I have two posts to write, one that will be filled with some pretty deep emotional and personal stuff, and one that will be just a nice little write-up on an awesome area. Wasn’t sure which to write first, but I’m feeling a little overflowed with incredibly wonderful emotions so I think I’ll write that one first!
This past weekend will officially go down as one of the greatest weekends of my entire life. I planned out this huge weekend up around Lake Placid, NY to spend with Lindsey and it went down without a hitch. In fact, I can’t really think of too much else that would have made it better. Getting down onto one knee in front of the girl I love felt like the most natural thing in the world. And every second since that moment I have felt more fulfilled and relaxed in the direction I, and we are headed than ever before. This is exactly where I am supposed to be in my life.
Lindsey and I have been through a lot. We’ve had our ups and downs. We even spent some time apart a bit ago. But in the end there was something deeper than our surface issues that kept us connected. And this fueled the need to work things out. This “something” between us gives me every bit of confidence in us spending the rest of our lives together, and having a wonderful family. I feel a deeper connection with this girl than with anything I have ever imagined. She makes me the best version of me. She relaxes me. She makes me feel comfortable and confident in public and when it’s just us. It’s cheesy as hell but when she smiles I can literally feel every single stress in my life just disappear. I have heard so many sappy love songs and read so many Renaissance-ian poems describing this sort of thing and I always liked the idea, but I never thought it to actually exist in my life. But it does. Say what you will, I told you this post was going to be an emotional and personal one.
This awesome girl drives me to get better every single day. Sometimes she says the most insightful things that open my eyes to new ideas I’ve never thought of. Sometimes she says stuff that bugs me to the core and lights a fire of energy in me to figure out just what the hell is going on and how to work through it. I cannot explain how important it is to me to spend the rest of my life with a person who forces me to use my mind in every single way possible on a regular basis. She does this.
I am so happy to know that we have found each other and have worked through so much to be where we are today. I know we’ll go through so much more in the coming years and I look towards all that with so much excitement. But right now I am just excitedly experiencing each moment, knowing that my girlfriend is now my fiancé. I am happy. I am so happy.
Lindsey, sorry if this is a bit embarrassing, I needed to share it all. To all my readers, sorry to get all sappy; probably won’t happen again for a while, but all this deserves to be stated. I hope everyone in the world gets to experience the way I feel right now at some point in their lives. Even if it’s just for a second.
OK, rainbow-y romantic, emotional stuff over! Back to the gym for some iron tossing and beard growing!!!
Never Stop, GET FIT.
First off I want to apologize for the crappy video uploads on the Occupy Strength event, I tried like 4 times and still couldn't get them all up there! If you really want to see all of them, and check out some pictures, your best bet is to go to my Facebook page. They're all on that. Next up, I was pleasantly surprised when I woke up to find myself on CrossFit Footballs mainsite page! Pretty cool! Two more things! I have created a site for trial this summer and you can check it out HERE. It is meant to be for all the athletes who are training at The Garage this summer, but I am in the process of trying to generate some data for the thing and if you all would be so kind as to check it out, offer opinions, ask questions, etc. And finally, I am hosting The Courage Games IV! All info will be posted in the Courage Performance Facebook page, but click HERE to register!
On to the good stuff! Breathe. Nope, this is not a post about the benefits of proper breathing techniques while lifting, although that would be a great post! This is more about taking the time to sit back, take in the warm summer air, and just breathe. All sorts of stuff has happened with me over the past six months. I have been up, down, and sideways. It's basically been one of the biggest roller coaster rides of my life and it left me more confused, lost, and overwhelmed than I've ever been. I forgot what it meant to live for the things I most hope for in life, and I got caught up in so much negativity I began to lose the ability to be positive and happy myself. This is always a tough place to find yourself in, and while I'm sure everyone experiences it, and I would honestly say that everyone SHOULD experience it, I really don't wish it on anyone. Everyone deserves to be happy. Everyone deserves to experience joy, positivity, and good. And everyone deserves the opportunity to live a life they dreamed of. The really cool thing to realize is that these things are constantly available to you if you just know where to look, how to ask, and how to take them.
With my days filling up with clients, workouts, social media craziness, and programming, I am finding it somehow easier and easier to just take a moment (even though the moments are sparse) to just sit down, gaze into the woods, and breathe. And every time I do, good things flood in:
I love that I can sit on a plyo box in my tiny little gym and look into the woods.
I love that every day, athletes of all shapes, sizes, and ages come in to work hard, have fun, and get better at whatever it is they hope to get better at!
I love standing in the backyard in the humid evening air, charcoal fire slowly cooking a grill-full of grass-fed steak, chicken and asparagus for my wonderful feasting.
I love the sweat dripping down my face as I grab the chalked-up bar, every inch of me focused on executing my next rep as perfectly as I can. Getting stronger, getting faster, getting better.
I love my friends who I know I can call and meet up with to fill up hours of energetic and fulfilling conversation. Having groups and individuals who support you in being who you want to be and challenge you to keep perfecting that is becoming more important to me every day.
I love the hope of another day bringing more experiences, more smiles, more challenges and more excitement. The next few months are going to be tough, I know that much. I have TONS of people to train, I have tons of training to do myself. I have major life-choices to make that no matter how you look at them, will make some people upset. But I see so much more clearly now that that sort of thing is just a part of life. Challenging decisions are the ones that end up changing your life the most, so they are not to be taken lightly. The only thing you can do is clear your mind of the things that weigh you down, and the answer will come to you, more obvious than ever!
I love hope. But I hope I'm not addicted to it.
I love learning. I love learning through doing. I love learning from failure. I love learning through succeeding. I love learning from reading. I love learning most through watching.
How many of you could articulate what it means to be happy, successful, positive, satisfied and generally GOOD with yourself and the world? And how many of you are DOING it? Because Batman is the greatest character in the history of anything in the world, it's obvious that I would use quotes from those movies and comics:
"It's not who you are underneath, it's what you do that defines you"
LIVE the life you want and not only your life, but the lives of people around you will be wonderful.
Never Stop, GET FIT.
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