Thursday, March 17, 2011

Right Where I'm Supposed to Be

Have you ever taken a moment and thought about how you got to this point in your life? Have you thought about the things and people along the way that have influenced and guided you? Was there one event, or a string of events linked together that helped guide your journey? Or perhaps a person or several people who were an influence?

This afternoon, I was thinking about my own journey to get to this point in my life.

Eight years ago, I never would have imaged I'd be a successful Figure competitor living in the DC area. Heck, eight years ago, I'd never even heard of Figure! And although I had dreams of living on either the East or West coast, I didn't think moving away from Minnesota and my family was even a remote possibility. At that time, my life plans were to get a good office job (or as good a job as an English major can get in Central MN), get married, and start a family.

And then everything changed. And I had to reevaluate the direction I wanted my life to take.

After a series of events that I truly believe were supposed to happen, - some were happy and others were utterly tragic - six years ago, I moved out to Montana.

A couple months before I moved, I'd rediscovered my love of training regularly, so when I got to Montana and met others who competed, my life changed again. I focused all my energy on training for the 2006 Emerald Cup in Seattle, WA ... and the second I stepped on stage, I knew I'd found one of my life callings.

Three years later, I met J at the Pittsburgh show, and my life drastically changed yet again. I moved to DC in 2009, and I'm now training to win my Pro card.

Sometimes when I think about the vastly different directions my life has taken, I'm reminded again that I believe everything happens for a reason. Things happen at the time and in the place they're supposed to happen.

I have no idea where I'll be in five years ... but I do know that I'll be exactly where I'm supposed to be at that point in time.


  1. love this!! you go girl!!

  2. I was so supposed to read your blog this morning : )

  3. So true! Thanks for posting this! You definitely are where you're supposed to be...right there writing inspiring and motivating blog posts for all of us to read and learn from. Thanks!