Homework: Be Brave

Homework: Be BraveThis past weekend I was racing in South Dakota. While riding my bike on the gorgeous Iron Mountain Highway in Custer State Park, I made a decision that I wanted to simplify my life EVEN MORE than I already had so I could train and race all the time to feel the way I did in that moment. I have been struggling to get rid of some of the “stuff” I have left in the 5 bins I still store and cart around with me everywhere I go.

But being excited about living more simply so I can race and train more, made it easy to get back home and start tossing stuff!!

This also got me thinking about emotional baggage and holding onto people, places, jobs, habits, and relationships that no longer serve us but we struggle to let go.

Here is what I came up with…

The more excited and passionate you are about the outcome (or potential outcome) from what you are giving up or changing, the easier it is to let it go.

So I started thinking about the things that have been hard for me to let go of, give up, or change. I then thought about what the end result would be. I asked myself “on a scale from 1-10, how excited am I about this end result”? If it was an 8 or higher, it was easy to make the change, if it was any lower, it was a struggle.

I wanted to share this with you guys in case you have something that is hard to let go of, hard to give up, or hard to change. Go through the process I just described and see where it takes you!

If your “why” is lower than an 8, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not important to you. You many need to re-think why you want to do it or maybe it’s not something that you’re ready to let go of or ready to change in your life RIGHT NOW! And that’s OK.

We’re not always ready to make those big changes in our life.

If it’s something that’s important to you, you’ll find a way when you’re ready to get excited and get passionate about it and make the change.

If it’s FEAR holding you back or the UNKNOWN (2 things that hold most people back) I just want to share one of my fave quotes: Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.

Will it always work out the way you want it to? Probably not. But is it always worth it? IMO yes!

I always learn something about myself in the process which moves me closer to self-love, my ideal life, and being the best version of myself I can create.

If you are ready to make a change in your life whether it’s in your finances or your health or your fitness or your relationship or just loving yourself more and you need some guidance, I can definitely help!!

I have coached hundreds of people just like you who are ready to make a change but not quite sure where to start. My philosophy is baby steps, one day at a time, small incremental changes over time that will result in big life changes!

I offer coaching calls anywhere from 15 minutes to 60 minutes depending on how much time you have and how much guidance that you want to help you go from where you are now to where you want to be.

Please reach out to me and let’s set up a time to talk. If you’re not ready that’s OK, I will be here when you are. And in the meantime I have some positive places for you to hang out with me!

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Baby Steps: Discipline

Baby Steps: Discipline... People seem to think because I typically eat healthy, I get all my training in and work out daily, and I race a lot as an athlete, that I am a very disciplined person.In my line of work, the health, fitness, and nutrition industry, and as an athlete, the word discipline gets thrown around all the time. People seem to think because I typically eat healthy, I get all my training in and work out daily, and I race a lot as an athlete, that I am a very disciplined person.

I don’t believe that anyone is naturally a more disciplined or undisciplined person.

I believe that discipline is a skill that we can all practice, learn, and get better at.

The other day at the pool, I was thinking about the concept of discipline. I was breathing on “twos”, which for you non-swimmers out there means that I was breathing to the right side every time my head and body turn to the right (ever 2 arm strokes). This isn’t the most effective or efficient way to swim, but for me it’s the easiest. A harder way is to breathe on threes or fours or fives or sixes which means I have to hold my breath longer and breathe on opposite sides (called bilateral breathing), which for me means I have to work a little harder and focus a little bit more.

So I challenged myself to breathe on threes or fours for the entire next set and I kept saying to myself “practice discipline in the small things in your life so that it’ll be easier to be disciplined in the big things in your life”.

Practice discipline in the small things so that it will be easier in the big things. So basically in the grand scheme of life it really doesn’t matter if I breathe on twos, but breathing on threes or fours is more of a challenge so I am practicing discipline.

Then when something that actually matters in life comes up, such as skipping a work out or doing the work out, I have practiced and gotten better at discipline and it will make it easier for me to just do the work out rather than skip it.

So here is your homework for today:

Throughout the day, if there something that you think you should do or that could move you toward the life that you really want (but maybe don’t really feel like doing it), I challenge you to do it.

