• Lauren

Getting Personal: An Introduction to One Strong Bee

Are you strong? I am. Does that make me a cocky bee? Maybe. Try it and let me know.

There’s a lot of different types of strength. #Doyouevenlift? Can you hold a 2 minute plank? Do you limit yourself to a single serving of Americone Dream when you could easily eat the pint (I mean EASILY, like in less than 10 minutes. I could compete. Should I? No??) ? That’s a bad-ass physically strong bee and she’s great and I’ma let her finish, but first-

What about the strength you can’t see? What about grit? Strength of character. When life has you feeling like that cute pair of Nike's you abused in the dryer? The two actually aren’t so much separate as intimately intertwined and mutually supportive.

The truth I return to time after time is this:

you don’t have to be the strongest to be strong.

I firmly believe there’s strength inside every person, waiting for them to take ownership of it.

I've been overweight, I've been underweight. I've been married, separated, and widowed. I've been publicly humiliated. I've experienced the high of graduating with a degree in a field that I love, to be followed by the rejection of getting fired from my first "big-girl" job. I've lied and I've been lied to. I've moved. A lot. I've received a tough medical diagnosis. I battle anxiety; some days I win, some days I lose.

There have been many moments when I've felt alone in my walk. I've felt stuck and isolated and weak and like no one truly understands. I've found my strength, lost it, and regained it, and I suspect I'll misplace it at least few more times before I'm done.

Here on One Strong Bee, I'll be sharing my personal experiences, digging up every scrap of strength I can muster in hopes of showing you that YOU can too. You CAN get fit, you CAN lose weight, and whatever other challenge you're currently facing, you CAN overcome it.

I’ve dipped my toes in the water. I’ve been shoved in the pool. I’ve belly flopped.

I’m here to tell you that the water’s fine.

From One Strong Bee to another, trust me.

Sincerely strong,