I am a dreamer.
I am an adventurer.
I am a lover of animals.
I am an ice cream-aholic.
I am a creative individual.
I am a jewelry designer.
I am a fitness finatic.
I am me.
I met my husband in 2006, shortly after moving away for college and joining Alpha Chi Omega. It was the first Greek event that I spotted Neal, and I knew he was something special. Okay, mostly I just thought he was really cute.
Three years later, he proposed. I said yes!
8 months later, we married.
Then we moved to a new city, a new state, and made new friends.
2 years later, I started my blog, Lively Happenings. It was meant to fill time. I worked from home, and I wanted to stay connected to friends from my past & connect with new people.
8 months after the blog, I opened my Etsy shop, Lively Happenings! I wanted more still. I was a newly-isn wed, in a new city, with new friends, but working from home still. I had been a busy body at heart, and I wanted to share my creations with others.
From December 2009 - April 2015, I was an IT professional. There were many more days that I would have liked where I realized I wasn't happy. I cried weekly. I was angry. I threw things like pillows across the room. I cursed like a sailor. I knew something had to change, but I wasn't ready yet.
I had loved fitness since a young age, but when I went to college, I was no longer into sports. I battled depression and needed some self love. I went to counseling/therapy, but I still wasn't where I needed to be mentally. It took me 9 years. NINE to finally realized that for me to battle my inner demons, I need to do more self love, self respect, self help. AND I needed to share that with others.
September 1, 2015, our lives were forever made better. Neal and I introduced a gorgeous daughter, Braelyn into this world. At 6 weeks young, I went back to that IT job putting her in child care. From then 7 months old, I worked 40+ hours and our daughter was in daycare up to 10 hours a day. It was torture. I was miserable. My job became more and more demanding without any further benefits or compensation.
In May 2015, I officially quit my IT job. We moved to a new city, and I was going to just be MOM!
To be honest, I never wanted to be a stay at home mom. I didn't know what that meant, and I didn't think I wanted to learn. After staying home with Braelyn for a few months, I found that THIS was just what we needed for our family.
But being the busy body I am, and still needing to find my happiness, I found a calling that truly gets me inspired for life. My coach Michelle had been introduced to me. She was a happy momma who was working from home with her husband daily. I didn't know what she did, I just knew she always seemed SO HAPPY!
One day her husband posted, "Because my wife's job, we were able to go to Cancun and Italy, rooms paid for, I'm so proud of her."
So I asked her what she did (yes I had known her for 9 months and never asked!) and she said "Oh I'm a Beachbody Coach."
Pfff, I told my husband "That's not a real thing!" And I think I didn't talk to her for a week!
Michelle then invited me to take a look at what she does. I was hesitant, but secretly wanting it to be just right for me. So I took a look. And then I was hooked.
Since becoming a Beachbody Coach myself, I have not only become healthier (found out I was missing a lot of protein in my diet!), and I have become MUCH HAPPIER! I seriously owe it all to this opportunity. I do personal development daily. I still battle the mind games, the thoughts of not being enough, not doing enough. But I am stronger. I am stronger in mind and in body. I am so so so much happier because of this, and I love sharing this happiness with others and helping them to become the BEST version of themselves.
We are not defined by our past. We are what we choose to make of our present and what we dream and take action to put in our future.