I’m going to sit here at 10PM and type this to motivate myself to do something. You see, when I put this out there to all of you I feel like I have to live up to my goals. That’s the way I work. I’ve stepped outside the box and done some big things in life, starting Strawesome was a huge leap of faith on my part. Because of all of you Strawesome has become something more than I ever thought it would!
Living life with no regrets. How many people actually do that? This is the way I want to live and in turn be an inspiration for my children.
I woke up one day and realized that within 2 years time I will be 40 years old. I then set a goal for myself to do something epic before I hit that birthday. Some call it a bucket list, I just call it a Goal Ahead. My goal is to hike the Grand Canyon from rim-to-rim with Brian. The first and last time I was at the Grand Canyon, I was extremely disappointed when the entire view of the canyon was clouded by smoke blowing in from wildfires to the West!
I put my Goal Ahead out there to Brian and he, who is always so supportive, was all about it. I put this goal out there to my parents who had hiked it before I was even born. They wanted to join in the hike. Then, for about 4 months I let life get into my head. Who was going to take care of my kids? (You see, I love to be WITH my kids on as many adventures as possible. It’s what my parents did with me and it was amazing!) How am I ever going to pay for this!??! (Have you ever looked at the price of a good pair of hiking boots and a backpack? Shocking!) How will I manage Strawesome while I’m away? Will the workouts I’ve been doing be sufficient to allow my body to endure hiking 25 miles in a canyon? How will I eat while hiking? (I know, stupid. My mom says I, of all people, should have no problem with prepping food.)
It’s amazing how many “things” can get in the way of that Goal Ahead!
But in the last few weeks I realized that I was sabotaging my own plans. I openly expressed all this to Brian and my parents and we’ve worked together to make a way for it to all happen. Our plan is to rent a RV and travel out West together. Brian and I will hike the Grand Canyon while my parents hang out with the little boys. Wowzer, that was pretty easy!
Brian and I priced out the gear we need and learned that REI is a pretty awesome place. They’re so helpful and knowledgeable that I can’t wait to get our equipment from them!
We’re coming up on the busy holiday season so as you shop for gifts this year know that if you choose to shop with Strawesome, a portion of what we make this season will go towards this goal of mine. It’s not everyday that you shop with a company knowing where the profits are going.
I realized in writing this that maybe there are others out there who have or had a goal and either pushed it to the side or pushed forward and accomplished it. I’d love to hear all sides: the good, the bad and the ugly (I know you’re out there!). Leave a comment below and I will choose one winner to receive a $20 gift certificate to use at Strawesome.com on November 16, 2015.