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6 April 2014 – 7:30am

“Outside of YOUR box“

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In prepping my Goals list, I look for things to do that will challenge me in two zones: physically and mentally. I make my goals challenging but attainable. Comfort is playing it safe; challenging yourself is taking a risk.

A few months ago I listed “Paddle Boarding” as my new Goal 3.1. The challenge to myself was twofold; a purpose for my daily exercise routine and to mentally breakdown the brick wall that is my fear of the deep Ocean water.

A friend of mine gave me an invitation to go PaddleBoard on St. Simons Island Ga. I jumped on the chance; Goal 3.1 was going down. I packed my truck up with my wetsuits, life vests, board shorts, golf clubs (never leave home without them), personal clothing, etc. Oh, and my GoPro camera, lol. Yep, I knew this was going to be one hell of an experience.

Saturday morning we arrived at the linkup site, met John Krivec from SSI SUP (WebPage). The introductions were made and we had our safety briefing…my last chance to “chicken/back” out! What John didn’t realize was Friday night I made my decision … I was ALL in, no turning back. John met us on the beach, gave us instructions, handed me the paddle for my board, and in I went.

I started on my knees and started paddling, I thought I was going about 30 miles an hour when in reality I was doing about 2 miles an hour. After a few strokes I made the choice to standup. I placed my hands down, gathered my balance and up I went. I was flying, lol. I was doing it, I was PADDLEBOARDING! I was looking forward, knees bent, smiling, laughing but … … I knew I was going to bite it! I just didn’t know when. Then John approached from the side, he asked me a question, I looked down and BAM! In the water I went! I came up laughing, I knew it, I knew it! After getting back on my board, I was HOOKED! I immediately got back on my feet, paddled and enjoyed the view. It was the whole experience…taking in the sounds of dogs barking, people laughing, kids diving in the water, the waves, and the breeze from the ocean.

The remainder of the day was Grand! Paddled up and down the coast line of St. Simons with no worries, relaxed, enjoying every minute. I was outside of my box…Hell, I was on top of the world!

My last thoughts as I stood by my truck after completing this major goal; Comfort is playing it safe; challenging yourself is taking a risk.

Sitting here typing with a Huge smile!

Challenge YOURSELF!

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FACEBOOK:  SSI SUP - (St. Simons Island Paddle Board)



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