Climb the Mountain ðŸ§—‍♀️🏔️

I’ve seen this photo of the Ultimate Warrior plenty but it’s a first using it today. Not sure if that was a photo shoot somewhere or just a simulated backdrop but either way, super cool for me. That got me thinking of a mountain whether literally or metaphorically, both work. Warrior lived in the desert, then the mountains and felt such a sense of belonging there always. Me, I’m not close to either but there are plenty of cliffs and such in nearby parks. My one sister lives in Washington state so plenty of mountains out there in the Pacific Northwest. Ever climbed any? I know of course people have climbed Mount Everest among others but I’m not talking about that. I bet you have traversed some though. 

We all do but not those real ones. Once you conquer a goal, you are at the top of that mountain. Warrior did that much in his life and then there were always new ones to conquer. Ever see the game show

The Price is Right?” If you are outside of the U.S. maybe not, but I totally remember the mountain climber cliffhanger game! There would be yodeling too. They showed this little climber guy moving along a mountain and it was all about guessing prices of items. You didn’t want him to fall over. It was the funniest thing! I should look it up as a memory… 😂 I actually DID climb a mountain 4 years ago. Diamond Point Mountain in West Virginia took us about an hour or so to get to the top. I knew it was diamond something… We really went there for white water rafting but our guide told us all about this mountain. Coming back down is when I first pulled that crazy hamstring muscle that still bugs me today. We get so excited going and then know that the hike down will be just as loooong… Also, not remembering where the car was parked became no fun. It’s like “Dude, Where’s my Car?”

I do hope some of you get to climb an actual mountain someday besides cliffs and small stuff. There were some pretty big ones as well out in South Dakota when we went to see Mount Rushmore. I cannot imagine climbing that! Let’s scale it back just a little. I bet all of you had a specific goal, dream, or anything similar and finally did it. I hope you have anyway. Well, I became a writer but that was never a dream in the beginning. We are always moving along that mountain. Some go faster while some a little slower, but always at your own pace. Whatever life throws at you, just keep climbing. Life’s mountain will end when we reach our place of eternal destiny but until then, climbing is what we must do. I am also reminded of the cartoon “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” with his mountain in Whoville that he climbed or drove up really. He made it to the top with his dog Max hitched to a sleigh and just when all seemed lost— he got enough strength to hoist that sleigh full of toys and all above his head just like what the Ultimate Warrior did, only a little different. Perfect movie reference for this time of year, right? 

How do we get the strength or stamina to keep going up all our “mountains”? It’s because we, as warriors fight through it all. Just when we think it is smooth sailing, oops~ another uphill battle is upon us. Unlike a real mountain when deciding to climb up, you need to climb back down where you began. The figurative ones just keep coming our way as we traverse another and yet another. We do need to stop and admire the view from time to time and catch our breath. Please remember to do that as even warriors need rest. Also, keep that gear bag packed with whatever will assist you as we never should go it alone. Maybe you are by yourself but that inner spirit is inside guiding you up and down life’s mountains. Your soul does know what to do despite our fears sometimes getting in the way.

No matter what size the mountain is, believe that you can and will keep going in the right direction. I will if you will. No one ever stops in the middle and gives up. It’s either up or down, you decide. Just last summer, we hiked up the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes 🐻🐻🐻 of Northern Michigan and I decided to head back. Talk about a desert! The kids’s dad went up with them as I stayed with the dog. He went further than me as they saw more but I was OK with my adventure. Unbelievable experience and a huge legend of ancient times too… It seems I have more mountain stories than I thought! 

Of course I DID think of a song that mentions a mountain in the lyrics but I’m not sharing that today. It’s whatever comes and is on my playlist from a late 90s band. See, I’m more than just the 80s… 😉 Can you just imagine really standing on a precipice of a huge mountain looking down at the world below? No, I’m not going all God – like on you all here and perhaps some readers have done just that. Maybe Warrior is doing that pose similar to the photo above looking down at all of us. I never think of him being like that in an intimidating way at all although sometimes I hope he isn’t watching my goofy stuff. 😜 Ah well, we need to laugh at ourselves. I picture it being peaceful like the land he loved out west. 🙏🏻💙

So, warriors~ I hope you continue to conquer those mountains in your life whether they are for real or metaphorically. Take what you need along the way and enjoy it all. Some will be really rough with so much climbing work but once you get to the top, all worth it as you will know. Next week marks the beginning of December and my last BIG milestone of the year with these writings. You’ll have a few more weeks with me before I break to end 2022(: 🙋🏻‍♀️💜🥰

P.S. Don’t forget to catch my 50th YouTube video all about thanking some U.W. fans that have contacted me! Also, my book Spirit and Belief is available on Amazon and other outlets if interested in hearing more stories… ✍🏻📗

*** You can find me too on a U.W. fb page, Twitter, and Instagram. IG has a tribute page to check out!

Home Gym Stories ðŸ’ªðŸ»ðŸ‹ðŸ»â€â™€ï¸ðŸ§˜â€â™€ï¸

I love that pic of Warrior above years ago at his gym in Arizona. He looks so happy and I’m very glad he was able to have that in his life at that time. Years later, he had his barn gym on their property in New Mexico but today, I am sharing a few of MY home gym stories. Fitness has been a huge topic on here over time plus it’s mentioned in my book, “Spirit and Belief” but I wanted to delve a little more into it today. You can say passion or even obsession which I blogged before, but it is different for us all.

I won’t get into my beginnings as that has been told, but of course much has evolved. Working out became fun for me although it may not be for some. It shouldn’t all be sweating your body weight because come on, that’s not fun. Warrior may not agree or look at his routine the same way, but it can be both WORK and FUN! Maybe some aspire to the ” no pain, no gain” attitude and I DID years ago but not anymore. Obviously a bodybuilder or pro wrestler mindset will be entirely different and I respect that. Our mindsets in other ways do take on a few parallel roads as I will share with you all today.

Warrior had mentioned doing 500 sit ups (or crunches which are easier) but my number was half that at 250. Well, the 250 came a few hours after dinner but I probably did 100 or so earlier in the day. Sure, you can maintain those muscles but losing weight won’t happen with crunches unless you combine it with other exercise and diet. It all depends on your personal goals. So, this is about ME now and not what Warrior did or how hard he did things. I did those 100 crunches as part of my routine every day but the extra 250 was because of guilt tripping over food at dinner. Yeah, it was that way for a while. I don’t do those crunches or any at all nowadays but push-ups replaced them. I do 20 but I used to do 30. I feel that more in my core as sit ups hurt my back. If I would’ve been more disciplined with them years ago, perhaps it could’ve gone another way but these times require more of a new approach with my core strengthening which works for me. 

