The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Propel. I was compensated and all opinions are 100% my own.
When I recapped our weekend at the Propel Ambassador house, I mentioned that I had a lot more that I wanted to say. I really hoped to touch on the takeaways from the weekend, but I didn’t know how to sum up such a big event in my life. Yes, big. I know on the surface it seems like such a trivial event (I mean, hello, it was a photo shoot), but I learned so much in those few days. I honestly struggled with how to present that. Until today. It suddenly dawned on me that it wasn’t the event that taught me things, it was the people.
Hi, Gunnar Peterson. Yeah, I think it’s safe to say we all learned a lot from this extremely intelligent and unexpectedly hilarious man right here.
He schooled us on everything from fitness to family. For me personally, he got me back into thinking of functional fitness as something I need to be focusing on.
While I’m still geeking out over the fact that we met Gunnar Peterson, I have to admit that I am just as lucky to have met each and every one of the Propel Ambassadors. They are all insanely smart, positive, creative, and about a million other awesome adjectives. I learned a lot about them, but I also learned so much from them.
1. Do What You Love
Theodora works incredibly hard, but it’s apparent that it’s a labor of love. She took her passion for social media and madeit her career. Basically, she didn’t settle for a career path she wasn’t passionate about. I know it’s easier said than done, but she inspires me to put my all into this little hobby. I truly love my current job, but I’m also having a blast blogging. I need to get rid of the stuff I don’t love, so I’ll have more time for the things I do.
2. Take Big Risks
Lee is pure brilliance wrapped up in an adorable little package. She took a leap of faith when she left her job and became her own boss. Fit Foodie Finds, her food blog, has taken off and she hasn’t looked back. She taught me to close my eyes and jump. Not literally, of course. That’s dangerous. But you get my point. Without risks, there are no rewards.
3. Be Your Best You
Jon is always the first person to ask “How can I improve?”, and it isn’t because he didn’t kill it the first time. He will seriously nail it and then want to try one more time. He just knows the value of putting your best foot forward every single day. He motivates me to get off my butt and be better than I was yesterday. ‘Nuff said.
4. Always Know Your Worth
Dai knows the value in his work, and he doesn’t settle for less than he deserves. The man will not let you talk negatively about yourself, either. Period. It’s incredibly hard for me to take myself seriously, and I tend to downplay any success. He taught me that I do have important skillsets and I should be proud of them. I mean, the man gets hand-delivered sushi at the airport. He obviously knows what he’s doing.
5. Never Stop Learning
David is a personal trainer with a wealth of knowledge, but he doesn’t let that stop him from wanting to learn more. I swear he soaked up every detail of the weekend like a sponge. The best part about that is that he’s also always willing to share everything he’s learned. He’s a smart dude, y’all.
6. Keep Your Cool
Beth (Hi, Beth! Get a blog now…) has to be one of the most down-to-earth and friendly people I’ve ever met. While the rest of us were freaking out about this or that, she was so level-headed and calm. I have no idea how she does it, but I need to figure it out. Also, I want her abs. No big deal.
7. Take Time For Yourself
I even learned a little from how I handled things. Remember how I took a week long break from working out after I got back? Well, that was because I was questioning myself as an “athlete”. I felt kind of like the last kid picked for dodgeball during some of the shoots because of how, well, un-muscular I looked. Instead of freaking out and hitting the gym too hard, I just did whatever I felt like doing. Which was nothing. I took time off (and daydreamed about having a personal hairstylist again).
8. Find The Humor
By far, the best part of meeting this group was sharing in some serious laughs. There was always someone cracking a joke, being ridiculous, or singing. Yes, singing. I think I’ve found my people. Anyway, I swear it was non-stop hilarity.
I guess the point of this part of the recap is to remind you to look deeper into your day. I guarantee you if you slow down and pay attention, there is a lesson to be learned. And when all else fails, keep calm and drink a Propel.
What? How could I not say that right there? This post has been practically begging for that line, don’t you think?
Tomorrow (Thursday 3/27) at 9 PM EST, FitFluential and Propel are hosting a Twitter chat all about the #PropelFit ambassador program. We would love it if you would join us! Follow and use #PropelAmbassadors to take part. It’s a great chance to meet all these amazing people I’ve been yappin’ about.