Wow…every time I go to write a blog post I realize it’s been a while since I last wrote – and realize that I said that in the last post! Lately I’ve just not been thinking about life in terms of blog posts, which is funny because so often I see something, experience something, or a thought is sparked that makes me think, “That would make a great post!” Not so much lately. But I do have a thought to share today.
I’ve been trying to take advantage of life around me – maybe more than usual? Maybe not – but it’s something my mom’s noticed this past week. She said the other day, “Wow! You’re really trying all kinds of different things these days!” And I guess she’s right. I’ve been trying to say yes to opportunities and go for other ones, even if they seem like long shots, from my training in the gym to life outside of it!
I recently saw a link on Facebook for the “Best Job Ever” in Calgary and had to check it out. Turns out it’s a position for a Resident Ambassador of the East Village, an area east of downtown Calgary on the Bow River that they’ve bene working on revamping for some time now. From the same link, “Resident means you’ll live in the East Village rent-free for a year starting this fall. Ambassador means you’ll create content about and communicate the emerging lifestyle of East Village on dedicated social media channels and through participation at EV events.” …Sounds pretty neat, right? So…I did it. I applied right then and there after I made my video application:
Talk about a unique opportunity! And whether I get the job or not, I’m so glad I tried and went for it (hence some recent Instagram hashtags of “#evLiving”). It’s been affirming and encouraging to see people’s response, too:
Being an avid Instagrammer, I saw something on that platform that caught my eye – people needed for a “Powerful Pressing Program.” I instantly paid the small fee to be part of the beta test group and signed up, excited to be following a plan for a bit (even thought I often simply move for my workouts – more on my workout structure here).
I’d been wanting a bit more structure (even a workout free bird’s gotta have a plan every now and then!) and it’s been awesome! 4 days a week of kettlebell work with the goal of increasing your 1 rep max for the KB press. Sunday I had a break through: I went to do the workout for which I’d been using 8 KG KBs the last few weeks but grabbed 12 KGs instead. And guess what? I nailed the workout! Never felt stronger with my press!
Right on! Seeing progress and change is fun, and it’s all because a.) I’ve been consistent and the program works! and b.) I put myself out there and tried something new.
And thanks to the magic of Twitter (yet another social media platform), I got the opportunity to record a segment with Shaw TV Calgary‘s show, go!Calgary show on Friday afternoon! (The show airs Wednesday, when unfortunately I’ out of town, but the links will be up online later!)
Phoenix, the cameraman Patrick, and the everything-else assistant, Nick, were all amazing! Fun guys who made me feel right at ease. Plus, I’m a ham and love this kind of stuff!
The show was about transitioning from indoor winter fitness to outdoor spring fitness, and it was the perfect overcast-but-not-too-cold day to get out and move! We focused on what you can do with your body weight as well as some equipment, like the TRX Suspension Trainer (affiliate link), the Ultimate Sandbag, and the activity park featured below!
For locals, this park is on the corner of 16th Ave and 19th St NW and would be great for kids, seniors, and anyone intimidated by gyms who just wants to go move! Bonus: there’s a big field AND a public library right next to it, so you can do your sprints, bear crawls, crab walks and then go grab some books! 😉
I’m really grateful to my friend Ryan for tweeting me about the opportunity, and to Phoenix for giving me the chance to be a part of the shoot! We had a great time chatting afterward about running for fitness versus weight training, shoes for running and nutrition too.
I’m grateful for opportunities. Not everyone gets them. But I’ve also learned to get out of my comfort zone and just go for things, and the more you put yourself out there, it seems the more things crop up. That’s not a hard and fast rule though – I know people who have been looking for work for a while and have put many applications out…But then it comes back to God’s timing, learning to be content, to be patient, to rest in Him while still taking action in life…But perhaps that’s another post for another day.
How have you stepped outside your comfort zone lately? What’s the last opportunity you saw and then took advantage of?
Have a great start to your week, guys! Live well & be well,