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Feeling Overwhelmed?


  1. Return 15 e-mails
  2. Buy needle and thread for sewing project
  3. Sew 20 of Savanna’s Girl Scout patches on her vest
  4. Call Girl Scouts about setting up a special CrossFit workshop
  5. Meetings with clients from 8:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
  6. Coaches meeting 10:15 a.m.
  7. Create invite for “Champion Mindset” seminar
  8. Apply to speak at upcoming women’s conference
  9. Coaching sessions with clients
  10. Register for the CrossFit Open
  11. Take the CrossFit Open Judge’s Course
  12. Help kids with spelling words
  13. Take kids to dentist
  14. Call about break dance classes for Stone
  15. Spend quality time with family
  16. …Eat?
  17. …Workout?
  18. …Sleep?


To-do lists…I don’t really make them…all my “to-dos” are in my head. I know what I need to get done in a day…and I set out to attack it!

But in all honestly, lately, I’ve been feeling OVERWHELMED.

Do you ever feel overwhelmed?

Many, many days, it seems as though there is so much to do, yet so little time.

Anyone else relate?

Bueller? Bueller?

I think, in particular, as a woman, I can innately desire to be “Super Woman”—after all, I’ve pulled it all off before, right? There’s no match for me!The funny thing is, the more my own list of “to dos” grows, the more some of my basic human needs tend to go in order to get everything else “done”.

Like my personal fitness.

No, this is not a News Flash!

super womanCarey Kepler is not sitting on her couching, eating a bag of Doritos, forgoing CrossFit, but what it is to say, is that the more I have been feeling overwhelmed lately, the more I have made my workouts less of a priority. It’s like the nail ladies at the nail salon who paint their fingers and toes with their own undone fingernails and raw hands from scrubbing yours. Or the coaches and teachers who are at all the other kids’ games or helping other kids with their math facts after school, but forgoing attending their own child’s games or spending a little extra time helping their child with their math homework at night.

Reflecting upon this, it got me thinking…unlike I desire to believe,  getting it ‘all done’ doesn’t all happen in a day.

And I am trying to be okay with that.

I am trying to realize that, NO, Rome was not built in a day—and I don’t have to build it either in that time.

And the more I re-evaluate my laundry list of “to-dos”, particularly lately as it continues to grow, I have to ask myself, “What are my priorities today?”

And, in doing so, the more the ‘important stuff’ (the stuff that really matters most) supersedes that ever-growing to do list (in my head).

 Like…family, my spiritual walk and the thing I love to do—fitness.

Yesterday was a holiday (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), and the kids were off school.

I spent several precious hours of the day with the kids and Kris.

We went on a hike in Shoal Creek, to the graffiti wall downtown, and I “set up shop” with Savanna in the parking lot of Walgreens to assist her with selling Girl Scout cookies for her troop—57 boxes to be exact (and yes, I admit, they weren’t ‘Paleo’).

I took several hours out of my day—that otherwise could have been filled with checking things off my list—to invest in one of the things that matters most to me, my kids and husband…

As for my workouts, it is so important for me to find the space in my day to day to do what I love in order to then better fuel my vigor and gusto to do everything else I “need to do.”

While I maybe can’t devote 2-3 hours to working out like I used to…I can find an hour a day for me-time.

Time to get my heart pumping, endorphins flowing and energy revved.

What are the things in life that should come first for you—no matter what? The things you love?

Do What You love - Love what you do

Your marriage?

Your kids?

Your spiritual life?

Your health (nutrition and fitness)?

Your work?

Your finances?

Your friendships?


It’s very hard to rank them I know.

I do believe though when we invest our energies and time in the things that fuel us and the things that most resonate with our hearts—the more everything else falls into place!

And while I didn’t get it all done, the beautiful thing is, today is a brand new day…

Taking a breath, from all I “need to do”, to “all I get to do!”

Carpe diem.


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