Change of Pace
Maria says she feels like she needed to mix things up to expand her social circle, too.
"I wanted to meet new people. I knew that would happen with CrossFit9."
Having started her law enforcement career at a time most 20-somethings are still in college, Maria says she had to grow up a little faster than most. It left her feeling disconnected from old circles of friends and needing to reach out for a new sense of community.
It wasn't comfortable at first.
"I hate change, but I needed change."
She was a little reserved when she first started, but now you could set your watch to Maria's consistent CrossFit9 noon class attendance. She learns her classmates' names, greets them with a warm, sincere smile, and asks about their lives outside the gym. She's always cheering them on until the last person finishes.
Her advice to someone who is still sitting on the sidelines?
"You have to tell yourself you are going to do it, and step outside your comfort zone. So much growth comes once you do."