Today I was reflecting about that time I saw a Career Advisor when I was about 18 years old and just finished up high school wondering what I would do with my life. I remember getting all done up in my pencil skirt, white blouse and workplace appropriate heels to see what this woman thought I should do with my future.
Young, ambitious and unaware what I had in store for me, I went with an open heart and positive attitude. I had pink folders and a note pad to suit, bright and bold just like myself. It was a good session where I nutted out what I’d like to do (something to do with being a Fashion Stylist.. not where I ended but was good to explore) and as we finished up our meeting, the lady said “those pink folders are inappropriate, they make you look young and unprofessional. Make sure you grab a black one before the next time we meet.”
Next thing you know, I’m at office works finding the plainest notebook I could possibly find. Totally embarrassed at my choice of stationery, I think I hid it in the back of my closet, saying under my breath “stupid pink folder… what an idiot.” (referring to myself.)
5 years later, I have a successful CrossFit Affiliate that is drowning in PINK! The plates are pink, the walls are pink, the couch is pink, for shits sake the BUILDING is PINK! I ran into that lady who advised me having pink in my life was unprofessional. She looked at me excitedly and said “Wow, was I way off!” We laughed about it and it was great to see her again and what I have chosen as my profession.
This lesson was and is so valuable to me. No matter what people say to you, no matter how someone can make you feel, always be true to yourself. If you LOVE something whether it is a colour, style, taste or opinion, just be YOU.
In today’s society it is becoming harder and harder to remain true to yourself with the pressures of peers, community and groups that you are supposed to “fit in” to. It is a challenge, to stand out from the crowd, to follow your own heart and passion, it is also scary but people are drawn to authenticity so they will watch and they will probably respect you for it!
If you had heard me when I was dreaming of this affiliate, saying things like “And I want pink weights and I want there to be like a pink pull up structure!” I’m sure I would have got a few weird looks like:
But here I am! CrossFit Babes Miami has 30K Followers on instagram and 100 amazing members who believe and LOVE being part of this pink gym! The thing about being yourself is, you can feel like you’re on your own but really, there are people just like you who will have the same passion and loves as you. And they will be INSPIRED by your drive and your willingness to stand up for what you believe in.
So, I’ll leave you with one of my favourite quotes about believing in YOUR dream.
If anyone ever tells you your dreams are silly, remember there’s some millionaire walking around who invented the Pool Noodle.
Today, be you. More than ever. Unapologetically You.