We ARE what we THINK

Our thoughts create our reality. “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change” has been one of my favorites for many years. 

I devoted 2019 to reading as many books possible on mindset. I set out with a determination to understand my thoughts and how I could use them to create the reality I desire. I started downloading audio books to listen to in the car and while I was walking my dog. I started listening to lectures and podcasts while cooking dinner. I began to fill any free time with constructive learning, positive affirmations, and tools to be stronger and smarter. 

I ruptured my achilles tendon. Me going into surgery to repair it.

I ruptured my achilles tendon. Me going into surgery to repair it.

It’s been 26 days since I injured myself. Since I’ve taught or done yoga, paddled, or walked without the assistance of crutches or my knee scooter. I have between 95 and 150 days left. I’m only close to a quarter of the way through this, and I know there’ll be some tough moments ahead. But I’m ready. 

The universe has this interesting way of giving you ways to learn and grow. I sought out to strengthen my mindset. To become stronger and more grounded in the belief of who I am and what I’m capable of. I hadn’t anticipated being gifted this experience as a way to get me there. I chose the word gifted because this experience is happening for me, not to me. It’s happening so that I can see things differently. So that I can grow in ways that weren’t possible unless I slowed down. It’s happened so that I can become more of the person I truly am and do more of the work I’m truly meant to do. 

It’s been 26 days. I have no clue what answers the universe is asking me to seek. All of the lessons I’m meant to learn. Or the breakthroughs that could happen. 

But I’m here. Praying, meditating, journaling, reading, reflecting, seeking, and cracking myself open body, mind, and soul. I’m leaning into this experience, so I may gain all of what I’m meant to. 

I’ve learned a lot so far about mindset. What we think about expands. What we focus on, we attract more of. What we believe, we become. We can’t control much, but we CAN control our thoughts. We can decide what we want to think. 

paddleboard instructor on Anna Maria Island gets surgery to repair ankle


I am strong. 

I am limitless.

I am healing. 

I am growing.

We get to chose how our experiences define us. This experience is shaping me into a higher version of myself. It’s gifting me time to reflect and recharge mentally and physically. It’s opening my eyes to all that I’m grateful for, and what my body is capable of. It’s teaching me to ask for help. To be vulnerable. To say how I feel. To let others be there for me. To lean on the people who care. To trust that that everything will get done, even if I can’t do it myself. 

“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come undone. The shell cracks, it’s insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like completer destruction.” - Cynthia Occelli

Stoked to see what this little seed I am will become :)

Love, Light, and Good vibes,


Rachael Croll