But to add to Waitzkin’s idea: getting surprised is NOT the only thing we can count on. We can also count on the kindness and wisdom of true friends, and fellow GS athletes and coaches, who truly have your back, no matter what. They continue to be a deep source of inspiration, not only for how to be strong physically and mentally, but also for how to behave magnificently, both on and off the platform. It is because of them — and you — that I continue to lift and encourage others to lift.
For those of you who are going through tough times, be kind and patient with yourself, and don’t give up. We are here for you, and you can do this! And for those who are on the fence about competing, try it! You just might surprise yourself 🙂CONTINUE READING
In creating my goals — a practice that I do throughout the year, not just on New Year’s — I thought of three areas I can focus on to live a healthy, happy life. In hopes of inspiring you to think of your own goals, I’m sharing some of mine with you. Here are my 3 K’s for a Kick-Ass 2014: Kettlebells, Kale, and Kedging.CONTINUE READING
This year marks the seventh death anniversary of my mother Mila, yet I still feel her loving presence. Her compassionate and relentlessly positive spirit lives on in my family and in the lives of people she touched. Although I will definitely write about my mother one day, today I want to celebrate the man who […]CONTINUE READING
A book I’m reading these days is Dan Kennedy’s “No B.S. Wealth Attraction for Entrepreneurs.” One of the most powerful messages thus far is about accountability. Kennedy writes how important it is to take responsibility for everything that happens on your watch, even if it’s something you had no hand in or couldn’t possibly prevent: […]CONTINUE READING
I have many dreams in life, and one of them was fulfilled around this time last year. I wanted to climb next to Oli, an 81-year-old who has climbed for 58 years, climbed all 1,500 routes in Devil’s Lake State Park in Wisconsin, and has autographed my copy of his book “The Climber’s Guide to […]CONTINUE READING
A couple of years ago, the youtube video sensation popularized it as “the most fearless animal in all the animal kingdom… They have no regard for any other animal whatsoever… nothing can stop the honey badger when it’s hungry… Honey Badger don’t care!! Honey Badger don’t give a sh*t.” Honey badgers ARE pretty badass. And […]CONTINUE READING