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We will update this blog post with guest blog posts on mind + body + spirit + business topics to help you align your work and life.

Find your fitness tribe…

January 2, 2018

©Beth Braviere | Trademark Performance, 2018

26cee8572f2fbfae88c0071b440de143.pngBeth is the Vice President of Operations and Athletic Trainer/Personal Trainer at TradeMark Performance Corporation in Merrillville, Indiana.

Beth graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Master’s in Exercise Science and Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education with a concentration in Athletic Training.

Before joining Trademark, she was the Athletic Trainer at Purdue University Calumet for 3 years. She also served at her Alma Mater, TF North, as the Head Athletic Trainer for 6 years. Beth feels very passionate about the work that she does with the students. She believes that it is important to not only serve as their Athletic Trainer but also be a healthcare educator, friend and liaison.

Beth also divides her time at the Diggz in Northwest Indiana as a Personal Trainer. While not working Beth is usually spending time with her family, which includes twin girls. Beth enjoys running, biking, and any new adventure!

She can be contacted at  bbraviere@trademarkpc.com


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  • Start by finding your “Person”

Just how Meredith had Christina in Grey’s Anatomy, I believe everyone needs their “person”.   Taking on a fitness challenge can sometimes seem daunting, but don’t be discouraged, everyone starts somewhere.  And, taking on that challenge with a friend, will increase your chances of success.  The year I turned 30, a longtime friend of mine, suggested we run a half marathon together.  I laughed, for I had 2 year old twins, worked a full time job with crazy hours, and could barely run down the block!! But, we soon found ourselves on the treadmill, pushing each other to just go a little farther, til finally we crossed the finish line together!

  • It just might create a new habits

Just that little accountability can alter your mindset and push you past any fear or hesitation.  That little shift and motivation might spark new goals and new ideas.  Even buying new gym shoes or workout clothes will make you feel ready for the next challenge.  Once you’ve tackled those goals, you just might find yourself being thirsty for more.  If you are anything like me, the pride and joy  I had in crossing that finish line, when months prior I thought was impossible, encouraged me to find more races to sign up for and more goals to smash! And, thankfully, not only is my “person” still along side of me, so are many new friends and tribe members I’ve met along the way.


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  • Now you’re on a roll

When you share your goals with similarly driven people, suddenly your goals don’t seem so unattainable (like running a half marathon) and setbacks are not so common.  We all fall off sometimes, but when you have a tribe around you, you’ll be more motivated to get back on track.  You’ll have more support around you, and more buddies to go to the gym with, take a new yoga class together, or sign up for a race.  Don’t be afraid to show your successes and setbacks, you’ll soon discover you have a whole team rooting for you!

A fitness tribe is simply two or more people who team up in any way, shape or form to engage in healthy behavior, build healthy habits, or achieve a healthy goal together. — Elle Penner (*Guest Blogger on Huffington Post)

  • Your found your tribe

When you do find your tribe, and you stick to it, you will soon feed off of one another’s drive and enthusiasm.  You’ll find that that motivation and encouragement is contagious, and your friends will motivate you to keep going just as much as you will motivate them! Together you will create an unstoppable energy, and the more you can tap into that energy, the more you will feel unstoppable.  You will push each other to go a little farther and push a little harder, dreaming of bigger mountains to climb.  You may even find yourself climbing them together!!

* Source: How Social is Redefining Fitness:  The Rise of the Fitness Tribes 


We Balance Women

Giving and Getting. Grace. 

Angela Crossin | BWUN President

“What is your grace, my sweetheart?” Are you a skilled writer? Can you knit like a factory? Are you a skilled cook? Are you an in-demand speaker? We all have been “graced” with some talent. Author Kristin Cashore wrote a book entitled “Gracelings”. The opening question queried above is a line from her book.

The book is a non-fiction creation. Gracelings is a non-fiction term created by author Kristin Cashore to define someone who is Graced–that is, he or she has an extreme skill according to Urban Dictionary who describes a Graceling, for example, as, “Someone who is Graced with swimming may be able to swim as efficiently as a fish.”

The lead character is a female — mind you — by the name of Katsa. Katsa is graced with the skill of killing. We have all been given talents of some sort. You have been GRACED with with some talent(s). Are you squandering yours? Are you sharing yours? Each of you should use whatever gifts you have received to make the world a better, smarter, lovelier, and more talented place. I feel that is our obligation to future generations.

Maybe your  Grace is the art of giving grace? Maybe you are really good at giving grace to the irritable?  You are a Grace Graceling.

Have you thought about that? Are you skilled at giving grace to someone who wrongs you? Talks bad about you? Turns their back on you? Stabs in the back and not in the front? Brings you emotional turmoil? Steals from you — time, talent, ideas, and/or money?  Do you need to show grace to him, her, or them? 

When dealing with offensive or irritating people, we need to look past the behavior to the pain. Because everything we do is motivated by something. When people are hurting others, it’s because they’re hurting on the inside. Hurt people hurt people. 

This does not mean to rush over and gush over the individual(s). This does not mean that you need to compromise your integrity or values to concede to ill behavior. Perhaps it is as simple as loving that person where they are at. Forgiving. Forgetting. Moving on. Sharing your talent for grace.

It is something I am personally working on and that I want to carry through to BWUN. We are a strong tribe and only as strong as our weakest link. I will be working on my skill set in the area of getting and giving grace. We all should. We will be exploring how to give and get grace in our next week’s blog and exploring in our monthly Mindful Minutes™.

Oh, yes, we are starting a blog. We are seeking guest bloggers. Seek us out at info@business-women-united.com.

Give Grace. Get Grace.