Even if it’s something super simple and small such as choosing a salad over French fries as your side dish at the drive-through. Or choosing water over soda at the gas station when you’re thirsty. Or if you’re trying to save money, filling up your water bottle with tap water instead of buying it. Or choosing to park far away from the office instead of close so that you need to walk a few extra steps. Or choosing to turn off the TV after one show and get an extra half an hour of sleep. Or choosing to set your alarm without the snooze option to get up and get your day moving. Or choosing to adding spinach in your shake for breakfast in the morning. Or choosing to say no to something that isn’t that big a deal but you really didn’t want to do it. Etc, Etc, Etc!! GOT IT?

Once you get used to being disciplined in the small seemingly insignificant choices that you make each and every day, when a big or more important decision comes up, it will be easier for you to choose wisely it’ll be easier for you to be disciplined in that choice as well.

I would love to hear about your tiny successes just like mine I had in the pool the other day, because your successes in being disciplined in the small things AND the big things will inspire me and others to start making better decisions and choices in their own lives.

We all need the inspiration and motivation to be disciplined, if it was an easy choice it wouldn’t be called discipline!

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7 Day Vegan Challenge

7 Day Vegan Challenge.... Hey there vegan-ish friends and wanna- bees!! 1-2 times a year I run a “7 Day Vegan Challenge” for those of you who are wanting to “explore” or “try” being vegan for a week!Hey there vegan-ish friends and wanna- bees!! 1-2 times a year I run a “7 Day Vegan Challenge” for those of you who are wanting to “explore” or “try” being vegan for a week!

I love this challenge because I think support and connection with others on the same path will get you better results than I had when I was working toward becoming vegan.

It actually took me about 10 years to become 100% plant-based and my only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner.

Our support group has 7 different options for you to choose from so that your meal plan will fit into your goals, lifestyle, budget, etc.

Here are your options…

    Vegan on a Budget
      Vegan Soy Free
        Vegan Athlete Menu
          Vegan Body Building Menu
            Vegan Low Fat Menu
              Vegan Endurance Athlete Menu
                Vegan Weight Loss Menu (complete with shopping list)

              Please join us! Like I said it was a long process for me and I have learned a lot during the 10 years it took me and during the 3 years I have been vegan. I would love to be able to share my experiences to make yours easier and better.
              And you all are lucky because these days there are so many healthier, tastier, and convenient plant-based options than there were 10 years ago when I was attempting this!

              If you are already vegan and want to help me take my next step into eating more raw foods, I am always in need of accountability, inspiration, and motivation. I have been “trying” to go mostly raw for the past couple years and not been successful.
              I’m not ready to do all 7 days all raw, but during the challenge my goal is to only eat one cooked/processed meal each day and eat 90% whole foods the whole week.
              I am excited for us to take our nutrition and lives to the next level.

              Join us here…

              www.facebook.com/groups/VeganWeek

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              If you just need vegan recipes…
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              Viva Vagan!!

Homework: Share Your Story

Homework: Share Your Story ... One of the things I have been working on this year is being more transparent. By transparent I mean sharing my struggles and failures as well as my triumphs and successes.One of the things I have been working on this year is being more transparent. By transparent I mean sharing my struggles and failures as well as my triumphs and successes.

This has always been a challenge for me because I grew up in a very positive house where we focused on all the things that were right in our lives and didn’t give attention to our problems.

I also get annoyed with people who complain all the time and don’t do anything to change what they are complaining about, or complain to the wrong person, someone who has no authority to help or change the situation, and I don’t want to be one of those people. So typically when I’m having a tough time or a low self-esteem day, I stay quiet and work it out on my own.

This year when I made the commitment to share more, the good, the bad, and the ugly, I didn’t know what to expect. I thought for sure people would be irritated by my insignificant, first world problems and my annoying petty issues I have with food, self-worth, inner conflict, and body image. But I found the more I shared my experiences, the more people reached out to me to share their own experiences.

I remember I had a crappy workout one day and shared about it on Facebook and someone messaged me and said “I’m so happy to see you have crappy workouts too”. This made me laugh and I didn’t know whether people wanted to see me fail or if they were just so used to seeing me so positive it was refreshing to see that I struggle too.

I think all we really want is to know we aren’t alone. To know we all share common fears, struggles, and feelings. That we are all connected and we all essentially want the same things in our life: unconditional love and peace within ourselves.

Since the beginning of my year of sharing more of the hard stuff, I have had so many people tell me how much my stories, posts, experiences have helped them share their own. And if you know me, my mission is to help people just by being me. So in essence, the more I share about my life, the more I am living my mission.

