19 In goals/ life

free fall…!

August 30, 2012… UPDATE! The video works! See below…

I still can’t believe this happened.

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 Sixty amazing seconds of free fall from 13,000 feet…!

Skydiving has been on my in-this-life list for years. I originally threw it on there because it sounded adventurous… quite honestly, though, it seemed rather risky and a bit too out of character to ever happen.

But, apparently telling the world on the internet you want to jump out of a plane makes even one of your most terrifying dreams come true. (I thought you weren’t supposed to believe everything you read on the internet…!) Thank you, Amanda and Mary, for instigating such insanity!

Where do I start?

What an incredible, empowering, life shifting, endorphin inducing, perspective changing experience one that couldn’t have come at any better time.

Most of August, my normally happy #lifelove has been clouded by a discouraging funk, and I’ve had a really tough time pulling myself out of it. But, in the split second oh-my-god-this-is-actually-happening-what-was-I-thinking moment right before I willingly jumped out of a plane 2.5 miles off the ground, something shifted, and my perspective changed as I plummeted 120+ mph toward the earth.

Perma-grin plastered on my face and wind whipping my mouth wide open, I realized: I can do anything  anything!  if I can do this.

There were suddenly amazing possibilities + opportunities smack in front of me, mine for the taking (though they’ve been there, unseen, all along; it just took a parachute to open them up). And, I’m taking them, thankyouverymuch.

Achieving your dreams + goals is pretty amazing, and I am full of gratitude and love for the thoughtful, wonderful people in my life who encourage me and push me out of my comfort zone to dream bigger, reach higher and make things happen. It’s things like this – daring and trusting to jump into the wide open blue sky of unknown – when life’s magic manifests.

Now it’s your turn. Pick one thing off your list, and do it. This week. Because there’s no better time than RIGHT NOW. Because there’s nothing more spectacular than realizing what you’re capable of – and, it’s much, much more than you imagine.

And… the photo play-by-play:

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And, the video, courtesy of Westside Skydivers. Many thanks to my rock star tandem, Scooter!

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  • amikoch
    08/29/2012 at 8:22 am

    Great post, Sis!! But I’m bumming because the link to watch the video doesn’t work on here either!! :(

    • sweetsweat
      08/29/2012 at 11:16 am

      Thanks, Sista! And, thank YOU for lifting my spirit today :)

      Working on the video…

  • Mom
    08/29/2012 at 8:53 am

    I still can’t believe you did this! Awesome! Enjoyed the pictures. Not for me though…..

    • sweetsweat
      08/29/2012 at 11:17 am

      You could totally do it, Mom! Doubt your doubts, and let’s do it for you and Dad’s 60th birthdays :)

  • Matt Storlie
    08/29/2012 at 9:36 am

    Ha! I didn’t tell my Mom I was doing it until AFTER I jumped! Great job, Erin! And, by the way, if it is the same “Scooter” (can there be more than one?), Anne did a tandem with her back in 2001 when we went together! :)

    • sweetsweat
      08/29/2012 at 11:18 am

      I told her the day of :)

      Thanks, Matt! Ha… I bet it was the same Scooter (she’s been doing it full-time for 15 years)! She’s awesome, and I’d jump with her again in a second.

  • Andria
    08/29/2012 at 10:04 am

    The look on your face is priceless! Well done, superstar!

    • sweetsweat
      08/29/2012 at 11:19 am

      Thanks, lady :)

  • Emily Dingmann (@nutritionisteat)
    08/29/2012 at 9:42 pm

    You are so brave Erin!!! I’m not sure I could do that!

    • sweetsweat
      08/30/2012 at 9:22 am

      Oh, you SO could, Emily!

  • Candice
    08/30/2012 at 8:54 am

    Badass. I love it and yes there is NO better time then the present. Thanks again for inspiring me to reach higher, I hope to do the same for you!

    • sweetsweat
      08/30/2012 at 9:34 am

      Absolutely you do, Candice! Always! Let me know next time you’re in MPLS. I’d love to get together for some catch up and goals talk :)

  • rita
    08/30/2012 at 9:42 pm

    uhoh. i want to jump out of a plane now.

    • sweetsweat
      08/30/2012 at 10:42 pm

      Do it, Rita! So much wonderful. So empowering :)

  • Carrisa @ G-Free Runner
    08/31/2012 at 2:26 pm

    Oh my gosh! That’s awesome, good for you! I’m getting vertigo just looking at your pictures though…haha. Those pictures are incredible though!

    • sweetsweat
      09/03/2012 at 9:28 am

      Thank you, Carrisa! Ha… they are a bit dizzying, aren’t they?! :)

  • Mom
    08/31/2012 at 11:00 pm

    Quite the video!

    • sweetsweat
      09/03/2012 at 9:28 am

      Makes you want to skydive… right, Mom? :)

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