Sharpen The Axe

Hey, how are ya?!

One of my favorite things is to hear from family and friends about their favorite quotes and why it really resonates with them. One quote that my trainer at CrossFit EXP Nick Normandin, loves, and always references is a quote from Abraham Lincoln. Honest Abe said, “Give me 6 hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first 4 to Sharpen The Axe.”

When Nick first told me this quote, I was immediately captivated, and I thought of the many different ways that I “Sharpen The Axe”. This quote also made me think about what metaphorical tree that I am constantly trying to chop down.

I believe that my metaphorical tree is my ongoing effort to become something bigger than just myself. I am working towards becoming an overall better person who is able to help others grow and persevere through difficult situations. What I do know, however, is that I can’t help others until I am the best version of myself, so there’s ‘a-ways to go.

One way that I Sharpen the Axe is by consistently writing on this blog. I love posting about whatever is on my mind that week and updating you all on how I go about facing it. I personally can’t thank everyone enough for reading my blog, and my goal is that it helps each of you in your own way.

Another way that I Sharpen the Axe is by exercising. As you may know from my previous blog posts, I work out religiously between Pilates and CrossFit. I do this because it is therapeutic and it physically helps me overcome my day-to-day battle with FA.

The next way that I Sharpen the Axe is by constantly trying to learn more. Knowledge is power, so having a strong education that challenges you and makes you work hard will make you a better person. Between graduate school and attending Toastmasters with my Aunt, Deb Reed, I am striving to become a better student, speaker, and influencer each day.

The last way that I Sharpen the Axe is by simply being myself. I know that I am young and still have a lot more to learn, but I never forget to have fun and enjoy life with my family and friends.

So from all this, I hope it can help you think about how are you Sharpen The Axe and what metaphorical tree you’re attempting to chop down.

One Love,



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Hi there Joey..

I've subscribed a while back.. but unfortunately haven't had sufficient time to read through with my own life being a turbo ride lol!

So today I spared a few minutes & would like to say thank you a lot for sharing the qoute & the ways upon which you practice it. I haven't heard this qoute before unlike many others.

Definitely looking forward to reading more of your posts.

Keep writing 👌

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