Hey...you landed here! Woohoo! It must mean you're one of my peeps...or hopefully you'll become one of my peeps...as I love being social and expanding my views on life.
So...who the heck am I? Do you even want to be "my peep"????
Well, most days you can find me at our local township offices as their Community Engagement Director. I have switched careers twice now from a former 1st grade teacher of 10 years to former Public Education Director at our local fire department. You'll also fine me involved with a non-profit that helps locate missing people that have wandered away due to Autism, Alzheimer's, Dementia and other cognitive disorders. And one more thing - I recently started my own graphic design business, Simply Digital, LLC as well. So yeah...I'm pretty busy - but that's what keeps me going. I love being involved in my community.
My friends MOSTLY know me for my love of all things ATHLETIC and COMPETITIVE (I played college basketball...it's in my blood since I was about 5 years old), my obsession with sour candy, and my amazing mini doxie, Piper.
People may refer to me as the "fitness fanatic" or the "healthy-ish girl". I mean come on...I love my candy and cocktails...but also blog about my "veggies most" meals and online health and fitness support groups.
The things I'm most passionate about in life are: my husband Tony and being a "bonus mom" to his 2 beautiful girls, Kaylee and Lily. I was a "step-mom" to 2 other children from a previous marriage as well. They have grown up to be amazing young adults and I am so proud of all they are becoming. But...that means...I'm a STEPMOM for life.
And...I actually love it! I also have come to find out that I am TRULY a teacher and will ALWAYS be a teacher. Whether it's kindergarten fire-safety or creating a sustainable income while building an online health and fitness business...my heart is full teaching others to reach their potential.
When I'm not busy educating the community or mentoring my team of fitness and health influencers...I'm probably searching out the next restaurant that will serve me a craft margarita or an amazing Old Fashion. My two fav cocktails! One last place you might find me...is on a cruise boat! That is my most FAVORITE thing on this planet to do. Sunshine, water, cocktails, and traveling. Who's with me?
I began my fitness journey in 2007 after I had taken on a new role of raising Samantha and Jake ( step kids from my previous marriage) and we were totally living the "travel sport" life. I had packed on over 30 lbs. more than what I weighed when I graduated college.
When I realized I needed to do something - I borrowed P90X from a friend, woke up early each morning and made it about 2/3's of the way through the program - and saw some pretty good results. BUT...I didn't really change too much with my eating habits.
In November 2013, I joined an online accountability group with my coach that ultimately changed my life. For the past few years I have learned ways to implement cleaner eating, proper portion control, fitness accountability and I am happy to say that I now weigh less than I ever did in HIGH SCHOOL. I also have more lean muscle and definition than I have ever had before. I not only love the community that Team Beachbody has given me but I have made some of my very best friends in the world. I truly found a fire that I didn’t realize was inside of me when I became a Coach. Hence the name of my team - INSPIRE THE FIRE!
I truly fell in love with helping my friends and family reach their fullest potential. Along the way I built a team of others that have similar stories. Now, I also help my team of coaches do the exact same thing. We have built an incredible tribe of women (and men, too) from all over the United States and Canada. We are excited to expand to the United Kingdom as well. We are focused on working to educate to shift their mindset about food and exercise. I truly want to help others ditch the dieter mentality and feel happy and confident moving forward in life - living a healthy and active lifestyle.
Along the way, I also learned that I have a desire to help others take on a business venture. I quickly realized that my "teacher mentality" enjoys and embraces training, guiding and mentoring others to grow a business that helps them live out their purpose and passion as well. I have thought frequently about how blessed I am that my coach introduced me to this opportunity. It has given me a platform and voice to carry out some of my natural talents and some I never knew I had.
Never in a million years would I have expected that this 1st grade teacher would be leading a team of online health and wellness influencers. Apparently God had a plan for me, long before I ever saw the vision.