“The struggle with confidence started in my teens and got progressively worse until my early thirties, when I hit my bottom. I had no confidence left, was making poor decisions, and had almost completely isolated myself. My depression was deep and I was miserable. It was a turning point where I made a conscious decision – I was done living like that and something had to change. I had to change.”
The answer to the age-old problem about replacing that void feeling with one of fulfillment came to me on just an ordinary Monday.
I begrudgingly reached over and silenced the alarm that beckoned me from my sweet, glorious pizza bed.
Meet my dream team (who might have remained my “competitors”) and learn how together we all win (even more).
Every month we feature one wonderful woman from the #confidencealliance and share her story as well as her tips and tricks to feeling more confident. This week we feature Melissa Pylypchuk – fitness professional and consultant in the healthcare industry.
A deeper look at some of the seemingly simple things in life.
In our society we hear the word “spirit” thrown about in many different ways: “She has such a beautiful spirit!” “He was very low-spirited.” “The Holy Spirit…” and you may have heard the term used when talking about ghosts. Some of us throw it around comfortably, and others of us quiver at the “fluffy” idea of having a spirit or being spiritual. I try to help demystify the term and give you five strategies to discover yours, because one thing is for sure: when we see a person’s spirit shining through her or his words and actions, we see beauty.
The recent attention to the sexualization of women in CrossFit (and sport in general) is important, but I think it is missing the point. Current articles attribute the success of people like Christmas Abbott to their good looks, and blame women who promote their bodies for perpetuating inequality, stating that they are harming themselves and society. Writing suggests men also play a role in the process, stating we all have a responsibility in breaking the cycle.
True: inequality affects and is preserved by humankind, however, people don’t wait in line for hours to meet the gorgeous Christmas Abbott just because she is hot as hell (OK – not everyone in that line is standing there for that reason) – there is more to it than that, and I admonish you to dig deeper. Although Christmas’ beauty and bodacious booty are definitely assets (and she exploits them fully), this is only one aspect of the three-dimensional being she showcases to the world.