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Kailan Kalina

PNW. God First. writer. @bodybuildingcom content editor. powerlifter. outdoor wanderer. Oregon Duck Alum.

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I guess I can’t totally hate winter. Anyone in Boise down to brave the trails with me? 🙋🏼‍♀️

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We’re gonna find out if girls with blonde balayage have more fun 🎉👩🏼

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Frankly, I have a hard time connecting or trusting very well in female friendships based on some pretty rough fall-outs in the past. I’ve had to work through that and this has changed for me over the last few months, as I intentionally sought out like-minded ladies who challenge and laugh and encourage each other. This gal and I have had some pretty real talks the last few days and it blesses me beyond words to be able to be so honest like that within a friendship. Don’t settle for people that make you feel small, inadequate, or don’t make you a better person. It’s fun and full of growth and I’m here for it 🙌🏼

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Anyone else love Sunday? 🍁

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#monthofgratitude Day 3: grateful for a relaxing Saturday, a coffee date, and GOOD coffee that doesn’t just taste like water with a hint of coffee beans 😂 A lot of times I try to jam my weekend with plans when really all I need is life-giving conversation, rest, and time to read. And food, always.

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I’ve done a daily “things I’m grateful for” throughout November in the past, and I’m kinda thinking I’d like to do it again this year. I can’t promise I’ll post about it every single day (since I’m trying to cut down my social media use), but I’ll at least be writing it down in the evenings. It’s a practice none of us do often enough. We like to give more weight to our problems rather than our blessings and it dulls us spiritually, emotionally, and even physically. So today for November 1st, I’m thankful for my Boise friends like this gal ❤️ @ash.m.crandall #monthofgratitude

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Lake days look a little different this time of year, and the silence is the best part 🌲🍂

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What if we spent less time worrying about what will happen and more time cultivating our faith - in this moment and not the next? I have wasted a lot of time and energy trying to “figure things out” when I could have been more trusting. I guess when we have deep wounds and mistakes haunting us, we tend to prepare for the worst and run through crazy scenarios in our heads. But I’m learning to give those burdens up to the One who takes them and offers freedom, rest, and reshapes my heart and mind. Let’s enjoy this life we are given and not let excuses, failures, or worldly expectations keep us from walking the beautiful climb that’s laid before us. Agreed?

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70 degree days and chilly nights in October? Yes please 🍁 #itsfallyall

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Since moving to Boise, I’ve prayed for friendships with women who are grounded, honest, selfless, passionate, and walking in truth. Meaningful relationships take time and mutual intentionality (something I think a lot of us lack or aren’t willing to do). We have to actively put ourselves in a position to find and build them. And it is 100% worth the effort to have life-giving people surrounding us.

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Saturday well spent in the mountains 🌲🏔 Thanks for enduring the rain and bit of snow with me today @bd_koons

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Hanging on to my daily walks as long as I can with the window of daylight getting smaller and smaller. It seems like fall moved in overnight. One morning I’m wearing running shorts comfortably and the next thing I know I’m digging the puffy North Face coat out of storage to bear the crisp air at 7:15am. But I’m warming up to it (not literally though). I am finally ready for this new season. Many facets of my life and in my heart are turning simultaneously with the leaves and the weather. God is at work in all seasons, maybe more apparently in some than others. But He always is. I just want to encourage anyone who feels like they’re stuck, or in a dark period. Even when our burdens are at their heaviest, the little joys can be a big part of what gets us through. Days when depression or fear or anxiety try to take hold, just the colors of fall can give me a glimpse of hope: change will come. Whether it’s welcomed or not, there is joy to be found in it all. Have patience and keep your eyes on the One who turns it all around in His good timing, and changes us on the inside in the process 🍁

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I’ve taken a step back from powerlifting the last couple months. Still training, just changed things up with more bodybuilding-style sessions. My body is frankly not happy and it was showing in multiple ways. I’m making it a priority to fix those issues so I’m healthier for the long-haul, but man is it hard to not be hitting heavier weights. This isn’t to throw a pity party - I’m using this as a necessary reminder to other lifters of the importance of managing your stress, recovery, sleep, digestion, and nutrition. I know you hear it all the time, but it’s easy to let the details slide because “it won’t ever affect you that much”...until it does. Be aware and don’t be lax in caring about your overall health as much as you do about your platform or gym numbers. But what’s even more important is this: not placing your identity in your lifting “career.” If that were the case for me, this would be 10x harder to push through. I know I’m on the mend and barbells will be there when I’m ready, but there are other parts of life to be lived and growth in other areas to be made ✨

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“Every part designed in a work of art called love”

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Well, walking around downtown in my Duck shirt was brave 🙈 Spent my Saturday training, took a nap (an actual miracle), writing, and cooking - much needed after feeling a little run down this week. Now, we ready for a wild night of reading 🤓😂 #noshame Don’t forget to rest this weekend, friends!

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