Last night I went to a really inspiring event at the Museo Italo Americano (museum) in Ft. Mason hosted by ‘The Habit Project‘, a foundation founded by professional triathlete Sarah Piampiano (who totally retweeted me today, woot)…I wonder if she requested the event be at an Italian inspired venue? She clearly has the Italian thing going on in her name :). A guy I work-out with in Sheepdogs invited some of us because his wife is a sports agent (insert jealous face), and Sarah is one of her clients. At a time where I am gearing up to jump headfirst back into Triathlon at the first of the year, I was totally excited about the chance to attend this.
The subject matter was focused around “endurance” – obviously in sport, but in personal and professional life as well. Sarah first shared her personal story about how she became a pro triathlete, a relatively incredible story. She was working too much, smoking, not exercising, and overall was really unhealthy. She had a “trigger” moment when she raced in a triathlon with a friend…and the rest is history. She now promotes her story, and habit changing/lifestyle through her website, and is also a huge supporter and advocate for iTri, a nonprofit for girls that is really similar to Girls on the Run (oh yeah, I was recently selected to the Girls on the Run Annual Committee to help plan events, so excited! I think iTri is definitely something to look into getting involved with as well).
I love hearing about other people having epiphanies like this, and I wonder what it is inside each of us that chemically triggers the desire to habit-change or dive head first into something, be it a hobby, a career change, sometimes even a relationship why certain things for certain people, and at such varying states in our lives? I had a moment similar to this my freshman year of college, where upon racing in my very first triathlon where I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, I fell into an insane love affair with the sport, the people, the boundary pushing, the HARD of it. I’ve definitely had mini habit changing moments along the way and I expect a lot more to come.
Sarah also has a really extensive athletic background, which definitely plays into her level of success, but the insane changes she made and perseverance she exhibited were insanely inspiring to her about. She also had a few other women on her panel, a founder of an online babysitter exchange website, and a former San Francisco commissioner who worked insanely hard to get to where she was, from nothing, while even losing her husband in the process. Hearing these women talk through their moments of strength, the sacrifices they made, the way they balance work and life, and the overall “endurance” it takes to really achieve your goals – even just to achieve happiness after loss – was also amazing.
I’ve taken a lot of time today to really think about my own habits, and wether or not they really align with my personal life goals. A lot of them do, but a lot of them do not. I could eat better, sleep more, be more diligent with money, and probably drink less. On the flip side, I am insanely self-motivated, wildly adventurous to the point that I really knock things off my bucket list and I don’t sit around, and I am great at maintaining relationships in my personal and professional life. These good habits came from a lot of hard work, and it is exciting to think that I can better myself by really focusing on my shortcomings. Specifically, as I train for events, I need to do a better job of taking care of my nutritional needs, to pushing myself harder and further, and to continuing to surround myself with people who support my goals. Drilling down a bit, I should eat out less, perhaps up my water intake, go to bed 30 minutes earlier each night, stay away from alcohol 40% less than I have been, and start tracking my training in a more detailed way. In my personal life and in relationships, there’s a few bad habits revolving around mistrust, abandonment, and codependence that I am committed to getting rid of. I want to start setting better boundaries, listening to my own self instead of outside noise, acting from a place of love and not defensiveness, practice a little more kindness, and better communication overall. I actually find that I am bit of a pushover…in work, in love, in my home life, with friends. etc. I tend to be a “yes” girl when sometimes I really want to (or should) say no. However, I believe there is a beautiful element to saying yes all the time – saying yes to experiences, to meeting new people, to trying things, to taking a chance on something like a love interest or a project at work that we are really nervous about, etc. How else do we grow? But on the flip side, saying yes to things that are clearly bad for us, that derail our goals, saying yes to things when we are already committed or overcommitted, etc. is not healthy. There’s a fine line and I’d like to start defining it more, as it lies for me.
Overall, think the key to anyone’s success (or we might say to their happiness) is to seek to live your life with adventure and an open mind and heart, with no expectations, to find what drives you, and let that be the catalyst for change. To slowly weed away the things that no longer serve, grow, or support you.
…what person, place, or thing has inspired you in a BIG way to make a significant change in your life?
Happy Friday, and Happy Labor Day weekend! I am looking forward to a weekend of Cal games, workouts, friends in Sonoma, time with my pup, and hopefully sleeping a lot :).