What is it all about?

First blog post. It feels like I should set some intentions and outline my ideas for Inspired Outlier. You are going to learn soon I'm FULL of big goals and big ideas.  This website I hope will inspire you to step into your strength and be the best version of you. 

To start, a little about me.  My name is Lauren Franklin and I'm the person behind this brand.  My story starts a while back when I was floundering, as in, I was really didn't feel or look like myself. Our three beautiful baby boys were all walking successfully, out of diapers and suddenly I looked down at myself and didn't recognize the person standing in my skin. It felt like a mini identity crisis. In getting through those early years of parenting I had completely sacrificed my health. I was tired. It was hard to get out of bed. I wasn't at all happy with myself. 

Something had to change. Now I'm not going to tell you about an amazing product or shake or program I did.....because honestly I believe most people KNOW what they need to do to improve their health (pppssst... its diet and exercise.)  But this time, when I made the decision to take care of myself, I stopped focusing on numbers on the scale or even the tape measure. I had to FEEL better and that was all I cared about. I focused on the day to day and how my body reacted to the challenges I put it through.

And then I started talking to myself..... I'm not kidding. I began moving my body and when it got hard, words started flashing in my head, "Unstoppable" "Focused" "Resilient."  These conversations I was having in my head became so empowering that I started putting them on shirts to for me to wear to workouts.  Friends and family started to notice them and just as organically as that, Inspired Outlier was born. 

From there, I didn't stop.  I continued to talk to myself and the words on my shirt propelled me to sign up for events that scared the tar out of me.  A ten mile run?  Sure! (I'm not a runner.)  A long distance bike ride? Where do I sign up? (I hadn't ridden my road bike in years.)  How about a triathlon?  Wow, that's terrifying.  I'll do it. (Never have done anything of the sort before and a terrible swimmer.)

But here is the thing about all these events.  First, no one turns you away.  You can sign up for anything you want and if you train correctly, you will finish.  Secondly, there is this unbelievable POWER in crossing a finish line.  I'm talking about a high for days. This endorphin high coupled with the empowering words on my shirt made me feel like I had struck gold.  

There is so much more to say but there's time for that.  For now, know that I do sincerely believe you can do anything you put your mind to.  I did it myself and I've seen others do it too.  

There is so much power in the words we say to ourselves.  Use them to propel you forward. Wear your hustle. Go on, get it.