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On Friendship: There is No Such Thing as a Population of One

When I read last week’s #reverb10 prompt on friendship, one person entered my head immediately. But I don’t want to pull out and highlight how one person’s friendship has really ignited me this year because 1) I don’t want to sound gushy, and 2) I’m a nice person. And in keeping with the trend of thank you speeches at the Oscars, I don’t want to leave anyone out.

Let me tell you a story. You know that I admire people who open up, are vulnerable, and share their ideas about world domination with me. Ideas are infectious and inspiring. When I see someone I care about achieve greatness, it launches me down the same kick ass adventure as them. No one does it alone, and that is so true, especially in my life.

It takes a village

It takes a village to lift an individual to the next degree of greatness. A village made of people who share common interests, speak the same language, and weave in and out of each other’s lives. There are the regulars, the newbs, the tourists, the every-once-in-awhile’s and the causal acquaintances. This village may also be known of as a community.

Every once in a while, the every-once-in-awhile’s and casual acquaintances drop by the village on a more frequent basis. They take a liking to you and you to them. You open up to them and they open up to you. You reveal ideas to them and they reveal the most honest feedback back to you.

You become better because of your conversations with them, or worse. Either way, you’re different from how you were before and a stamp of them is left on you (whether you realize this or not). (more…)

My Unfinished Business with Angie

Down with you!! J. Star

In CrossFit, the workout-of-the-day (WOD) is generally named after a person. They can be named after girls, heroes, and other guys in between. Sadly, the hero workouts are named after CrossFitters who serve in the military or armed forces and died in the line of duty. I haven’t found how the girls earn a WOD named after them (or which real-life ladies inspire the said workouts), but it’s my goal to someday have a WOD named “Laura.”

Anyway, if I am the hero of my CrossFit destiny, pushing myself against me and laying down personal records day in and day out, then I can’t be a true superhero without an archenemy. And mine goes by the name of Angie.

Angie is a body-weight workout and the worst 20 to 30 minutes of your life (or 10 minutes, if you’re that good).


100 pull-ups
100 push-ups
100 sit-ups
100 air squats

For time.

CrossFit Evolution – Angie from Lori Schwartzberg on Vimeo.

My history with Angie

Angie and I have played together three times over the past year, which is a lot since CrossFit programming is constantly varied.

1/8/10 4/11/10 7/26/10

ANGIE adjusted

50 ring dips, 50 jumping pull-ups
75 knee push-ups
100 sit-ups
100 squats


100 banded pull-ups
100 knee push-ups
100 sit-ups
100 squats


100 banded pull-ups
100 knee push-ups
100 sit-ups
100 squats

29:11 27:09 29:17

To set the context, April’s Angie was during the 40 WOD Challenge when I was going to CrossFit 3-days in a row, 1-day rest, 3-days on, 1-day rest, etc. I was at the height of my physical fitness for the year and was kicking some major muscle. In July, I just started a new job and was barely going twice a week. The thing that really pissed me off was I was busting out some killer pull-ups and rock-solid sit-ups. The push-ups, well, were a struggle. But two minutes slower? (more…)

How to Kick Ass, Achieve, and Get Out of Limbo

Through the Looking Glass, Celeste RC

December 1 – One Word.
 Encapsulate the year 2010 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2011 for you?
 (Author: Gwen Bell)

Shit. I’m trying to give myself a sabbatical from blogging, but I can’t quit it. When I read the #reverb10 prompt for Wednesday, the word to describe 2010 flew into my head and swept me off my feet. I started chewing on it and thinking about it all throughout the day. I read reverberations around the blogosphere and I wanted to write.

But I sat on it. And on Thursday the word changed, morphed into another language, and drew out some key points that occurred this past year. And then my mind started writing and I grabbed the computer. And I’ve been waiting to publish this post.

What’s one word to capture this past year? Limbo.

Professional limbo

For the majority of the year, I have been what the state calls “unemployed” or a casualty of this flourishing economy. I have been on the job hunt, revising my career, leaping from old to new media. I have been a networking rock star, a veteran interviewer, and one who kicks out one damn fine cover letter. I’ve been over qualified, under qualified, hired, fired, and back on the market, again. I’ve been that girl who “everyone on our team likes” but still not the right fit. And you know what? That’s okay. There are too many factors that go into finding the right job that it’s a waste of time to take it personally.

There are many people who say that you are not your job. And they’re right, to an extent.

How many times do you walk into a room full of strangers and the first thing out of their mouth is, What do you do for a living? They ask because they’re curious and work is one way that we relate to each other. It’s the common ground that really isn’t common at all.

How often have you seen a person start a job just to watch them fall off the radar because they’re so consumed in their new position and their new company? How often do you see people who have personal brands suddenly disappear when they start a new job only to be replaced by mixed messages of their new org?

It happens because whoever gives us a paycheck, validates our identity. It’s why “social media experts” get so much shit, because they don’t publish their client list so we can check their credentials. Employers, especially ones with names, add to our personal brands and make us accountable.

Imagine being kicked out of the club, granted one you were ready to leave, and then walking through a world for a year with your eyes open, ready to jump on board with anyone who wanted you back. I’ve been unable to commit fully to any one thing because I’m not sure where I’ll end up. (more…)

Let Go of Relying on Others for Your Success

Military Press at CrossFit Wollongong Open Day Affiliate Meet Kane Str

Truth: It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a community to create a leader. And it takes an individual to take on that responsibility.

Fact: No matter how much help a person is offered, it is useless unless they are the one to take action.

You can sit down with a fortune-teller who will read your energy, interpret your past, show you elements of your present, and offer you a path towards your future. But once you walk out those doors, set one foot in front of the other, everything could change.

You may do exactly what she says and be on your way towards pursuing life’s greatest treasures. You can do everything she says. But something will happen, because something always happens, and everything on your perfect lifeline will ripple. It is up to you to decide where you want to go next. (more…)

Networking in the Cave of Wonders

The Blue Room, left-hand (Stuart Richards)

The word wonder makes me think of a cave where you can find everything you want and everything that you desire. Once you find this cave, however, you have to be smart and not be tempted by all of the wonders that lay in the way between you and what you want to find most. This cave is of course fiction, a la Aladdin.

This is the first #reverb10 prompt that came through and I didn’t know my answer right away. This question is large, deep, and vast, like all wonders should be. And the author is asking us not to find one wonder but to share the recipe for how wonder existed in our lives over the past year.

Kind of a hard prompt if you didn’t march through the past year searching for the marvelous somethings that exist in life.

So I went to Twitter to look for inspiration, read a few posts to see how others interpreted the prompt, and I found my answer. (more…)