Squats were a huge part of Warrior’s regime and as years progressed, they became part of mine. He showed the heavy metal rock band “I See Stars” how to properly do a squat as part of “The Warrior Show” which you can find on YouTube. I watched these years ago but had to find them again for this post. He lifts a bar and shows them how its “like shi**ing over a hole!” Warrior the drill sergeant indeed. We have a 20 lb. kettle bell that I used for a few years and would do 20 squats, 5 days a week. I loved it but over time, the body responded. Readers will know my posterior is nonexistent and a piriformis muscle along with the glutes became affected. I pushed through the pain but needed my PT to help realign those areas. I can use smaller weights and squat but don’t. Oh, there’s more…

My husband has always had weights and lifted on his own workout bench for years. We have some little arm weights of 3, 5, 8, and then bigger 10 ones. The 30 lb. one always alluded me until a few years ago. He would do arm curls and I eventually was able to lift it somewhat at my elbow. I sure did want to try and lift it. I started small of course but it kept calling to me as an “ultimate challenge.” Finally was I able to lift it above my head like a gorilla press! I actually cried. I did 10 reps but probably should’ve just done it on occasion. Never did I feel any pain but after looking at my paperwork from the ulcer (a couple years ago,) a hiatal hernia was listed. My doctor never mentioned it as a concern since internal ones go away with medicine. How would I get that on top of everything else including gastritis? It’s all in the gut for sure. I was never told the specifics (but I DO know how I got the ulcer and it wasn’t medical) so I put it together with lifting that 30 lb. weight. Maybe not but with my lack of power legs and a backside always, I just assumed. No lifting again for me and it made me sad. 😞 I loved lifting that 30 lb. weight and my workouts are fun. 

The kids even would say how Mom will miss her work out when we were on vacation. They wouldn’t say that about their Dad! I would do little things in hotel rooms though… They were right so I would either do much before we left or after getting home. Not anymore. Sweating isn’t that common for me either. On the elliptical machine, jumping rope or jacks for a minute, or in the sauna is where I sweat. Still cardio but more yoga and you know what? I am FINE with it. I proved some things but don’t need to at this point in my life. Even on our old elliptical machine I was crazy at times. It was only 20 minutes a set but once we had neighbors unexpectedly come over and I was downstairs working out. For some reason, I didn’t get in my morning time— I can’t remember. I had 5 minutes to go and warriors- I finished before greeting them! 5 minutes can seem fast but when company is over, it is an eternity. I was too close with finishing and just had to do it to the end. 

That’s all in the past as my attitude is somewhat more at ease. I still believe in anyone becoming disciplined in the way that works in their life but unlike my emotions~ I don’t push to extremes. It isn’t for me. We now have a more modern elliptical which I get on from time to time plus a few other machines. We also have a big exercise ball I use as well. Does anyone have an inversion or teeter table? It’s great for a whole body stretch and back pain. The guy in the commercials is in his 80’s I think! It works and I love it. The recumbent bike is more of a rarity but those do make me sweat a little more and I need that in the winter. My hamstring and sciatica might act up, but no more other injuries coming my way. The body doesn’t heal as fast as it used to which sucks… I know… ☹️ I do use our chair back massager and belt which works wonders. I’m not gonna get an A** at my age either! 

Well, warriors~ those are some of my home gym stories that many who work out may identify with. If you don’t, that’s OK as we all need exercise but our body will tell us. YES, the body can handle a lot but risking pain isn’t my thing like it used to be. Don’t get me wrong as I am not an old lady but I will still be active someway, somehow, even as I age more. Who knows exactly as we probably can’t take all this equipment with us when moving elsewhere but couch potato or TV junkie, I am not! Whether you go to a gym or do stuff at home, just move your body every day. We need to as being active and fit matters. Not excessively, but it does. Warriors get the job done but be your own warrior with fitness. Now, get off the couch and move it! 

P.S. Happy Thanksgiving to my U.S. readers! Be grateful always… 🦃🍽️🥧😋🙏🏻🍎🌽

P.P.S. I recently just posted my 50th YouTube video!!! It’s all about a few U.W. fans who had contacted me as I share a little of their stories… Check it out here:

https://youtu.be/_LtbMEbht1E

*** If this link isn’t active, just search up my channel.., I hope you enjoy! It’s called: “To all you Ultimate Warrior fans!”

*** You can find me also on a U.W. fb group, Twitter, and Instagram which has a tribute group as well. 💙🥰👍

These Warrior Extremes…

Just a few little stories for you all today warriors as I thought of these and wanted to “rope” them in together. While thinking of the word extreme– so much came to mind. Warrior was in many ways and yes, I am too. We all are but it just gets expressed differently. I remember hearing the song :“I go to Extremes” for the first time in high school and totally identified with it. You know, the one by Billy Joel? Of course it’s on my playlist but for me, very emotional. Not always what you might be thinking but these few tidbits inspired the post today.

It’s a 3 count too with a few way back and one pretty recent. I’ve always talked about having those balances but sometimes, it can be such a struggle. These stories today contain several extreme emotions that seem to connect despite very unrelated circumstances. Yes, they involve Warrior but as always– it’s my reaction emotionally that tells it all. The first one seems to creep up on me every time I go down a certain road or hear a certain song. Oh I know, a song twice on here but they usually are with me.

I believe it was the summer after Warrior passed but it might’ve been later. Sometimes, it blurs together. To this day, I still can’t believe how extreme it became for me. It’s one thing when you are just having an emotional moment at home or alone but all together different out and about around others. I was driving home from an event (in the car alone but still…) and had the radio on as usual. I turned to this John Legend song very popular at the time. I’m sure you can guess the title but all of a sudden, my eyes welled up with tears and I almost couldn’t see. The car swerved a tiny bit but not enough to be dangerous. I did love the song and still listen to it but was so overwhelmed how fast and extreme the situation became. That part of the road had a pet farm sign back on someone’s property but is no longer there. When going that way, I sometimes pause in my mind remembering how one song made me react in such an extreme way. Of course, I am not that way anymore but will never forget a Warrior moment that strong. Like Billy Joel sang: “why do I go to extremes?” Some songs should come with those warning labels- you know the ones like : ” do not drive or operate heavy machinery… etc…” Don’t you think? I do also wonder what happened to all those animals from that farm...

