Jessica Griffith: 2017 CrossFit Games Athlete

My NativeAdVantage:

Bio:

My Name is Jessica Griffith. I am a Registered Nurse that works in a Level I Trauma center in the heart of St. Louis. I am also a 2017 CrossFit Games Athlete. I love promoting health and wellness and have a heart to encourage all of those who cross my path.

What do I do best?

I think what I do best is smile and laugh. There is a sense of optimism that comes with smiling and I think it is important to always find the good in any situation. Although it is important to be realistic when analyzing obstacles, there is always a stance that leans towards the "half full" perspective. And let's be honest, obstacles come on an hourly basis. You have to train your mind to constantly be looking for the bright side, not take things too seriously, and relax under stress and pressure.

What makes me the best version of myself?

What makes me the best version of myself is consciously making productive decisions. These decisions are as small as carrying a water bottle with me everywhere I go so I make sure I'm staying hydrated through the day. Or deciding to wake up early to get my workout in because I know it will be the only time I have to workout that day. These small decisions along the way end up making the big picture at the end of the journey

What are my aspirations?

My aspirations in my personal life are to live a life that is inspiring and encouraging to others. I want a husband that will stand by my side until I'm old and frail. I haven't decided if kids are on the agenda yet :) And I would LOVE  house on a body of water. In a PERFECT world, I would do fitness full time for a living. Whether that be traveling around doing seminars, modeling, owning a gym, or something along those lines. If that doesn't work out, I could see myself going back to school to obtain my Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). I LOVE pharmacology. So that is the back up plan.

My Biggest Success?

I would have to say my biggest accomplishment to date would be qualifying for the 2017 CrossFit Games. During training, I was managing a full time job as an ER Nurse and training 20+ hours a week. There were many hours spent absolutely exhausted just trying to push through the task at hand--whether that be a 12 hour shift ahead, or a two minute sprint workout. Everyday I woke up and made the decision to keep my eyes on the prize. There are 40 women in the world who qualify and out of 150,000 candidates, I was able to pull it off. It was unbelievable!

My Most Challenging Moment?

One of the most difficult personal decisions I've ever made was being patient on where I was going to move to once I moved out of my parents house. I'm originally from Rhode Island and had been living in Missouri for 6 years at the time. When I decided I wanted to move back to Rhode Island, I got all my ducks in a row. I lined up a job, a place to live, quit the job a already had, told all myfriends I was leaving, packed up my things, and was ready to go! The weeks leading up to the big move, I started doubting my decision. I didn't understand why I was feeling this way. Two days before I was supposed to move, I made the decision to trust my gut and not go. I ended up taking about a month off of work to figure out what I wanted to do. That is when I decided to start working as an ER nurse, which then lead to moving to St. Louis, which then lead me to finding my CrossFit coach and circle of friends that helped me pave my path to qualifying for the CrossFit Games.

My Motto?

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart[.] In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your path straight." Proverbs 3:5-6 I grew up in church and hold my faith very close. I know the Lord has a plan for my life and have trusted that all along my journey.

My Favorite People/Role Models?

People I have looked up to in my personal life are my parents. I get my work ethic from my dad and my persistence from my mom. Both display those characteristics almost to a fault :) My Dad worked for 20 years supporting 4 kids and a wife and my mom is always making sure whats needing to get done is done. I love and admire both of them dearly and am forever grateful for what they've helped me accomplish.

I've never been someone to really "idolize" people. I more so like to take the approach of surrounding myself with people who I consider "better" than me. In nursing school, my friend Christina Scott was the smartest girl in our class--she was my study buddy. When I started CrossFit, I always chased Mallory Lawson in the gym. She was the best female crossfitter in the gym. When I was given the opportunity to go train with Kelley Jackson, an athlete who had qualified multiple times for the Games, I jumped on it! When I see a task at hand that I want to accomplish, I like to be around people who have the same goals or who have been there already. Together we can help each other or I use them as a mentor and motivator to accomplish the goal--whether they realize it or not.

My Favorite Places/Destinations?

My favorite place in the world is sitting in the Adirondack chair on the back side of the Coast Guard House overlooking the Narragansett Bay in Narragansett, Rhode Island :)

My Favorite Products/Objects?

Products that I incorporate into my every day life are Driven Nutrition supplements, NOBULL shoes, sports bras, and spandex, my compex, and my lacross ball

My Current Passions?

Obviously I love working out. Aside from that, I love anything to do with a body of water--boating, sun bathing, jet skiing, cookouts, etc. And I love doing girl things; getting dressed up to go out on the town, getting my hair and nails done, and shopping. I LOVE food even though most of the things I want to eat have to be in moderation :( haha and I love riding on my boyfriend's motorcycle with him!

https://www.instagram.com/jessicargriffith