And the same goes for you. You are here to connect and grow and be a part of something amazing. And the best way to find where you fit in while helping others feel worthy and supported and loved is to share your stories and experiences, whether positive or negative.

One rule I do have about sharing the bad stuff: I must be actively doing something to change the situation. Bitching about something you have control over and don’t ever work toward changing in my opinion is just plain annoying.

So be brave today! Share a battle you have been secretly fighting, share a success you have been too humble to share, share something unique about yourself that you are afraid you will be judged for and watch what happens. People will surprise you. You may even surprise you!
Let me know how it goes!!!

THANK YOU!

And thanks for being you…all of you…not just the good bits!!

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My Newest New Biz … Purium

My Newest New Biz...  So today I started a new business. For those of you who have known me over the past 20 years, this comes as no surprise at all. So today I started a new business. For those of you who have known me over the past 20 years, this comes as no surprise at all. I am constantly starting a new business or creating new business or making up something that I’m going to do for work that will fit in with my current lifestyle.

I’m sure some people think of this as indecisive, flighty, impulsive, or crazy, but I think of it as my interests are always changing my focus is ever-evolving, and I’m constantly fine-tuning my life and discovering what I want to be when I grow up.

I used to be embarrassed when I started a new business. I would take a few days (or weeks) before I would share it with my friends and family. I would try to figure out the right words to say or make a point not to say it’s a new business, but maybe more like a hobby or something I’m going to help promote or something I’m getting into.

Not anymore!

I’m proud of my decisions, ALL of them!

I’m proud of all the new adventures I decide to pursue.

Starting businesses and coming up with new ideas as a lifestyle entrepreneur has become a part of who I am as a person. I’m at the point in my life, where if somebody doesn’t support me in any decision I make, I really don’t need them in my life. So I’m not afraid to share when I make changes in my life, because I know the people who truly love me trust that I have a reason for doing what I do.

Now I will admit that the majority of my ideas never really come to fruition, and the majority of the businesses I start I quit or they fail, but to me that doesn’t matter. To me what matters is that I’m constantly learning about myself and what I want so that I can live my passions and move toward my ideal life every single day.

My definition of success is waking up every single morning with the choice of what I want to do. My idea of success is to get to choose. I’m constantly looking for new ways to help make that happen.

Over the past two years I’ve become increasingly passionate about being a plant-based athlete and living a truly vegan lifestyle.

The company that I just became a rep for is also passionate about health and wellness, the majority of their products are vegan and gluten-free, and are high quality products that I am already using in my life.
The company is called Purium and it’s a nutritional company. Their vision is in line with mine:

Our vision is to heal the world.
It starts with cleaning up our food system.
It includes expanding financial opportunity through the free enterprise system.
And it’s grounded in a community of caring people who set out to make a difference every day.

AWESOME RIGHT???!!!

The one product that I’ve been using for the past couple months is a product called “Can’t Beet This”. It is a beet powder with added herbs and superfoods. I’ve been mixing it with my Beachbody Performance Energize electrolyte powder and it’s what I’ve been racing and training with over the last two months.

I just got finished with one of the biggest and best races of my life at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. I’m looking forward to next season to see what I can do as I fine-tune my diet, supplements, and wellness, all of which I’ve been working on over the last 10 years. I’m learning more about myself, more about what my body wants and needs, and I’m really excited to see how to incorporate these products into my racing, training, and my overall health.

If you want to check out any of these products, you can find them at https://ishoppurium.com. Use my code “vegandivakir” to order anything. If you end up ordering at least $75 in product, with the same code, you will instantly get $50 off your order. #promo

Reach out with any questions you have! I just ordered probiotics, chlorella, spirulina, tart cherry, aloe vera, and of course more beet powder!

So for those of you think I’m crazy, I may be, but I love myself so it’s no biggie!!

But for those of you think I’m adventurous, or brave, or passionate, THANK YOU!!!! It’s not always easy to start something new. It’s not easy to go outside your comfort zone and put yourself out there to be judged or criticized. One of my words for 2017 is BRAVERY, so I’m being brave!

And for those of you who want to start something new but are afraid, be brave, just do it, and own your decision. Don’t ever let anyone make you feel bad about doing something you truly believe in.

If you want to start this new adventure with me, message, email, or text me. And we’ll figure this whole thing out together.

Thanks for being part of my life.

See you soon!

Homework: Let It Go

Homework: Let It GoLet it go! This is my only goal today! I woke up feeling overwhelmed and anxious!

