It was such an honor to be invited to be part of the Rise Bar Rise and Run Social Event in beautiful Crystal Cove State Park here in Southern California. This hike/run was led by two amazing personal trainers Becky LaChance and Cody Ayala who also happens to be one of our very own squad members. Lots of amazing people, raffles, prizes and even had the chance to cool off at the beach right after!e do.
This past week we were invited to guest speak by one of the teachers at Serra Mesa High School. The school is a safe and caring environment where students experience a second chance to achieve academically and grow socially. When we were asked if we could come in and share our stories about resiliency to help inspire the students, we gladly accepted.
Change can be a difficult topic to talk about especially when you're not ready for it. For many years I had this vision of how I wanted my life to be and the path I was taking was definitely not going to take me there. I needed to make a drastic change before it was too late. I went through three stages of change before reaching my actual goal. The first stage was getting my mindset to what it was about to endure
This weekend may have been one of the hottest weekends in a very long time. When we started our hike at 6:00am, it was already hitting the 90’s. As we continued to walk, though there was shade in most areas, we knew it was start to get warmer and as the sun rose, our shade would no longer be around. We were barely a mile and a half in, when Edgar decided it was better that we turned back around and go back, we still had another 3 miles to go in order to complete the trail but it was just not a good day to do so, not in that heat. It was not safe for us to be out there alone, in the heat and in case of an emergency.
As we started taking one step at a time, the wind became so strong, extremely strong. I was starting to feel overwhelmed with the incline, the wind, the elevation, the injured soldiers, their stories, seeing all of the support and the many hikers, that I suddenly began having troubles catching my breath. I became emotional, turned to my husband and he saw my pain, my emotion. He pulled me to a side and I broke down. He hugged me and comforted me until I was ready. His encouraging words gave me more motivation to continue.