I feel Good!!!!

When the leaves start to fall I start feeling like its time to hibernate.  While the sounds of chilling out on the couch wrapped in a warm blanket eating a big bowl of chili sound pretty amazing, after a week of that I’m bored!  So I took matters into my own hands.  I once again joined the gym.  My body is thanking me and my mood is always better after I have hit the gym.

Getting me to the gym on the other hand isn’t always easy.  Just like most of us I worry about how I look in my gym clothes, I think about how tired I am, and the laundry that needs to be folded and dinner that won’t make itself.  Even when I’m on a cardio machine I think to myself….this is so freaking boring I would much rather be wakeboarding.  That’s it, my motivation.  I want to be a better wakeboarder.  I have a goal!  To reach that goal I have to get active.  Now I have said this in the past and haven’t stuck with it.  This time could be no different but what the hell do I have to lose?  Oh yeah that 2nd chin I started growing….that’s what I have to loose!!

Wakeboarding is where I found inspiration to get started, however I am now realizing how I feel after my workout.  My energy is way up, my anxiety is way down, and I eat much healthier on the days that I go to the gym.  My inspiration has totally changed but still includes wakeboarding….I just want to be a happier and healthier person.  Will I fuck up along the way…no doubt!  I ate a bowl of chips in bed at 10pm last night but I felt bad while doing it!  Its all adjusting, so clearly I’m still working out the kinks!

Photography is also another motivator.  I want and need more energy to do all the things that I love to do with the people I love.  In some ways I feel like I am breathing new air.  I’ve lined up more photography jobs in the past month than I have in the past 6 months.  I had a logo made and I’m starting to work on a new website for my photography.  My heart feels happier, taking steps to feel better and to put more effort into the things I absolutely love to do.  That being said feel free to visit my Facebook Page and check out my photography…..can’t wait till the new site is up and running!  Book a session, say cheese and capture some memories!!!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Leslie
xoxoxo

Toast and Honeygym

Fall, Get Up….repeat!

You know I can’t remember how many failures that I have had in life.  Honestly too many to count.  I never kept track. However they are in the back of my mind.   I’ve been falling a lot trying new things wakeboarding and found myself only thinking about the falls.  Thinking about my fails!  Why????  Well for starters if it weren’t for my many falls I wouldn’t learn anything new.  Not to mention what a crappy way to think.  If you feel like beating yourself up just think of the many fails you’ve had.  How can I possibly move forward in life if I continue to think of all of my fails, or the possibility of future fails.  Those fails just make the successes so much sweeter, so much more deserved.  Its the getting back up after a fall that makes us feel like a rock star or super hero!  So rather than focusing on the falls I’m gonna relish in the fact that I got back up and that I tried!!!

Matt and I are getting ready to take some risks as I mentioned in the last post about a life in Boler Trailer.  Taya my girl is taking a risk heading off to university to begin a life of her own.  Tristan… well he is still pretty fearless but risks his ego getting bruised as well as his body when he tries new stuff on his wakeboard and skateboard.  My kids and husband inspire me to take chances and try new things.  We are lucky to have the support of each other.

With only a few weeks of summer I invite you to eat a big shit sandwich!
Try something new.
Toss the fear of failing aside and enjoy a new challenge.
It could be anything from trying a new sport to sharing your art with the world, or trying a new recipe.

Not sure who said it but “the only chances you regret are the ones you didn’t take”

Leslie
xoxo

1st comp and I ate it hard before I even got up on my board.  Hahaha!!!

1st comp and I ate it hard before I even got up on my board. Hahaha!!!

Its a Wrap

I’m really not one to reflect on the past.  I tend to just look ahead to the next thing.  Sometimes I consider this trait a fault and other times a gift.  Being that this is the first day of a new year I do feel slightly obligated to talk about the future thankfully I’m excited for the next 364 days of tomorrows.

In order to talk about the future I do need to bring up the past.  Not the long ago past but the past few months.  Many of you that read my lil old blog know that I fell in love with wakeboarding this summer thanks to Boarder Pass and the great, inspiring girls of “Fearless Females”!  Once the lake got to cold to play in I found myself dreaming of wakeboarding.  I had these grand ideas that I would lose a ton of weight over the winter to be in better shape for the next season of wakeboarding.  The thing is I was in a total slump.  I went from feeling like I was part of something to feeling lonely and bored.  Realizing that this was the beginning of a very sad winter full of self loathing I decided to beg for two things for Christmas.  I’m not very good about putting myself first, which is part of what makes me a good mom but also isn’t awesome for my well being.  So this is why I decided to beg for two things that I would love to own but would have never bought for myself.

Item #1  a SNOWBOARD  I begged my husband for this.  Every time he asked me what I wanted I said a snowboard.  I only had two requirements.  It had to be pretty and the right size for me.

Item #2 a pair of Hiking Boots.  Good hiking boots.  This I dropped hints to my parents weekly.  I didn’t really care what make they were or where the came from so long as they fit and they felt good to walk in.

Being that I have an amazing husband and parents who love to go for hikes I found both gifts under the Christmas tree!

There was only one reason I wanted these two gifts so badly.  To change my life.  No big deal and maybe too much pressure to put on myself, but what the hell!!!

The snowboard gets me back on a board while I wait to get back into the water.  We don’t have lots of money to spend on lift tickets but it will give me something to look forward to and a reason to consider making healthier choices.  I skied when I was a kid but have never been on a snowboard ever.  Hoping to give it a try next week….weather permitting.

The hiking boots…..well those are all about making healthy choices, about getting outside and enjoying nature.  I got a gift certificate to Mountain Equipment Co-op.  On Tuesday Matt, Tristan and I went to Burlington and hit up MEC.  Love this store so much.  Everything I look at just screams possibilities.  I found the perfect pair of boots.  I took those boots for a hike the next day around the quarry with Tristan and the dogs.

I have this grand idea that these two items will begin to change my life.  A life where I start to question what goes into my body, where I start to believe that I am worth it, a life where the boots feel better on my feet then the couch does on my ass.

Taking this next year one day at a time and not focusing on my failures but celebrating my attempts is how I’m going to live for the next 365 days.  I’ll be looking for reasons to be happy in the moment that I am in.  I’m going to do my best to stop adding salt to my food and choosing anything to drink other than pop.

My hope for everyone is that you find contentment with just being.  That you try new things and care for others.  Also, that you remember to care for our planet and the animals that we share it with and make choices with these two things in mind.

Happy New Year!!!

Leslie
xoxo

These Boots Were Made For Hiking!

These Boots Were Made For Hiking!

Strong, beautiful, inspiring woman….check out what Taryn Brumfitt has to say!

Luv Bugs!
My google analytics doesn’t show me if males or females are reading my blog but if  I had to guess most of my readers would be women.  While this may be geared a little more for the ladies, I think its also good for the guys as well!

We have all struggled with body image issues at some point or another.  Whats the first word that comes to mind when you think about your body, I bet it is not a positive word.  Sometimes I can’t even get to the word before tears start to form in my eyes.  I know I’m not alone, and really its not something I think about until I go shopping, or have to dress up, or until I see a photo of myself and think is that really what I look like?

This woman is trying to create change and I think she is a positively beautiful woman inside and out!

Please check Taryn out at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/embrace/embrace-the-documentary-that-will-create-global-ch?fb_action_ids=10152018463795997&fb_action_types=og.shares&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582

This is the kind of stuff that warms your heart.

 

Leslie
xo
B4 and After Taryn Brumfitt