This next one is in the middle of our emotional extreme spectrum so all good from now on. I might’ve mentioned this several years ago but it’s on repeat for you long time readers. I’m still OK with my website ending but wanted to reflect on the many people who worked with me over the years and over the phone. One guy stands out in particular. For one, there were hardly any men that I spoke to but this guy named Mike bonded with me and I really liked him. From time to time the reps over at Balboa Press would call to ask if I wanted to order more books. Well, I bought too many and thought I could sell the old fashioned way. I did ask to finally get off their calling list as I’m never going to need any more. I will ship! 📗📗📗

Mike had called me and this time, I answered instead of it going to voicemail. I’m so glad I did as we had the nicest conversation. He knew my book of course but became fixated on the subtitle. This is HIS story… He was a bodybuilder who took a part-time sales job for extra cash. Totally was he aware of the Ultimate Warrior back in the day so we chatted a bit. It helped me to know he was also sort of close to my age so we shared experiences and memories. He could’ve cared less if I needed more books! Never was he pushy at all and then told me more… It seems he was a religious guy who worked out while quoting the Bible. He so would’ve fit into the Golden Era in WWF of alliteration with names. 🤣 I called him the “Bible Bodybuilder!” He laughed and mentioned his YouTube channel. I did tell him I would check it out while giving him my channel as well. Very interesting to watch someone power lift while reciting a verse from Scripture. He wasn’t a Bible thumper either but just sharing what worked for him in his life. It was a stimulating conversation with yet another extreme time of a WOW factor much different than my drive of the first one. I wonder what Mike is doing today? He went to extremes also and looked at Warrior for inspiration.

This last one happened just about a week or so ago. Our girl wanted to get out a board game as I begrudgingly said yes. The reason I initially resisted is because we will be inside much of the winter playing games. I love them but it’s a long season… 😬 She got out my old game of “Scattergories.” I won’t explain all the rules but you set a timer and write down words from a listed category. Our cat rolled the big dice as she gets very involved in board games with pieces. It’s so funny! 😜

Our letter was W and at the top of her list chosen was “Sports.” There are 12 different topics in all. Sports was number one. Well, I’m sure you all know what I was going to write. I told her we probably will put the same answer and she AGREED! To myself, I was thinking: “what if this was the athlete card?” Cue laughter again…. 😆 We finished after the buzzer and I told her to go first but I’m sure she knew what I wrote. Her answer was not wrestling but water polo! I fell over from laughing so hard! I’ve had that game since I was around her age, it’s so fun. Here we are yet again with another extreme emotion only this time much laughter. How in the world would she think her mom was gonna write water polo? Oh my… We played 3 games and I won so who knows which she’ll pick next. At least we aren’t on a phone and playing an actual game. My girl and her funny ways. Never does she have any idea that her antics seem to be all over my many blogs here. So extreme indeed...

“Eager to please, ready to fight

Why do I go to extremes?”

~ Thanks Billy Joel but we are always learning everyday. ☯️ Yin and Yang…

P.S. We are extreme beings with our emotions but balancing them is how warriors need to be.

~~~ Find me on the U.W. fb page, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Look for a new video which will be my 50th next week! ☺️💙🙋🏻‍♀️oh, are you singing any of those songs mentioned? They are pretty ultimate!! 👆🏻🎼

Let’s be Grateful ðŸ™ðŸ»â¤ï¸â€ðŸ©¹ðŸ‘

The word grateful fits for this month of November here in the U.S. and Thanksgiving but really, it’s every day. Also, Veterans Day is this Friday as I knew Warrior had painted the flag logo on his chest a few times. Some may think it was because of his feud with Sgt. Slaughter which is right, but that isn’t the pic above. That video pic is the Ultimate Warrior promoting Vince’s WBF (World Bodybuilding Federation) and it’s Personal Fitness Expo of June 1991. The flag image kept coming to me so I had some searching to do.

A few years back, I did an entire post on Veterans Day which fell on Wednesday. I am grateful to ALL who served (including many family members of mine) giving our citizens the freedoms we take for granted here in the U.S. We are indebted by their service and always needing to be mindful of that when offering “thanks.”… This date however, falls on November 9 which was Warrior’s final WCW Monday Nitro appearance. I had to double check as I know he left before the end of ’98. Another Warrior moment with a date today.

So, gratitude it is. I got this idea from a few sources in a way. I was looking through my topics written on “Spirit and Belief” nostalgically as the subjects with dates are saved. The gratitude post kind of jumped out at me. I wrote that a few years ago. Sometimes I would post a topic on both blogs for the week as it seemed to connect. This one I had not but can totally relate with Warrior for sure. Let me just put this out there for all you readers today. To me, there are 2 main things we should be grateful for each day. Can you guess? I say them in meditation before anything else. Number 1 is your LIFE. Number 2 is your HEALTH. Everything else follows. Those are the catalyst for your entire purpose here. We need to do the best to take care of ourselves despite all that is happening around us. Even if you’re battling something extreme, fight for your life all the time. As warriors, it’s what we do but that free will factors in as well.

I have also made a HUGE gratitude list in one of my journals. Now, I know many of you aren’t writers and won’t do this exercise but as Warrior always said– by writing something down you’ll remember better, among other things. My list began small and grew. It can be quite easy as starting like this: “I am grateful for… ” ( fill in the blank.) I sound like a teacher but guess I am in many ways. We all have the basic list but it can become quite expansive. Go ahead and start. I’ll wait... ✍🏻🤔

OK, you non-writers. Making a list in your head works too or even saying them out loud. It might sound crazy but the more we express gratitude, the more it comes our way. Even if you don’t pray or meditate, I’m sure you are grateful and thankful for many things. They don’t have to be deep either. How about just being grateful for your dog, pizza, or a great vacation? See, not so hard now is it? You can think of your own list. Let’s all just be grateful for what we are and what we have right now in this moment.

Let’s explore the man himself. Can’t we all just be grateful for his earthly presence and eliminate judging? He did sacrifice so much and yet sometimes we let comments out that shouldn’t be. People have mentioned Warrior looking too thin at times, or not as muscular, having a flabby gut in some pics, not liking the gray hair, him being bald, aging badly by possibly neglecting his health, moving slow later on, and SO much more. Sure, I have wondered about a few of those aspects but others get me shaking ropes in my head! I have said comments (to myself) about other former Superstars but not Warrior. I am biased in areas but some I won’t fully know just like you. Those are all physical traits and as humans, we have that vanity. Myself included here as we become our own worst critic. Warrior wasn’t immune either. I have written plenty on that and can mention each of those separately but won’t. Vanity isn’t all bad. It’s how we use it which matters more.

We need to be thankful that the Ultimate Warrior and then as Warrior graced our TV sets which allowed us into the world of professional wrestling and then beyond. Those negative statements will not change anything and yet some insist on going back-and-forth about it all still. Why? For attention or discussion on his physicality? It’s not necessary and only causes much frustration our way that can’t be altered. Let it go warriors even though most may not. The good things we CAN discuss like possible feuds, ring gear, favorite looks, etc. but the negativities should end. Be grateful we have the memories and the good. The rest can be.

I know there are those who don’t or won’t make judging comments about Warrior and are so extremely grateful for his time here. Be happy for the entertainment, intense yet passionate disciplined speeches, and returning to WWE that he gave us. I am grateful for it all that I was privileged to see. Now, social media keeps it going. Practice being grateful or ask for more of it in your life. It’s stuff right in front of you. I am grateful to all of you- the readers. I’m going to end with a quote on one of my beach coasters. It reads: “start each day with a grateful heart.” I do my best as I hope you will too. I will always be grateful for everything that has been gifted my way including Warrior. It all truly is amazingly ultimate. 🥹

P. S. This is new— while walking my dog last week, I saw this parked truck from Texas. The mud-flaps said TexArkana.” Wow! Haven’t heard that in a while and remembered the U.W.F. with it’s mid-South territory…

P.P.S. To any vets reading today: “thank you for your service!” ❤️🤍💙🇺🇸🦅🗽☮️

