Often when life presents you with a tough situation you fight going with your gut or following the logical path. I’m not one for going with the norm, I’d rather set my own trails and push the boundaries to find the road less traveled, to make the biggest impact, and to become a better version of myself.
I have shared that quote by Steve Jobs on many occasions as it’s become one of my life mantras. I don’t (and won’t) live someone else’s life. I don’t (and won’t) follow someone else’s dreams. I don’t (and won’t) allow other’s opinions to drown my own. I will only wake up each morning and live my life, follow my dreams and take the risks that truly set my heart on fire.
On Friday I had one of the hardest and scariest, yet easiest and most comforting calls of my life. For that I am truly grateful. It was a call with my boss to discuss the end of my time with the company (for now). It was in no way an easy conversation for either party but I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to work with such an amazing team at such a wonderful company and do hope our paths cross in the future.
But I’m not leaving my job to sit on my butt. I’m leaving so I can set out on the biggest leap of faith I’ve ever taken (and that’s saying a lot)! I’m leaving so I can pull together a huge community of people and lead them to make a big impact! And it’s called 50 States In A Year!
50 States In A Year is a charity fundraising tour where a friend and I will be traveling to all 50 states over the course of a year. We will be traveling in an RV (or hoping to, working on getting one of those!), staying with friends, and seeing what this beautiful country has to offer. But more important, we are raising money for the CrossFit for Hope charity. We will host fundraising WODs at boxes across the US to bring the CrossFit community closer together while all working towards the same goal – giving back!
This may be one of the craziest ideas I’ve ever had but when something feels right and when you can’t forget about it, you keep pursuing it, you keep dreaming it and you keep fighting to make it happen. I am fighting to make this happen. I am calling to the universe to help the pieces fall into place. And I’m thanking every person in my life who has stood beside me and said “how can I help you?” in support of this idea and this mission.
I look forward to the journey that lies before me and I hope each and every one of you will join me, will feel the power to share and support, and are excited for what we, as a community (whether or not you CrossFit), can do to impact the world around us.
To anyone interested, here are the 50 States In A Year links to follow: