I was a party at my English friend Lydia’s house where I met her Irish friend Aoife, who is a homeopath. I really believe in homeopathy; many miracle medications used today are derived from plants. Homeopathy has an ancient and respected history in Ireland.
When Rescue asked me to introduce Rescue to my readers, I agreed. I think alternate forms of healing are part of the arsenal we all should have in our medicine cabinets and my boxing Olympic Hopeful friend Amanda Pavone came to mind for a few reasons:
- She’s trying to make the Olympic Women’s Boxing team while working full-time as a chef at The Daily Catch.
- To qualify for the Olympics, she has to drop her weight class from 119 lbs to 112 lbs because Women’s Boxing only has 3 weight classes (men’s has 10!). This is doubly hard because she loves food. She’s a chef, after all!
- Her next qualifying tournament is in Colorado Springs in June where she will have the triple disadvantages of jet lag, a higher altitude which will trigger her allergies and fighting women who are currently on the team and train year around as their job.
This is a job for Rescue! I’m stressed out for her just thinking about it. But there’s more. I am trying to find her corporate sponsors because it’s expensive to compete. She has to take unpaid time off from work plus cover her travel expenses. And it would be nice not to have to log in 60+ hours standing in front of a commercial stove in order to make rent. Working a few days less as a chef in order to train to make the team might make all the different.
To this end, I took her to meet my friend Natalia who used to babysit when my son was an infant and now runs Women’s Lifestyle North American for Puma to learn what brands want from athletes.
In a three word, they want Social Media Stardom. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions of followers on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook make them sit up and take notice. These days it’s less about Olympic Gold Medals and all about followers in a particular desired demographic. For Puma, young women from teens to twenty-somethings.
Amanda has a Facebook page but isn’t on Instagram or Twitter and I’m not sure where she will get the time she needs to grow a following (and work and train 2.5 hours a day). It’s stressful enough to have incoming fists flying at your head but Amanda is fine with that. What she’s stressed about is:
- Trying to balance a full-time job with training 2.5 hours a day
- Earning a spot on the Olympic team so that her job would be to train as a boxer
- Her altitude allergies flaring up in Colorado Springs … (Thank you to Aoife for helping her!)
- Not getting sick for the trials
- Learning social media
It’s funny how different things are stressful to one person but not to another. And it’s often the small things we do for ourselves that help alleviate the stress. I’m going to make sure she has RESCUE in her gym bag for her flight out to Colorado Springs. It’s one small thing I can do to help reduce her stress.
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