I wrote this piece for my gym, Alchemy, after going through their A101 and Masters program (not to be confused with a masters degree lol). But I thought that I would share on my personal blog because it really explains me and my two passions in life 🙂
(pic by Alexa Kay https://www.instagram.com/alexakay/)
“There is nothing wrong with loving the crap out of everything. Negative people find their walls. So never apologize for your enthusiasm. Never. Ever. Never.”- Ryan Adams
Have you ever heard of the 5 languages of love? Well, if you haven’t, go ahead, google it. I’ll wait. Now that we all know about the 5 languages of love, I wanted to inform you that mine is Words of affirmation. It’s probably why I started my PYL story with a quote. I am all about quotes. And that quote resonated with me as soon as I saw it. When I love something, I REALLY love it. I’m vocal about it. I’m unabashedly enthusiastic about it. And there are two things I am unabashedly passionate about: my love for animals and my health.
Let’s first talk about my love (really an obsession) for animals. I LOVE ANIMALS. I am that weirdo that will squeal whenever I see a dog or the one who would rather hang out with the cat at a holiday party than socialize (let’s get real, I socialize plenty but if there’s an animal in the room..). My ultimate dream scenario would be to have my own island where I could have all my rescued animals with me. But since that’s not happening any time soon, I pursue my legend by volunteering with local animal rescues and being on the board of a local non-profit that assist animals in need by providing resources to animal rescues. It feels so good to give back by providing love and be the voice for our four legged friends.
My health is also extremely important to me. Being healthy to me means eating right (that would be another topic) and exercising! And that is where Alchemy comes in. Alchemy is my fitness transformed. Ever since taking my very first A10 class at Crossfit Minneapolis, before Alchemy even opened their NL space, I was hooked! I remember the moves included pull-ups and telling the person next to me that I wasn’t going to do that because I never would be able to do a pull-up. But the coach (I think it was Brigitte!) was not going to let me off the hook! She showed me other ways that I could participate in class by modifying the move for me. And that’s when I knew that NEVER would NEVER be a part of my vocabulary again when it comes to Alchemy. Every single class is always a challenge but it’s a challenge that I meet head on, knowing that I am there to embrace that discomfort, like I did when I attended my first A10 with those pull ups.
I would like to end my PYL story the same way I started it. With a quote. (it’s my love language after all)
“I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all, become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good” – Roald Dahl
So there you go my friends, the author of THE BFG said it best, go pursue your own legend whatever that means to you!