~~~ Don’t forget to check out the fb Ultimate Warrior group or over on Instagram at : ultimate_warrior_tribute

*** I am also on Twitter and YouTube..

***One more thing- this seems to happen A LOT lately but my posts are written almost a week in advance so I have no idea what if anything will get posted on those sites. If some are discussing Warrior’s life and choices he made, it is usually AFTER my ideas get written down… A few times I bashed other groups I am not part of anymore. Most guys that belong to the fb page – I do agree with on many things concerning Warrior and his life. People will always have their opinions just like me. We will always CARE and wanted him around longer… He would want us to accept it all to move forward and despite that being difficult sometimes, it is what we must do…. 🤟🏻

Know Your Limits ðŸ‘‡ðŸ«µðŸ»ðŸ’™

Ah- yes, a frustrating statement to make. Some of us don’t want to have limits or even boundaries although they can be similar and we need both. Warrior had said back in 1992 about teaming with Randy Savage that: “there were no limitations to what you can do creatively.” So true of them back then as I agree. It’s a different WWE now for sure but when Ultimate Warrior was in his prime, creativity with little limits abounded. There are those times though where I truly believe we need to know our limits. It hits me personally here just a little.

Very recently, I decided to end the website which contained my other more spiritual blog. Sure, you can find my book out there but that was the springboard of where it mostly began. I ALMOST hit the 5 year mark with it but alas, some milestones aren’t meant to be reached. I discuss this more on a recent YouTube video and also a post over there which will disappear soon. Time got away from me as I looked into possibly switching host companies whereas I just used my publisher. I felt like parts of me on there were getting “tapped out” in a way despite maybe getting it revamped.

One has to have the drive and desire to pursue a new project and after much meditation, consideration, and more thought, I finally made the decision. I’m sure some tears will come when it finally ends in a few weeks (I believe…) but without too much emotion, I am OK with it. 🥹 My well ran dry on putting more content out there. They say all authors need a website but I never considered myself penning book after book. I just didn’t. Many readers may know I joke about putting out a few more with some of these posts over the years! Maybe once I am an “official” empty nester but I don’t feel the passion behind it like I did 5 years ago. Now, I know my limits and that part of me has to come to an end.

When do you feel like it’s time to walk away from someone or some thing after a while? Yeah, we all know Warrior did from wrestling time and again but he had to in other business ventures also. I keep hearing a song (of course since that’s me!) by the Eagles called “Take it to the Limit.” I did have to look up the lyrics as some usually fit with my life. Some, not all but this title works today. Often times, we just go with an idea, job, relationship, etc. as far as we can or maybe nothing much is reciprocated so we end it. All of us have our own versions of what limitation looks like and yet we tend to hold on just a bit longer.

Why do we do that? Well, it depends on what is happening in our life and maybe stress plays a BIG factor. We get comfortable with our “normal.” We need to be the one deciding when to let someone else strap the boots on while stepping out of them. I don’t know how many of you have left a career, location, relationship, or anything like that but in our lives there are of course always endings and beginnings. When is enough enough for you where you will say your limit with whatever it is has been reached? Walking away can be tough with much attachment but sometimes, that’s exactly what we need to do.

Teaching preschool always meant families, kids, or your favorites all factored in and then deciding to leave would end it all. There will forever be one more sibling or just staying a little longer that tears at those heartstrings. I feel the same though with the Band Directors at my daughter’s high school only on the other side. She has one more year, I hope they don’t leave! Other aspects of us are so much harder to navigate around, aren’t they? We can’t gorilla press everyone to bend to our limits even though we may want to. I’ve lost friendships that meant so much to me and cried many tears but when you are the “doer” always, it gets exhausting. So many ways are out there for us to connect nowadays than ever before. When that friend doesn’t reach out, or disagreements are many, then we know. The moving ahead might be an ultimate challenging road but we need to believe better things are ahead. It has to be so we don’t keep repeating the same old, worn out pattern.

Warrior kept moving forward and DID know his limits when it felt necessary walking or maybe running away (pun intended!)I’m sure it can be entirely different with fame related situations as your life would be under a microscope all the time. We are just people though underneath the façades worn by us. Limits might be easy for some to put in place but seeing them through to the end takes endurance. When something closes, another something opens no matter if you choose the window or door metaphor. I need to always believe this too. 🚪🪟We do or have things that might be for our entire lives or just that temporary time before going on. Even some we think are temporary become permanent in ways we didn’t know possible. 😉

I have my limits too warriors and sometimes, that rope can only be stretched so far before the turnbuckle breaks. We stretch it because of fear with the unknown. All of us have been there many times and you will know yours. Don’t worry though, these writings will be sticking around as long as it remains limitless with Warrior wisdom! Who knows when that will be but I hope you are here with me. Thank you to any who took the time searching or reading Spirit and Belief out there. Website and blog will go, book is still available. I am amazed how over 300 posts were written on so many topics, Warrior included. Know your limits and when to go on. You’ll never move forward if you don’t bust through the next curtain. The future might be unknown but our soul is fearless! 💫😊👏🏻

P.S. Well, I decided to get over on Instagram. There is a pretty cool U.W. site over there called:

ultimate_warrior_tribute

~ No idea how long it has been up but I have scrolled thru many pics, it gets addicting!

~ Feel free to check it out plus the group over on fb still as well (: I’m still a “newbie” with IG so am learning as I go. Daughter is helping me with my questions, lol. 😂 You can connect with me too on Twitter and YouTube.. that’s my limit- haha!

