What would you tell your younger self?

Here’s my spin on the #10yearchallenge

35-year-old Sheena speaking to 25-year-old Sheena:

1. Spend less time worrying about what others think. You won’t be liked by everyone, and that’s ok. The world is full of different people. That means there will always be different beliefs, values, principles, and lifestyles. Respect their right to live how they want to just as you would want them to respect your right to live how you want to.

2. Put the jar of Sunbutter down. It is not “paleo” and the calories do count. You’ll learn this next year when you can’t figure out where your abs went.

3. Ignorance is not bliss. Just because something worked for others, doesn’t mean it will work for you. Stop assuming you aren’t trying hard enough. You spend way too long thinking that your “diet” *should* be working-it’s not. Time to make an adjustment.

4. You love CrossFit but you’re going to learn a lesson in moderating intensity. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Exercise falls into this category for you….just like the Sunbutter.

5. You’re going to meet the love of your life and you’re going to know it before she does. Trust your gut, trust your heart and stay patient. She’s worth it and she’ll say those magical 3 words eventually (“you were right”)

6. You need to work on your communication skills. Luckily, you’re ok with asking for help and you’ll discover the value of therapy. Those first sessions will be GUT-WRENCHING, but you’ll get through it and learn to love it. Spoiler alert: you’re still going!

7. You’ll soon embrace being a leader. You’ve always been ok with following, but you’ll soon realize you have important information and experiences to share. Keeping these lessons to yourself is selfish. You’re going to have a huge opportunity to help a lot of people soon. Keep practicing.

8. The friendships and connections you are forming now are the people you will need the most in your 30s. They are invaluable and they make you a better person. You will grow to love yourself more because of who they help you become.

9. You’re going to miss softball and question your decision to retire every single day. You’ll think about wearing an Olympic medal around your neck, the maple leaf on your chest, as you look into the stands and see your family proudly smiling back at you. It will bring tears to your eyes every single time. You are more than just an athlete and you’ll prove it to yourself soon.

10. Don’t change a thing. You are who you are today because of everything you are going to go through. Fail. Fail, a lot. It’s because of what you’re willing to learn from your failures that you will succeed.