Hey guys,

Today, I am doing things a little differently. As most of you know, I got started out doing what i’m doing now, by blogging. It’s what I did when I was up late nursing my babies, or just in my free time. So I decided why not invite bloggers that align with what I am all about (healthy living, outdoors, fitness, etc…) to guest post.

I am so excited to feature out first guest blogger, Kelley.

Kelley lives in Savannah, GA with her husband who is Active Duty Army and her kids: Jac(9), Joseph (6), and Uriah (2). She enjoys sharing about family, particularly birth, parenting a child with special needs, and fitness. She’s passionate about sharing how fitness can change lives. You can find her blog here.

ADVENTURES IN CHILDHOOD

Do you remember being a child and just wanting to do everything? My kids are constantly (especially my middle child) asking to try new things: sports, activities…whatever he sees, he wants to try. It’s exhausting when he constantly questions me about doing things, but this is what kids do: They see new things and want to try them. It looks fun. At what point do we stop being so adventurous and enjoying trying new things?

SCARY IS GOOD

Not long ago, I wrote a blog for my personal website titled “Trying Something Scary Is Good”. I wrote it for a couple of reasons, but recently I started taking BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu). I’ve done some fitness classes that were MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) based, and I told my husband I’d like to try something. We went over the options and I decided I wanted to try BJJ. Yes, at 35 I decided to try something COMPLETELY out of my comfort zone. But you know what? I LOVE IT! I was so nervous the first class, but if I hadn’t mustered up enough courage to walk in that first Saturday morning, I would never have been able to discover something new I enjoy.

LIVING LIFE SCARED

My whole life I’ve spent concerned about what others think and scared to try new things because, “what if I’m bad at it?”, “what if I fail?”… I remember when I had to lose weight after our second child was born. I was determined to get back to my pre-pregnancy size and weight. I had tried losing weight before but was unsuccessful. I didn’t want to share with anyone that I was working out. I was so scared of failing again. I remember barely being able to do a push up and trying to jump and barely leaving the ground, but after a couple of months, I was able to do both those things. Within nine months I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight and size. What I developed was a love for fitness. I didn’t  give up my new habit of working out and eating better. Instead, I kept going and made new goals. It wasn’t so scary any more, and I found something else I loved.

JUMPING POINT

That was it for me. My entrance into fitness pushed me into all sorts of uncomfortable and ‘scary’ situations. It also provided a new career I’m passionate about. I got my first group fitness certification about a year and a half after beginning my weight loss journey, then a few months later my next. Next, I got my personal training certification. I became passionate, not only about my weight loss, but about educating others (women in particular) about health and fitness. I love sharing and inspiring, and that’s where you find me today. If I’m being completely honest, writing this is ‘scary’. This will be seen (potentially) by thousands of people…reading my words. That’s scary because, what if someone judges me or doesn’t like it…but then my rational brain kicks in and says, “What if you inspire or help someone to begin their fitness journey just by reading this?” And that’s when I push ‘scary’ to the side, and JUST DO IT!