February is a pretty amazing month – I get to grow another year older and wiser every year! I recently celebrated my birthday and I must say that 31 has some pretty big shoes to fill. Let me tell you why.
I can distinctly remember my 30th birthday for a few reasons. As it was a milestone birthday, it is pretty hard to forget the day you merge out of your twenties and into your thirties….SCARY! In a sense it was scary, but instead of allowing myself to feel old, I told myself that I was going to embrace turning 30, be excited about it, and make it my best year yet! You are only as old as you feel, right?!
I started that morning with Day 30 of Lisa’s Real Time Challenge, because it seemed appropriate. I chose this workout because at the time it was the hardest workout of the challenge, I wanted something that would push me, and Day 30 on my 30th was only fitting. I finished this workout and made a promise to myself that I was not going to stop here – I was going to continue challenging myself, tell myself “I CAN” more than “I CAN’T”, and do the best that I could do every day. I made a decision to train for life! Below is my collage post from that workout – kissing fear and doubt goodbye.
I want to get a little personal here and talk about how BodyRock, as well as my faith, showed me a lot about myself and opened doors that I wasn’t expecting to be opened. I will backtrack here a little bit. At the time I really committed to following BodyRock and mixing up my training I was stuck in a negative mental place. I had recently left a job that I loved to run a small healthy vending business that my husband and I started, which was great because that meant the business was doing well, but owning and running a business is no small feat, we were exhausted. When we were approached by a large competitor that wanted to buy our business, we were so relieved! I began looking for a job in the area, but wasn’t having much luck. I started to resent the fact that we started the vending business because I had a great job, that I loved. I continued to pray that something would happen and I would find out what I really wanted to do. Throughout this time, I began to meet some really amazing people in the BR community – there is so much love and support there and I can honestly say that I have made forever friends!! Everything happens for a reason right?! I started to realize what I truly loved – sharing my passion for fitness and motivating others! The feelings of resentment over not having a job began to fade and I embraced the fact that I loved connecting with people, sharing my fitness journey, and helping others step out of their comfort zone and learn to love themselves a little bit more! As much as it hurts or can be hard to deal with at the time, remember that when one door closes, there is something bigger, and better waiting for you! Be patient. Sometimes we have to stop forcing life and just let it happen, in His time, not ours.
Which brings me to where I am at now – I was invited to Guest Host a two week series for BodyRock, I started this blog, I submit blog content to The Daily Hiit Blog, I continue to share my own workout videos, I have made amazing friends all over the world, and most recently was hired to instruct group fitness classes at the gym! Never in a million years did I imagine these things for my life, nor were they ever part of my plan. I still pinch myself over the invitation to shoot for BodyRock and remind myself that the experience was REAL (I think I fell off my chair when I was initially asked)!! I have no idea what the future holds but I can honestly say I am grateful and blessed for my journey thus far!! A fire has been lit in my soul and at the age of 31, I feel more energy than I ever have!
I want to send out a HUGE THANK YOU to all of you for being a part of my journey! You have impacted my life more than you even know and I am blessed to see your smiles and read your kind words every day!! Not only do you make me smile, but you make my heart smile too! I encourage you all to continue sharing your awesomeness and positivity with the world….you never know who might need it! xoxo