Get Out & Live.

I keep seeing these pots online about people who “live their life to the fullest” …and I just sit there, dumbfounded.

Living life to the fullest doesn’t mean partying every night, getting shit faced drunk, sleeping with random dudes and getting your hair done when you feel like it. It’s not eating whatever you want and blowing off class because you’re hung over.

Living life to the fullest means taking advantage of every single opportunity to better yourself.

It means working your ass off to have a healthy and fit body.

It means continuing to educate yourself in areas of interest or in areas relevant to your career.

It means traveling, seeing the world, and jumping on opportunities.

Living life to the fullest is about getting the hell out of your comfort zone and making your dreams come true.

It’s about being kind, doing for others, and helping others pursue THEIR dreams.

If you don’t have goals and aspirations, you’re not living life at all. If you’re not betting yourself in some way, every day, you’re not living life at all. If you’re not kind, driven, and happy…you’re not doing it right.

So, why don’t you get out there and start ACTUALLY living. See the world, experience things…make some memories.

xoxo

OkieGirl

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An Overthrown Defeat.

Yesterday was a wonderful day for me. It was the first day of a new nutrition plan, It started off with an amazing brainstorming session that set the pace for my whole day, I got to hang out with my best friend, I had zero anxiety in a situation where I used to get so overwhelmed…and I got to get in a killer shoulder workout with my incredible husband.

Such an incredible husband…

I’ve known this man for almost 7 years now…I’ve watched him struggle through and overcome so many terrible things, but one thing that remained to get him down for all these years was not being able to exercise like he used to…you know, the traditional USMC way.

You see, my love was injured while serving our country in the Marine Corps …he nearly lost his arm, and lost the majority of its function. In those 7 years he has BLOWN me away 1,000 times with the things he can do with that damn arm. It’s almost scary, to be honest. He can operate equipment, mechanic on a truck, ride his motorcycle..or anything else he puts his mind to…but he couldn’t do a push-up.

It broke my heart to see him feeling defeated…

So, about 4 months ago when I started weightlifting…I’d drag him down to work out with me. He would get in a great workout with his left arm, and then would reciprocate that workout with just 2 pounds on the other side, but it was something. He kept working, and kept pushing through…I watched him get stronger and that made me feel great but last night….

Last night I stood in our shop gym and was so overwhelmed with emotion and pride as I watched him do not only 1…but FIVE push ups for the first time since that injury.

To you that may seem like nothing, but to a man who has been defeated by his own body a thousand times, I think it’s pretty amazing.

I just want to say;

You’re a bad ass, baby…and you inspire me every day. I’m so freaking proud of you. You make me believe that there truly are no limits, and that I can achieve absolutely anything I put my mind to. You’re my hero. I’m so glad to be your partner in life.

I love you to the moon.

xoxo

OkieGirl

Keepin’ It Fresh.

It’s not real often I meet someone that I just absolutely vibe with…on some weird intergalactic kind of level…but when I do, man…magic can be made.

I remember the first time I met Mr. Cowboy Fresh (who was still just Mr. Austin at the time) …it was in a junkyard somewhere between Weatherford and Stephenville, Texas. That’s not even a joke. It was shortly after I had launched my company, TwistedPro, and his photo shoot was the first real shoot I had ever done. But, my girl Danielle believed in me so…there I was.

There I was…more hungover than I’d ever been before, my head in a bucket just 5 minutes before we met Austin. Gee, that was the highlight of my career (sorry, Austin!). Somehow I managed to pull myself together and get some of the coolest shots I’ve ever done to date…and that was 4 years ago!

Not all that long ago Austin contacted me to help him put together some graphics and maybe vamp up his website a little bit..and it seems like it’s been all downhill from there.

I had the absolute privilege of doing a photo shoot for Austin and Cowboy Fresh last night…and saying it was for sure the highlight of my career is a complete understatement. It absolutely was and that single day has changed my course completely, and for the better. Not only do I have another big date set with Austin and Cowboy Fresh , but I have MANY more big things in my future.

I just wanted to say thank you for continuing to believe in me even when I didn’t. TwistedPro wouldn’t still exist if you didn’t keep contacting me, and for that…I’m grateful beyond measure. People like you deserve to be celebrated and recognized, so this is my little way of saying thanks on the intnerweb.

Get aholt…cuz this is going to be one hell of a ride!

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xoxo

OkieGirl

Live Fit & Healthy.

As I was sitting on my bed last night writing down some goals and working on a new 21 day transformation program I’ll be doing…a lot of things occurred to me.

  • I’m sure not where I thought I’d be when I turned 26.
    • In some ways I’m proud of that, in others I’ve let myself down.
  • Making changes isn’t easy, but even small changes lead to big results with enough time.
  • I can’t do this on my own.
  • My life depends on this change.

