“Be your inner rockstar.” Jen Rockstar Szabo adopted this phrase in the last decade as she’s dealt with divorce, anxiety and depression, body acceptance, debilitating injuries and more. To Jen, being your inner rockstar is about shining a spotlight on the moments of your life that we don’t openly talk about. It’s not about hiding parts of ourselves, but embracing them, or as she says, “Giving them a hug and inviting them in for a cup of tea.”
Jen is an adult onset athlete. In 2004 she was duped into going to a meeting for a local running group. She tried to walk out the door, but a welcoming hand on her shoulder changed the course of her life (thanks Scott Fliegelman!). Jen is one of my favorite people. We’ve been palling around for about 15 years, brought together by Skirt Sports when we did an early fashion show at our local Fleet Feet store. You may have seen one of our widely acclaimed triathlon transition videos 😂 or our motivational HIIT workouts. If you haven’t, they’re definitely worth watching.
Rockstar has been on the podcast once before as a contributor to episode 119 – Body Talk. But we have never taken the time to shine the spotlight exclusively on her. Jen is a special person who is navigating this world one day at a time, keeping her priorities straight and continuing to build her toolshed.
Today we talk about:
- What is means to be your inner rockstar
- 12-year-old Jen
- Anxiety and depression
- Naming your “thing,” inviting it in and giving it a hug
- Becoming an athlete against your own odds
- Overcoming injuries & adapting to a new reality as we age
- An difficult encounter on an airline
- And so much more
For more Rockstar, be sure to follow her on Instagram at @rockstarszabo – she is an open book and what drives her more than just about anything is helping others, so if you need another advocate in your court, please reach out!
That’s it for today. You know what time it is! It’s time to get out there and Run This World. Have a great workout and we’ll see you next week!