One of my dear friends and amazing mentor, Christine Dwyer, recently posted this picture on Facebook. It made me realize how far I have come in my fitness career and my own personal journey over the last several years. I‘ll share the short version with you!
After I had my son in 2002, I was your typical story…..one year later and still had the final 10 pounds stuck! I felt like it was never going to come off so I accepted and began surfing the internet for larger “jazz pants” to workout in. And that’s when I discovered Turbo. I began participating and teaching and it completely transformed my body. I was so passionate about Turbo that I began researching the creator, Chalene Johnson, and her company, Powder Blue Productions. Six months after I discovered Turbo I decided I wanted to work for this company. I applied to become a presenter and flew out to California for a grueling audition. That was the turning point in my life.
During that time my son was at beginning stages for his diagnosis of Autism (PDD-NOS to be specific). In fact, I had to leave my audition early to fly home for a very important appointment for him. When I was offered the position as Area Promotions Director I almost declined because I was dealing with so many personal issues in my life. But my gut told me this was something I needed to do for myself, so I accepted, put my whole heart into the position, and less than a year later was selected as APD of the year for 2006.
When you follow your passion and aim high to set big goals, one thing starts to lead to another for you and eventually everything seems to fall into place. Over the next 5 years I developed my profession as an APD, had opportunities to appear in Chalene’s videos, on QVC, infomercials, and even create my own successful fitness coaching business. I was also selected to be on our Elite Video Talent Team and was awarded Most Valuable Presenter last summer at Camp Do More. Another goal checked off the list! So here I am in 2012, a busy mom who has passion for my family and my work. I look back at so much that I have accomplished in 5 years, and am excited to see where I will be at 5 years from now. Wherever it may be, I truly believe that ANYONE can accomplish anything if they put their mind, body, and heart into it. Find your passion, allow it to shine through, and share it with everyone.
Off to set some new goals!!!