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Finding Awesome


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Amy Christensen

Amy Christensen wants you to find your awesome. We all have one–a place where we can tap into our best selves, the goals most inline with that self we sometimes neglect. Life is pretty full of noise these days. If you’re anything like me, you might be wondering how to peel back some of that superfluous white noise and tap into that awesome place we found that one time way down in the depths of the Grand Canyon (or while on that long sailboat crossing, or on that multi-day backpacking trip, or that ski hut trip in BC you took a few years back, or even that yoga retreat you took last year). Hopefully you’ve tapped into your awesome already and know that it’s there. If you haven’t, that’s okay too. Because it’s waiting patiently for you to find it. (Hint: you’re not going to find it on Facebook or Tumblr or even Twitter. This is your true awesome, not the airbrushed one we sometimes like to portray).

Amy is a personal coach, and she encourages you to find your inner awesome by helping you push your boundaries. Her website, Expand Outdoors, offers a plethora of advice and encouragement to quiet the noise and find your best self.  She recently offered a contest for the reader that came up with the best name for her inner gremlin. That’s the little monster inside telling you that you can’t, that you’re not good enough, that no one is going to read your book or cares about your radio show. I named mine L’il Kim, because a) I’ve always wanted to use that moniker and b) because my little gremlin thinks she’s funny.

Amy also names our excuses–she calls them

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Monday Morning Excuses–and offers advice on getting over the hump. Whenever you need a little jolt, these little snippets are like hearing the sound of the ice cream truck on a hot summer day. You didn’t even know you were craving a Captain Kool or Fudge Bomb Pop until you heard the faint sound of circus music echoing through your neighborhood. Then it’s like–Bam!–there’s the ice cream man and suddenly you’re licking the chocolate stream running down your arm and it’s nothing but pure awesome.

That’s what Amy helps you find again.


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I’m talking with Amy this week on The Edge. Please stop by for a listen. The show goes live on Wednesday at 8 am Pacific, but you can click on the link anytime after it airs to listen to it anytime. Like right now. Just click the link now and catch up on old shows you might have missed. The show is still in pilot now, and soon will be up for renewal. The more listeners the better, so you get my drift. Just click the link.

Pushing Beyond Our Perceived Limits


I’m happy to introduce Amy Christensen who hails from Expand Outdoors and has agreed to join us here today. I love guest bloggers. Not only do I get a day off of blogging (What? You thought this was easy?), but I also love adding new voices. That way it doesn’t always feel like I’m talking to myself here. Thanks so much Amy for being here. Take it away! (KK)

Every day we are faced with decisions. Some days they remain fairly ordinary.
Chocolate chip or oatmeal raison cookies this week? Should I bring a sweater into

Other days, we’re faced with decisions that will alter the trajectory of our lives.

“I could never do that.” “I’m not a runner.”

When I first began to run, these were thoughts that went through my head all the time.
I was dating a runner. My friends were runners. I went to their races and cheered them

But me? No, I couldn’t do that. I wasn’t an athlete. I couldn’t run around the block, much
less three or six miles.

And then something changed. I was 26 with borderline high cholesterol. The kind of
high cholesterol my doctor explained could be lowered with exercise. So I signed up at
a local gym with the intent to swim. For a few weeks, I swam slowly one or two times
a week for about a half hour at a time. Hardly a serious workout, but for me, it seemed
pretty ambitious.

One day, curiosity led me to the treadmill for a “warm-up” before I got in the pool.

I stepped onto the treadmill feeling like a total fraud, sure everyone was looking at me
and silently laughing at my inexperience. I found the start button and increased the
speed. I planned to run for five minutes.

After five minutes I thought maybe I could make it a half mile.

After I reached that half mile, I thought, well… maybe ten minutes. I was feeling
surprisingly okay.

After ten minutes I was close to a mile. Well… I thought… let’s see if I can go a mile.

And so I did. In just over 12 minutes on a cool March morning in 2000, I’d run the first
continuous mile of my entire life.

And in fact, most surprisingly, I’d survived.

I just hadn’t believed it possible until that moment.

Pushing Beyond Our Limits
We all have limiting beliefs that influence our decisions, choices and actions. We’re not

fit enough to get started. We’re too clumsy or uncoordinated. We’re too old. It wouldn’t
be seemly. We’ll be laughed at. Not taken seriously.

I could go on and on. I’m sure you have a number of additions of your own you could

The most life-altering lessons I’ve learned from sports has been this:

I’m stronger than I think I am. I can do more than I ever thought possible.

These realizations transcend from the sports—from 50-mile runs, downhill bike rides
and scaling granite walls—world into my relationships, career choices, life adventures,
and every other aspect of my life.

Sports—particularly those that take place outdoors surrounded by nature—just taught
me (and continues to teach me) these lessons.

Here’s what I know: That we’re ALL stronger than we think. That our bodies are way
more capable than our mind can ever envision. That getting outside, being active can
fundamentally transform your life.

The line our minds draw on our capabilities are infinitely impermanent; ready to be
pushed, challenged and redrawn bigger and more expansive as we continue to grow
and evolve.

Where is your line? Your self-imposed boundary? Can it be pushed? Challenged?
What’s holding you back?

Amy C Christensen is a certified life coach. She launched her company, Expand Outdoors, to help others create healthy, sustainable and active lifestyle changes through the power of the outdoors. Since that first mile back in 2000, Amy found her passion in trail running through the Colorado foothills and continues to find strength and solace through the sport. She has since completed six marathons and three ultra marathons (including a 50-miler), with her sights on a 100 in the future. Based in Boulder, she’s currently traveling around the country with her husband in their customized van. When she’s not working from a local Internet cafe, she can usually be found trail running, hiking, climbing or mountain biking in the great outdoors. You can follow her on twitter  and join Expand Outdoors on Facebook.