Official photos from the Dallas Europa last week.
When I came to the Europa in 2014 after lifting consistently for a few years I saw the physique guys on stage and I thought "i could do that". Well three years later here I am.
Regardless of what it may look like to others or even to yourself, you have to keep your eye on your vision.
I distinctly remember one of the times I was walking into the weight room in college with a really good friend and I told her that I wanted to start lifting and developing my body. She responded "I just think you have one of those bodies that will always just be small". I could have easily just agreed, got defensive, you name it. But I just stayed quiet and brushed it off before I started lifting.
You don't need anyone to nurture your vision. It helps, but you don't NEED it. I saw this for myself at 125ibs in college walking into the university gym. This dream was given to me, for me to believe in, for me to work on, I have a pro card with my name on it and I won't stop until I get it.
And that same friend completely supports me today. I bet she doesn't even remember this conversation. Sometimes I even repeat it to myself in the gym. She'll never know how much strength those words give me.