Growing up in a very musically talented family I had a huge feeling that was what I was going to do when I grew up. Everyone in my family played at least 1 instrument and a couple of us sang. As I typically describe us, we are The Partridge Family. I wanted to be in music in some form. Back up singer, lead, worship leader, something. I started working for a local Christian Bookstore as their music buyer. With them, I was able to go to Nashville for work and thats where I became very interested in the industry side of things. I got a job with Provident-Sony Music and moved across the country to Nashville, TN. I thought I found what was going to be a long term job, it was cut short. With cut backs going on all around, I was one of the unlucky ones. I was left feeling sad, bitter, hurt, confused, lost, and wanting nothing more than to move back home. God had other plans...
I decided to start looking into Nanny Agencies. I became a nanny and my first family I had was amazing. 3 of the best kids ever and decided, for now, this is what I was going to do. Though, in my heart, I knew this was not my long term job. I was still left thinking of what I wanted to be/do when I grew up.
About 6 months ago I was driving to work with the music off just talking to Jesus. Finally I stopped. God told me to hush and just listen. I remember him telling me I was to work with people in need of losing weight. In other words, become a personal trainer. I was beyond excited and I knew this was it. This is what I was to do. I have such a huge passion for people and a passion for helping others on their way to their personal wellness journeys.
About a year ago I started my journey. I will be honest and tell you it is hard. Some people understand. Some will never understand. This is a battle I will fight every day for the rest of my life. I am still learning and still fighting for what is mine. I am learning to eat well, and limited. I have become addicted, in a good way, to working out. Especially Zumba. (We will talk about this gem later). I personally believe in old fashion weight loss. No surgery (unless it is life and death) and absolutely NO PILLS/DROPS/DRUGS/HORMONES/ETC. I feel VERY strongly against these. Just good old fashion calorie counting and working a big ol sweat. (We will discuss the IMPORTANCE of working out later)
So, I am currently concentrating on getting off the rest of my weight and bettering myself. Starting this coming Spring I will begin training to become a certified Personal Trainer. My main goal will be to focus on the obese and the morbidly obese. I am highly contemplating becoming a Zumba Instructor as well. I have had about 10 people contact me asking for advice on how they can start their journey. Nothing gets me more excited that sending out that email full of advice and hope. Sharing how I believe in them and helping them believe in themselves. Because until you believe in yourself and come to the understand that you want this and you have it in you to do it, then it is simply just a dream.
Anything is possible if you just believe. You are strong. You are powerful. You are unique. You are beautiful.