Like I have way more to do than I will ever have time to get it done. Like I keep making promises to myself and others that I can’t keep. Like I’m barely staying above water and I can’t breathe!!!

I remember something I read in Brian Tracy’s book Eat That Frog…

You will never have enough time to do everything you want to do. The sooner you realize that, the sooner you can let go of the expectation and forgive yourself for not doing it all!!

I was of course paraphrasing since I haven’t read that book in 15 years, but that concept has stuck with me over the years!

Here are some things I do when I’m feeling this way…

  • Breathe…DEEPLY!!
  • Write down 10 things I am grateful for
  • Prioritize my day, week, month, year, life
  • Reach out to a supportive friend
  • Focus on what I can control and let go of the rest!

Number 5 is super hard for me! But practicing letting go of what we can’t control will make it easier and habitual. I just need to remember to practice!

OK! I feel a little better!

Hope it helps you today!!! What can you let go of today????

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Breathe <3

Haters Gonna Hate

Haters Gonna Hate! Years ago, I would have reacted the same exact way after reading my story on GoFundMe... basically, since I was unhappy with myself and my life, everyone else’s life annoyed me.“People will love you. People will hate you. And none of it will have anything to do with you.”
– Abraham Hicks

This is one of my fave quotes. I didn’t used to believe it, I’m so glad I do now!

Today I got three “hate” emails from people I don’t know regarding my “GoFundMe” campaign I set up to help me get to Kona, HI for the Ironman World Championships.

I was surprised at first when I read the emails because I didn’t know women my age actually took the time and energy to write hate mail, but then again, I don’t know exactly how old they are, I have no idea who these 3 women (girls?) are.

My first response was to email them back and defend all the things they were saying (how selfish I was begging for money to go to Kona for a second time, that there are people out there who are really struggling, and what a horrible person I was for giving up my relationship for a triathlon, etc, etc, etc), but then I thought about how I really felt about what they were saying to me and instead of defending myself, I wanted to hug them and tell them everything will be ok for them in the end.

Years ago, I would have reacted the same exact way after reading my story on GoFundMe (www.gofundme.com/kirtokona). I used to get so mad at people with big houses (why do they need such a big house), skinny women (why don’t they eat more), fat women (why don’t they eat less), stay-at-home moms (get a job), people who called in sick to work (suck it up), people who made a lot of money (pay more taxes), people who didn’t make any money (get a job), and so on and so on and so on!

Basically, since I was unhappy with myself and my life, everyone else’s life annoyed me.

So today I sent hope to these women that they too would soon love themselves more, I deleted the emails, and I gave myself props for coming so far in my own life.

One of the books that helped me the most in the area of “not taking things personally” is the Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz. #promo

This is one of my all-time favorite books for personal growth and I have read it several times. In fact, I make a point to listen to the audio on one road trip a year! Just as a reminder.

In the book, he goes into detail about why we shouldn’t take anything personally. The 3 main things he discusses are…

If we are hurt by what people say about us, there is a part of us that believes it is true (truth)
The things people judge us for have more to do with them than with us (see my examples above from the “old” me)

We can only be the best version of ourselves and do the best we can with what we know and where we are at in our lives. We can control what we do, say, have, etc, but not how other people feel, react, etc to us. If I am truly living the best version of me, nothing anyone can do or say to change that, especially when they don’t know me.

And the fourth thing I would add to this list that has helped me the most is to love myself more! Always always love myself more. The more I love myself, the less I care about what people think of me. Loving myself is the greatest gift I have ever given to myself.

Try it!

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I love you!
See you soon!

Being Vegan is Easy!

Being vegan is easy..Haha! I say that now!! But compared to how hard it was when I first started on my journey, it is! The top 3 reasons people who want to become vegan tell me they “can’t” are cheese, traveling, and non-vegan families.Being vegan is easy..Haha! I say that now!! But compared to how hard it was when I first started on my journey, it is! The top 3 reasons people who want to become vegan tell me they “can’t” are cheese, traveling, and non-vegan families.

I have been working with a test group of 5 people who want to eat plant-based, but haven’t been able to do it on their own (mostly for the reasons I mentioned). I have been mentoring this group for a month now with great success! This is a 90 day individualized program where I create a custom plan for each person depending on their lifestyle, goals, families, budget, health/fitness goals, time restraints, likes, dislikes, etc.

