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Cold Plunging...into new levels

February 01, 20244 min read

So, on a random whim, in the month of January my husband who is all things handy wanted to go winter camping by the ocean to celebrate our new mini wood stove in our converted offroad/ambulance camper.

The next day we woke up cozy to a grey day, and torrential rain. Dave says to me… we could go for a swim? In January… in Canada. In the rain. I’ve been watching people cold plunge from afar on social media for a couple years now. I’ve been drawn to it but haven’t ventured near.

This was my chance.

I took a deep breath and said, OK. Let’s go...NOW! It’s best for me not to think about stuff that’s hard for too long or I may just opt out. Haha.

We ended up going twice that day, the first time my shoulders did not even get wet, and I was out as fast as I was in. The second time, a little deeper, a little longer. (Dave by the way, dove in headfirst both times)

We went again on Monday! Dave came into my office at 5pm and said let's drive to the ocean and do it again. I shrunk back. "What? Now? But I’m cozy…" He said, "I can go by myself. You don’t have to come. I just really want to do it again."

Imagine for a moment an octopus is wrapped around something… This was my mind wrapping around all of the reasons it was okay for me to stay home. I had a cold shower this morning, I wasn’t expecting this, it was too late in the day, Dave didn’t need me to come, and on and on and on. (picture a 2-year-old stomping and saying NO FAIR, I DON’T WANT TO)

I have learned over the years not to give in to the octopus or the two-year-old, they are addicted to staying the same. To staying in a false safety of the known. I took a deep breath. Relaxed and said, "Okay. Let’s do it. But we have to go right now before I change my mind!"

Walking into the ocean with Dave is deepening my relationship to myself and to him. Trusting he is okay with how long or little I stay in, trusting that he is in his own process too, trusting that we can do it together more easily than alone.

I really thought I stayed in for soooooo long this time but in watching the video it wasn’t much longer than the time before. But it was longer, and I felt more peaceful. Baby steps. There was joy afterwards.

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We came home feeling accomplished. We had both had big days. I am stepping out of my comfort zone these days with new challenges and commitments on the business front.

The cold plunge is easy compared to some of the things I’ve put on the dream board for this year. My point is this. Cold plunge might not be in the cards for you this year but...

What is your cold plunge?

What’s one thing you could do today?

One baby step you could take towards the change you want to see in your life.

The change you want to see in your relationship with yourself.

One person you could forgive.

One nice thing you could do for you.

One person you could bless with appreciation just because.

One person who might do a walking challenge with you or do something that you have always wanted to do.

The possibilities are endless. The dreams are yours. They are on your heart for a reason.

If I learned anything in 2023 it's that we are not guaranteed more time. So, in the month of relationships, who do you appreciate, forgive, love… who would cold plunge with you? How can you love yourself more?

If you believe you have emotions in the way of taking your relationship with self or your relationships with others to the next level, come join us on Feb 29th. We are having a group coaching session to clear these blocked emotions! Click the image or link below to learn more.

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With blessings,

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Jennie Potter

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