Rose Wetzel is back on the podcast! This time around we are talking about balancing motherhood and her career as a professional obstacle course racer. Rose has been a professional obstacle racer for years on the Spartan Pro Team, competed on American Ninja Warrior more than once, and is sponsored by some incredible companies.
Getting to chat with Rose is always a pleasure as she is honest, raw, and shares how she feels. We talked about why she choose to let the Spartan Up Podcast into her delivery room, changing poopy diapers, and how some setbacks during childbirth made her change some of her athletic goals and timelines. Finally, we touched on travel, racing, and parenthood. All that and more this episode.
If you missed Rose the first time on the podcast you can find her on Episode 25. Below is the video from the Spartan Up Podcast during her childbirth.
A bit of a bonus on this episode a few times in the background you might hear her daughter Taylor in the room or her husband Tim. We kept it real and kept it honest this entire episode. Take a listen.
Bea Johnson and her family produce one jar of waste per year since 2008. Bea founded ZeroWasteHome.com, a blog and Zero Waste Home book about waste-free living and the global rise of the zero waste lifestyle movement. With her positive outlook and simple 5R methodology, Bea initiated a global movement, inspiring hundreds of thousands of people to adopt waste-free living, open unpackaged shops, conceive reusable products, and launch organizations.
She shatters misconceptions, proving that waste-free living can not only be “stylish”, but also lead to significant health benefits, and time and money savings. She is the leading spokesperson for the zero waste lifestyle and a French native who currently lives in Mill Valley, California.
Ready to get real with an episode this one is raw and real. I have been talking about the offering alignment coaching for a bit in the intros for the show but haven’t really told you my WHY.
Well, this episode is all about why I want you to stop putting everyone else first, put your oxygen mask on first. I am not your guru, but I am your ally in my practice.
I was inspired to give this solocast after the Badassery Magazine Love Your Damn Self Conference last weekend and the challenge from the Busting the Beauty Myth Course I am currently taking with Thea Wirsching.
Has someone asked you recently how you are doing and your default answer is “busy.” Yeah, me too until I stopped. I realized that busyness is bullshit! Somehow we cultivated this idea that the busier we are the more we will be successful. Again, I call bullshit.
Okay, let me paint a picture for you as I have seen it over and over again on several social media accounts of people who are in the entrepreneurial game. If you click on their profile every photo looks like a professional photo shoot. Like they have their own personal professional photographer following them around. Maybe they are married to a professional photographer who wants to follow them around all day, but more likely they did one or two shoots and recycle the photos for their inspirational posts about succeeding and how for xxx amount of dollars you can live their life too. I’m not buying it.
If you move over to their stories they will undoubtedly make a few videos a day telling you about their hustle, how they are so busy, how they seem to fit it all in, and how they are “killing” the entrepreneurial game by being busy. In the morning they will tell you how many meetings they have (from the car) and say how they are wondering if they will get to the gym (guess what they always do). This has become such a “thing” that even the brilliant JP Sears made an Ultra Spiritual about it.
If you have been in my world you have seen this. It’s becoming a social norm. I don’t knock the people who do think this is a badge of success. We have been conditioned to think this way in the social media age. If you feel like I am attacking you, I’m not. You are just trying to get by and do your best in this world.
This summer I did an online workshop on our mental game and how our brain works in business and life. Props to Brain by Design. One of the things we talked about was busyness. If you are playing the busyness game you are never able to get into that creative space to “let it flow”.
How many ideas come to you in the shower, on a run, gardening, attempting to meditate, or in the middle of the night when you wake up from a deep sleep?
What do all these things have in common? You are singularly focused on one thing and often when you “clear your mind” like those activities above tend to do. We open our mind for creative endeavors. Guess what doesn’t open that mind? Being busy for the sake of being busy.
So again I call bullshit on being busy as a path to success. Yes, you will work hard to reach your goals. Yes, it will take time and energy. But what it often doesn’t take is being busy and posting about your busyness on social media.
Imagine if all the time and energy you took to craft a perfect busy social media life was instead spent with your family, friends, or just with yourself?
Sport taught me success isn’t what happens when people are watching. It happens behind the scenes, it’s the things you do and the time you spend to create in the real world that helps you reach your goals. We all have a lot on our plate, but we don’t have to buy into the busyness myth.
Let’s say F*CK YOU to busyness at least telling the story online that busyness is a badge of honor. Let’s instead get to work, and spend that time creating, exploring, and just doing or just relaxing.
I talk about this more on the podcast tomorrow (episode 132) but let’s celebrate our free time, our unstructured time we can create, love, and play. Let’s start scheduling in unstructured time into our week, a time we can just be and play.
Liz Thomas is a professional hiker, adventure conservationist, and outdoor writer who broke the women’s self-supported speed record on the 2,181-mile long Appalachian Trail. She is back for round two on the podcast, this time talking about her newest venture, Treeline Review.
She’s the author of Long Trails: Mastering the Art of the Thru-hike, which received the 2017 National Outdoor Book Award for Best Instructional book. We talked about her book back when she was first on the podcast during episode 78.
Liz has been seen on Good Morning America and in the Wall Street Journal, Yahoo! News, Men’s Journal, Women’s Health, and Outside. She was guest editor and is a regular contributor to the magazine Backpacker and instructs their online class, “Thru-hiking 101.” Liz serves as the Vice President of the American Long Distance Hiking Association and ambassador for the American Hiking Society. A former outdoor staff writer at Wirecutter/New York Times, Liz founded and is editor-in-chief of Treeline Review, a comparative gear review website committed to creating a more inclusive outdoor world.