How Ironman Training Helped a Wife Find Her True Passion – From Stuck to Unstuck!
Have you ever had a friend who you shares your same story/journey but in a totally different circumstance? That’s my friend Tara. We live the same, but different, lives. Which makes for one amazing cohesive and supportive friendship. Today I asked her BACK to share her story. You’re gonna want to read this over and over. Just sayin..
I am always so honored when Lindsay lets me share her space. I love telling stories here because you Cotter Crunch peeps are some of the most kind and engaged readers anywhere.
For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Tara Newman. I’m a Success Coach, mom of two ridiculously active littles, and the wife of an age-group triathlete. I believe in challenging the status quo, finding joy, and making this life count.
Today I want to share a small part of my story.
For 10 years I have had the vision of leaving my corporate coaching job behind to help smart, successful people develop the skills they need to lead successful lives and businesses.
I have spent a lot of time stuck and mired in the day to day drudgery that comes with a typical busy life.
When my kids were little I spent a lot of time locked in the bathroom crying. New motherhood wasn’t kind to me.
Adrenal fatigue and chronic exhaustion kept me in my slump for longer than I care to admit.
I hid for a long time – coffee, candy crush, and cocktails kept me company.
And then my husband got this BIG idea to complete an Ironman Triathlon (2.4 mile swim/112 mile bike/26.2 mile run). While he was doing the training, everything else fell on me to take care of for the 18 months that he trained.
It was long and arduous journey for both of us.
We put much of our lives on hold so we could focus on getting him across that finish line.
People thought I was nuts for supporting him so passionately. They saw me as weak and without my own interests. What they didn’t see was how healing it was for me to support him since I had spent so much time blaming him for my circumstances.
At first I was bitter about putting my dreams on hold so he could pursue his. There were tears and harsh words.
But if I’m being honest, I didn’t know what my dreams were.
I was STILL adrift even though my kids were getting older.
I never thought that someone as success-focused and driven as I was would ever feel so lost.
As we progressed through this Ironman training journey, the lessons became deep and meaningful – commitment, sacrifice, self management, productivity, selflessness, pain, love.
These lessons had an unexpected and profound impact on me.
I gained back the mental strength I lost from living with chronic illness.
I gained back my self-confidence.
I remembered how to trust my heart.
Ironman training helped me rebuild something I thought was lost – my passion.
And it did something else.
Standing in the shadows of my husband’s triumph helped me see how small I had been playing.
Within a few months I forked over the money to redesign my website – to take it from hobby blog to business site (it’s almost done!).
In January, I hired a coach, a mentor, and joined a group mastermind (Hey, if he can pay for race entry fees!).
I launched my business and experienced tremendous success.
I proved you can go from Stuck to Unstoppable in no time if you are willing to get real and do the work.
Now I spend my days supporting entrepreneur, small business owners, and professionals push through their discomfort zone and start playing (a little) bigger. Together we redefine success and balance so they can achieve their highest potential on their own terms.
If you want to learn more about how you can step into your purpose, sign up for From Stuck to Unstoppable. It’s everything a success seeker like you needs to push through the status quo in your life, business, career, or relationships.
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