(10) Mina Uscharawadi: Faith and Boxing

The thing that impresses me most about Mina is her honesty as she shares her journey of how she found faith in the LDS religion and faith in the boxing ring. A unique part of her story is that she spent a year in Thailand boxing.  She was one of my first interviews and so the sound quality isn’t the best in this episode and I get super excited and talk really loud into the microphone. Despite the audio flaws, this episode is for anyone who is struggling with faith and finding their identity.

The first thing you see when you go to is this quote by Mina and her purpose in starting the blog.

To someone else this is the millionth blog, but for me My Naked Heart is learning, exercising faith, accepting weakness, facing fears and exposing shame.  I’m tired of running. I’m tired of being afraid of myself, so I’m going to embrace the one thing that I’m not: “perfect.” The challenge is to still believe I’m “something beautiful” along the way and this website personifies that. I’m a 26 year old woman experiencing growing pains and my life has been no exception to heartbreak, identity crisis, insecurities, fears, WTF moments and countless opportunities to laugh at myself. I feel free, excited, terrified and a little bit of crazy! This is My Naked Heart.

Mina went to Thailand and Boxed for a year. Below is a quote from her blog post about her first fight. For the full story click here.

“As I stepped into the ring, the only thought that crossed my mind was “I can’t believe i’m really doing this… I was facing an opponent who was perfectly capable of hurting me and in the end the only one who would walk away from this fight a loser would be me for my pride if I didn’t give back 100%. “