On recognizing opportunity and never looking back.

One year ago, my sister Jess and I stepped into barre n9ne studio for our very first class…

…and we’ve never looked back.

Two weeks later, we won the barre n9ne 60 day challenge.

…and we’ve never looked back.

There’s something to be said for not looking back. For reflecting on the past, but looking forward. For taking and recognizing a huge opportunity and making it your own.

It doesn’t have to be a fitness-related opportunity (of course). It can be anything you set your mind to, any goal, any passion. It is sometimes easier to step into a challenge, get through it, and then be done with it, and move on to the next.

Can you imagine if I had done that with the 60 day challenge? Finished in July 2011 and left it at that? I would have lost out on one of the biggest opportunities and blessings in my life. An opportunity to finally hit that ‘reach goal’ that I never even dreamed was possible. To gain confidence, kick the self-image battling, shape my body into something I am proud of, and finally attain my goal of teaching something I am passionate about. To push myself out of my comfort zone...for an entire year, and reap the rewards ten-fold.

This is my call to you: is there something you are facing, a challenge, a goal, a new chapter in your life and you hesitate because you’re afraid? Or think you aren’t capable? Or think it’s too scary or too much of a risk? Well, guess what…it’s not. Life is meant for risk-taking, otherwise, what are we doing with our lives, except trudging through it day by day.

My life looks so incredibly different today than it did a year ago. And this is why.

The first step is to recognize the opportunity.

Identify it AS an opportunity, not a risk, a threat, an insurmountable challenge.

Make it your own.

And never look back.

28 thoughts on “On recognizing opportunity and never looking back.

  1. YES!!! Life is so much more joyful when you take a risk, embrace an opportunity, look forward vs backwards and appreciate every single blessing that comes your way as a result. This is my year of no limits, and so far? Paying off in spades. Life is such a short, fleeting thing — never, ever turn down an opportunity, even if it scares you a little. Worth. It.

    1. Joyful! Yes! That’s exactly right sis. We’ve been more happy and joyful over life than ever before. And that, is priceless.

  2. AHHHHH!!!! I love this post!! I can’t believe it’s only been a year! So excited for you two for recognizing the opportunity. It presented itself exactly when you needed it too. Perfect timing… 🙂

    1. Thank you T! I know, ‘only’ a year, crazy, right? It was absolutely the opportunity presented to us that we both needed. I am thankful every single day!

  3. I don’t like this post – I LOVE IT! So much!! I feel like you’re reading my blogger mind. Driving to work today I was thinking about how I wouldn’t committ to live classes because the drive was too far. Now I find myself going 4-5 times a week. All you need to do is say “I want this and I will make it happen”. Bam!

    1. Exactly! The more you WANT it the more it’s just almost effortless, right? I am so so glad you are SO dedicated and inspired!!

  4. I feel like you wrote this for me. I’m struggling right now with the idea of moving, of a new job and a new career, because I’ve been in this zone for so long.

    I’m so glad I have you and your sis pushing me often to move, you guys are both truly helping me step outside of my comfort zone and get moving with my life.

    P.S. Congrats on the Barre-iversary, it’s truly an amazing workout experience, I’m so glad I was able to attend a class, and hopefully many more in the future.


    1. I am SO glad to help inspire you and be there for you as you step into your own risk/reward situation! I KNOW you have what it takes, I KNOW you can do it, and YOU know you can do. Take the leap, it is so so worth it! XOXO

  5. LOVE this so much. I think that this has been a big part of the journey for me too in the last year – looking and reflecting on the past and moving forward with that knowledge and embracing the opportunities in front of you. I think this was something else that I was trying to get across in my post too but it kind of got muddled in my oh-so-dramatic story 😉

    I’m so very happy that you and your sis had this opportunity and that you both have seized it.

    1. Reflecting and pinpointing those opportunities is big! And you are so self-aware and intrinsic, I love reading your stories and thoughts and how you link them together into realizations!!

  6. Beautiful post, my friend. You both attacked the challenge head on, and I looked back on the pictures you have both posted and your bodies look entirely different. And your minds??? So much clearer…so much prouder. That’s beautiful in itself.

    I may have to share this. 😉

    1. Aww thank you friend!!! I am so glad you liked this post. And clearer mind? Wow, you are so right, I hadn’t even THOUGHT of that. Thank you for your support and comments, always. XOXO!

  7. It’s interesting that you wrote this post on the day of my mastectomy. I had to focus on looking forward and not back. Thankfully, it worked as well as it did.

    Yay to you and your sister for being open to this opportunity and having it work out as well as it did! xoxo

    1. Wow, that is so interesting. Gave me chills to read your comment! It’s HARD not to look back, isn’t it? Glad you did as well!!

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