Awe-some  adjective: awesome

                   “extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring great admiration, apprehension, or fear.”

We use this word a lot, but have you ever stopped to look at the meaning? If something is awesome, it is at the same time impressive, but daunting. Awesome things require courage to push past the doubt, the fear of rejection, and the fear of failure. It requires us to look at the little comfort zone we are living in and bust out.

Your life begs to be awesome. But, if you are like me, the daily routine and the noise of life can lull you into complete oblivion of the decisions you are actually making and the life you are creating.   Instead of living an awesome life, you end up living an existence of mediocrity and compromise, wondering how you got there.

All of that stopped for me on March 25th 2013 when I turned 40.  I realized that half of my life was gone. I also realized, like never before, that I have but one life to live. I know that sounds cliché, and you have all heard it before, but when you really sit with yourself and let it sink in, all of a sudden each day seems more important, each decision more life changing.

For me, leading an awesome life meant finally having the courage to boldly profess and live out my faith. I had recently read the book Not a Fan, by Kyle Idleman and realized that I professed to be a Christian, but did not live like one. I had grown complacent. I knew many of the right things to do, but was doing very few of them. All of a sudden, this seemed really dumb. If I believe in Jesus, then I should follow him and follow him with an intensity to which I have never followed anything before.

So, instead of taking a big swanky trip or buying myself some luxurious present, I decided to change my life. That seemed like the better idea.

And, indeed I have, and indeed it was.

I have found that this same idea holds true in other aspects of our lives as well, namely our health. We all get in ruts. We all get to a point with something, anything, our weight, our health, our job, whatever, where we know something needs to change, but for some reason we get stuck. Some times we know what to do, other times, we don’t, but in our gut, we know that something needs to change.  But, it’s hard to change. Regardless of how bad our rut is, it is familiar and comfortable like our cozy blanky at home. It might stink and have holes, but we know it. So, giving it up isn’t easy.

For those that are new to this blog or do not know me, my husband, Mark and I own Ultramax Sports (, and are continually looking for ways to better serve people. I am super, uber blessed to be able to do something I love each and every day and we strive to be of as much service as possible. On top of that, collectively we have done 15 Ironmans along with most other triathlon and running distances. Over the years, I have coached probably 150 people to their first triathlon, some through their first Ironman and helped hundreds of people start running.

I love, love, love it. I love seeing people realize that they have set their own limitations, that they don’t have to be weighed down by their fear or past failures and that they are indeed capable of more than they know. I love seeing them cross the finish line that they so fervently doubted they would ever see. But even more than that, I love the way accomplishing one thing opens doors in other areas of their lives. They don’t just become more fit physically, but often spiritually, financially, and relationally.

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This blog is the perfect avenue for me to provide answers to some of the questions I get over and over again as well as encouragement to those just getting started. Questions such as:

How can I be healthier?

How do I remain injury free?

What are healthy food choices?

Can you share healthy recipes?

I am running, but I’m not losing any weight. Can you help?

Now, along with my posts about my faith, you will also find posts about living an active lifestyle, nourishing your body, and family life.

God has an amazing plan for us all, and it is not to be held back by unhealthy patterns of behavior that we cannot break. The rut you are in today does not have to be the reality of tomorrow.

“Be Strong and Courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9

All it takes is the courage to start and the courage to be awesome, to push past your barriers even when they seem daunting or they elicit fear.   Start putting one foot in front of the other, start learning about healthier choices, start making small, consistent changes.

This blog is about breaking out of those ruts, asking hard questions and facing real answers, breaking out of the barriers we set for ourselves. I will be blogging on Mondays and Fridays.  I hope you will find the information to be not only helpful, but life changing.

You are capable of more than you know.

Be awesome today.

It will change your life.


More tidbits:

I have been married to my precious husband, Mark for almost 12 years.  We have 3 beautiful children, Lauren (19 years old), Emory (1 1/2) and Eli (4).

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We currently live in Rocheport MO, just outside of Columbia.  If you have never been here, seriously, it’s a must…..just one more juicy tidbit I can share.

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