Life can so often feel like one big race, and it’s so easy to get caught up in our day-to-day lives, that at times we even forget why we are racing so hard and fast, who or what we are racing against, and what we are racing towards. A career? A marriage? A family? Losing “those” 5 extra pounds? Money? Happiness? While I am always a proponent of having a sense of drive, passion and purpose, and setting goals to achieve in your life — whatever it is you are “racing” towards, it is essential to find a pit stop, take a breather, look around, and make sure you know what direction you are going and why.
Full disclosure, this is something I have always struggled with. I have always been someone who hurdles myself into whatever it is I do, and tend to push as hard and fast as I can until I have reached my “goal.” However, so often, when I do finally reach the goal, it never feels like enough and there is always something bigger and better to keep racing towards. While this drive and “need for speed” has offered me a lot of success in my life, it has also caused me to so often feel burnt out, dissatisfied (even during some of my greatest achievements), and injured — both physically and emotionally.
I have so often even felt this way about my journey with The Sweat Life. One year ago, we finally launched the site — which was our goal just a year earlier, when we first started working on it. While the year leading up to the site launch felt like a marathon unto itself, and the site launch was such a finish line in so many respects, it also was just another starting line with race after race ahead. A race to build an audience, a race to create weekly content that mattered, a race to make money, and a race to constantly improve. In fact, this race has been so fast and furious, I often feel we have had little time to stop for water, take a breather, and make sure we are still even going in the right direction. For doing so would only slow us down, and perhaps cause us to lose ground we’ve worked so hard to cover.
However, whatever it is you're are trying to achieve in your life, if you don’t pace yourself and take the proper time to step back, breathe, reassess, and give yourself a break, you are going to end up injured and burnt out, and lose that ground and direction anyway. For me, that’s what this one year anniversary has been about. Taking a step back to look at the race we’ve run thus far, the immense ground we’ve covered, assess our new strengths as well as our weaknesses, scrapes, and bruises, and make sure we are still on the path we set out on in the first place. This has been essential for us as a team, a brand, and for me as an individual. So while we celebrated our one year anniversary last week, we continue to take a look back this week with our One Year Anniversary Remix video (as our episodes are where we started The Sweat Life). Consider it OUR Amazing Race. And we will continue to offer some fun giveaways to all of you.
Our content this week is all inspired by people who are running Amazing Races themselves. Kym Nonstop (nee Kym Perfetto) became the most unlikely athlete as both a worldwide bike racer and contestant on The Amazing Race (and stay tuned for her video episode next week!); Cyc co-founder Alex Blodgett shares what it means to be a young startup founder; global yogi and inspirational speaker Kathryn Budig encourages us to set our intention for fall and be brave; and multi-plaitnum singer Jordin Sparks tell us what a Day in the Sweat Life is like for her.
This week we encourage you to take a look at the races you are running in your life, and take a moment to assess if you need to stop for a breather, change course, or even re-create your finish line. We are behind you, all the way.
Until next week,
Founder, CEO, and Host
The Sweat Life