So far, 1/3 of the way into the program, we have 100% success! I so wish I had this kind of help 10 years ago ☺

Let’s talk about these 3 deterrents…

CHEESE!

Geez! Everybody loves cheese. Trust me, I am one of them!! Cheese was the reason it took me 10 years to become a vegan. Not only do we love cheese, but we are physically and emotionally addicted to it. Check out the new book “The Cheese Trap” by Neal Barnard (#promo) for deets, but I 100% agree with everything he writes and know for a fact, I had both a physical and emotional addiction to cheese.

What made it easier for me was when non-dairy cheeses started coming out that felt and tasted like the real thing. When I started getting excited about the vegan cheeses, they would make me feel the same way as dairy cheese, and it was a game changer for me. I am working on an article reviewing a dozen vegan cheeses so watch for that!!!

Traveling.

I travel a LOT! In fact, I am writing this from Delta Airlines flight 1069 from Seattle to Kona. There is so much turbulence it’s insane so this is keeping my mind off of wanting to cry and puke at the same time!

For the most part I bring my own food (earlier on this flight I ate “reverse nachos” where I wrapped Chipotle flavored corn nuts in a piece of Follow Your Heart American “cheese”), but have found these days airports, truck stops, and most gas stations carry fruit, energy/protein bars, nuts, green juices, etc.

Here are my best vegan travel tips!

Family.

This is also valid AND hard to work with, but not impossible. In the case of having a partner, kids, etc who don’t want to eat plant-based, you have 2 options.

One, you can make yourself a completely different meal than the rest of the family (I did this for years as the only vegetarian kid in a meat-eating family) or two, you can make meals where you can add or not add meat (like chicken salad with or without chicken, taco bar with lots of different choices for toppings, spaghetti with marinara with the meatballs on the side, etc).

These are some of this issues I have been helping my clients through over the past month. I would love to hear what other issues you are struggling with so I can address some of those and help you get to where you want to be in your journey toward a life with more plants!

If you want to join the next round of THE VEG CLUB coaching, I am accepting new clients beginning the first week of next month. Email me at coachsmith@usa.com with subject THE VEG CLUB for an application or text me 970-214-7745 for more info.

You can also join the Veg Club here…

www.JoinTheVegClub.com

For vegan recipes…

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For quick and easy vegan meals and snack ideas…

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www.YouTube.com/VeganDivaKir
www.Facebook.com/JoinTheVegClub

See you there!

Just. Do. It.

Just Do It... I always hear people talk about how hard they work to get to a certain place in their life, whether it's business, financial, relationships, fitness, health, spiritual, etc.I hear people talk about how hard they work to get to a certain place in their life, whether it’s business, financial, relationships, fitness, health, spiritual, etc.

I always feel bad when I hear this because I really don’t feel like I work that hard to make my goals. Today as I was doing intervals on the treadmill, I was thinking about this because, for once, I actually was working pretty hard!!

Since I was working really hard on my intervals, it got me thinking how often do I work hard in my life? And I came up with an answer that kind of surprised me. I don’t think I work hard very often, but what I do is no matter what, I do SOMETHING! No matter how I am feeling that week or day or moment, I just do it!

I know that sounds cheesy like a Nike slogan or something but it’s the truth.

For example, today I had no interest (or motivation) to run at all, but I wanted to get in a short interval run before my massage because I’m racing this weekend and I want to be slightly recovered. PLUS (let’s be honest here) I am trying to stay under myfitnesspal calorie goal and it’s been tough lately…like impossible, so I made myself get on the treadmill. I ran at a super easy pace for a few minutes which got my heart rate up, got the blood flowing through my body and brain, and the endorphins kicked in and I started feeling good! So I actually finished my interval run and here I am!

So I don’t feel like I necessarily work hard for the things that I want, for the things I accomplish in my life, and for my successes, but I do feel like I always do what needs to be done.

Now that I think about it, this is actually in alignment with how I do everything in my life, baby steps. I talk about baby steps all the time, how I take small incremental teeny tiny little steps toward what I want in my life, but I do them over and over and over again and it ends up looking like a success, that I’ve accomplished a goal, that I’ve done something big!!

And what I did today with my intervals is no different.

Last weekend I had a race. On the way there I had told a friend that I didn’t feel like I was ready for this race, that I didn’t feel like I’ve been training enough and that I hadn’t put in the hard work. When all was said and done, I did extremely well on the race. Looking back, I didn’t work hard to train for the race, I just did something every single day toward my goal of doing well in the race.

I have a big race coming up next week and people keep asking me if I am ready for the race. When I think about it, I think no, I’m not ready, I haven’t done hard enough workouts, I haven’t done many long rides or long runs, so no, I don’t feel like I’m ready.

BUT! In reality, I’m ready! I’ve put in the hours. I’ve put in time for the past 19 seasons that I’ve been a triathlete and for the past two years that I’ve been working toward this goal of qualifying and racing at the Ironman World Championships in Kona.

So yes! YES I am ready, whether I feel like it or not, I know I am ready!!

So I guess what I’m saying is that you don’t necessarily have to work hard all the time. Working hard is exhausting, it’s time-consuming, it’s mentally draining, and it’s often frustrating. So don’t do it, don’t work hard ALL the time, just do something, do something every single day. Do something every single day that moves you toward your goal. Do something every single day that move you toward your ideal life.

You will get there before you know it! Trust me!

Check out my updates on my journey to Kona…
www.GoFundMe.com/KirToKona

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And please please please whether you feel like it or not, do something every single day to create your ideal life.

Just. Do. It.

See you soon!

What is a Lifestyle Entrepreneur?

What Is A Lifestyle EntrepreneurI am on social media a LOT! Partly because I love to connect and build relationships with people from all over the place and partly because I love to share my own experiences with the hope of inspiring or motivating someone else at the same time.

I am passionate about 3 things: being a triathlete, being a vegan, and constantly striving to become a better version of myself. People who follow me on social media are WELL aware of my passions, but it’s come to my attention that most people think I don’t work, that my lifestyle is magically funded by a sugar daddy possibly? Geez I wish!

When I qualified for the Ironman World Championships in June, I had several people message, email, or say to me, something like this: Congrats! I wish I didn’t have to work so I could train more and be as good as you.

When I let people know I do work, they ask what I do, and that’s where it gets a little interesting. I don’t have a “job” like most people so I do have more freedom for my training, racing, traveling, etc, but I do have to make a lot of choices so that I can live my ideal life AND support it financially. I call this a “lifestyle entrepreneur”.

I first heard this term from Lewis Howes who I “met” through his podcast “The School of Greatness” (check it out btw…it’s worth listening to every episode). He considers himself a lifestyle entrepreneur and defines it as this:

An individual that creates a business with the purpose of altering their personal lifestyle and not for the sole purpose of making profits. A lifestyle entrepreneur focuses more on the life rewards provided to people that enjoy and have a passion for what they are doing. There is a possibility that the business will do particularity well since the individual has a passion for what he/she is doing.

I sum it up as basically doing whatever it takes for me to continue living my passions and my life the way I want to.

So when people ask what I do for work, I tell them I am a lifestyle entrepreneur.

I have several businesses. I am a Beachbody Coach, a triathlon coach, a plant-based nutritionist, a swim coach for middle school, a swim coach for a club team, a private swim instructor, a Pure Romance consultant, a fitness instructor, a personal trainer, an affiliate for several companies, and I am not above running random errands or helping with projects, etc for a few extra dollars to help support my lifestyle as an athlete. In fact, for the next 3 weeks I am house sitting for a friend to make money to pay my rent next month!

I have chosen to live simply (renting a room, driving an old car, keeping my possessions to a minimum, making easy meals, etc) in order to keep my expenses and overwhelm down, and incorporate my training into my businesses/work by biking on my trainer 6 times a week, running on the treadmill 5 times a week, adding my drills, mobility, strength, and recovery into the classes I teach, etc.

I choose lower cost races or ones I can get paid for by sponsors, friends, family, etc, and I often sleep in my car the night before a race instead of a hotel to cut expenses. I trade a lot of the products or services I sell for services I need like massage, chiropractic, dog sitting, etc.

It’s not always as simple or easy as I would want it to be, but it’s always worth it in the end. I get to train (almost) as much as I want and work enough to pay for the life I have created for myself.

This has taken years to get to this point, but I finally feel like I am making it work.

I had a friend ask me if I was scared living like this, with no security, plan, future, etc. And I said yes.

Then I asked him if he was scared living like he lives (working long hours, traveling weekly, saving for his future, giving up what he wants now so that in 10 years he can retire and live his ideal life). He said yes.

We are all scared, we are all doing our best, we are all living the way we think we should be living in the moment. One isn’t better or worse than the other. We are all in this together. We are all just walking each other home.

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