January 2017 has been an out-of-the-comfort-zone Ladies Day season. Deep powder, ice, high winds snow storms, white-knuckle driving. We joke that If it is Thursday and if it is Ladies Day, there must be a storm. Today was supposed to be sunny but I woke to 2 inches of snow to shovel at my house. Four for Four.
I had begun to doubt my skiing abilities even wondering if I lost my mojo after a skiing accident last season. I spent this week working on my motivation doing soul searching and asking friends to suggest motivational videos to watch, hoping to get inspired. My concerns even worked their way into a deeply spiritual conversation with my boss about what we are able to do with God’s help. I don’t even know my boss’s religious affiliation and never expected such a conversation by Skype while listening to an online webinar. It was kind of surreal.
But God moves in mysterious ways. And something in that conversation clicked inside of me. God uses things that are tough to do to teach us that we can move beyond our limits. When we trust in Him and ourselves, we are unstoppable. I felt God telling me, “Get out of your own way. You got this one. You are powerful.” I began to see a way back to my mojo.
So I looked forward to today with new hope, encouraged by my recent insights into my potential inner strength. When I woke to 2 inches of new snow, I bucked up my courage, thanked myself for buying a 4×4 and headed out with the girls. I made sure my chick-power songs were playing: Unstoppable, Woman Up, Fight Song, you know the types of songs.
But, when Sadie said her goal was to get us skiing a Black Diamond today, I was a bit overwhelmed. She sensed my concerns and asked what I felt like I wanted to do. I wanted to have a confidence day—I wanted to get back my mojo. She agreed and said we’d work on that.
Conditions were not perfect. We still could not see the valley from the top and the winds whipped while the snow fell. But something clicked. I could feel it. I could feel my mojo was back. This was not a bluebird-groomer day but it was a kick-butt day with my snow sisters. We skied with confidence and worked on getting ourselves in better form. I felt so happy and exhilarated!
To top off a great day, Sadie suggested we take a black diamond on our way back to the base. After having an amazing day of confidence, I worried that this would end badly. The run was connected to a run where I had taken a huge fall my second year (almost ending with me going off a cliff). But with my Snow Sisters, I wasn’t going to say no.
It was definitely not the most beautiful run I have ever taken. I fell twice in the chopped-up powder, but I made it in one piece. Being the last one of the group, I was cheered at the bottom by my friends. They encouraged me to take the chance even when the run was incredibly scary and steep.
To celebrate conquering the black, we synchro skied all the way down to the base. We must have been a site. Esther Williams on snow (It was Sadie’s dream).
So, the moral is you are going to get knocked down in life. Conditions are not going to be sunshine and rainbows every day. You are going to face things that scare the absolute crap out of you. That’s OK. You’ve got this. If you lost your mojo, it’s not the end. Don’t quit. Maybe you will get your inspiration from a middle-aged bald guy chatting with you via Skype when you are supposed to be paying attention to work, but take your inspiration where it comes.
My mojo is back! And Ladies Day, I am coming for you in February—even if you are snowy every week. I got this! Come ski with me!
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