Old School Moves ðŸ’ªðŸ»â¤ï¸ðŸ’›ðŸ–¤

There is something to mention before starting in on my “Old School Moves” post today. Just yesterday, marked the 35th anniversary of the Ultimate Warrior’s debut on Primetime. I know it was late October so wanted to be sure. His TV debut was in early November against Terry Gibbs on WWF’s Wrestling Challenge. That was Sunday for me. Seems like I just wrote about his 30th, 5 years later and now here we are. Yet another milestone…💙

So, old school moves today. Guess what though? I’ve teased you since it’s not just wrestling related as I am going to mention other ways that make me so “old school” but am learning despite resistance. For all you wrestling fans out there, you know as well as I do all about those moves the guys used back in the day and some still exist just in different formats now. My first old-school move is one you might be familiar with as I’ve mentioned it many times before. If any of you are writers, do you actually use an old school tool like a writing instrument anymore and not just a keyboard? ✍🏻 I do with all these. They are pre-written so I can physically keep them. It might sound crazy to you but nope, can’t back them up on a PC or laptop. It’s way too much storage and plus it’s so personal to have actual stuff. My kids will probably throw all these out someday but until then, they are my keepsakes. You collectors have your merch and in a way, I have mine!

How about reading? Any actual book readers out there? I don’t mean e-books, Kindle, or whatever else is available. Us readers need to stick together but as always, thank you for reading my blog or even book Spirit and Belief 📗. That old-school me will never change just like Warrior didn’t much either. How about this? I still have a REAL address book and not just everyone in my phone. Yep, I do still write in one. People might not anymore but it’s my old school brain. Anyways, some who I rarely have contact with aren’t going in the phone, they get the book. Guess I’m just a writer in other ways. Even my passwords are written down in a safe place just for me. I have many and get teased but a few leaves you open to getting hacked! My husband rarely changes his but I get bored. Oh, I still use a paper calendar too AND my phone.

Here’s a recent story that happened to me and it’s old school related but not that far back. A few weeks ago, our Internet was down for many hours. I don’t panic so much anymore but boy does it affect us. We have Alexa (see I’m not that old school!) music on our phones, Siri, apps, and so much more connected to the Internet. Well, it was time for my work out and I thought of what to do. 🤔 I couldn’t use music the way I was used to for the past several years. Decided to get my CD player from the kitchen and work out like back in the day, although way back was cassette tapes! I grabbed my UP!!Shania Twain CD and I finished before it did. I couldn’t use my playlist that day but man~~ it was fun anyways. Yes, I do keep my CD player out and still listen to the radio as well.

Here’s more added to this list: who remembers (if you’re old enough) physically moving to change the TV channel? Do any of you watch Network television shows anymore instead of cable, satellite, or even the Internet? I do but we also have Sling since it’s much cheaper. If the Internet is down, back to old school for sure. How about turning a light on or off, garage doors, or any of that? We now have our buddy Alexa rigged up for all those but somedays, this modern world gets to me. I DO modern stuff besides all that which of course are much more convenient and easier. Isn’t it better just looking at your phone for directions instead of a huge map from your AAA store? Flashback to childhood vacations… Let’s just ask Siri to navigate.

I still go shopping outside of my home. Sure, Amazon and online is so quick but again– it goes back to doing the physical work. We need contact with people and places so yes, in a store you will still find me at times. I could go on and on with so many more ideas. Most may know how I started this blog— on my OWN like Warrior would do . For “techy” people, it would probably have taken them 20 to 30 minutes. Me, a few hours. It sounds laughable but with nobody home, I had to go it alone. My husband deals with that stuff all the time at work and has no patience for me. I did it and it felt great. Once I am taught, it goes smoother. My kids still need to keep showing me how to cut and paste! Guess my brain forgets what it doesn’t do often but they grew up differently than me. I know Google docs and DID format my own book so see there? We can always learn.

Enough about me, what about you? I know you guys out there that aren’t so young still do old school stuff even though you might not admit it! We are a stubborn bunch but like I said, I will abandon some of my ways to learn the new. If Warrior did, so can I and it does make for more free time. I will still always do many old-school things like reading and writing the old fashioned way. Maybe I crave the challenge? Another Warrior proud moment just like our love of libraries which I have mentioned. He was willing to learn and I am too but just need extra guidance. I will still also love my old school Golden Era WWF wrestling years and the simpler moves back then. They weren’t so simple to us but nowadays, they are. When it’s all you have or see, it’s all you know so it is a big deal.

Today, their moves are so much more crazy and athletic in all areas. I wonder how many get hurt with those new school moves? 😬 It is more exciting with that WOW factor but it’s not for me. I have seen little but not a regular watcher as readers know. The old-school moves will still AWE me as memories always remain. I hope you learn to combine your old school with the new as that is how life needs to be.

*** Happy 35th to the debut of Ultimate Warrior... The good ‘ol WWF days will forever be part of me in many ways… ☺️🥹👍

P.S. I kept thinking about “Behind the Scenes” of last week and for some reason, got out the book: “A Life Lived Forever.” Intuition? Warrior? Who knows but the pic I used for that post says in the caption:“behind the scenes with Ultimate Warrior September 5, 1992.” I didn’t know that until later on... 🥰

P.P.S. One more thing— I don’t text the “normal” way either. Hunt and peck, that’s me. Yes, I can try the other way but it doesn’t work for me as my daughter constantly teases. 😂🙄

*** Find me on other socials but BIG news coming next week about my website and other blog… Thanks for reading warriors! 🫶🏻

Behind the Scenes ðŸŽ¥ðŸ“ºðŸ¤”

Oh, this is a fun topic to explore isn’t it warriors? Nope, not talking about Warrior’s life behind the scenes or out of the ring for that matter. I’ve had this one on my brain for a while now and every time I’d watch some U.W. promos, my thoughts would think of something that kind of goes behind the scenes. No, it’s not really about that pic from RAW above which by the way is another “newbie”for me. Ponytail and ball cap. That’s exactly what I said the first time watching it. I KNOW why he wore all that but moving on… I didn’t want to use one from the “Crash the Plane” promo as it has been used already but that interview gets me laughing. 🤣 No way is it because of a simulated plane crash where both pilots perish and Hulk Hogan needs to take over the plane! How did Warrior ever come up with that? Good thing I wasn’t a little kid listening to him then. I’d probably run out of the room crying or something. 🥺 It isn’t real girl! Good luck convincing my thoughts of that...

I often wondered what the cameramen thought of while filming. Do they really listen or are they just doing their job? Do they try not to laugh or even think this guy is a crazy wacko! I always imagined a joke on a new guy back then. It’s his first filming the Ultimate Warrior but are they prepped ahead of time on a character or maybe they just don’t care? Well, let’s say this cameraman has no idea and he’s new to all of it. He truly listens to U.W.’s rants and is just stunned by the insanity. He’s literally scared. 😳 He thought this was just a “normal” promo, boy was he wrong! Yeah, there are plenty of other crazy interviews with him too but that one stands out to me. I’d be laughing so hard, the camera would shake and they’d probably have to do 100 takes or something. Does WWE have women camera operators now? They should but maybe women aren’t pursuing that job, I don’t know. Do they exist in other sports? I think they do. Someone has got to have that answer.

