“All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost.”

J.R.R Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Bookish and badass is a mindset where thinking and action meet.

Part of me, the introspective, reflective, perpetual student part, would love it if I spent all my time thinking and reading books.

Books are sometimes a catalyst and others time a distraction. They help me grow and inspire me to take action. But they are also a way to keep my mind busy or simply entertained. No matter the reason I pick one up, I see it as an opportunity to share an experience and figure something out about myself.

Sorting through the thoughts inside my head or a character’s head helps with managing life.

But it also results in overthinking and a lack of action. Thinking or reading about doing something isn’t the same as actually doing it. To truly know myself and reveal that person to others, I need to go out and experience things. Things that take me away from the comfort of my imaginative mind and put me right in the center of the real-life arena.

A lot of my “in the arena” moments revolve around endurance sports.

Both as an athlete and a coach, I’ve surrounded myself with a community of badasses, and I’d like to think I’m one of them. A tough and determined group of people who have tested their strength in the water and the mountains.

Why do we do this? Because during every mile and movement, there are moments that remind us not only of what we’re made of, but also who we are. I’m talking about the moments when you take on a challenge – even though no one tells you to. Moments when you decide to show up or keep going – even when no one is watching. Those are the badass moments. When you ask your mind to step aside so your body can get the job done.

I don’t believe an act by itself is badass. The person who chooses to act is badass.

You see, it’s not about the distance you’ve swum, or the elevation you’ve gained, or even how many books you’ve read. Instead, all the miles and all the pages are the badass results of your willingness to put in the work, and ultimately, to figure out who you are.

Read books. Step into the arena. Be your bookish and badass self.

about me

  • Bad habit: hydration. I’ll sit down to work with a full water bottle and not take a sip.
  • I’ve been swimming since I was 3 and plan on keeping it up until I’m 93. Or 103.

  • My biggest fear is riding a bike; I did an Ironman anyway.
  • I have a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology.
  • One day, I will do a handstand.
  • I drink hoppy beer – bitter is better.

  • If I were an animal, I’d be a sea turtle.
  • Salt cures anything – the ocean, sweat, tears, and bacon make everything better.
  • I wrote 100 characters for 100 days and called this project Mosaic Notes.

  • On the Enneagram, I’m a 9.
  • I love rearranging furniture. It drives my husband nuts and makes the dog very nervous.
  • My favorite time to eat avocado is all the time.

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