My 2013 in a nutshell: “Overcoming challenges and obstacles”

I don’t want 2013 to end.

You may think that I have had a great year after making that statement. Well, it couldn’t be further from the truth. 2013 has been a year where I found myself being forced to deal with challenges and obstacles thrown at me from all directions. It almost broke me, but I refused to give up, which is what makes this year memorable for me. But I know 2014 will be much more exciting. Let’s start with my first challenge:

Entering the workforce

I graduated this year with a Diploma in Mass Communication, looking to enter the media industry and gain some industry experience before moving on to a Degree. This has always been a dream of mine. I started with an internship at a social media marketing agency, moved on full time to a social media role in an advertising agency and now I’m in corporate communications before 2013 ends.

It has been a whirlwind journey for me because I intended to go back to school after my internship ended. Somehow one thing lead to another, and I ended up having my first professional job, which unfortunately, I wasn’t ready for. I realised I was still tuned to the mindset of being in school and not tuned to the mindset that I’m actually in the workforce already.

I guess I’m lucky because I had never been in a bad spot in my life up to this point. Through the 3 months of struggling to keep my head above water, I came to the painful realisation that  it was time to stop being a kid who had no pressures in my life and become an adult who is able to cope with the challenges of life. I emerged out of this challenge with lessons that will be invaluable to me in the future.

Injury, CrossFit and Yoga

2013 is also the year my CrossFit journey began and I fell in love with it almost immediately. Unfortunately, my love for it was like a double edged sword. I was so obsessed with it that after I got injured during my powerlifting competition, I felt very depressed I couldn’t train for a month. Trying to deal with being injured for the first time in my life didn’t help either, which brings me to my next point about finding my CrossFit family.

I have said this before and I will say it again. This family is the reason why I CrossFit and they went a long way in helping me to learn to cope and overcome this challenge. That is why the picture below means a great deal to me. I’m the only one not in workout gear, but I still went to the box to cheer my family on because I refused to let my injury consume me. I owed it to them not to languish in despair and to come back stronger

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I sometimes struggle with not letting CrossFit take priority in my life because I want to enjoy the process. I deal with that by using what I learnt in CrossFit to help me PR my life. It has helped me get better at goal setting, discipline, self-motivation, reacting to failure, asking others for help, and many other life skills that are so valuable.

Taking up yoga lessons has helped me to deal with that struggle. For starters, yoga poses are a great challenge and obstacle for a inflexible person like me. However, it has taught me how to let go of things that don’t matter and learn to appreciate the little joys I experience or gain. I find myself starting to gain a little bit of flexibility and the breathing techniques I learned on the mat has helped me greatly in WODs. To me, CrossFit has helped me to become a better person while yoga makes me a better athlete.

Competing and organising a competition

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This year, I also competed in my first ever competition in powerlifting and help to organised a CrossFit competition. Being a newbie in both sports, it’s an achievement for me.

Relationship with God

My walk with God is always a challenge for me every year. Honestly, I have always struggled with making Him my priority. Getting injured was a reminder from Him that I was placing CrossFit first instead of Him. This year, I have learned a lot of surrendering everything to Him and learning to love Him with my heart instead of my mind. As I reflect back on the past year, I realised He has had a hand in every decision, every move I made. I have also learned the hard way that my plans aren’t set in stone, His plans are. I write my plans down in pencil, but He holds the eraser.

Final thoughts on 2013

There are still other things that happened in my life in 2013, but these topics are the ones that impact me the most. I’m also at crossroads. All these years, I have always thought that fitness was just an interest to me and working in the media industry is my passion. But after starting CrossFit and unexpectedly joining the workforce, I have come to realised that fitness has always always been my passion. This realisation will influence my selection of a Degree course and my career path after that.

I have no idea what 2014 holds for me other that an enticing opportunity to work with CrossFit HQ media team, which is currently still in the works. But I know that I have God, and with Him beside me, I can overcome all challenges and obstacles 🙂

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