Hello beautiful friends! I hope you are all having a great week so far, and taking the time to enjoy the last bit of summer. It has been one heck of a month, and I have felt disconnected from the blog lately. I have been taking a small break to decide on content and think of what goals I have for the rest of the year, in order to make this blog as strong as possible! This week, I wanted to focus more on comfort levels and challenging ourselves to step outside of that. As a teenager, I was confined within the spaces of high school and the social expectations that limited me to the opportunities for growth and overall self-confidence. Looking back at my own experiences that have led me to where I am today, high school was a challenging place. We were expected to follow specific rules and divided ourselves into groups that were within the comforts that we knew of. Many of the opportunities that were available, did not set up students for a challenge, but rather placed us deeper into our comfort zone. As long as I can remember, I was a more timid and shy person that feared the idea of speaking up and fully expressing who I was.

Never would I have ever thought that the experiences and memories from my work, would impact me so greatly over these past few years. Breaking through the confinement of high school by entering university, led me to some of the most life changing opportunities that I am so lucky for. It has become a domino effect, where one opportunity led to another and it keeps going from there. Some of my closest lifelong friends are from work and school. They have pushed me to new levels of discomfort, whether it is trying a new sport or making me take on a new position. Without their endless support, kindness, and love I would have not been able to be a stronger and more confident individual.

I hope that as I continue to build more relationships and challenge myself to new levels, I can support the people that felt the way that I did a mere 5 years ago. It can be overwhelming, scary and un(comfort)able, but go at your own pace to find that inner strength and fire within you. Each and every single person that I have been so fortunate to meet, as shown me a new skill and taught me something different. Take as many or as few opportunities that you are ready for, and then build upon those stepping stones. Find the people that bring out the best in you, and help you discover how important you are. The passion and energy comes with this, so take one step at a time and everything will fall into place. If there is one lesson that I have learnt to carry with me forever, it is that every moment in life is meant to happen for a reason.

Looking back at every person that has made an impact on my life, the ways that I first met them was by luck and fate. We cannot anticipate what comes our way, but we can visualize ourselves in positive ways in order to reach those goals. My journey started with a job poster outside of the fitness centre, but where will your adventure begin?

If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed,