Hard truths

Ongoing Learning

You would think that after writing a freaking book about the importance of learning always, that I wouldn’t have to constantly check myself… Well, what I have to say about that, is sometimes in life there are lessons that we have to keep learning over and over again.

The reason I am writing this blog today is to remind you to keep yourself accountable to your own learning! I have been dedicated to reading for the last few months which I am very proud of. I know now that when I’m at a stagnant point in my life where I just don’t know what the next step will be, that I need to pick up a damn book. So I’ve read many actually in the last few weeks which have been amazing.

I wrote a blog last week about how I’m going to be participating in a triathlon this year and thought that I would be competent enough to create my own training schedule. Now in my defence it’s not that I wouldn’t be totally competent to do this and train hard and complete the race and feel good. The mindset shift that I have been discovering lately is that I don’t want to just “do good”. I want to do fucking great and so should you!

Life isn’t about choosing to do something, putting half effort in, and settling for finishing the job. When you have a desire, something that you really enjoy or love doing, something that you want to prove to yourself and be proud of, you don’t half ass it… (end of story).

As much as I loved making the training schedule for my triathlon and will probably use but modify, what do I actually know about training for a triathlon? (lol). I’ve never done one before, hell I don’t even know how to swim properly!

So here I am pulling my head out of my ass again and diving into a book! I talk about this concept a lot in the book I published, The Frecklefit Mindset. It’s impossible to know everything. It’s impossible to completely and totally master anything as well. There is ALWAYS room for improvement, which is an amazing concept when you think about it. This means there is always room for growth and with growth comes a sense of accomplishment, a sense of self worth, and a sense of pride in ones self!

So I bought this really awesome book called, Strength Training for Triathletes: The complete program to build triathlon power, speed, and muscular endurance. Let me say I am completely obsessed with it already, which is a good sign that I am just following my passions and desires.

This is what I have come to realize about figuring out your life piece by piece:

  1. Create self awareness: When you are doing certain things/tasks/jobs, ask yourself, am I enjoying this? How am I feeling right now? Do I love what I am doing?
  2. When you find something you love read a book about it! Increase your knowledge base on the subject, get all obsessy and let it light a fire inside you.
  3. Take action! Continue to do the things that fill your heart. Learn more about it and just do it:)

Hope I have encouraged you all to buy that book you’ve been thinking about or just do the damn thing you’ve been contemplating!

Now go get em!



Fitness Goal Setting

Last year I’ll admit, my fitness goals were not clear cut. I had the goal to work on key muscles to snowboard in January, then after that I aimlessly bounced from one goal to another. I am happy with what I worked on in 2020 and to be realistic, any “gym type goal” would have to have been adjusted anyway related to losing the gym.

In 2020 after my snowboard trip I focused on general fitness until covid happened then I put my focus on how to keep and potentially gain muscle at home with minimal equipment. I then bounced to a 3 month reverse diet and then to a 3 month diet phase. I enjoyed this experience and I feel great, healthy, and fit.

But this year is going to be different! I listened to a great podcast the other day – Beauty and the Geek (with biolayne and Holly Baxter). They spoke about how a lot of reverse diets and diets aren’t that effective because people don’t FULLY commit to the process and lose patience in the process. They also speak about a big part of committing to the process is just loving it and enjoying it fully.

So this got me thinking about what I really love and what would be something I could fully commit to. I wanted a really clear cut goal that is more specific and measurable. Most importantly I wanted something to truly work towards.

One of the biggest things I have realized this year having moved to this beautiful area of the country is how much I love being outside! That no matter what my daily walks, hikes, or snow shoes bring me clarity, peace and joy. Another realization is that I live right across from a freaking lake… So what better goal for me this next year is to do a Triathlon!!

I researched different triathlon races in the area and of course there are many and one in particular close by in July. So this is my goal that I am over the moon excited about and know that I’m going to love the training and the process of achieving this goal.

I’ve recently gained inspiration also from a book I read. Think like a warrior by Darrin Donnelly. I’m hoping to work towards my goal using the five inner beliefs from this book (which I have pinned up on my wall).

  1. I will only focus on the things I can control my effort and my attitude.
  2. I love what I do and will attack each day with joy and enthusiasm.
  3. I dream big and avoid the naysayers.
  4. I am relentless and will never give up on my dreams.
  5. I will choose faith over fear.

One of the big keys to achieving a goal is to plan. So I have my training schedule all planned out and organized into six training blocks. There will be challenges along the way such as the substantial increase in cardio I will have to transition into, being aware and careful with my chronic injuries, and learning how to freakin swim lol

Overall I am full of excitement about this new journey and goal!

Three things to consider when creating a fitness goal:

  1. What do you LOVE and would love the process of training for?
  2. Where and how would you like to see yourself in 6-12 months?
  3. What is your “why” for doing what you do?

If you have a specific goal in mind and would like a well thought out, individualized, long term plan constructed to reach this goal… I can create this for you! E-mail or message me for details. Together we can reach and achieve our goals!



The Five Inner Beliefs from Think Like a Warrior

Awesome Read

My Training Sched!!:)

Life Hacks

Find The Joy! (and maybe a side hustle along the way)

I haven’t been shy about my decision to cut back on my full time nursing job. Being a nurse is a really hard job. There are times that I absolutely love it, times that it really tests my patience and times it makes me question what I was thinking going into this career. Choosing to do this job part time has been the best decision ever. I find I am excited to go to work and carry out my shifts with way more enthusiasm.

By not working full time I am finding a lot of extra time on my hands. In our day and age it can be challenging to only work part time and make ends meet. I for one do not want to just “make ends meet” either, because I’ve vowed for a life full of greatness. For me, earning more money is not about being able to buy more stuff but more about how can I use extra money for good. Who can I support in there dreams? Who can I help catch a break in life? Who can I inspire?

So naturally I am heading for a side hustle. There is a lot of talk about this “side hustle” and how it might just be essential for our generation. So I’ve been humming and hawing about what exactly I want this side hustle to be!

I’ve been going back a fourth between putting more into personal training, or writing another book, but neither one of these things are really lighting a fire in me. At the end of the day I want to LOVE what I do. Get excited about new projects and enthusiastic about the process and not just the outcome. This is what a growth mindset is all about, focusing on the process, the work you put in, and a deep knowing that you will succeed no matter what as long as your learning.

So I’ve decided I’m just going to follow my joy! What I do love is writing these blog posts, I love to exercise, and spend time outside. I love training and concocting healthy meals for myself. So I’m taking the focus away from what “I think I need to do”, and more finding the little things that “I truly love to do”.

I’m going to continue to manifest the life that I want to be living, continue to work hard, learn, grow, and know eventually success will follow.

Are you exhausted from working full time? OR do you absolutely love what you do and enjoy going to work everyday?

If your not passionately in love with your day job i’m here to tell you that it is possible to lower your work hours and make it through. You can find a side hustle that you love or work on passion project on the side. You can do anything you desire as long as you keep believing in your dreams and moving forward!