Ready Response

I get lots of funny questions all of the time.  I used to always get questions about my name, after all it is quite unique.  There are only two of us in the world as far as I know…or at least as far as Google knows! I have answers for all of these questions:

  • Are you named after someone?
  • How did your parents come up with that name?
  • Is your name Gaelic?
  • What does your name mean?
  • I’ve never heard of that name before…have you?
  • Wow. What is your name again? Oh my…

I used to think it would be a relief to have people NOT ask questions about my name. If you have a super unique name and you want people to stop asking you questions about it, just compete in a bodybuilding competition!  Before you know it the weirdness of the bodybuilding competition outshines your name and they just ask about that!

  • Ummm….what made you want to do that?
  • What did you eat or not eat to prepare for the stage?
  • Why did you do that?
  • Would you do it AGAIN? If so, WHY?!?!

Luckily for me, I have had 30 years of people asking questions in a shocked manner about my name.  I am not upset by the bewildered tone they have when they ask questions regarding bodybuilding and what would cause me to do such a thing.

If you’re training for a competition, start formulating answers now for when you tell people about what you’re doing.  And don’t be offended if they just don’t get it. I get it.  When you strive for excellence people notice and don’t always understand.  Don’t be ashamed of who you are and what you’re doing even if the people around you don’t get it.  The people that love you most will support you in your journey, even if they never understand the allure of applying 3 layers of fake tan, gluing a suit to your body, and posing on a stage in 5 inch clear heels.

This week we will start to hear from the Bikini Or Bust participants about why they are competing. Everyone has a different reason and purpose for making their way to the stage. Stay tuned to hear one woman’s story and what motivates her to live up to her full potential and compete.

I promise it’s not to have people stop asking her about her weird name!

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  1. Can’t wait to hear all the ladies’ stories. Looking forward to following them on their journey and getting inspiration from all of them. Girl Power!!

  2. Cindy Smith says

    I of course don’t get asked bewildering questions about my name, but I get constant questions about my hair color. Amazing how “ga ga” people can go over just hair! There was a lady bustling through the grocery store the other day and she stopped, gasped to catch her breath, and exclaimed, “I just HAD to tell you that you have the most beautiful hair I’ve ever seen.” Then she was quickly back in bustle mode. I had to laugh because I had not done much to my hair that day and got fairly windblown on the trip from the car to the store. Looking forward to hearing more from the awesome ladies competing. 🙂

    • That is way too funny! I didn’t really think about that. You have it worse than I do for sure. People in the grocery store can’t see my name, so there is nothing to comment on unless I tell them my name. Oh Cindy!! 🙂

  3. I hear that ALL the time, “what made you decide to do that?” It’s too funny. Especially in an area where it’s not a big thing, there are no resources to help me around here because it’s just unheard of. And being from a family who doesn’t really workout or do a lot of activities, they question me all the time. oh well!!

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