My other behind the scenes issue is all those cords. I’m not sure how they do it now but I was always thinking the wrestlers would trip on them around the ring! They can hide many under mats and such but what about when U. W. ran around. I’d always think “don’t trip!” Now, I heard they might put a cameraman IN the ring. I still wonder how that’s gonna work but guess if you want more close-up action. They already might be doing this, who knows? All these behind the scenes people that make the shows run.

Some of them that have quite possibly been long term WWE employees should get an award like Warrior mentioned in his HOF speech. Oh wait, they started the Warrior Award… It is wonderful giving it to those affected by life-changing events but I for one was happy seeing it go to people behind the scenes. Sue Aitchison and Rich Hering come to my mind. They perhaps are more well-known but so many many others are not. Are they deserving of an award? I bet there are those that are which in my opinion, WWE should consider. Behind the scenes indeed.

I remember being in PTA for years and even chairing some committees. Yes, when you are in charge front and center it becomes but there are plenty who won’t or don’t get recognized behind the scenes. I have been on both sides with this as I’m sure you all can attest at times. Think about going to a Broadway show or musical. Sure, the actors take center stage and we watch them. Those scenery, props, lighting, make up, and sound editors do the work too. Behind the scenes makes the show go and then go on. We all have our talents and just might enjoy staying in the background. Some may eventually want that spotlight in a new way and a new behind-the-scenes person will take their place.

Which are you and what do you prefer? Like I said, I have done both but it does depend on the passion you are pursuing. Some moments, we have to make ourselves known more to get noticed. Other times, we just do enough and are happy with that. If you want to change, go for it in a way that will suit you. Warrior took his character to an ultimate level where: “there’s no way that they can’t pay attention.” . It all depends on what you plan to do and how far you want to take it.

I have had offers to make my book into a movie for years now. For anyone who has read it, can you just imagine? First off, um- no thank you and second, I am not ever going to expose my memoir/autobiography/biography in a movie format. I’m not that money hungry and besides, I never saw it that way. Most book companies actually DO have that option as you may notice from popular movies of today where it states: “based on the book…” or something similar. You know what I mean. My offers are never fully “legit” anyways and quite laughable. Many are Asian companies out for a buck themselves with fake American names, broken English, and emails with too many grammatical errors to mention. I am NOT dissing Asians here, don’t get me wrong but there are scam companies out there, believe me. Who knows what better projects will maybe come my way but that will not be one of them.

I am not totally behind the scenes but it would have to be the RIGHT idea for me moving forward as respect is always given to Warrior, not just myself. There’s some ideas worth considering like podcasts (which I love!) or other interviews. A documentary on Warrior in a different way and being interviewed for THAT would be interesting. A few topics about Warrior are off-limits to me so some burning questions might not ever be answered. That’s behind the scenes too as I honor my gifts always… 🙏🏻💙Well, enough of that.

I will still laugh at my possible cameraman story of filming Ultimate Warrior doing promos but especially the more nutty ones! I do know most of “Crash the Plane” but I also like what Warrior says in that photo above to Jerry Lawler on RAW. “The battleground doesn’t matter!” No, it doesn’t Warrior. It’s all in how we handle what gets thrown to us along the way. Behind the scenes? In front of the camera? Always up to you. We all have lives behind the scenes. Some stuff we share, some we don’t. Just don’t trip on any camera cords, he-he…

P.S. BTW- for any interested- my book “Spirit and Belief” is out there on Amazon and other retailers (: Thank you to those who have given me support or left a review, it is very much appreciated! 📗

P.P.S. My girl got a 29/30 on her Self-Reliance paper of last week! So proud of her. Warrior would be too… 😉

Warrior Self-Reliance 💪🏻

Before starting, I became aware of a new yoga pose the other day at a class. “Dancing warrior.” Yep, that’s what he’s doing in the photo but that isn’t yoga, ha ha! “Dancing warrior” is just a sequence of warrior poses! Didn’t know that… yes, I did laugh to myself.., Now, onto today...

I told ya I’d be back to my ol’ warrior self this week so that I am. Sometimes, I just get all worked up and need to get it out. I did celebrate these 6 years in my own private way and then another idea kind of fell in my lap. Really, it did and I’ll explain what it was in a bit. My daughter involved me in a homework essay assignment again for her language arts class. Always does she come to me for that subject but it seems to be later in the evening when my brain doesn’t wanna work! 😜Well, let’s just say it was Warrior inspired indeed.

She needed to either choose some song lyrics or movie titles and relate them to a few philosophic virtues or traits. Guess what she chose? Yep, songs of course so I was of more help! It is easier though. When I had learned about these great American philosophers it was my sophomore year but guess for her, it’s the junior year. A few of the possible writing subjects were on individualism, (yes please!) intuition, (is this my assignment?!) Self reliance, transcendentalism, and some others. Two people come to mind whose works they needed to reference. Both have 3 names as many did and I remember them. Henry David Thoreau is one who wrote the book: “Walden” and the other is Ralph Waldo Emerson who wrote the book: “Self-Reliance” which is referenced above.

She had part of Emerson’s “Self-Reliance” given to her in class with much underlined, written in the margins, and well – I would highlight but that’s just ME. I told her I’d read the paper to get some ideas and then I saw it. This quote. “God will not have his works made manifest by cowards.I KNEW that phrase from somewhere other than this paper. It took a few seconds until slamming into me. Warrior said that and it wasn’t written like in a blog or on his art. He spoke it, I had it saved, and was going to find it! So much for helping her but really I did, just later on once my mind wasn’t so distracted. I left the room, grabbed my phone, went upstairs to get the ear buds, and scrolled through my saved Warrior videos.

Had a feeling I was correct on the one chosen and I was. This video mentions people who inspired Warrior and at first I kept thinking no. That one was all about Campbell and Nietzsche, not Emerson. Right near the end is when Warrior mentions that great quote by Emerson. My girl thought I was listening to a psychic medium’s videos, but nope! ☺️ I found it, listened, and after writing it down of course knew in my mind this was going to be the next post. Here’s some more good ones from “Self-Reliance.” .

“Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.”

“Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood…Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood?… To be great is to be misunderstood.”

These were from her paper, I didn’t read the book. Can’t you just hear Warrior reading those words? Maybe I should get the book one of these days… Trusting oneself first over societal rules and following your own instincts is the summary of Emerson’s essay published in 1841. It’s got Warrior written all over it as again, words he spoke and believed in. I had something placed in my hands that connected to Warrior. I KNOW he was watching since come on – he used this essay!

Back to her assignment. Next, was picking what attributes she wanted to use and how to match up songs. The lyrics can’t be over 10 years old so we racked our brains for a few days. She finally decided on “Trouble” by Taylor Swift for intuition and I had thought of PINK. “Just like Fire” was perfect for individualism so she was set. Mama will give pointers and edit with her but writing it, I am not. She’s on her own with all that! We’ll see how it goes as I will ask about her grade soon...

