Before I started Move Me, I was working as a full time trainer at a corporate gym. It was my dream job post college but there was still something missing. When I finally decided to start my own training business, I decided to take some time off to clear my head and send myself off into this new venture. I thought about taking a trip to Machu Picchu, backpacking Europe, but there was just too much to see and plan. I wanted to keep it simple, free, and isolated. I decided to take a road trip to as many National Parks as I could for 10 days, camping out wherever I could. I didn’t have a route planned or who I would go with, I just knew I wanted to go. Then I found Jami through social media. She had just made the decision to start her journey in life and open a gym. But before she did that, she embarked on her own road trip, and she did it alone. The concept of a solo road-trip almost gave me anxiety. I had never been alone with myself for that long and even when I was alone I still had my phone to provide that social comfort. I listened to her reasoning behind the trip, saw the beautiful pictures that came from it, and saw a genuinely satisfied person that came back. Seeing what she went through on the trip gave me the courage to do it on my own as well. I messaged her, found her route, and got a deeper sense of what she experienced and how it affected her. After that conversation, I planned my route to Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and back to Texas. I set off on the trip, and I was alone for the next 10 days. I will never forget the feelings that venture brought out in me. There were points I wanted to turn around. There were points that I wish I had someone to share it with. I was sad, happy, lonely, and deeply satisfied and I experienced it all on my own. To this day, it is one of my most treasured experiences and I’m glad I could capture it the way I did. If you want to watch the trip you can find that here
The trip served it’s purpose, I was able to figure out what “Move Me” meant to me. I found what really Moves Me in life and how to spread that message. I learned how to do things for myself and not anyone else. 10 days won’t change you forever, and there are still things I struggle with that a solo venture won’t fix. But the trip gave me something to chase, and continue to work on and towards. I don’t think I would have gotten the same benefits out of this trip if I didn’t do it alone and I have Jami to thank for that.
I asked Jami to share what moves her in life and this is what she told me:
What Moves Me?
The people and places I have yet to see or meet. The potential and purpose of every individual I encounter. My job is to continually find the holes in our society and fill them with experience, love, and confidence. Trauma and war with the unknown is what validates me. Being able to express human awareness on what it's like to feel physically, mentally, and emotionally in control over your life is the type of power that I advocate for. Travel, exploration, and getting vulnerable in all the uncomfortable places are what drive me to learn while educating myself and others on the authenticity of life. Enjoying the pains, sufferings, and obstacles that allow us the ability to strengthen our core, and constantly grow. We are all capable of becoming a "super human". We are all born with a natural gift to accomplish unthinkable circumstance. Allow some self space to step into YOUR light, and feel the power that comes with it. DO EPIC SHIT. CREATE AND MOVE.
- Jami Lynne
Jami and I didn’t know each other before I took my trip. She shared her personal experience and allowed herself to be vulnerable. Her taking that risk directly affected me and I hope I can do the same for someone else one day. This goes to show that your actions do move people. Don’t be afraid to share your experience with the world, it just might reach the person who needs it most.
We have since connected and it turns out she is even more moving in person. When you talk to her you will hear the passion and conviction in her voice. She now owns her own gym on the East side of Austin called Outsiders ATX . Like me, she helps people achieve a healthy body and mindset through fitness. She goes deeper than that though, she holds work shops that help people address underlying issues we all face. She builds a sense of community and comfort around people, which I value now more than ever. If you are in the area you need to stop by on a Saturday for a community workout. You will quickly find your new home.
-Jami, you Move Me