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Getting Coached

Today I had a session with one of my Crossfit coaches and it was so good.

I love classes, but sometimes you need someone’s eyeballs, someone’s expertise focused JUST ON YOU.

A good coach will assess your weaknesses and your strengths but not belabor what you can’t do. A good coach will give you the tools to progress you toward your goals. A good coach has a solid foundation of knowledge. A good coach gives a rip about you and your progress. A good coach meets you where you are. And, in the end, a good coach has HEART.

Crossfit has felt like a mountain I’m scaling. Everything feels SO HARD. And I leave often feeling dejected because of my lack of ability to perform in the way I want to…it frustrates me, challenges me, forces me to check my ego at the door. And a good coach sees that effort and recognizes it, but helps you face it and hopefully go beyond it. Today mine said something that I say often in my classes, but to hear it myself as I was hanging from a rope trying to master getting a bite so that I could climb was pure gold.

He said, “Sarah – Progress. Not perfection.”

In the gym. In life.

Progress means forward momentum. It means growth. It means a life fertilized with hard work, goals and leaning in.

Perfection is a dance with the devil…because there’s no such thing.

Today, I learned a lot of amazing new information that I hope will take me a little further up the rope. But the thing I was reminded of MOST? I really appreciate a good coach who teaches life as well…

Peace, Sarah

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Kicking Insecurity’s Butt

It creeps around the edges doesn’t it? Waiting…like a predator. Then, something happens and you crack a bit and it oozes in.


And it happens to each of us. Something to lay us low, to cause us to forget our brilliance, to knock us down a few notches.

It happened to me this week. Something that made me wonder if I’m too old, if I’m not ‘fit enough’, if I don’t look the part enough of a fitness/yoga instructor. And when you’re in the middle of it? It can just make you feel like s(*&t. It can make you question everything – doubt e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g.

In places and spaces like that, you and I have two choices to make:

  • Sink in and allow whatever is happening to sap us of our brilliance.
  • Armor up and do battle.

I’m over hanging out in the first choice, so let’s armor up and kick insecurity’s butt.

First of all, what other people think of you is none of your damn business.

Second, you are absolutely unequivocally a treasure. A gift. And it doesn’t matter what you look like, how old you are, or what you can and can’t do. Just simply being YOU is the gift.

Third, remember this quote:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?” Actually, who are you NOT to be? You are a child of God; your playing small doesn’t serve the world.” – Marianne Williamson


When the sticky ickies of insecurity start sniffing around, remember these three things.


Peace.Love.Joy, Sarah

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The 30 Day Challenge

I dig 30 day challenges. I like exploring the delicate line between discipline and self-kindness. And believe me, walking that line can be a challenge.

To help, I use a life changing tool – It’s a book by Cheri Huber called, “Making a Change for Good – A Guide to Compassionate Self-Discipline.”

So good.

Essentially you take some area of your life that you want to explore (this month – I’m taking out alcohol and adding pushups) and you dig in through some journaling, meditation and doing your practice of adding something or taking something away.

What comes up? Those delicious voices in your head that you get to take a look at…for example:

“Why are you doing this? You’re a grown-up. Do what you want!” – The Enabler

“What is your problem? Why can’t you make even these small changes?” – The Judge


And what you see eventually is that…your voices are not YOU. They are not your highest self. They are not full of grace and love…they’re punishing and ultimately causing you suffering.

Then – the BEST PART? – you get to distance yourself from them. And that distance permeates into ALL OF YOUR LIFE. You miss a workout? The Judge jumps in, “Why are you so lazy?” and you can respond however you like…me: “Hey Judge – shut the hell up. I’ve got this – thanks.”

It’s a quick read and it’s a great practice. If you do it, let me know how it goes.

Much peace, S