Getting My Hands Dirty
This past week/weekend (Second week of August 2015) has been so amazing! Full of grace and refreshment, friends and memory-making. It was so necessary! I even got to talk shop with one of my best friends, fellow fitness model/entrepreneur, Lauren McBride (aka @holifitgirl), which was so beyond helpful.
If you ever get in a rut with your blog or business or just anything, make time with an honest friend and get transparent! Share successes and struggles, strengths and weaknesses, and get your hands dirty!
That’s exactly what we did, and it’s amazing because in doing this you gain an ‘outsider’ perspective on something you see every day, but from the inside out, you can be blind to simple solutions or inspiration.
I’m sure this just the first of many blogs and social media posts I will be sharing on the subject, but I’ve been thinking about my brand for a while: what it is, what I want it to be, and does it communicate what I want to say? I’m sure you’ve noticed the shift in my content from more fitness contest focused (bodybuilding and progress pictures) to more of an athletic, spiritually-fit focus (more Bible verses, more personal reflection, and fewer ‘progress pics’).
I’ve struggled with this because I’ve always wanted to be authentic, and I have been, but the shift has happened faster personally than I’ve known how to transition with it professionally, which has left me with a foggy message, and foggy messages are very confusing to everyone (Trust me, I know, I have a BA in Communications, emphasis Advertising). This has translated to lost followers and lost readers, less content output on my end, and a general loss of motivation simply because through this transition I don’t know where I’m transitioning to! (Confusing? I am well aware.) For that, I am sorry.
So, first of all, if you’re reading this, thank you! Thank you for sticking it out with me through this season of change! There is so much ahead that I am excited to share with you.
The Real Rachel Elizabeth
Before I go on, I want to express that I’ve always shared everything honestly and transparently, so my message has always come from the “real” me. The thing is, I’m changing. I’m learning more about myself, I’m healing from past hurts and wounds, and what I’ve shared with you about my story is all true, but there’s more to it, and God has been gently leading me through it with the realization that it’s all for a greater purpose. That purpose? To be able to help more and more people who have struggled through the same or similar things as I have find strength, confidence and freedom, just as I have!
That said – I will be sharing more of my story than I have shared in my bio, I’ll be getting ‘deep’ with you and really building our relationship. We’re gonna get back to the roots of why we do what we do – –
Why do we train? Why do we want to live healthier lives? Why diet/eat clean? Why lose weight? Why run races? Why…why…why???
We are all on a journey. And no, you’re not alive just so that you can suck some air, work for ‘the man’, raise a family, retire and die. You were made for MORE! You know it too. Deep down or immediately, you know it. There’s more to life than chasing the next temporary ‘high’ or distraction, or putting on a few more pounds of muscle (although that’s a fun goal), or losing a few more pounds of fat (which isn’t a bad thing either). I’m just saying… there’s MORE and together.
But there’s one little problem. This journey is counterculture.
We are Rebels
It’s counterculture to seek truth. It’s counterculture to “swim upstream”.
It’s counterculture to ask questions like “why” when everything about our society, media and government are essentially geared towards pacifying and coddling us into quiet submission and conformism through superficial distractions.
For example, just look at what the “fitness industry” has turned into. Read more here. The healthiest industry isn’t even healthy anymore. We as a race are obsessed and intoxicated by media, celebrity, success, spending, envying and competing with our coworkers, friends and even our family to ‘be the best’. What does that do for us? Nothing good. It’s beyond destructive personally and relationally, not to mention mentally and spiritually. (Read more: What is Holistic Fitness? What is Cause Fitness?)
But let’s just keep the focus on physical fitness for now. Why do we even want to be stronger or leaner or (fill in the blank)? Be honest with yourself, because I know that for a long time, I was working out as an escape, a coping mechanism and I was eating out of a desire for control. It was a distraction from my mess. I was a slave to it. Dig deep. No one is telling the world your reason. This is just for you. What is your why?
In my shift I realized that I don’t want the same things for the same reasons anymore. I workout because I love the challenge, the feeling, the satisfaction of knowing how hard I worked. My body goals (fitness and nutrition combined) are to feel better, live longer, move better, have more energy. And guess what? When you’re focused on those things, looking better (better body condition) comes naturally.
But this isn’t normal. Most people will be stuck. Whatever the reason, they will take the most popular path and “go with the flow”. They will conform to convention.
But I won’t and neither will you. We are rebels!
We stand up for true health, healing and taking responsibility for our messes. We defend those who can’t defend themselves. We are stronger. We are braver. We refuse to become just another number or a face in the crowd. We get fit to give back. We love others as we love ourselves. We won’t back down. We chase truth, purity, goodness, and health in all aspects of our lives for the good of all we have influence over. We don’t take advantage. We fight and we protect.
No one is doing that anymore. We have to be the modern day Robin Hood’s. Today, the ‘good guys’ are the outlaws; the rebels. We are they. We are rebels.
Because we #CauseFitness.
“If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.” – Alexander Hamilton
Welcome to the rebellion.
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