If there is one song that could sum up my life goals, it would be "Something More" by the Country Music band Sugarland. I don't know how many times that song has come on the radio and made me think about my life. In case you're not a country fan, here's a little bit for you...
"Monday, hard to wake up
Fill my coffee cup, I'm out the door
Yeah the freeway, standing still today
Is gonna make me late, and that's for sure
I'm running out of gas and out of time
Never gonna make it there by nine
There's gotta be something more
Gotta be more than this
I need a little less hard time
I need a little more bliss
I'm gonna take my chances
Taking a chance I might
Find what I'm looking for
There's gotta be something more"
I have never been athletic. I was always the bookworm and never the prom queen. I've always been ashamed of my body. I have in the past joked with myself that if I just got a job that paid me to work out, I could be a supermodel. Then I would laugh, because who pays a bookworm to workout? Soooo, I followed the standard path that society puts in front of us all. If you want to be a successful adult you must : do good in school, go to college, get a good job helping people accomplish their goals. And I did it. I built the life with the kids and the dog and the white fence. I was supposed to be happy, but I wasn't.
I got up everyday. The babysitter came over to watch Alyssa until school started in the morning. I ran around like a crazy person getting everything ready for the day. There were hugs and kisses and I was out the door. I raced through traffic to work and when the day was over, and traffic allowed, I raced home just in time for dinner and homework and hugs and kisses before bed. I was missing my family. I was stressed, and I was falling back out of shape again! Too much stress eating can do a number on the waistline!
I spent a long time feeling completely defeated and working hard on convincing myself that this was as good as life gets. Everyone said I had a great life. I just had to convince myself. Then I got a random Facebook friend request from a girl I barely knew. I almost didn't accept it, but I'm so happy that I did, because that 10 second decision to accept that friend request has changed my life!
I never get friend request so I absolutely stalked her for a little while wondering how she remembered me, and I noticed how happy she was. I saw how much work she had put in to lose weight after her baby was born, and it looked like hard work. But her results were awesome and most importantly she always seemed to be with her kids. Finally, after way too much Facebook stalking, I messaged her and I never looked back.
This was absolutely not the first work from home business I tried. It has been a dream of mine for a very long time to get to be home more with my family. I've tried blogging, Affiliate Marketing, and heck, I even started a laundry service from my house. I just couldn't get any of them off the ground to the point where I felt comfortable quitting my day job and pursuing them full time. I now see those past attempts as training for this new path that I am on. Failing is only failing if you give up! There were two things missing in my first work from home attempts.
So I went full in on this new opportunity and I killed it! I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, but I had so much positive support that I made Emerald in my first month! I was so motivated by this great group of girls that I just wanted to keep learning how I could help people reach their goals, so I studied and studied and I am now super excited to say that I'm officially an ACTION certified personal trainer. I am in love with my team of coaches. I have found that it really is true that if you surround yourself with super positive and motivated people, you'll become more like them! What's more is not only do I love my team, but I am learning to love myself again!
But, no matter how healthy I get, rest assured, I will never be giving up my chocolate!