Aloha! I recently returned from an amazing trip to Hawaii where I visited ExoSym (IDEO) device patient, Dominique! As some of you may remember, Dominique and I took part in the Project Athena Foundation 24hr Santa Barbara Adventure Race back in June so we were super excited to meet up again! ☺

From kayaking to biking and hiking, every single day was filled with some pretty ExoSymplyAmazing adventures. Take a look at a few of the pics below! (*Dominique has come SUCH a long way since my first IDEOnista Spotlight with her on the blog a little over a year ago. What an incredible transformation the ExoSym device has had on her life – she recently completed a half century ride and can be found hiking nearly every weekend! Go Dominique!! So happy for you.)

Kokohead Hike
Pillbox Sunrise Hike
15.5mi Kayaking Adventure

As the week sadly came to an end and I boarded the plane to head back to Texas, I remember passing by a magazine in the airport that caught my eye. The headline read “The Ripple Effects of God’s Love” and I couldn’t help but think about the ripple effects of receiving the ExoSym. Seems like a gift that keeps on giving! I think if I was to draw out a diagram on how the device has changed my life and that of others, it would be pretty amazing, I mean ExoSymplyAmazing. ☺ If you wear the ExoSym, I encourage you to stop and think for a moment about the blessings that have flowed from receiving the device, maybe take a moment and write them down so that you can see. Then, think about the blessings you can bestow to others. Whether that’s a friend or ExoSym buddy or even someone in your community who is going through a difficult time, think of the hard times you went through, perhaps you can be the light to them in their dark times. We may never understand why we go through difficult circumstances, but I think what’s helped me in this journey is finding a way to pay it forward. I touched on this a little in my last post in connecting with other ExoSym buddies, but I think it’s really important, especially if you are struggling to find meaning in the hardships you’ve been through. Keep the ripple effects of receiving the ExoSym flowing. ♥

In other news, I’m currently competing in the Wodapalooza Miami CrossFit qualifier. If I make it in the top five in my division by the end of the preliminary rounds, I’ll be traveling to Miami in January to compete in the actual competition! (Fingers crossed! I’m giving it all I got!) & Next month, I’m headed to Maryland to compete at the Working Wounded Games with ExoSym (IDEO) patient Lisa! Should be awesome! Stay tuned for that. ☺

Make it a great week everyone and remember to pay it forward. If you feel like you need help getting connected in the ExoSym community, don’t hesitate to reach out! #teamexosym

#beYOU #beAMAZING #ExoSymplyAmazing

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