A picture is worth a thousand words, and that's the whole concept behind Pinterest - a fun new social network that allows people to create virtual pin boards of their favorite images. About once a week (sometimes more) I'll scroll through Pinterest looking for images that resonate with me, adding them to the GirlsGoneSporty pin boards. Depending on my mood, I might add fashion, beauty, fitness or product pins, slowly accumulating a virtual wall of images that reflect "who" GirlsGoneSporty is.
I'm not going to lie, though - scrolling through the images posted under "Fitness" sometimes depresses me. I guess I just don't understand how posting an image of someone else's body and writing "Motivation" next to it will ever work as long-term motivation. It's not that we can't say, "I want to be stronger, I want to be thinner, I want to be healthier" while appreciating other women who are strong, thin and healthy, but taking an image and saying, "This is what I want to look like," simply isn't a good way to approach personal health and fitness. That's why I decided to create a Motivation pin board designed to focus on quotes and images that promote personal bests, rather than promoting body envy. I hope you'll check it out and follow our Motivation Pins along with our other fun pin boards. Here are a few of my favorite quotes from this week's pin accumulation and the websites they were gleaned from:
Laura Williams, M.S.Ed.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science from Texas State University, Laura Williams focused her career on aquatic and fitness management. Over the course of eight years she moved cross-country three times to take on progressively more difficult roles. She left management in 2010 to finish her master’s degree in exercise and sport science from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. She is now a writer, entrepreneur and the “Sporty Girl CEO” of GirlsGoneSporty. When she’s not working, Laura can be found running her dogs, snowboarding, lifting weights, attempting yoga or watching shamelessly trashy television. Connect with Laura on Google+.