I am OM-mazed by how many of you have decided to engage in our Summer Bucket List. I love dreaming up the impossible, and then pushing myself to accomplish it!! Our Summer Bucket List is all about setting goals, facing fears and embracing the summer siren in all of us!! It may seem easy to an outsider, but it takes a lot of courage to Unleash Your Summer!!
I have been reading a ton of books in search of summer funspiration. One of the most absolutely zentastic books I read was, “Soul Surfer”, the autobiography of one-armed surfer Bethany Hamilton.
Bethany decided at age 8 that she wanted to become a professional surfer. Over the next few years, Bethany kept scoring high in surfing competitions. This #RealBratz was on her way to becoming a professional surfer, never hesitating to Unleash her Passion.
Her positive attitude and belief in herself motivated Bethany to enter surfing competitions even though she was a little different than the other surfers. There was no stopping this zentastic chica! By age 15, she won her first national title, taking first place in the Explorer Women’s division of the 2005 NSSA National Championships!!!
Bethany kept working hard and shining bright. At age 17, her dream came true when she became a professional surfer!!!
Since then, Bethany wrote an autobiography, had a movie based off her life starring the super cute AnnaSophia Robb, has made countless motivational speeches and has become involved in numerous charities that help children with disabilities. I’m OB-sessed with her. Not only did Bethany never give up on Unleashing her Passion, but once she met her goal she paid it forward by helping others. She is a total #RealBratz.
Sometimes I get a little nervous or scared when I am trying something new, but if Bethany wasn’t afraid to take on surfing competitions with just one arm; I can face my fears, too! Reading “Soul Surfer” was the best way to kick-start my bucket list! Now I’m totally prepped and hyped to Unleash My Summer.
The next couple of months are going to be epic!