A Life Less Bullshit

I’m Nicole Antoinette: runner, real-talk advocate, and former slave to the "all or nothing" mindset

Here at LLB we have a two-word motto: JUST TRY. Seriously, whatever you want to do, just try! In the meantime, let's all stop pretending to live a picture-perfect life.

It's Time To Answer The Big Questions

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How Will You Be Brave Today?

“In the middle of a competition, there will come a time where you will have the choice to go or not go. I am saying you should go.”

I crossed the two-mile mark, and I could see the orange cones up ahead, the ones the signaled the fourth and final out-and-back turnaround section of the race.

Four out-and-backs, four chances to count how many women were ahead of me as they rounded the cones and ran back in my direction.

At the first turnaround, I was the 10th woman. “Good,” I thought. “Stay calm, stay relaxed.”

I ran on.

At the second turnaround, I was the 8th woman. “Good, moved up two spots. Keep applying pressure. Keep going.”

By the time we reached the third turnaround, I was 7th. Coming around that turn, the course went straight uphill. “Hold your form,” I thought. Followed by my favorite mid-race mantra: “You’re strong. You’re fit. You’re in control.” I repeated that over and over, letting the rhythm of the words merge with the rhythm of my breathing, trying to find the sweet spot where you’re giving everything you’ve got without giving it all too soon.

The two-mile marker came and went. “One more mile to go,” I told myself. “Hold it.”

I counted the women running toward me after the final turnaround, and I was still in 7th. We ran on for another few minutes, and my eyes were pinned to the 6th place woman, just up ahead.

As I got closer to her, I felt myself start to go deeper into the pain cave. There was still over a half mile to go, and my head was suddenly flooded with self doubts.

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How (& Why) To Create An Anchor Habit

If you’re feeling stuck, or overwhelmed, or like you’re floating around in an endless mess of to-do lists and yet aren’t actually making progress on anything, then this is for you.

So stop whatever else you’re doing – stop multi-tasking and refreshing your email and listen up:

You’re not going to stop feeling stuck or overwhelmed or like you’re floating around in an endless mess of to-do lists until you a) decide to change something, and then b) ACTUALLY CHANGE SOMETHING.

You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.

You are the changes you make, not the things you moan about and “wish” you could change.

But, look, change doesn’t have to be huge in order to be hugely impactful. If you’re sitting there waiting until you have “enough time” or the “right circumstances” to make a big change, you’re making it too hard on yourself. Who says big changes are the only way? Who says it has to be all or nothing?

Life doesn’t need to be a constant battle between eating zero cookies and eating eleventy hundred cookies.

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