Transformation Tuesday--->> this one is kind of a big one for me and a scary one to share. It's been on my mind for a while and running the RAGNAR race last weekend really make me reflect on how far I've come over the last 10 years.
In high school I didn't have a ton of friends and didn't make the best choices. I cared way too much about what other people thought of me and let their opinions dictate how I lived my life. Between having a chronic illness and be so insecure of myself-I sought attention in all the wrong places and ended up hating my life and myself by the time I was 18. I had no self worth and it showed in my actions. I tried to be happy and act like I was "living it up"- but I was a miserable "party girl" and college drop out, with not the brightest future.
Luckily an amazing small town farm boy saw my POTENTIAL, and loved me anyway. It's amazing what one person, the right person, BELIEVING in you can do for your self worth and outlook on life.
I stopped caring about people's opinions and started listening to my inner voice-what do I want to do with my life??? Who who do I want to be 10 years from now?? What are MY values? What's important to ME??
I won't lie- it hasn't been easy to come out of the dark place I was in just 10 years ago. I've had to rely on God and family and I have learned SO MUCH about myself. I'm a completely different person, and I'm so glad I am!
On my last leg of the Ragnar race I came around my last turn and saw the crowd cheering. The song playing in my ear and the crowd combined made me break down in tears. I was SO HAPPY in that moment and SO GRATEFUL for my life and all the positive changes I've made. I had just climbed a mile up a mountain and came a mile down-->just like my life! There are always mountains and trials but if we NEVER GIVE UP we can do anything. 10 years ago I was skinnier and could probably run faster- but my MINDSET was crap. I would have given up and turned back 5 minutes in. But Believing in myself, being confident in my abilities and having people who believed I could do it- that made all the difference!
I truly believe everything happens for a reason and I am grateful for the challenges in my life, they have made me stronger and who I am today. It's amazing how small, simple choices can compound into something so big and life changing.
This is where LEAD happiness comes from and what I base my challenge groups on- to get through life's trials we have to learn to LOVE ourselves and those around us, develop the ENDURANCE to withstand our trials, have a positive ATTITUDE-always, and have the DETERMINATION to never give up on our big dreams and goals--ever. THAT is the formula for happiness that I choose to live by and teach my clients to do the same.
Make the choice to change your life- if I can do it- so can you!
It doesn't matter where you start, it matters how you finish.
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