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When I was about 5-6 years old, my mom was faced with a life-threatening emergency.
From that moment on, my worst fear in life was losing her. Something that would inevitably happen, but I was so full of fear and panic at times and would do anything for her, to make her “invincible.”
As the years passed by, she had gained a lot of weight and was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes.
Over the next couple of years while I was still in high school, I began to put connections together that bad foods and lack of exercise made for an unhealthy body. Seems like a no brainer now but at the time, it wasn’t talked about. So when she wanted to get in shape I was totally onboard. My memories always took me back to that emergency and I was fearful of something happening to her.
I began observing my friends and family and those who had unhealthy lifestyles. I started putting the pieces together and knew what I DID NOT want my life to look like. So, I worked like hell to not follow in the footsteps of some of my family and friends who had turned to alcohol, drugs or food.
Instead, I became a workaholic...
I took up cycling both recreational and competitively, going to the gym daily and quickly learned that strength training was a major component to living a strong and healthy life.
More importantly, I wanted to continue this path to help mom become healthier. I was there during her struggles and I remember feeling helpless not knowing what to do.
Fast forward to 2006, armed with multiple national accredited personal training and nutrition certifications and a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Nutrition, I worked at local gyms in the afternoons and evenings after I had worked my “day job” shift from 3am-10am. In 2011, I opened up my personal training studio, Finally Fit, and grew my clientele beyond to what I could’ve possibly imagined.
At the same time, I was experiencing my own personal struggles with Hashimotos. I had placed so much of my self-worth into my work and working a bazillion hours each week, to the point that I became completely depleted. In 2014, my mom passed away and in 2016 at the age of 40, I gave birth to our second child. Having thrived on work and urgency and the grind of life for so long, my body and my soul were screaming for rest and to grieve.
It became clear that I needed to appreciate and embrace the Yin side of life, prioritize myself, respect my time and energy, and be able to practice what I was preaching.
Over the next few years, I developed my own health and life philosophy, Recommit to YOU to live a life of simplicity, effortlessness, love and freedom. Since then, Recommit to You has helped hundreds of women do the same using this method!
After years of grinding, I left my day job, closed up my store front and brought everything to work from home so that I could have the freedom to be with my kiddos on my time and schedule. I’ve embraced the healing and the time needed for my body, my thyroid and my mind to Recommit to myself fully.
Let’s get personal
What gets you up in the morning?
The ability to create something that might change someone’s life. Write blogs, social media posts, emails, digital courses or coaching products that may help someone get better in their mindset, their body or life. Creativity is how I derive meaning, joy and impact.
What’s something about yourself that surprises people to learn about you?
Unless you knew me in my youth, my degree started out in Fine Arts. Art Studio and Art History were a huge passion. I wanted to be an art teacher for elementary kids. Traveling to see the awe-inspiring sculptures, paintings and architecture has always been something I’ve wanted to experience in person.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
My first business mentor told me, “If you complain about something more than three times, it’s either time to change the situation or change your mind about the situation,” and to this day that’s the best life advice I’ve ever received.
The other would be, do not confuse simple with easy.
What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear has already happened. Losing my mom. It has propelled me to live my life on my own terms with my husband and children. Life is a gift and I don’t intend on wasting it.
What’s your favorite way to unwind?
I’m an amateur gardener. I love digging in the dirt, watering my plants, harvesting my veggies and just taking a moment to appreciate the process of taking something from soil and seed to table.