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Swim Bike Kid on a Mission to Inspire

I attended the CrossFit Games in 2018 with my nine-year old daughter, Stella Rae.  When we returned, she was inspired like never before.

She was determined to do daily workouts AND get other kids to do them too.

She will tell you straight up – that one day she will be in the CrossFit Games.  I am not one to doubt this little fireball.

SOoooo… I helped her create “WODs4Kids” – WOD means “workout of the day” in the CrossFit world.

Of course, I will monitor and help her (after all, she is nine and the internet is… well, the internet)… but make no mistake, she is the owner and creative genius of this new inspirational outlet and channel for young ones.

Each day she plans to creates her own workout, do it, and then post it for other kids to do.

I told her that this is completely up to her. I am not going to make her, regulate her or tell her what to do. I’m not going to write the workouts for her (though I will help if she asks).

So it’s an adventure for us both.  For me, in learning to trust, let go and let her shine.

For her… well, its definitely just sheer adventure.

Dr. Shefali said that we are here to guide our children.

Not to own them or make them in our image. I have taken this to heart and since the interview with her, I am forever changed–and I parent differently.

I am sure I will hear some criticism that I am “exploiting” her, using her for marketing, or blah blah blah.  Hello. I have my own website. I don’t need a kid to market anything.  And I am so DONE with the negatives and trolls and drama–I don’t see it, hear it or care about it. It matters NOT to me one ounce, y’all. #YearOfNoNonsense

But make no mistakes–if you know Stella–you know exactly what this allllll is.

She is strong, powerful and she wants to help other kids be happy. She is happy! She is active! She wants everyone else to do the same!

And if she tells you she will be in the CrossFit Games?  Mark your damn calendars, people.  L. O. L.

As her mom, I will help her and guide her to fulfill what she believes to be her purpose–not what I believe… but what she believes. And right now, she believes that this is what she wants to do.

Therefore, I will guide and help her. Allow let her step into who and what she dreams.  Just like I do with her brother (who could care less about Instagram… or exercise for that matter… but might as well watch out for an art channel. ;)).

You and the wee ones can follow her inspiration at @WODS4Kids on Instagram.

I’ll go ahead and tell you that any of negative comments, vibes or general bullshit will be deleted, because this is seriously about a kid who wants to do something pretty freaking cool.

And I will support that.

We’ll see where this journey goes!  I tell you, it’s fun to watch.

Love to you all,



  • HokieKate

    August 9, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Awesome! My 7-year-old and 4-year-old daughters just did a 2x a week CrossFit camp in July and LOVED it. We watched the CrossFit games this weekend and it was so inspiring.

  • Diane Kukich

    January 20, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    I stumbled on your blog a few days ago and have been catching up ever since – love your message and everything else about your blog. I’m now following Stella on IG – what a great kid you have raised – I love her passion for what she is doing and her belief in herself – GREAT JOB to her (and to you for raising her!)


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