Embracing changes and challenges

2018 is the year I turned 40 and I decided it would be a year of growth and transformation, and I had no idea all that would encompass when I set my goals. I’ve always been motivated and driven and I’m a self-professed #goaldigger so what I did this morning shouldn’t surprise anyone except for the idea that it took me this long to finally get around to doing it: I tried CrossFit today! *Due to major changes in where I’m living and who I’m living with, stay tuned for a revised 40 goals for my 40th year list. 

I met Ashley Sheridan a couple of years ago when I recruited her to be involved in Fitness Junkies‘ first #IAmStrong Workout in Honour of International Women’s Day. She owns the local CrossFit gym, Apple Valley CrossFit in Coldbrook, NS. I am a big believer in women supporting each other, especially when it comes to business and fitness so trying out Ashley’s Beginner class was long overdue!

girl gang I won’t lie when I say that I was nervous to give it a go and relieved to discover I was the only one in class. I totally get that no one should expect to be an expert when trying something for the first time, but the perfectionist in me rears her ugly head every now and then.  The workout looked challenging but relatively simple as far as CrossFit goes so three cheers for choosing to try it on the right day!!!

IMG_8277[1]So, how did it go?

  • I surprised myself by having time to complete the core workout
  • was a bit bummed that I didn’t squeeze out more reps (room for improvement, right?)
  • I got to run! (only 1km but the runner in me loved every step)
  • burpees don’t really like me either but we have an understanding
  • I need to practice my deadlift technique, which is something I had been thinking about anyway
  • I had sweat dripping down my face and chest by the end of the classIMG_E8282[1]
  • I didn’t leave any bodily fluids in the gym
  • I had a great chat with a fellow badass boss lady
  • I left feeling like I had achieved something


I’ve been home for an hour now and I feel fantastic! I moved my body and pushed my limits (I could’ve pushed myself harder but I’m satisfied with my workout). I tried something new, got out of my comfort zone, and challenged my mindset. I got to see another fitpreneur do her thing and show my support for her business. As my life undergoes this twisty, turny transformation, I’m embracing changes and challenges and I already feel like a new woman! So to all of you out there pushing yourselves and taking risks and sweating your arses off: keep that shit up!



Published by Mindset Events

I have been active in the fitness and wellness industry for almost 20 years and I've combined my love for event planning with my love of fitness! I help other businesses share their talents with the world through custom-built live events. I have Bachelor of Science Honours in Human Kinetics and Bachelor of Education degrees from the University of Ottawa and I have been a Personal Trainer Specialist with CanFitPro since 2005.

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