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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Defining "What's Beautiful"


Back in the beginning of May, I decided to enter Under Armour Women's What's Beautiful Competition - a competition to redefine the female athlete and find new faces to represent Under Armour Women. I was really unsure about entering, mainly because it required that I step firmly outside of my comfort zone and challenge myself. Frankly, I was scared and intimidated by all the other  incredible female athletes out there. 

In the end, I completed all 19 challenges and then some. I focused on my physical therapy and rehab, I rock climbed and tried stand-up paddleboard, I designed some gear for Under Armour, and I jump roped.

No, I wasn't chosen as one of the 10 finalists, but by the end of it, I really didn't care. The competition had become something more for me. You see, I tend to be more of an introvert than an extrovert. I don't like broadcasting my achievements. I'm not the loudest one in the room shouting to be heard. For me, sharing my story was my biggest accomplishment. For one of the challenges, we had to write a letter from our "future self" to our "current self." My note is below and I think it sums up what this experience has meant to me. 


More than anything, I have been so grateful for all of your support over the weeks - your comments, tweets and messages (and pictures and videos that I roped my family into sending me). Thank you so much. It truly meant the world to have your support and to hear that my story resonated with some of you. It reinforced for me the collective power that our individual stories can have to inspire, to change the conversation, to create laughter, and to connect with others - that's what's beautiful.




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45 Comments:

At July 5, 2012 at 2:57 AM , OpenID prettyanddelectable said...

Congrats on your accomplishments, Christine! So inspiring to see people step outside of their comfort zone and share with others. :)

 
At July 5, 2012 at 9:05 AM , Anonymous Jess said...

Go you! So good to challenge yourself. I'm also sometimes a little on the introverted side, so it feels great when I bust out of my shell a little.

 
At July 5, 2012 at 9:15 AM , Anonymous Lynda @ Hit The Road Jane said...

great job :D You stuck with it Christine and gained so much even if you didn't win officially. It was a personal win!

 
At July 5, 2012 at 9:37 AM , Anonymous ilene said...

Your last paragraph says it all. You are just incredible AND beautiful- inside and out.

 
At July 5, 2012 at 12:17 PM , Anonymous Tamara said...

Sounds like a fabulous experience; everybody who participated was a winner, in my humble opinion!
Thanks for the recap!

 
At July 5, 2012 at 12:35 PM , Anonymous Jess said...

YES!! That *is* what's beautiful. Lovely reminder my friend. I'm so glad you took this plunge too, it was totally worth getting out of that comfort zone, wasn't it?

 
At July 5, 2012 at 12:41 PM , OpenID lgsmash.com said...

I'm proud of you for completing the challenge! AND for rock climbing and stand-up paddleboarding - very cool and challenging activities, lady!

 
At July 5, 2012 at 3:00 PM , Blogger misssrobin said...

It sounds like it was a great experience for you. I believe any time something scares us, but not because it's really going to kill us, it holds us back. Facing that fear is so powerful. Way to go, facing your fear! You rock.

Stopping by from SITS.

 
At July 5, 2012 at 4:49 PM , Anonymous Kierston said...

Congrats on everything you accomplished! What a great experience! Good job girl!

 
At July 5, 2012 at 5:31 PM , Blogger PavementRunner said...

You did so much during that time period... congrats. Although you didn't make it to top 10, I think you were the ONE person I kept following along with what you were accomplishing. Hear that UA? Jumbo superstar over here!

And that smile in the top is such a wonderful picture! You look so happy!

 
At July 5, 2012 at 7:27 PM , Blogger Blond Duck said...

I'm so glad you did it for you and no one else!

 
At July 5, 2012 at 10:38 PM , Anonymous Courtney Lee said...

Good for you for trying out. I didn't have the gusto to give it a shot so good for you for stepping out of your comfort zone and doing this! I love that it became more than about winning for you - isn't that a great feeling?

 
At July 6, 2012 at 9:47 AM , Blogger Alison said...

So happy for you that you did this. Be proud!!

 
At July 6, 2012 at 10:37 AM , Blogger Christine said...

Thanks Alison!

 
At July 6, 2012 at 10:38 AM , Blogger Christine said...

Thank you! It felt goo to step outside of my comfort zone. It also encouraged me to do things that I've been wanting to for a long time like rock climb and stand-up paddleboard.

