For a recent college scholarship application, I was asked to write, “What do you think is the most critical issue women will face in the next 20 years? How do you see it being resolved?” It didn’t take me long to answer that question or essay. The critical issue women will face in the next […]

Creativity and Fitness

As an artist, you need a certain type of energy and curiosity. Each area of study has their group of interested followers. Art is an especially welcoming and open area of study and appreciation; There are artists with their special areas of skill–painters, musicians, actors, sculptors, poets etc…And there are art appreciators. For example, you […]

The 411 on Anxiety

It’s getting late and you are getting ready for bed.  You lay back, relax, and then all of a sudden a thought pops into your head.  Suddenly you feel a significant urge to take care of a task right away because it feels as though if you do not you will never get to sleep. […]

Advice to my Fellow Seniors

My fellow blogger and bFIT founder, Bridget, gave advice to the class of 2020 earlier this year. I liked what she had to say and share. It inspired me to begin thinking about myself and the graduating class of 2017.  And….I would like to give a little advice, or just something to think about, as […]

Maybe It’s Time To Just Relax

Recently I have found myself trying to do everything.

It is the beginning of the school year after all and there’s classes and homework, sports and extracurricular activities, studying for the ACT, college applications, football games and the time you spend hanging out after them, shopping and planning for homecoming, the who should I ask […]

Get Outdoors and Moving to Increase Problem-Solving Skills

Last March I attended the YMCA of Rock River Valley’s Community Dinner featuring John Ratzenberger. John is most known for his role as Cliff Clavin on the series Cheers and for his voice roles for Pixar. He also produced and starred in the Travel Channel series, Made In America. At this Community Dinner, he had […]

To the Class of 2020

As I start my senior year,  I can’t help but feel anxious and excited. Lately I’ve been thinking about what the future holds for me (lots of possibilities), but I have also been thinking about all the things I’ll be leaving behind.

I know that every senior (and most parents) tell incoming freshman that “high school […]

Coping With Tragedy

We meet again following yet another mass shooting in the United States.  While pundits, activists and politicians debate the cause and the solutions to such occurrences I thought it would be worth talking about how we cope with tragedy.  Even though this awful event happened far away it has affected people across the world.  In […]

The Struggles of an Athlete

Why didn’t you quit? On that last rep, when you injured yourself, when you were frustrated out of your mind. Why didn’t you stop right then? Because you’re an athlete. And the best athletes, the ones who truly love what they are doing, don’t give up when things get tough. They persevere, they work through […]

Follow Your Passion

Following our passion has led us to some incredible experiences. We’ve been to all 50 states, and to numerous countries over five continents. We’ve worked for the National Geographic Society and The New York Times. We’ve done campaigns for multinational companies like Siemens. We’ve photographed His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and four of the last […]

The Answer to a Looming Question

What should I do with my life?

It’s a question I’ve asked myself over and over and the more time passes the more I feel pressure to have an answer, but the truth is until two summers ago I didn’t really know. I had ideas of things that seemed interesting to me, but I lacked real experience […]

I Have to Admit I like FUN

Not “fun” the concept (although I do like having fun); I mean FUN. the group.  I especially like their song Some Nights.  Although I don’t understand what the song has to do with the Civil War (see the Youtube video) I really find meaning in the line “Oh, Lord, I’m still not sure what I stand […]


Written by Bridget Krysztopa

Hello #bfitnation! 

I have been thinking about what to write about and this person keeps popping-up in my head. At Keith Country Day School, juniors are required to take a leadership class where business professionals and community leaders come and speak about leadership, life experiences, goal setting and how to make a difference […]

Red Flags go Beyond the Blues

“It’s like I’m lying in my bed looking out the window watching life go by, and I can’t even muster the energy to get off the bed.”

This quote has stuck with me over the years; it was from someone who struggled with major depressive disorder for decades. It was both eye-opening and terrifying to me: […]

Stop Posting and Start Living

As posted in the Rockford Register Star, 11-17-15

Stop posting and start living your life. That was the message Lady GaGa shared to 200 teens last week at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Born This Way Foundation Summit at Yale University last week. She encouraged teens to stop counting their Facebook friends and Instagram […]

Let’s Talk About Mental Health

Hello #bfitnation.  This will be the first of many posts about mental health and how it relates to teens. Trying to pick a topic for our first post wasn’t easy because there is so much to discuss. So let’s just start off with the very basic need for addressing mental health. We need to talk […]

Why Girls Should Play Sports

For many young people, playing sports is a no-brainer – especially for boys. However, many girls shy away from playing sports for one reason or another. This blog is for those girls. I want to convince you to rethink your decision – you’ll thank yourself down the road.

Playing sports impacts a girl’s life more than […]


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