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Simone Biles: Sacrifice, Faith & Dreams

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By now I’m sure the entire world is quite familiar with the name Simone Biles, and if you’re not then you’ve probably been living under a rock and not up to date on the Rio Olympics that just ended last week. Biles’s captured the attention of the entire world with her bubbly personality, bright smile and gymnastics moves out of this world. She finished her first Olympic games with 4 gold medals in the team competition, all-around, vault, floor, and a bronze in the beam.

At the young age of only 19-years-old, Biles is now the only gymnast to win three consecutive World All-Around Championships to now go along with her gold medal Olympic all-around performance in Rio. Besides being one hell of an athlete, what makes her story even more amazing is her background and upbringing. At the age of about two years old, Biles was taken from her mother and was in and out of foster care due to her mother’s drug addiction which as you can image lead to multiple arrests. In 2000, Simone and her younger sister were taken in by her grandfather (her birth dad’s father) and grandmother who later officially adopted the sisters in 2003.

In a recent interview with ESPN’s E:60, Simone spoke about all of the sacrifices it took to become one of the most prominent Olympic athletes of all-time. At age 14 she made the decision to enroll in homeschooling instead of going to a traditional high school to put in more time towards becoming an elite gymnast. When asked how she liked homeschool, “I hated it.” She missed out on all of the normal things high kids look forward to, prom, homecoming, football games, all for her dream of becoming an Olympic Gymnast. Not only did Simone Biles beat the odds of a terrible background being taken from her alcoholic mother, but she also had a vision with a crazy work ethic to match her goals. She sacrificed her youth and teenage years spending hours on top of hours in the gym to get to where she is today.

Last week I started reading a 20-day bible study Eat Pray Hustle: Dream Chasing God’s Way by Havilah Cunnington.  On day two the book talks about how missional living and dream chasing God’s way requires sacrifice. As the chapter ends it then asks the reader, have you considered what type of sacrifice you’re willing to experience? What area in your life would be the hardest sacrifice? A great question to ask yourself and have a true heart to heart with yourself. What are you willing to let go of for your dreams? Because at the end of the day, you can’t have it all. You have to make sure your vision and your goals have the work ethic to match and just know that sacrifices are a vital part of any kind of success.  

From reading this book I've learned that God wants us to have complete total faith in him, his plan, and the dreams he has placed in our hearts. He doesn't want us to be average and have small dreams. He wants us to dream big and experience Him working through us doing things we never imagined were possible, that could only be because of the work of his faithfulness. To make it simple for you I honestly like Biles said it best, "OUT DREAM YOUR DREAM!!!" 

The story behind Simone Biles is one that continues to inspire me every day, she beat the odds and you can too if you #AlwaysDLB.

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Have a great week

Hebrews 11:1 NLT "Fait is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurances about the things we cannot see."

-Brittany

 

 

Just Do It.

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Sometimes you just have to do it, without a plan, rhyme, or any reason. Now coming from me, someone who continually goes through life with plan A, a backup plan, a fallback plan, and the worst-case scenario plan, you can tell why “just doing it,” makes me more than nervous. Honestly though I feel like sometimes life is about not having the perfect detailed plan and just reacting to your instincts and relying on your faith. Doing something for the simple reason that you love it and it makes you happy. 

The older get the more I learn that you will never be able to plan every detail and every aspect of your life. However, instead I’ve learned you have to be able to adapt to what life throws your way, and it’s in those exact moments a person discovers who they truly are. I believe that the best days and most memorable moments of life are those that go unplanned and happen unexpectedly. When life takes over and you just live it and learn how to go with the flow.

Now with that being said, I’m totally NOT saying you should live recklessly and just do whatever. What am I saying, is that sometimes you just have to jump…towards your goals, towards your dreams and just do it! A lot of times I find myself waiting and waiting for the perfect moment to “start today.” Like one day I will just wake up with a text message from God saying “Brittany today is the day.” If only this thing called life were that easy.

Basically what I’m trying to say is, there will never be the perfect magical moment we all hope for to try something new, make a change in our life, or start living your dream. That’s why every day you have to get better and you have to do more. Achieving your goal isn’t something that just one day happens, It’s a long process that happens over time.

That’s why sometimes, it is what it is and you just have to do it. Take a chance and just do it because you love it and it makes you happy. Don’t let the fear of “what it,” stop you from doing what you love. If you continue to what for the perfect time to start, you’re going to be waiting your entire life so you might as well start today!

-Brittany

Craig Sager, IS Dream Live Ball.

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Last week at the ESPY Awards Craig Sager accepted the Jimmy V Award for perseverance. At the age of 64, Sager is currently battling leukemia and continues to receive chemo treatments while still working as a NBA reporter for TNT. Even so much that he will receive treatments in one state in the morning, hop a flight to the next city, cover a game all in a days work. Most would think he is crazy to take such risks putting his body through so much work all while battling such a vicious disease. But let Craig Sager tell it to you and there is nothing that he would rather be doing that spending his life doing what we loves, leukemia or not. Craig Sager is everything that Dream Live Ball means, and more. Hearing his speech at the ESPY's on how he lives his life and truly enjoys every moment is truly an inspiration for us all. This past April early in the airport traveling back home to Denver from Houston I had the pleasure of meeting Sager. I must admit that once I noticed him from a distance across the way going through security across from me I was initially scared to approach him. I let my fear of meeting one the greatest in his field go, tapped him from behind and introduced myself. To my surprise he greeted me back, "Hey Brittany, how are you?"Like he had known me for years. I told him I love watching him on TV, thanked him, and told him keep fighting. We snapped a selfie and went on our separate ways.

I'm so thankful for his fight, his strength, and his story as it's one we all can be inspired from. Craig Sager does a little DLB each and everyday. So glad he's here to show us all how it's done as he continues to face a tough battle with cancer.

Craig Sager's Speech:

 

Full story/video also shown at the ESPY's:

 

Memorable quotes from Sager's Speech:

Time is something that cannot be bought. It cannot be wagered with God, and it is not an endless supply. Time is simply how you live your life. 

Each and everyday is a canvas we need to paint, an opportunity for love, for fun, for living, for learning. 

The way you think influences the way you feel, and the way you feel determines how you act.

If we don't have hope and faith, we have nothing.

Don't Wait, Live NOW.

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One thing I've learned about life is that nothing ever stays the same. People, feelings, and life itself is constantly changing and with that being said it's so important to enjoy what's right in front of you for what it's worth. Don't put off your dreams or things you want and love the most any longer. Because tomorrow is never guaranteed, and quite honestly there really will never be a perfect time to start or try something new. More often than not we each spend too much time throughout our lives waiting. For the perfect moment, the perfect day, the right time, for next week, month, or year.

You have to take advantage of each day and every single moment you are blessed with in this life, because things are never going to be like they are today in this very moment. Life is forever evolving and is constantly changing, as well as you yourself and your feelings. Don't wait another moment, live now.

-Brittany