 
At July 6, 2012 at 10:38 AM , Blogger Christine said...

Thanks Jess! I appreciate it. You are right - it does feel great :-)

 
At July 6, 2012 at 10:38 AM , Blogger Christine said...

Thanks Lynda! No, definite personal win and that's what was most important for me.

 
At July 6, 2012 at 10:39 AM , Blogger Christine said...

xoxo Thank you

 
At July 6, 2012 at 10:39 AM , Blogger Christine said...

It was a fun experience and I'm very glad that I did it. There's a great community growing over there.

 
At July 6, 2012 at 10:40 AM , Blogger Christine said...

Thank you my friend for your support! Totally worth it and had some great experiences along the way. Also made me doubt my knee rehab less than I think I would have had I not done this.

 
At July 6, 2012 at 10:41 AM , Blogger Christine said...

Thank you Lynn! I look forward to being in your shoes soon and running again!

 
At July 6, 2012 at 10:41 AM , Blogger Christine said...

Thanks Kierston but not sure that this stands up to your Spartan Beast experience!! :-)

 
At July 6, 2012 at 10:42 AM , Blogger Christine said...

Thank you!! It was a great experience and you're right - facing our fears IS powerful. Thanks for stopping by!

 
At July 6, 2012 at 10:42 AM , Blogger Christine said...

Me too. Thank you.

 
At July 6, 2012 at 10:43 AM , Blogger Christine said...

Thank you Courtney! It is a great feeling. About halfway through I had the realization and I knew that when it became less about winning the thing (because, let's be honest, there were thousands of women involved) I could have just dropped out but I wanted to see it through and that's what was important to me.

 
At July 6, 2012 at 10:44 AM , Blogger Christine said...

Thank you for following along. And that top picture? I think I look so happy because I was in Costa Rica and surfing my brains out :-)

 
At July 6, 2012 at 2:59 PM , Blogger Cotter Crunch said...

i had no doubt you would accomplish all your goals.. and them some! you are amazing!

 
At July 6, 2012 at 3:31 PM , Anonymous Classic NYer said...

Congratulations! You're right; putting yourself out there is difficult. But you did it!

 
At July 6, 2012 at 11:12 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Thanks Lindsay!

 
At July 6, 2012 at 11:13 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Thank you!!

 
At July 6, 2012 at 11:17 PM , Anonymous Ginger said...

This is so amazing and inspiring.

YOU'RE amazing and inspiring.

 
At July 7, 2012 at 9:13 AM , Blogger Leigh Powell Hines (Hines-Sight Blog) said...

Congratulations! You need to be so proud.

 
At July 7, 2012 at 9:24 AM , Blogger Savvy Working Gal said...

You are a great role-model. What an experience. With your new-found confidence you are a winner. I am pinning your post to my fitness inspiration board on Pinterest.

Stopping by from SITS

 
At July 7, 2012 at 11:53 AM , Anonymous Positively Alene said...

Great to be back at your site! Happy Saturday SITS style! Thanks for this inspiring post. Keep it up you encourage many!

 
At July 7, 2012 at 12:09 PM , Blogger agapewoman said...

I believe just doing the challenge is what made you stand out! Congratulations! Stopping by from SITS.

 
At July 7, 2012 at 2:19 PM , Blogger Jolene said...

Congrats on a strong finish through all of these challenges!! I love that pic of you btw!!

 
At July 9, 2012 at 12:53 PM , Anonymous Nancy Spooner Bsharah said...

What a great post! I am glad I found this blog - you are adorable and inspiring! Keep it up!

 
At July 9, 2012 at 10:58 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Thanks Nancy!

 
At July 9, 2012 at 10:58 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Thanks friend!

 
At July 9, 2012 at 10:59 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Thank you. For me, that was the biggest part of the challenge.

 
At July 9, 2012 at 10:59 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Thank you!

 
At July 9, 2012 at 10:59 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Thank you!

 
At July 9, 2012 at 11:00 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Thank you! I appreciate you sharing this.

 
At July 9, 2012 at 11:00 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Thank you and nice to have you back here!

 
At July 14, 2012 at 7:09 PM , Blogger Brook Redhead Reverie said...

Congratulations to you ... and for sending a wonderful message to us all about how important it is to challenge yourself and step outside your comfort zone. Because sometimes it's the journey not the destination that reaps the greatest rewards. :-)

 

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