Leading A Sustainable Healthy Lifestyle

If you’ve read my blogs from the past, or if you know me personally, you are aware that in 2006 my life changed when I was diagnosed with a heart condition called Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome. I had a successful ablation later that year. I had both physical and mental barriers to breakthrough after all of that. It was rough, I’m not going to lie. I faced everything from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to depression and even anxiety. Naturally, because I was trying to lead a physically fit lifestyle before with training to be a professional wrestler, I wanted to jump right back into my routine and get back on track with chasing my dreams. Sometimes life doesn’t work out like that, and that’s okay. When I reference having strength, I am talking about having your belief in yourself and what you want tested again and again every day and never giving up on it–I’m never referring to how much someone can lift. Going through all of this made me a stronger person; at points I felt like I had no other choice. As I tried to build my endurance on the treadmill, I felt my body pushing against me. At times, my heart would begin racing out of control and at other times it would give me deep burning sensations that stopped me in my tracks. I had to come to terms with the fact that at that current moment, my body did not want to be pushed… I needed to provide it with time to heal. From time to time, I would go to the gym and try getting...

National Wear Red Day: February 3

Hey friends! It is that time of the year again! February 3, 2017 marks National Wear Red Day. The best part is, it does not cost you a dime to participate. The objective is to just wear red and support the women in your life. It’s scary to think how far heart health has come but that statistics are also showing that one in three women will be diagnosed with Heart Disease in her lifetime. It is STILL the number one killer of women and it is 80% preventable. I love you guys. I want the best for you. If we can prevent this by 80%, let’s do it! We have nothing to lose and everything to gain. I’ve spent so much time emailing and writing letters via snail mail to local and state government officials urging them to participate and support wearing red. We need to start somewhere and I want to thank YOU for helping me spread the word and being part of this health movement. We can all seriously make a...

Are you where you pictured you would be?

Photo: CC0 Public Domain, silverstylus Lately, I’ve been reading a book that has made me think deeply about my life and ask myself questions that I do not even understand all of the answers to just yet. I put out one of the questions I had thought of on Twitter earlier to get feedback from friends: When you were younger, is this where you pictured you would be in your life at this age? The wheels in my mind have been turning at a rapid pace. To answer the aforementioned question myself, that’s an easy, “No.” When I was younger, I presumed that I would be married, have children and be part of a happy family nucleus. That’s one of the things that I have dreamed of my entire life. I never imaged at the age of thirty-one, I would be sitting here even pondering that pesky question, that there would be the absence of tiny feet running across the floor or spills that didn’t need my attending to. Sure, I can ask myself if I took a wrong turn, or if I did something differently that maybe things would have been dissimilar for my future. However, we can’t control what happens to us… we can only control how we react and I think I’ve done a really great job with how I’ve reacted to the situations in my life. I have been through a lot but also I have learned from those experiences. I have done so much growing. I’ve taken a lot of risks. Not everything works out, but at least I can say that I’ve tried...

The Future Is A Beautiful Place

I want to quickly reflect on the last 365 days of my life. A LOT has happened–some good, some bad. Regardless, I’ve tried to use it all as a learning experience to better myself. While it is a rather old stat, Forbes projected that 8 out of 10 businesses fail in their first year. I am so incredibly proud of myself and the effort that I put into my work to see that my business has been around almost a year and a half and defied that statistic. As a woman, that is incredibly empowering and I am continuously grateful to the people who trust me to work hard to make their goals a reality. Aside from still being appreciative of my business, the greatest highlight of my year was without a doubt the culmination of several years of hard work and sacrifices, graduating from the University of Florida! I am officially a Gator for life. Walking across that stage was one of my most proud life moments. WOW! I will never forget that. I found it pretty curious that so many people that I have not seen in awhile had been asking me if I lost weight. I always brush it off because that’s never been my goal and I never stopped to really think about it. My focus has been on just improving myself and my own health so that I can be a better person. As I reflect on the two-a-days that I did for several months, the new routines I introduced into my arsenal, and the fact that I’ve had to clothes shop for pieces...

Soul Shaking Feel Good Tunes

I haven’t shared music with you guys in awhile so I made a pretty short list of some songs that I’ve been jamming out to recently. Clearly, they aren’t all new but I think that’s what is amazing about music… it can be timeless. One of my most favorite things in this world is when you feel a connection with the words, melodies, and beat and can just be in the moment. I’ve never felt anything else more powerful. So hopefully you may find a new song or two that resonates with...

Making Jack Happen

You may have attended or know someone who has attended one of the trendy wine and painting classes that have been popping up and spreading like wildfire. I have to admit that at first I didn’t get the concept. Then, however, I saw multiple friends posting pictures of their artistic renderings that looked–to my eyes–pretty darn professional. So, I decided that I wanted to take a class. My friend Amanda LOVES The Nightmare Before Christmas and found a location that was going to create a special Jack Skellington painting for the Halloween timeframe. I quickly volunteered to be her date. I documented some of the different stages that we did for the painting so maybe you can try to replicate it at home, or see why exactly the classes take two hours to complete–there are a lot of steps! Before we started, the teacher announced a social media contest. Well, being a social media professional I needed to participate. It turns out other people have friends who are much quicker at liking their images haha. That’s cool though because mine still had about 50+ likes in the time frame they gave us to collect in. My photo got third place which was still good enough for a prize. I won a t-shirt of Jack’s head and passed it to Amanda. Obviously, you start with a blank canvas. This is probably the most confident you’ll be during the entire process because you haven’t had the opportunity to mess anything up that isn’t really fixable. This particular place had a plate filled with all of the paint we would need for...