Hi there! I’m Sarah. It’s nice to meet you.
The basics: twenty-four years old but I don’t play the part. Undergraduate student majoring in psychology and minoring in nutrition. The gym is my second home. I use sarcasm too much and can be rather sassy. I’m stubborn but I’ll always listen to the other side. I believe that we should push our limits everyday to become better versions of ourselves.
Fitness and wellness are really the center of my being, I cannot picture my focus in life any other way. I truly believe we can all live a life full of health, and that it is our personal duty to take care of our bodies and to provide them with the tools needed to thrive. Maybe I’m biased as a student looking to dive into the healthcare field post-grad, but I like to think more people than not would agree with me on that statement. For me, thriving is a state of balance between physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
I grew up competing nationally in a sport that 9/10 people have never even heard of… jump rope. I stopped at age twelve (although you can still find me doing an unreasonable amount of double unders to this day). After dealing with anxiety and self-doubt since early childhood, I developed an eating disorder. For years I was controlled by my ED, it was the center of the circle which my life revolved around. After relapsing in 2012 after a race and subsequent injuries I entered treatment again and jumped into what I call my true recovery process. Each day I am finding more and more out about myself, I’m breaking into my true core values.
I don’t partake in “typical twenty-something activities”. I hate most social realms, I enjoy coffee dates, running (trial running is my favorite), learning new things, sipping wine, lifting, hiking, listening to/watching comedy, intellectual conversations, yoga, listening to podcats (usual topics: lifting, neuroscience, running, mental health), coloring, driving with the windows down (most especially in the winter), I have a solid collection of CDs in my car ranging from 15-30 (folk, indie, rap… just keeping things eclectic), reading research articles, and spending quality time with meaningful people in my life.
Besides being a student, I work the front desk at a gym, as a substitute teacher, and at a little family-owned grocery store! I’m a NASM certified personal trainer. I’m currently working on a running mechanics and gait analysis continuing education course.
I’ve played around with adventure racing, doing the Spartan races (Beast, Sprint and Summer Death Race) and other various events. I participated in the 2012 Peak Ultra marathon, and a few months later the 2012 Peak Death Race. It’s fun stuff, and I’m not being sarcastic here. I should say, it’s fun for me. Competitive athlete from a young age and it gets the best of me from time to time.
I do what I do because it’s who I am but I also love seeing the direct motivational output towards others. This lifestyle continues to teach me new things each day. I still have my struggles, but one thing I have learned is that thriving in your life is one of the most rewarding and amazing feelings. I think that people need to start believing in themselves more because at the end of the day we are all we have.
Why The Pursuit of an Outlier? Well it’s rather simple – I’ve never really fit in, no matter the part of my life. I was always the odd kid out on the playground, the student who just got along with everyone but was never in a close-knit group, the girl who choose to not go to parties, the college student who has since stayed on that same path. It’s my nature. I’m an outgoing introvert and quite honestly I love it. For me, being average and thinking inside the box is far from entertaining. I’m also a geek at heart and outlier is a statistical term, oh how I love stats… again no sarcasm here. Ultimately, when I was going over blog names time and time again in my head with no success, “The Pursuit of an Outlier” popped into my noggin and I’ve loved it ever since.
“The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little.” – Thomas Merton
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