Now that I’ve figured that out, I should be good to go right?

Right…that’s what I’ve said 1,000 times. I’ve “started” to get fit and healthy 1,000 times…I don’t even think I’m exaggerating!

But, this time I did one thing different.

I asked for help, for someone to join me…not just anyone though; my rock, my best friend, my everyday hero, my love, my biggest supporter…my husband.

You see, he’s never let me fail when I asked him for help.

He’s always pushed and supported me in ANY endeavor I’ve ever attempted (and believe me, there have been a LOT of them)….he has stood right beside me through every trial, every success and every failure!

I decided a few days before my 26th birthday that I wanted this year to be different. I don’t want to turn 27 next October, 11th and think…damn, I let another year get away! I want to look back and think “Look at all the incredible things we did this year!” I want to get healthy, the healthiest I have ever been…and I want to inspire others to do the same. I want to take adventures, and risks, and do things that scare me. I want to spend as much time as I can in nature, and learning new things. I want to hunt, and fish, and play in the mud any chance I get…and I want to take every tiny step I can to get a little bit closer to my ultimate goal.

I think as young people we need to realize that our health must come first. Our bodies deserve to run at peak levels. They deserve to be fueled with preservative and hormone free foods that actually benefit our well-being.

You don’t put fake gas in your car when you want it to run it’s best, now do you? So why would you put fake food in your body and expect premium results?

I think we over complicate things. We all want that “quick fix” …but no one really gives a damn about their health. Sit back and think about all the SHIT you’re putting into your body before you use another quick fix product…and then ask yourself why you’re overweight and unhealthy.

You do realize it’s YOUR fault, right? You are the one responsible for your body and taking care of it. The time to start giving a damn is now. Clean up your diet, cut out gluten and processed JUNK, stop drinking chemical concoctions (all of these lead to inflammation in the gut and body – by the way), eat single ingredient foods…get an accountability partner …and MOVE YOUR ASS!! I guarantee you things will begin to change.

That’s not just a note to you, it’s a note to me as well.

I plan on blogging throughout this venture…to share with you our ups and downs, and our progress in health, fitness and life.

I’ll try and share my favorite recipes and things that make it all easier (and cheaper) for us to live fit & healthy…after all, this is a lifestyle change not a quick fix.

Stay motivated, my friends…

xoxo

OkieGirl

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Unplug.

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Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been doing some serious soul searching.

Maybe it’s because this is my last week of being 25…or maybe it’s because I’m sick of living “the way I’m supposed to”.

It seems like society has painted a completely unrealistic idea of what a woman is “supposed to be”. We are supposed to dress nice, fix our hair, do our makeup and always be on point. We’re supposed to drive nice cars, raise nice families, sip our wine and never cuss. We’re “SUPPOSED” to be stay-at-home-mom’s or climbing the corporate ladder.

…but WHY?

What is SO wrong with a girl who can take care of herself? Why is it SO unsuitable for a girl to enjoy hunting, fishing and playing in the mud? Why is it frowned upon for a lady to turn a wrench and get her hands greasy, or work her ass off in the oilfield, or be skilled in running large equipment? And just why is it SO wrong for a woman to choose to not have children?

I guess I probably sound like some sort of feminist or something, but I wouldn’t really say that.

I believe WOMEN are the ones who’ve given us these ridiculous stereotypes. They are the ones who are offended by the women like me who CAN get along just fine in a mans world. I would never fight for some sort of “equality” …I just want to be recognized for working my ass of just like the next guy.

BUT…back to wherever I was going with this.

In realizing that I’m 100% the opposite of what society expects me to be..I came to realize something…that it’s completely okay!

I no longer wish to appease anyone and their expectations of a woman.

I want people to continue to say “I think it’s so weird that you do that.”

I want people to continue to bring up the fact that I’m different…because different is good, period. I want to start conversations and be an advocate of women learning to do shit they’re “not supposed to know” …hell, maybe I’ll put on a camp.

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I’m just so over living in this social media run world..and plan to completely unplug from it. I don’t want or need a Facebook, but got one because I was convinced It’d help my business…it hasn’t. I am ready to go back to my roots. Spending hours upon hours outside, in nature…doing the things I love to do. Sure, I still have to go to work…but I don’t have to come home, turn on a TV, play on my phone and “connect” constantly.

I think if we’d all take a little more time getting to know ourselves and this absolutely incredible world we live in…we’d be a lot more humble about all the stuff we have.

Sit back for a minute and think about that.

UNPLUG and LIVE your LIFE…

Do the thing you want to do.

Go to the freaking gym and eat right.

GET OUTSIDE.

Go on adventures.

Find true love.

Meet new people.

LAUGH.EVERY.DAY!

Life is what you make it people, so make it one big incredible voyage that’s worth talking about.

Be in the moment…

…just live.

xoxo

OkieGirl

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