For a very long time, I forgot what it was like to dream, to have goals, to feel proud of myself and to be honest it wasn't how I ever imagined my life to be. I went to college, I had big dreams and goals for myself. Yes I loved being a mother and a wife, but there was a huge part of me that felt unfulfilled.
Throughout the years I wore many hats: waitressed, babysat, event marketer, teacher's aide, Design specialist for Pottery Barn and while I worked I also went back to school to pursue what I thought I was finally meant to be doing. I finished in 2012, then officially became an Interior Decorator and opened the doors to my own business. I was incredibly disappointed when I quickly realized that the part of me that had felt very unfilled for so long was still there. How could I have gone back to school for what I had longed to do, own my business and feel incomplete??? It was devastating.
During this time I had started working with a coach to lose weight. Never did I imagine that losing weight would not be the only thing I would accomplish. My coach and the tools she gave me helped me lose 50 inches, countless inches, drop 8 sizes, get off two medications for depression/anxiety and I truly started to feel like a new woman....a new wife....a new mom and I fell in love with this life changing process. So my coach invited me to join her and attend her training university to become a Fitness and Lifestyle Coach. Me????? I declined politely. Was she nuts? I was just a mom trying to get mentally and physically healthier. Besides I went back to school and owned my own business, but the thought of her asking me pulled at my heart strings for months and I started to follow her posts. I kept thinking about it, it was pulling on my heart strings and I decided to take the leap and say yes. I still kept my interior decorating business opened and said I would coach as a hobby just to help friends & family, but this would never be a "real job".
The more I coached, the more lives I was able to change and the more I fell in love with this process. Helping others get off medications, feel better than they have ever felt in their lives, helping women feel confident in their own skin again, watching these women have no confidence when they started with me to beaming and glowing with such pride about their healthier body became addicting to me. I started consuming all my time with coaching and less time on my interior decorating business. I was so scared to admit to anyone that this was it, I had found my calling and it wasn't what I went to school for... it was an MLM company?????? This was not traditional and not something I ever in a million years saw myself doing, but I started to dream again, have goals, found myself loving what I did so much it didn't feel like work and that feeling of being unfulfilled had completely disappeared.
Taking this leap was scary. So much fear set in. What would people think of this? Of me? And then the comments came...why would you do that? This will never work! It's a scam! Every time someone said something rude I reminded myself that this process gave me my life back, gave my husband his wife back, gave my children their mom back and this process was helping so many people get their life and health back too. Their opinions were not changing lives or helping lives. Their opinions were not paying my bills. Their opinions did not matter. This was my life, not theirs.
There are so many moments I have had over the last 2 1/2 years of coaching that have felt like pinch moments and I am having one of those moments tonight. Last March I was invited to attend a leadership retreat in Florida, but I had to meet some big goals in my business to make this happen. As soon as I was invited, I hit the ground running and I was determined to make this happen. Less than 4 weeks from today I will stepping on the airplane to make my way to this beautiful home in Florida with other top leaders, including bringing one of my own coaches Sarah Canzano. We will be having our makeup done and a professional photo shoot with the other top coaches. We will have top notch training provided to us, but this is also a time for us where we get to celebrate all of our hard work. I just can't believe this is really happening. I can not believe this is really my life and now my coaches get to experience this as well!!!!???? To have a second chance at life and to be able to live it like this has been absolutely incredible. There is not one single day that has gone by that I not been thankful for this opportunity.
I want to encourage you all to trust your gut, be fearless, work your asses off, take a leap of faith, be patient, go after what fulfills YOU and stop worrying about what other people will think. Sometimes the best things in life are the ones we didn't have planned. This journey has taught me how important it is to be as much of a priority in my life as my husband and children. When our cup is filled we become better mothers, wives and human beings.
One last VERY important thing! A HUGE thank you to all my coaches, to all my clients, my friends, my family and God. I would not be where I am today without all of you believing in me!