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2015 Taught Me Not To Fear Swimming With Sharks

Wow 2015, what a year!

I feel so grateful to be looking back at this whole year and realizing everything it included. I started this year with 3 huge goals that I focused in on big time

1. Dedicate myself to making my vision for ZHCS a reality

2. Get out of my comfort zone often

3. Set outrageous goals

Everything in my whole year went into this. At the end of the year, I feel closer to my goal than ever before, and I’m really happy and grateful about it because of all the incredible things I experienced along the way. The highlight of 2015 was my visit to Isla Guadalupe where I swam with great white sharks. My fiance is the most fearless person I've ever met. She's an avid scuba diver who loves nature and adventure. She had her heart set on diving with the sharks and when she began putting the wheels in motion to make it happen, I was TERRIFIED.... REALLY TERRIFIED.

I was determined to stay focused on my goals as this was clearly a part of the whole getting outside of my comfort zone thing. In order for me to even be allowed in the cage, I'd need to complete scuba diving training and pass a test- and I had 3 months to do it. Becoming a scuba diver fit to dive with Great White Sharks in 3 months was definitely an outrageous goal. But I did it. I worked through my fear, got WAAAAAAY outside my comfort zone and I completed an outrageous goal.

It was after this experience that I dedicated myself to making a reality. This is just the beginning of a long term commitment but everyday I'm closer to my vision than ever before. My goals for 2016 are the same. I am grateful for the opportunity to know alll of you and I hope 2016 will be your best year yet.

Check out Ashley's Cagediving in Isla Guadalupe video.

Thank you for being a part of the ZHCS family,


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