I wanted to look up Thoreau’s “Walden” as I’m remembering it to be about nature somewhat. Some of the description reads: ” the work is part personal Declaration of Independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, satire, and to some degree- a manual for self-reliance.” Man, I wonder if Warrior had ever read that too? I bet he did. 🤔 For some reason, my memory thought of the 1981 movie “On Golden Pond” and I kept thinking no – it’s Walden, not golden! Well, the book takes place on Walden pond so I wasn’t far off. Guess I had a movie in me after all and not just song lyrics, ha ha!

Both Emerson and Thoreau were transcendentalists which in simple terms, means all of us have the knowledge that goes beyond our rational minds or “transcends” what our 5 senses experience. I certainly believe in all that as with my writings, you may come to know. Such pioneers those men were for being so radical back then and yet their beliefs remain today. Warrior was a pioneer as well with his ways, thoughts, ideas, and so much more. Not sure how he’d classify himself among those men but he definitely fits into their ways, don’t you think? I know he so believed in using the mind but it goes beyond that.

*** PAUSE***

Just last Saturday, it was 8.5 years since Warrior left this planet. It’s been 8 since I had “The Box” story which is told in my book Spirit and Belief. Wow… Again with these milestones of time which go on and on. My daughter has doubled her age then and now she’s learning philosophy. Oh, she was close to turning 8 then, can you believe it? She was in 2nd grade those years ago as my son was in 4th. He’s a college freshman now. 🥺 As for me, I mentioned my BIG birthday last month. Time moves and yet in some ways, it doesn’t. April brought 8 years on the 8th so now this October brought another 8 years on the 8th with “The Box.” 📦

~~~ Check out “Legendary Unknown” on YouTube for great Warrior videos. I am so grateful to have them as he was so much more than that wrestler most of us knew. Philosopher? Transcendentalist? Writer? All those fit for Warrior to me. Use your OWN self- reliance to make this life work. It’s what we came here to do...

P.S. Here’s yet another fun connector. Last week when my son was home for a visit, we took him to a music store to possibly exchange his trombone for a different one. We headed to the back room and on the wall I saw a big plaque by Ralph Waldo Emerson. It was all about success. I just stared at it for a bit while chuckling to myself thinking it would be perfect for this blog. Of course I took a pic… I’ll share just a few quotes as it was quite lengthy.

What is Success

To laugh often and much,

To win the respect of intelligent people, …

To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends.

To leave the world a bit better…

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.

This is to have succeeded.

~~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

*** You can look up the rest on your own… 💙🙋🏻‍♀️👆🏻Thank you Emerson as well for your works we so need to read and know.., 📚Maybe a trip to the library is in order for me to find “Walden” also!

From a W to 2 B’s, Thank You! ðŸ’™âœðŸ»ðŸ“—

It is October warriors. 🍁This year is almost over. How can that be? Seems to me like it was just the start of 2022 and now we are nearing the end soon. My year of milestones is coming to a close from this past week and then in a month or so, warrior writings will be at 300 posts. My oh my, here it comes. As you can see by those dates listed, this week marks another anniversary for both of my B’s. No, not the “Killer Bees” of wrestling fame, ha ha! The W of course stands for Warrior whose heavenly energetic hands assisted me through all this and continues today. Hard to believe they are 12 months and 3 days apart. Almost twins. Yeah.. To think I was only going to write this for a year. 6 years and still humbled. I am finally to that number of Ultimate Warrior’s finest career moment. I have evolved as we all should and yet…

I always get reflective upon these days every year as I’m filled with such emotion. Sometimes, I so wish I wouldn’t be extreme with them but that’s how it goes. I’m constantly working on this like you can’t believe. What I mean is how it all comes across with you readers. So grateful I always am so don’t get me wrong here. For those loyal readers, I love your support. I REALLY do. You’ve been with me the longest so let me know your thoughts. Any posts stand out to you? I would love your comments. It is so surreal to me how that number of 6 which still remains a regular fixture in my life, is here with this blog. 2016 and even 2017 seem like just the other day and yet also many years ago now. I do hope any of you readers out there or followers still feel inspired in someway. If there are some topics you’d like me to discuss, shoot me a note. I’ll do my best to answer in a way that works. I just might choose your question to answer in a future post!

The other part of me gets frustrated as we all do at times. This is probably why I couldn’t be an author who continuously puts books out there like a few people I know. Too much pressure and I get way too attached. Expectations are one of the hardest things to let go in life and yet we must about many aspects. It’s actually included as one of the agreements with the “Toltec“. It isn’t listed by itself but is part of the beliefs. Miguel Ruiz wrote a great book called : “The Four Agreements” on this as well… I highly recommend it… You can look that up. Anyone who puts content out into the world wants and needs support. We want it genuine and not just because you are in an elite group or under some kind of obligation. I bet most of my readers are either spiritual or maybe wrestling and Ultimate Warrior fans but not all. Some are just bloggers. Guess I don’t really know since rarely do I receive feedback. I need to let that go… Back when I started, I did follow a few other bloggers of similar interests. Some in turn would follow me and it was nice. It was getting to be too much for me and I scaled back. That’s OK as reading isn’t for everyone. I just ask that whatever you do, do it for the RIGHT reasons and not just because...

It’s also like when you are in a private social media group or something similar. I am part of an Ultimate Warrior facebook group and as great as it can be, it also brings more frustrations my way. This post seems so negative but guess sometimes we all need to rant. I DO appreciate anyone who has found my work, really I do but with anniversaries, comes other thoughts too. Warrior was all about honesty, right? Well, today you get to hear it for me. It’s not ALL what you might be thinking but here goes. I have often said how I don’t “fit” in with many ways of doing things but nowadays, it benefits me not to. I do have my days just like many of you where we still want to be our original warrior selves and yet that longing is still there to belong more. I should say: “F*** what others think” like Warrior said but I can’t entirely. I will continue doing the work though.

I’m not about a huge U.W. collection, selling merch, pics of meeting him, and all that. I share differently as many know. Without contributing that way, does it matter? Do I make a difference? Sometimes my “Ms. Resistance” kicks me in the a**! We all want those shared interests, likes, and conversations but still want to keep being ourselves. They can have that but would I be missed? Probably not. It’s not a pity party although it sounds like one, I know 🙄. I’m just being honest and real here. Maybe many are jealous of my work and spiritual connection to Warrior… Hard to tell. I answer enough but it might not be what others want. Did I know Warrior or even Ultimate Warrior? I did not and yet there is more to that statement…. So, that’s not good enough of an answer but privacy he had to a degree as do I. We must all in our own way. I realize there are “trolls”and we need to accept that. Let’s lift one another up with the GOOD!

