Over my life I have been lucky to draw strength from various sources of inspiration as I battle tough times. Beautifully written words by poets and authors, the mystery of the ocean, the unbridled beauty of nature in its purest form, and people have all brought me motivation and encouragement to be the best Kristie possible.
That last one, people, is what I find inspires me most; the greatness of each unique individual. While I have been inspired by the works of many famous people, it is those who do things not for fame or glory but for the simple reason of pushing themselves beyond their own comfort zones that inspire me most. Those who try new things, who face their fears, and who bolster others through unbelievable acts of kindness, those are the people who inspire me, and I am dang lucky enough to call them my friends and family!
Over the course of the Columbia Sportswear #OmniGames, I was inspired by my #omnifamily again and again. The amazing smiles and upbeat attitude of Katie Boue and Aleya Littleton kept me happy and light.
The ability to remain humble, even when clearly dominating the competition is something that few people do well. Beth Bault and Justin Lukasavige reminded me that true champions see themselves as normal people.
With their try anything attitude, Eric Eagan and Heidi Henry pushed me to step outside my normal comforts. They reminded me that you never know if you like something or are good at it until you have fun trying it!
If I had been delayed multiple times in my travels to Park City, I am not sure that I would have been as determined to complete every task thrown my way, but Michelle Eady sure was…and she rocked them!
Again, I was inspired by the greatness that was the Columbia Sportswear. You all never cease to amaze with the trips you put together, but more importantly with the true level of caring that you have for each person involved in those trips.
Throughout the entire competition I was inspired by my partner Weston Shirey. He had fun with everything he did; he cheered on everyone, not only me. He was always willing to offer a smile, fist bump, high five, or hug. As he flew by me on the slopes during a challenge to gain the most vertical feet as a team (basically ski or snowboard the most), he would whoop, give me encouraging words, and let me know he recognized how hard I was trying.
How are you #InspiredByGreatness in your everyday life?