Yes Gal!

Once upon a time, several years back, I adopted a new mindset that has vibrantly colored my life nothing short of astounding at times. If you’ve followed me for a while, you may recall some of the many adventures I shared here…none of which would have occurred if not for a single, solitary word. YES!

This mindset was encouraged, in part, by the humorously thought provoking 2008 Jim Carrey film, Yes Man. This movie portrayed a man living a mundane existence until he learned to unleash the power of simply saying YES. The thought intrigued me. What would my life be like if I said YES more often? I admit, I was careful about what I considered because I’d become a big believer in saying no to things that did not serve me. But what if I said YES to opportunities meant to enhance my life?

The crazy part of it all, the more often I said YES to things like running marathons in Honolulu & Washington DC, participating in a 24 hour urban scavenger hunt/adventure race in Vegas, hiking the Narrows of Zion, walking Key West over and over, climbing a mountain here and there…the more these opportunities seemed to seek me out. Here’s a fun example of how this YES mentality worked for me…

A few months back, my neighbor asked if I’d like to accompany her on a business trip to Chicago. An amazing hotel was covered and I’d just need to come up with airfare. There was never a moment of hesitation…the answer was an obvious DUH! And before I knew what hit me, I was on a plane, and the Universe seemed to nod with exulting approval…

In anticipation of the possibilities of this playground, I did some recon before we left. In doing so, I was able to make some preparations to assure our trip’s awesomeness; as soon as we landed, it began to unfold!

Of course, Jane was there to work, so while she was occupied, I jumped into an event I knew I was meant to attend.

Weeks before, I found the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk and could already envision myself helping make a difference. Armed with generous American Cancer Society donations contibuted by friends (thanks again!!!), I joined thousands of others that morning with a united aim to put an end to this vicious killer! No need to guess how I felt about it…

It still blew my mind how easily I found myself in the very place I was meant to be in that moment. And how surreal to find myself surrounded by abundant love and a common goal as I walked across the start line.

What a brilliantly perfect way to sightsee!

Before I could even comprehend what happened, I found myself talking with a girl I have no doubt I was meant to meet in this sea of fuschia. Emma and I had an instant connection and spent nearly the entire 3.1 miles sharing our stories and lives. I LOVE when this happens!

Oh how that serendipitous time flew! Lovely to meet you, Emma! As we went our separate ways, I came upon someone else I felt destined to meet.

Melissa is a BADASS WARRIOR SURVIVOR…no other way to describe how she’s chosen to pay forward her struggle. She is the co-director of Ginger The Movie, inspired by her courageous, ongoing battle with breast cancer. I can’t wait to see her movie when it hopefully hits the big screen in my area or shows up on Netflix soon. Friends, keep your eyes open for it!

I was also grateful for the opportunity to sing OOFOS’ praises for the love they’ve shown me over the years. I walked in memory of Duncan Finigan, OOFOS fearless Brand Leader & Marketing Director, creator of Project Pink.

With my heart broken wide open, and my awareness greater than ever, the event came to an end and I was reunited with Jane for some sights and tastes of Chicago…like how can you hit the Windy City without some deep dish?!?

Oh, how we celebrated with a heck of a YES to that pitcher of sangria! Uff-da! Or explore the city without a stop at an icon or two…

And you’ve got to love this chance encounter…imagine me running into a health expo at the church I chose to attend lol! No way I could say no to free acupuncture (I’ve been dying to try) and massage…thanks, Healing Paradise Acupuncture!

And if I hadn’t done my research, I’d never have known my beloved Powell’s in Portland originated from this treasure in Hyde Park…what a fun place for this book addict to play!

Time and again on that trip, I was reminded just how glad I was that Jane invited me (thanks, Jane!) and that I had the good sense to say YES!

My favorite line from Yes Man kept washing over me again and again, “The world’s a playground, but somewhere along the way everyone forgets it.”

That, Friends, is something I refuse to forget! The world is a playground and I just can’t seem to get enough. As I tuck Chicago away in my precious cache of memories, I look onward because I’ve said YES to much more in the near future. I’m preparing for an upcoming trip to Spain in a few weeks and it’s time for this YES GAL to do her homework!

5th Blogiversary Win-It Wednesday!

It’s incomprehensible to me, but fitbffs.com turned 5 this summer, so it’s time for a GiVeAwAy!!!

Friends, thank you for joining my healthy lifestyle adventure every step of the way. If you’ve been reading for a while, you know with Focus, Inspiration and Transformation, I’ve been putting my Best Foot Forward…thus FIT BFFs! It’s been cathartic these past five years to share with you my highest of highs…

And some of my lows…

You’ve seen me at my most confident…

My most determined…

You’ve been with me at my most vulnerable as I faced some fears…

Fought past some injuries…

And worked through profound grief…

And beyond…

Thank you for your continued loyalty and encouragement. It means the world to me and drives me forward!

So it’s time for me to give back, Friends! In my previous post, I reminded you of two companies that have had my best interests at heart, supporting every step of my endeavors, literally!

OOFOS has been my sport recovery footwear of choice for good reason; they’ve seen me through my entire journey, turning fatigue and ache into OO!

And I can’t for a minute forget Rollga‘s part in all my activities. Rolling around on their phenomenal foam roller has enhanced my abilities, turning frequent pain into comfort.

OOFOS and Rollga have generously contributed some gifts to help us celebrate! One lucky winner will receive a pair of OOFOS recovery footwear!!! And another winner will win a pink Rollga!!!

To enter, simply leave a comment below between now and Tuesday, September 24th, midnight central time.

This giveaway is open to US residents only. Randomly selected winners will be announced here on Win-It Wednesday, September 25th.

But wait, there’s MORE…if you would like an extra entry, here’s your opportunity!

Next month I will be traveling to Chicago to participate in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. I’m actively helping the American Cancer Society in fighting for a cure. I would be most grateful if you would donate to my fundraising goal for this event, and any amount will earn you an additional entry for the OOFOS/Rollga giveaway. Donate here!

Taking an active role in the fight against breast cancer is one more way to put our Best Foot Forward!