'Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It’s the courage to continue that counts'

Behind that voice that tells me to quit is a stronger voice that tells me to keep going. A voice that wants me to succeed, to cross that finish line, being diminished if it’s not a personal best.

There is a great sense of achievement when you push your own boundaries and push beyond your own limits. When you tune into your body and mind.

I know how hard I work, and still need to work throughout my fitness journey. I don’t need to prove anything to anyone, just myself. When you can’t do another rep, run another step or vinyasa another flow, when you forget how much power you have, you just need to channel your focus in the right direction and just when you think you can’t push to work any harder or run any further, you do!

'Motivate the mind; the body will follow. It never gets easier, but you do get smarter. You do feel it more. And then eventually, you live through it'

This particular quote above has personally helped me through what has been the darkest and toughest year for my family. I’m not going into too much detail, but when you suddenly lose a father figure to a heartbreaking disease, your lives do completely alter and turn upside down. It stops, every minute goes into slow-mo, making each moment harder than the next to live fully in mind, body and spirit - through every aspect of your life.

'The mind is the limit. As long as you can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent!'

You should surround yourself with loved ones who motivate and inspire you. Your circle should be well-rounded and supportive. Keep it tight. Keep it private. Quality over quantity always. Some days you have to tighten up that ponytail and roll with the punches. Keep running. That’s what you have to do in order to feel alive, take a risk.

Fitness and running to me, is encompassing - it’s changing and shaping my family's lives. Fitness is saving us. More on this will be continued in another blog.

When and if you feel tired, questioning life,'What’s the point?' 'Why me?'. When life is hard, when you feel uninspired, unmotivated then fight to persevere further. And when you feel broken then that is a chance to reevaluate, search for a different perspective and fix it with a new purpose, a new reason to push far.

Push a little harder, go a little further and learn a little more every time you put yourself out there. Do more than what is expected of you and what you expect of yourself. Those small moments add up. The road to perfection is carved from struggle, overcoming adversity and making the seemingly impossible, possible! As Nelson Mandela said, 'It always seems impossible until it's done'.

Live and love life intentionally, extravagantly, and unconditionally. Be in tune with your body.

When your body begins to tell you to stop your only recourse is to call on your spirit, which fortunately functions on logic.

'First you feel like dying. Then you feel reborn.'

Be still. For just a few moments. Breathe. You got this!  

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