“Trauma doesn’t have to defeat you. It can be a perfect opportunity for growth. Don’t just make a comeback. Use it as a catalyst forward.” – Matt McWilliams

A catalyst forward. I started doing some googling this morning and came across this quote. It was like it was speaking to me. Pointing me in a direction that I needed to go. After all, I’ve been posting every day about “making a comeback.” The universe put this quote in front of me this morning. This led me down an internet rabbit hole I had never explored before. I discovered something called “Post Traumatic Growth.” It’s a thing. I first came across this video by Vanessa Van Edwards:

I watched it once, twice, then three times. It’s like it was a message sent directly to me. Everything she was talking about was resonating. Embrace your natural response, share in a safe space, find your strengths. All things I needed to hear and have really been leaning towards or working on in the last couple of weeks.

I kept googling and came across a Doctor that I think was the one that started putting a lot of this “Post Traumatic Growth” stuff together. His name is Dr. Richard Tedeschi. I started reading about him, and then I came across an interview with him on YouTube:


Much like the video with Vanessa Van Edwards, he talks about some things that happen during a “Post Traumatic Growth” experience:

I can’t describe the feeling I had when I looked at this list. I’ve been struggling so bad trying to explain “how I feel” to people lately. This is exactly it! Those 5 bullet points describe everything I’ve been thinking and feeling for at least the last couple of weeks. It is amazing, and I am so grateful that I got up early this morning and started doing some research on this.

I don’t know where this is going, but I wanted to share it with you. It has really changed my outlook on the future. Things that were important to me in the past are no longer important. Things that gave me anxiety in the past no longer cause anxiety. I am able to just roll with what is put in front of me, and I’m excited to just let my journey unfold. I’m also excited for and feel more connected to those around me. It may sound crazy, but there it is. That’s where my head is at in case you were wondering.

Today’s Training


10 Minute Ping Pong:

  • Good Mornings x 5 @ 65 lbs.
  • Glute Bridges x 5 @ 65 lbs.


20 Minute AMRAP

  • 200 Jump Ropes
  • 20 Meter Pinch Plate Carry
  • 200 Meter Row
  • 20 Calorie Assault Bike

It really feels great to be working with a barbell again. My thought is that I will just work the movements that I can work until my shoulder mobility and strength gets to where I have the ability to go overhead or do Olympic lifts again. Lots of these kinds of movements and front/back squats. I’m still kinda nervous to go really heavy, but love that I’m able to do the movements that I can do.

I got through 4 rounds of the AMRAP plus 175 jump ropes. Same thing with the conditioning as the strength stuff. I’m nervous to do anything heavy and/or with my arms. The rowing and assault biking aren’t bad at all so I’ll keep throwing those in there.

It’s been a fantastic morning! I hope your weekend is going as awesome as mine. If it is, drop a comment below and let me know. If not, change it. If you have a roof over your head, people that love you and food to eat then all you have to do is let your process unfold. Embrace it, enjoy it, love it. Talk to you soon…

-The Rev