I am Empowered to be Fearless

I know some people think New Year’s resolutions are kind of corny.  But because my birthday is New Year’s Eve, I see New Year’s Day as the start of a new year of my life.  For me, it’s an opportunity to review the past year of my life, and re-evaluate my goals and my dreams in the next year.

As I start my first full day as a 33 year old, I feel excited about all the things to come in the next year.

32 was a good year.  I started teaching at Flex and Flow and joined a community of amazing, inspiring people. I ran more miles than I have run in any other year of my life, my body accomplished many physical feats that I never thought possible before. In order to accomplish these things, I had to get outside of my head and face some pretty big fears head-on.


I’m naturally a nervous person.  I’m afraid of heights, water, saying the wrong things, being abandoned, losing touch with friends, being broke, feelings, rejection, failing, falling, getting in a car accident.  Every time I accomplished something this year (or ever), I had to get outside of my own head. I had to look my fears in the face and tell them to fuck off.  Face them, look them right in the eye, and tell them they can go to hell because they don’t control me.


Looking my fears in the face precipitated some of my greatest accomplishments this year.  However, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t ready for 2016 to be over. Toward the end of the year accidents, injuries, damaged property, elections, deadlines, and travel consumed me. It chewed me up and spit me out, and I let it get the best of me.  Suddenly I stopped telling my fears to fuck off and began letting them control me again.  I spent less days out on the trails and more days on my couch in my PJs watching Game of Thrones re-runs.  Less time connecting with my community, friends, and family, and more time being inside my own head. Less time looking forward, and more time looking back.


When I found out that Fit Approach’s theme for 2017 is #IamEmpowered, I felt a little spark of inspiration.  In the last weeks of 2016, I started saying it like a mantra:

I am empowered, I am empowered, I am empowered.

With these words I started framing a motto and a mindset, and goals for 2017.

In 2017, I am empowered to be fearless.

To not let me get in the way of myself

To take chances

To get up early and seize the day

To try new things

To do things that scare me

To run all the races

To express my feelings, good or bad

To accomplish my goals

To be an inspiration to others

To be a badass.

Welcome to the world 2017 and 33rd year.  I’m ready to be fearless.


  1. Alyse says:

    Yesss. I hear you, so hard, on being in a serious funk at the end of this year. You have done some truly amazing things in 2016 and I’m so excited to see what you accomplish in 217! Way to tell
    Your fear to go to hell. Boom!!

  2. Alyse says:

    And by 217, I mean 2017. 🙂

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