In 2012, I trained for and completed a triathlon as part of CNN’s FitNation program. That whole experience changed my world, made me healthier mentally and physically, and a year later it still surprises me with experiences and lessons connected to that adventure … many of those are not fitness related.
A couple months ago, I received a call from someone who shared one of my triathlon stories with a New York City-based designer, Diana Warner. Diana has been on her own journey the past few years and the ‘keep moving forward’ lesson I learned reminded her of how she navigated through her own obstacles. Diana and I had dinner together, shared our stories in person, and the ‘Keep Moving Forward’ line of jewelry was born.
The first bracelets were delivered to me on the day I was going to meet with and start mentoring the 2013 FitNation team. I was able to give the very first one to my coach, April, who spoke the words ‘keep moving forward’ to me. The next six bracelets went to the fortunate CNN viewers selected to take the same journey I took last year, and I was able to tell them how those words resonated me - both during the race and in life.
If you’d like to read the story that started all of this, about the importance of staying in motion no matter how difficult the journey, click the link below. The bracelets are now available to buy if you’d like to wear the words yourself, or if you have someone that might be working through tough times and could use a reminder to always KEEP MOVING FORWARD.
Jeff Dauler / Keep Moving Forward by Diana Warner