and so much more! This anniversary is going to be a celebration like it deserves to be.
With Kelly, the photographer and owner of Elements Photography Studio , I was full of confidence and anticipation by the time I left her studio. The excitement to see the final product was totally overwhelming.
I strongly recommend that you try a photo shoot for yourself. It's the best way to step outside your comfort zone. See what hidden confidence you have!
I saw the Groupon® for a Boudoir Photo Shoot and knew I would be totally stepping out of my comfort zone with this one. Since my medication had played havoc with my weight, I rarely feel comfortable in my own skin. However, when I saw Kelly's work, I knew I was in good hands. Her photos were artistic and vintage. I loved every single one! I was not nearly as skinny as the people on Kelly’s website, but who cares? “I am what I am” is my new motto!
Kelly's vibrant personality automatically put me at ease. When she turned on the music, my inner sex goddess just appeared. We talked, we laughed, and I had never felt more comfortable in my pj’s before! I knew Kelly was looking at me as art and that made me very comfortable. I relaxed and started to enjoy myself.
Talking to Kelly, I learned that she actually has an extensive art background. My favorite thing was how laid back she was. Kelly never asked me to do anything I wasn’t comfortable with. It was shocking how quickly my confidence grew.
We talked about how women always doubt themselves. They feel discouraged if they don't have anyone to share the pictures with. However, by the end of the photo shoot, these women typically want the pictures for themselves. More proof that I was in good hands.
This personal adventure reminded me how beautiful I was inside and out. When I received the pictures, I saw nothing but confidence, happiness, and love. Yes, this Storm Chaser was going to be just fine.
I typically don’t investigate where I’m going when I set out on a new adventure. Mostly because it practices my flexibility. So when I showed up to Plunkett Fitness I didn’t really know what to expect. However, walking into the gym and seeing all the weights, dumb bells, and bars I knew I was in trouble.
I have never been a weights kind of girl. I prefer taking classes. I think it comes from my dancing background and how I grew up, but I made a commitment and I was going to go for it the best I could! So I warmed up with the group, and paid close attention to the directions that were being given. Luckily, everything is done in reps. Being the new kid I always had a spotter close by, but I had something else too. My own personal cheerleaders! There wasn’t an activity that I tried that Jamie and his staff didn’t holler out encouragement when I felt like I couldn’t go any further. I even surprised myself and my ability to keep going even when I thought I was too tired and would normally have quit.
I, of course, had no weight on the bar. I even laughed more often than not at them when they showed us what we were going to work on. Mostly because I was full of doubt and was defeated before I even began. Every time they had more faith in me than I did myself, and they proved me wrong every time as well! We may have had to modify the suggested weight to the bar minimum, and there was a couple of times that the staff had to help me finish my reps, but I kept pushing through and succeeding every time! I felt great, and I had a little more belief in myself too!
Not only are they super supportive, but if you have a goal: weight loss, building muscle, or improving mobility, Plunkett Fitness makes it their top priority to help you meet your goals. They even got this non-weights girl to enjoy the experience! So if you’re looking for a supportive environment that can help you meet your goals, try Plunkett Fitness!
A girl just trying to find her way, stepping outside of her comfort zone, trying new things, and making new friends along the way!