Leaping into the Unknown and Sailing Through Life Interview with Lorie Tesny

Leaping into the Unknown and Sailing Through Life: Interview with Lorie Tesny – Episode 155

Episode Summary

Grab your life vest!  This week on the Fit is Freedom Podcast, we’re setting sail with an amazingly inspiring guest, Lorie Tesny. She is a two-time cancer survivor who used her experiences to change her life and prioritize the important things. She left her life behind to set sail and start a podcast, Sailing Through Life, to inspire others on her journey. Join us as we discuss the following and more:

  • Lorie’s Story
  • Balancing Sailing and Health
  • How to Not Sail Through Life
  • How to Course Correct in Life

There are a lot of magical parallels between sailing and life.  Join us as we explore those in this episode. 

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Lorie’s Story

Up until just a few years ago, Lorie Tesny led a “normal” life. Then, everything changed.  With each twist and turn, her life became less and less “normal” and more and more authentic to who she truly is. Just one month after completing her treatment for stage three melanoma, Lorie received the gut-wrenching news that it had, in fact, returned. She fought for her life a second time and completed her treatments in February of 2020, just in time for a global pandemic. After enduring the recurrent storms and unexpected twists and turns of life, Lorie figured out how to stop sailing through life. Her solution? Start sailing, literally.


Balancing Sailing and Health

As Lorie made the decision to change her life and start sailing, she knew it wasn’t going to be easy. Sailing is a very physically demanding activity with a lot of unexpected twists and turns. While some may think of sailing as sailing the entire world, circling the Earth, that’s just not realistic for Lorie and she didn’t let that stop her. In order to balance her health and her passion for sailing, she chooses to sail locally on a semi-permanent basis. That way, Lorie is still working towards her goal while ensuring she can make her doctor’s appointments and check-ins.

How to Not Sail Through Life

Whether you’ve faced some hard times like Lorie or you’re simply finding yourself in a rut, going through the motions, it’s important to find ways to get out of your comfort zone. You don’t want to look back on your life and feel like you simply sailed through. There are some ways you can proactively prevent this including focusing on what you can control, riding the waves that you’re given, slowing down when the waves are rough, and taking advantage of the times when the conditions are perfect.

How to Course Correct

If you feel you are sailing through life and you need to course-correct, all hope is not lost! First and foremost, think about what you want to do and commit to it. Write down goals and aspirations to make them tangible. Start by making small changes, taking little steps to get you on the correct path.

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