A million thanks to the REAL ones out there genuinely interested in what I present and how I present it. I do appreciate YOU for taking the time to like, follow, or even respond. I realize it is difficult posting an email out there but other ways are available. I just want to know if any of this over the last 6 years connects or motivates you at all? I’m not asking for you to go get the book or anything but just drop me a line or two of how these writings or my stories impact your life. It’s not too much to ask really but again expectations make this life challenging. These past 6 years have truly amazed me as there are days I still can’t believe it is true… 🥹🫶🏻

I may not reciprocate always but know I do try my best along with videos to respond. My goal is to serve but to also learn along the way as we all should do. You don’t have to have or do this type of work but we all have social media so think about it. If my stuff isn’t for you, that’s perfectly fine as others don’t interest me either. If you do though, I will notify you and I have to several people. To those who have reached out, I give you such praise for having the courage to do so. I’m not mad or asking for tons of support, just a little more. If anyone takes this the wrong way, that’s your emotion…

So, I have reflected enough on this milestone but wanted to just embrace these past 6 years in a new way. Let’s all just be US but let another know their life counts. We all do. Frustrations will come and go but we still need to be passionate no matter who responds. I will need to remember this… ❤️‍🩹 THANK YOU Warrior for being your honest self and for supporting me in sharing all these writings with the world… I’m sure I’ll be back to my ol’ warrior self next week.… you can bet on that! 🥰

P.S. I was recently in this store and saw a cake candle I liked it so picked it up. Noticed it was made in Indiana and was selling for $6. No, I didn’t buy it! 🕯That fits for today, doesn’t it? Oh, and when I took the photo for this blog, the time on my phone said 11:11. Very perfect spiritual number. 💖😉 one more note~ I started this blog on a Tues. back then and the anniversary fell on a Tues. this year… 🥳

Gotta get a Gimmick ðŸ‘ðŸ»ðŸ˜²

We are back to Warrior pics these last two weeks of September and I haven’t used a black-and-white one in a long time. This one is so similar to the WCW/NWO magazine cover I used a few years back when Warrior unleashed OWN in 1998. I decided to look up some photos and this pose was chosen. So hard to believe I have never used the word gimmick in a post, not ever. Yes, I had to check on that to make sure but an idea came to me. I was listening to a podcast and of course that word of gimmick comes up when talking about wrestling. The Ultimate Warrior had his gimmick as did others which does continue today just in a different way.

They knew back then how getting a gimmick would take you far in the business but actually, we all need one. Yes, you read that right. Have you looked up what it means? There are several definitions but the most obvious is doing something that stands out or makes an impression. It usually involves a business or product more but we can have our OWN gimmick too. No, you don’t need to paint your face, run around, or anything else the character of U.W. did. What makes YOU stand out though? Some may not truly want to but we all need to be remembered for our unique brand of intensity. We want to bring it all to the squared circle that is our life.

Gee, let’s see here. Our gimmick is our personality but it can be so much more. If one is going for fame, it gets amped up and expands into a lot but for regular folks~~~ it sounds intimidating. It’s not a word I use to describe someone as I’m sure you don’t either. Beyond a personality, it’s all in how we convey it to others but also in our attitude behind it. There are many traits that make up one’s gimmick so to speak. We as fans know several facets of the Ultimate Warrior that contributed to his gimmick which in turn made him successful. He even had some attributes that other guys didn’t but the opposite is true too. If you are unaware, just look him up. You can find plenty out there.

In these last several years, my gimmick would be writing. Believe it or not, I don’t share everything and despite some stories that are seemingly extroverted~~~I really am not. Extroverts will do much more to publicize a gimmick which is a natural fit to them. Some of us work in a different way which seems like we are really selling that gimmick but not doing everything. Let’s say being on most social media sites for example. That just isn’t me and it doesn’t bug me one bit. Sure, I could do so much more but for now, this is who I am. Will it change over time? Possibly and there’s that word of last week again but it’s all in how we project that gimmick to the world. For all those “out of the loop” about Warrior, no he was not an extrovert even though it could seem that way. I wrote about that too...

Over the years, your gimmick will evolve with the times as creatively you see fit. Look at Warrior. He advertised his gimmick all over from trunks, kneepads, dusters, hats, and any other gear. It then moved into some of his business ventures outside of wrestling like his gym, comic books, speaking, writing, or even artwork. Still has gimmick but just presented in various ways. Most of us will never have those items as part of our gimmicks but think of how else you can present yourself and how it can work in your life. You gotta get one and make sure it sticks. I guess if you are a pro wrestler, you can and possibly will have several. Many performers come to my mind that switched their looks or even aspects of the character around. Their gimmick might’ve gotten rebranded in a way but it still worked. We have our favorite of theirs but it’s them who decides how the “new” gimmick gets out there.

The risk is always around though when trying to change or improve an existing gimmick. You may lose fans, money, or even a project idea if it isn’t recognizable enough and others can’t relate. We do need to expand despite those possible risks but again, the cost is up to you. Warrior lived with his consequences and had said he didn’t have regrets. It’s difficult saying the same but there will always be lessons, not failures. You are in control of how your gimmick goes and if it goes well.

Some may say the gimmick of Ultimate Warrior waned but others always loved it as evidenced by many fans all over the world. Yes, there were those “squash” matches that became iconic with U.W. getting a crowd pop and then letting his gimmick take over. That’s how he wanted to do it but then again, his major feuds with opponents would usually be a much longer match that played out a great storyline. When I looked up more on gimmicks, pro wrestling was listed first among a few other sports. This makes total sense as their in ring persona defines how they are viewed by an audience and in turn accepted or not. Gimmicks can range also in terms of heel/ face, comics, (like Ultimate Warrior!) horror, (I think Undertaker!) ethnic, or so many more. Vince was always contributing to a character’s gimmick with mainstream culture and what was popular at the time.

I know you all that are wrestling fans recall many gimmicks of then and now as it is such a part of sports entertainment. I will always remember mine from the Golden Era and even today, laughter comes when thinking of some! Let’s all get a gimmick and work on it. It’ll go over with some but maybe not all. Keep the fans who love your gimmick as there is a reason why they do. I always loved the Ultimate Warrior gimmick despite never fully knowing his other wrestling personas. I know he likes mine too (: Get your OWN and continue doing the work, the right audience will be there.

***P.S. Don’t be confused by this post today. Warrior used his U.W. gimmick for certain aspects in his life but our TRUE gimmicks go deeper than anything one could put out there publicly. Know that. You are more than a gimmick. You have one but remember to be MORE than what it is... 👊🏻💙🙋🏻‍♀️Have that self- belief and discipline as your guide which will make your gimmick truly WORK…

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