Sarah O’Neil Homestead is a native of Fruitland, Idaho. She moved to Panama City with her husband Kevin in 2016 and, after his retirement from the United States Marine Corps, they decided that Panama City was where they wanted to settle down. Sarah is the PE coach at University Academy, a K–8 charter academy. While raising two daughters and living busy lives, Sarah and Kevin also co-own Panama City CrossFit, with Sarah as the head coach. Sarah is an accomplished national title winner in weightlifting and currently trains for the World Weightlifting Championships.
My sister gave me Jen Sincero’s book “You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life” for Christmas three years ago. Since then, I have read it several times and every time, it resonates in a different way. I was going through tough questions in life when I read it for the first time. I asked myself if I was a good mom and what I wanted to accomplish in life.
The book introduces ideas on how to better yourself, boost your confidence, become the best person you can be, and be happy. The author presents solutions and perspectives by telling relatable stories from her own experience and that apply to different places in life.
One of my favorite parts is when she talks about how, one day, a bird flew into her house through an open door. It frantically fluttered around, trying to figure out how to get out. She recognized that the bird could see the sky but could not comprehend why it was not able to get there. It couldn’t understand how to fly in the sky.
In life, that’s how it always is. We tell ourselves, “I need more of this. I need more of that,” whereas, if we just stop and quietly reflect on what we really need and how we could get it, if we could only slow down a little bit to see a bigger picture, we could take the steps needed to be successful.
The last time I read this book was right before my husband and I decided to open Panama City CrossFit. It gave me a go-getter “I got this, we and I can do this” attitude. For me, it has been one of the most helpful and motivating books. It also gives overall health and wellness advice. I know the author has published several other “badass” themed books but I have not had a chance to read them.
I think it’s just an overall amazing read for everybody. No matter where you are in your life, some part of the book will resonate with you.
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