This week, I took some spectacular falls. Each one made me smile. Why did falling down make me smile? Because I was brave enough to try. I smiled when I skidded on my side across a concrete floor. I had been brave enough to try a new roller skating stop at full speed. I smiled when I dropped six feet and bounced on my rope and safety harness three stories off the Continue Reading
A Simple Plan to Expand Your Comfort Zone
During college, I ran outside all winter long. Ann Arbor, Michigan has a respectable winter, with cold and snow. And I still ran. I stayed plenty warm. The only problem was that I had a tendency to cough for hours afterward. My lungs didn’t seem to like the cold air. That was my excuse to stop running outside in the winter when I moved to Minnesota, where the winters are Continue Reading
Challenge by Choice, or the Positives of Pressure?
Breathe in. Breathe out. Just keep breathing. Almost to the top. I can do this. My forearms burn with the effort of holding on to sandpaper-like surfaces. I lean to the right, fully extending my left arm out to my side. I twist my right hip into the wall, facing my outstretched arm and the corner just beyond. My right forearm gets a temporary respite as I instead push down Continue Reading