6/1/11

Perform Beautifully


To perform beautifully one must aim for progress not perfection. I love my body, not for a number on a scale, but for allowing me to cross finish lines and for being healthy and strong. Every day is worth waking up for and I’m not afraid to set goals which require dedication and energy. Every person is unique and because of that, I embrace the Oakley brand and the beauty that it brings to the female athlete or fitness enthusiast.

In April, I applied for a contest from Oakley, called "Perform Beautifully". My good friend Laura told me about it and I enjoyed filling out the detailed application because I was able to write from the heart.
Here's a little blurb on the contest from TradingMarkets.com

Running for two months, the contest allows women to share inspirations that fuel their active lifestyle by posting their pictures and videos for the chance to win an Oakley Ambassadorship for a year and a fitness retreat in Napa. Winners will be chosen by Oakley judges and visitors to the website, according to the Company.
"This is a great opportunity for women to express themselves and show the beauty of an active life that makes sport and style one and the same," said Jennifer Bradley, Women's Global Brand Director of Oakley. "The Oakley Women's Collection erases the line between form and function to bridge the gap between active and attractive. We're shaping innovation with fashion to bring active women solutions that work with their approach to life, inspiring them to perform beautifully. This contest offers an opportunity for them to inspire others," Bradley concluded.
The Company said contest entrants must submit photos or a video, and describe how they "perform beautifully" by writing about their outdoor activities, as well as the things that inspire them and keep them fit. Ten winners will be chosen. Each will receive a prize package and the opportunity to become an Oakley ambassador for one year. The prize package includes a fitness retreat in Napa Valley, California, and Oakley apparel and sunglasses delivered throughout the year. Including the retreat, each of the ten prize packages has an estimated retail value of $5000 USD.


In my opinion, when one performs beautifully she is not living a strict lifestyle but one of balance, consistency and enjoyment. I believe I perform beautifully because I give myself many reasons to smile on a daily basis. I strive to be stronger and healthier every day and to not live a life of regret, failure and obsession. I feel comfortable and beautiful in my own skin because I live my life for me and I recognize my individual needs based on my training and lifestyle requirements. I love my body, not for a number on a scale, but for allowing me to cross finish lines, travel the world, be adventurous and for being healthy and strong. When one performs beautifully, she recognizes the rewards of exercise and eating for fuel. She thanks her body on a daily basis. To perform beautifully, one must be patient. When you perform beautifully you consider every day worth waking up for and you are not afraid to set goals which require dedication and energy. A beautiful performer will take pride in the steps that are required to achieve goals in life and will find ways to overcome obstacles with beauty and grace.

Last Thursday I received a phone call from two Oakley employees and I'm honored to say that I was chosen to be one of the 10 Oakley Ambassadors for the next year! Because I had completely forgotten about the contest (thanks to my internship), I guess you could say I was completely shocked when they called. I was smiling ear and ear and I graciously accepted the opportunity to represent the Oakley brand. And more than anything, continue to inspire, motivate and encourage others to live a healthy and active life.
A BIG congrats to the other Oakley winners:
Amanda Brooks, Brittany Costa, Caitlin Pruden, DeAnn Teixeira, Francesca Lollini, Katelyn Modisett, Katie Morse, Kimberly Doll and Lacey Calvert for winning the Perform Beautifully contest!

I am so excited to meet the other girls when we all gather in Napa Valley on June 24-27th, 2011.
Here's a video from from a previous Perform Beautifully event in Napa Valley.