Some of you may know this about me, but I’m guessing many of you do not.
Before I fell in love with fitness, nutrition and wellness, my passion was performing on stage. No shit! I have a background of many years of performing in musicals, plays, and teaching people how to sing. It was my lifeblood for many, many years. I even had my own little theatre company for a while. I had a nice little career in Cincinnati of performing and teaching when we lived there from 2002-2006.
But as life changed, and I changed, so did my passion for theatre. Sure I still love to sing and be on stage. But in 2010, I had a big shift in how I saw my life and what I wanted to do with my time. I started my Masters program in Behavioral Health, and at the same time, I lost a ton of weight with Weight Watchers. I became a runner, and fell in love with learning about how to better my own life through nutrition and fitness. I knew when I finished my degree, I wanted to plug in what I learned in my program to the nutrition and fitness vein. I wasn’t quite sure how, but I wanted to figure it out.
As fate would have it, 4 weeks into my 40-hour a week unpaid internship my final year of my program, I found myself pregnant with my daughter. It definitely threw a wrench into my plans, but I obviously went with it. I finished my Masters program, with honors, and was 38 weeks pregnant on graduation day. It was a big moment for me.
Because I had waited a very long time to be a Mom, my first priority was to be able to stay home with my daughter for as long as I wanted and not have to worry about entering the workforce. I was lucky enough to be able to do this, and continue to work on taking off the 60 pounds of baby weight that I gained.
By the time my daughter was about 14 months old, I started to feel antsy about finally going after what I wanted. And that was to become a Certified Personal Trainer. My little one was independent enough, was in daycare a few days a week, and it was finally time for me to get out there again.
Well, as you all know, I got certified. I lost the baby weight. I got totally jacked. I even got certified as a nutrition adviser and specialized in Women’s Fitness and Fitness Nutrition. I’ve done a lot in less than 5 years.
I worked for a weight management program in our area for nearly 3 years. Around Christmas time, I realized I wasn’t happy in my job anymore. I missed the training piece of being in the gym with people, and I missed the nutritional coaching piece that I wasn’t doing in my position in this program. It was time for me to move on, and get back to brass tacks of what is really my life’s work, and that is getting people to a place of comfort in their relationship with food, and feeling like a badass in the gym.
Many of you know, this last week was a really weird one. I won’t go into specifics, but I’ll just say I was forced to move on in a way I couldn’t control.
I bring up my past involvement with musical theatre because there is a piece written by the composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. The musical is called Sunday in the Park with George. If you haven’t heard of it, Google it. YouTube it. Go find it and experience the beauty of this piece, and then tell me what you think. At the end of the musical, a character sings to George about moving on. She sings “Move On. Stop worrying where you’re going, move on.” It’s a beautiful sentiment at looking where you’ve been, and not concerning yourself with making the wrong choice. Just making the choice is the important part.
I took a huge leap. I’m taking a pay cut. It’s scary for my family right now, making such a big change. But my mental health and happiness is far too important than to have stayed stagnant where I was.
And the best part of ALL of this is, as a small business owner, within the last 5 days, my little dream of working with people to help them find their way back to healthy nutrition and fitness is BOOMING. I owe all of that to YOU. I couldn’t do any of this without the support of all who I’ve come to know in my journey of helping people. It is apparent I am very loved. More so than I ever thought. I have always had my clients’ best interest at heart. I don’t do what I do for a paycheck (although it’s a nice benefit). I do what I do because I LOVE IT and my passion for educating people on how to lose weight and gain lean muscle mass through good nutrition will always be my jam.
Thank you all from the deepest depths of my being. Thanks for helping me move on. It’s gonna be an awesome new adventure.