This started as a blog about training together as a family, in part to inspire other women & families to get involved. As female participation in jiu jitsu has increased, as we have grown as athletes and as we learned that families training together aren’t such an anomaly, the blog has evolved. Jen gets personal with posts on ambition, challenges & achievements in BJJ, CrossFit & with nutrition, while Tom's posts are more educational, informative and analytical in regards to training. On occasion you may hear from the kids.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Never Give Up!

by Jen

I heard this old folklore tale over a year ago and it has stuck with me since. It applies to challenges I’ve had personally, professionally and in my training. I love it – enjoy!

Frog in a Milk-Pail

A frog was hopping around a farmyard, when it decided to investigate the barn. Being somewhat careless, and maybe a little too curious, he ended up falling into a pail half-filled with fresh milk.

As he swam about attempting to reach the top of the pail, he found that the sides of the pail were too high and steep to reach. He tried to stretch his back legs to push off the bottom of the pail but found it too deep.

But this frog was determined not to give up, and he continued to struggle.He kicked and squirmed and kicked and squirmed, until at last, all his churning about in the milk had turned the milk into a big hunk of butter.The butter was now solid enough for him to climb onto and get out of the pail!

"Never Give Up!"

I haven’t posted in a while. Life has been super busy. We celebrated my mother-in-law’s 80th, my 40th and now, this weekend, we’ll celebrate Logan’s 14th. Birthdays, the beginning of the school year, extracurricular activities, and, professionally, the arrival of fundraising season have all quickly taken over my life. I’m still trying to adapt to that new balancing act. But, I'll "Never Give Up,"- especially the training. That helps me keep up with the rest.

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