middleofthree

LIFE | RUNNING | CHEER

Forcing yourself out of bed each morning

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As I write this, I am quote/unquote coaching myself. Yes, getting up is hard every day especially when no one tells you what time you have to arrive at work. Owning your own business allows for many freedoms, like sleeping in. I am going to assume you are a mother like me, and that life hasn’t always been easy. I am writing on this topic because I needed to hear it so there must be others out there like me. And if you are like me, you spend a good bit of your time surfing the web and Instagram for inspirational quotes to motive you throughout the day. When the truth of the matter is, they don’t work. No picture of magical words will get you up out of the chair or out of the bed and be productive. So if that doesn’t work, what does?

Anger. Anger is the strongest emotion we have. You can find plenty of quotes about anger as motivation, trust me I have them saved on my Pinterest boards. Happiness, sadness, fear, and any other emotion you try to use may work but not as well as Anger does. There is a reason why women become fitness nuts after a divorce, that reason is Anger. On a side note, I am personal trainer and twice divorced. Ha!

One of the most interesting people I’ve ever met, I will probably never see again and I didn’t even catch her name. But that’s not what is important. Two years ago, after learning I had been cheated on for the “I’ve lost count” number, I decided I would run a 100k (roughly 62 miles) trail race. Running is therapy and pushing beyond my limits helps ease whatever pain I am going through. Anyways, back to the story, I was running along the course and two ladies came up on me. Ultra marathon runners are very different from your “normal” runner, you get into a slow steady pace that can last for 10-12 hours. So as I was running with these two ladies, one of them started telling her story. The other lady was just there for moral support, her best friend, knowing her purpose, of course. The talkative one, began telling me her story. How she and her husband had been married over 15 years with three children, all in either high school or middle school, involved in sports,etc. Her husband comes home one day, and says he is leaving, wants a divorce, just like that. The kind of stuff you hear about but never talk to anyone that has actually lived through it, and trust me I could tell she was living through it. With every word that came from her mouth came anger, power, and strength to take another step. Which is exactly what she was doing at that moment. Running was the only thing that kept her alive as she said. I ran alongside her for as long as I could just listening to the strength this woman possessed. I had always thought I had it bad, my life was tough, and it had been, but this lady was thriving. I can’t tell you what she does for a living or anything else other than the drive I saw in her through her body movement. Her friend ran with us showed no emotion, like she had heard this story a hundred times but never left her friend’s side. All the while I am total shock. I had never met another female that I thought was stronger than me, until that December morning.

Like I said, I may never cross paths with her again but she will remain in my memory and thoughts forever. And when times get tough, I want to be that powerful driven voice that someone else needs.I’ve been a personal trainer for over 10 years now, and I’ve never been more inspired than when I ran alongside that lady. I cannot think of a better definition of a personal trainer.

-Tara

My 1st Blog/Simple Enough

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I’ve been wanting to start a blog for quite some time now but wasn’t sure what I wanted to focus on or where I wanted to go with it.  But recently I came across a comment made, basically saying “if you are good at something, what are you waiting for? People are waiting to hear your story”  That’s what finally sparked my desire to press on with this blog.  So to start with, here is a short description of my life without going in too deep, no one wants to go there, ha!

In short, I help people become better versions of themselves.  From three year olds to 60 year olds. And I didn’t come to that conclusion over night. I knew I was good at teaching kids how to flip and to love the sport of cheerleading. I also knew I was good at motivating people to run and exercise.  I’ve always had a deep passion for cheerleading and running has always been a part of my life.

It has taken me nearly 33 years to figure out my life has only really started to begun.  The struggles, and I mean many struggles, have molded me into the business owner I am today.  To look back and hold resentment would be easy and the most logical thing to do however, I’ve climbed out of mistakes most would never believe in my 33 years and have many more accomplishments than failures.  To quote Winston Churchill, “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm”. This is not an easy task, but when you think of it like that, it’s much easier to handle the mistakes made and keep going.

In closing, I think I am going to continue to help people in my blog.  Maybe by me sharing my mistakes, someone else can learn from it, after all nothing happens by chance. There is a reason and meaning behind every action.

Oh, and “the middle of three” thing, that’s me. I am the middle of 3 girls! Which is very interesting, both my sisters are alike and nothing like me.  I am on a journey to figure out why!

TK.

Hello,

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My name is Tara Knight and this is my blog!
It will be about my life and all the crazy things
that go with being a cheer coach, personal trainer
and owning two businesses.