038: Putting Spirit In Motion with Maureen Manley

Our dreams shift and change throughout our lives, and real champions work on embracing the new despite the discomfort that uncertainty that change can bring. Maureen Manley is an Inspirational Keynote Speaker, Trainer, Coach, and US National Cycling Champion. She joins the show this week to tell her story of being diagnosed with MS right when she was at the height of her career, and how she learned to persist in a way that was in alignment with her mind, body, and soul. Maureen used this turning point in her own life to inspire others to dig inside themselves and find the strength they may have never known existed.    What You Will Hear in This Episode:  As a champion on the US Cycling Team, Maureen won a National Championship, set a national record, and won a silver medal in the World Championships.  At the height of her cycling career and while racing in the Tour de France, Maureen suffered a frightening health crisis. She went blind and she crashed — only to learn it was the onset of multiple sclerosis, also known as MS.  This diagnosis left her frustrated and frightened, not only for her health but for the end of her dreams and the life she had been working for every moment of her waking day.  The more she tried to fight, the worse it got. Maureen then turned inward and did the hard work to really look inside herself and figure out what was next.  Real badass women know that there’s not just one choice of finding self-expression, achievement, and freedom.  Maureen created her own academic path and obtained a Masters Degree in Integrated Wellness, where she learned how each individual system of our health creates a bigger integrated whole.  There is a difference between surrendering and giving up, with surrendering we are opening ourselves up to what is new and best for us and we are still on the court of our dreams.    Quotes:  “My spirit moves through me, and there are infinite possibilities of how this shows up — if I allow it.”  “The difference between surrender and giving up is huge.”  “Being a champion of your situation takes a lot of courage.”  “People see themselves in what I share and that’s important because it has to be realistic in order for them to apply [themselves].”    Mentioned: Tour de France Maureen Manley 

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