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Overthinking Is Not Helpful…and Other Life Lessons from Outside My Comfort Zone

 Last week, at age 48, I stepped out of my comfort zone and onto a gymnastics mat as I participated as a gymnast in the 15th World Gymnaestrada held in Helsinki, Finland.  This event is held every 4 years as a celebration of performance (non-competitive) gymnastics.  I was one of 25 participants representing Skyview Gymnastics and one of 250 participants representing the United States.  Over the course of 7 days, 21,000 participants from 55 different countries came together to perform over 600 hours of demonstrations and shows.  For me, this event was the culmination of a years worth of practice…



 Yes, that’s me!  I did it!  On July 6th, 2013 I went skydiving for the first time and the experience was everything I wanted it to be and more.  If you read my last blog, “The Thing You Fear the Most“, you know that I took a lot of baby steps to get to this place.  It feels a  little surreal to have this experience behind me.  I’m excited to report that everything went almost exactly as I had visualized it would.  I had a beautiful day, a competent tandem instructor, and I was actually present for the experience.  I…


The Thing You Fear Most

Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain. – Mark Twain Today I’d like to make a public declaration that on July 6th, 2013 I will do something that at one point in my life I thought I couldn’t do.  I am going skydiving. It’s amazing to me how just writing that, I can feel my heart rate increasing.  Our fears certainly can have interesting affects on us.  What’s up with this physical response?  I’m not actually skydiving right now, I’m just thinking about it.  Any fear I’m having right now is enitrely in my…

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