Thursday, December 11, 2014

Why I Chose Nursing School

*Disclosure: this post is not being written for sympathy. I am simply writing it to get my thoughts out of my head and onto a platform that may be able to help someone else in my position.

"Everything happens for a reason...
Maybe God has a bigger plan for your life that you just don't see yet."

This statement has been told to me multiple times this week. It's taken me a few days to realize that maybe everyone is right on that. Sometimes the path we think our life should be on is turned in a different direction towards something even better.

As I sit down to write this post I am filled with a mix of emotions. On one hand, I feel like the weight of the world has been lifted from my shoulders. On the other, I feel like I have had the wind knocked out of me.

Nursing has always been something I have wanted to do. It took me 24 years to realize that and make the choice to go for it. After two years of applying, I was finally accepted for a January 2013 start in a prestigious nursing program. Ecstatic doesn't even describe my excitement. I did not know just how demanding this program would turn out to be, but I was ready to go all in.

Fast forward to the end of 2014, and I was officially dismissed from my institution's nursing program due to being just under the percent I needed on my exam total. Two years worth of late nights, early mornings, a lot of coffee and studying. I failed to make the cut... AND THAT IS OKAY!!!

Even though this isn't where I saw my future... I would do it all over again because it was something I enjoyed. Stressful? YES. Worth it? EVEN MORE.

PLEASE DO NOT let this discourage you from pursuing such a rewarding and amazing career. I can't even put into words how fulfilling it is to hold the hands of your patients and comfort them in their time of need. To cry with them and talk with them... and show them that you care. You are making an impact on their lives, even if you don't feel like it at the time. The best part is, at the end of the day they are also making an impact on yours. It is the most special feeling.

This week has been hard, no doubt about that. I've cried a lot and wasn't sure what to think or how to feel. It's embarrassing and somewhat freeing all at the same time. The constant stress of excelling was starting to wear me thin and affect my relationships with people I care about. I'll admit I struggled a lot with the change in how the nursing curriculum is run as I have never really been an "A" student to begin with. However I have made some great strides in my studies over the past couple of years, learned a lot about myself, my strengths, and my weaknesses. It has opened up my eyes to the fact that everyone is going through something and even though we may feel rushed to hurry through the motions of life, it is important to stop and really soak up the moments...

To be present. To listen. To smile.
Most importantly, to enjoy every minute of this beautiful life.

I know I am meant for something great. I can feel the fire lit in my soul to turn these circumstances into something incredible. Nursing school may have not worked out for me, but if it is your passion... GO FOR IT!

Give it everything you've got and never give up on yourself.

Maybe someday I will go back for nursing... but right now, I am content with putting my faith in God and letting him guide me down the path he has mapped out for me. I will be switching my major to Population Health Management. Ideally with this degree, I would like a career working with today's youth to end the trend of obesity. I will keep you posted on how it all works out.

"Every time life knocks you down, it gives you an opportunity to get back up and rise even higher!"

No matter how BIG or how small...
Follow your heart. Chase your dreams. Give it your all.
These are my recipes for a happy and successful life.
Best Wishes!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Whatever Is Meant To Be... Will Be.

I just got the results from an exam in nursing school that I was so STRESSED OUT and sick to my stomach over... and I PASSED!!!

I am not posting this to brag, but because this semester has given me a run for my money. Hours of studying, long days of early mornings and late nights. Last week, I felt like I hit rock bottom. Defeated. I cried every single day, and was sure that my future in nursing was done. I even went so far as to make a list of back up career options, as a "just in case".

Being 28 years old, living at home, and barely being able to work due to the demands of school is tough. Throw in the possibility of all your hard work, thousands of dollars in student loans, and your future career path thrown down the drain... and it's a recipe for feeling pretty lost.

Some may think that is a bit dramatic, but I will say that to date, my track record on exams has been just below the percentage mark we need. It's embarrassing and disheartening to keep falling short, time after time.

Especially when I KNOW I will make a great nurse!

However, something changed the other day. I was sitting at a stoplight, and had an "a-ha" moment. I realized how silly I was being for focusing on the worst possible outcome. I've come way too far to turn back now. I decided to change my outlook, pick myself up, and give it my absolute best. A few tears of exhaustion later, my hard work finally shined through!

It just goes to show that when you want something bad enough, you will do your absolute best knowing you couldn't have possible done any more. If the end result is meant to be, it will be.

Black Friday... Errr, Tuesday Specials!!!

I can't keep in my excitement any longer... my company is putting on an awesome sale for Black Friday and Cyber Monday that starts TODAY!!!

Why wait to get started on those New Years Weight Loss Resolutions, when you can start early AND get a great deal on the tools that will help you get there?!

These items sell out QUICK, so I wanted to let you in on the action to see if there is anything you might want to get your hands on before they're sold out.

No strings attached. No pressure to buy. Just trying to spread health and happiness this holiday season! :)

To check out the list of items, go here -->

Friday, November 7, 2014

HEALTHY Holidays!!!

The Holidays.
A time for family... parties... and plenty of sweet treats to last a lifetime!

Did you know that the average American gains 7 to 12 pounds over the course of November and December? It's no wonder seeing as the stores are lined with candies and chocolates and cookies, galore!

We bake plenty of treats, drink wine, and perhaps some of us indulge in a little too much egg nog. It's part of the holidays, but these little delights don't have to ruin the hard work you've put in over the past 10 months!

Why wait to start your new years resolution until January 1st?! Why not get a jump start over these next few weeks, look great, feel great, and be way ahead of the game come New Years?

If you're ready to take a leap of faith and make this the HEALTHIEST HOLIDAY SEASON, yet... go here.

What you get with a program and/or challenge pack (program of your choice and the clinically proven, nutrient dense meal supplement, Shakeology):

*Full access to my monthly online accountability groups
*One-on-one support through the program of your choice
*Nutrition guides
*Meal plans
*A healthier YOU!

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at or fill out the message form on the right hand side of this page.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Shine Bright, My Fellow Coffee Lover.

*google image.
Sitting here in silence listening to the soft hum of my Keurig as it heats up the water for my second cup of Vanilla Starbucks coffee. A warm cup of delight. Delicious. My puppy is cuddled up next to me with a slew of her toys, and the washer is quietly cleaning our well-worn clothes. I silently wonder if this is what my life will look like with kids?! Only a little less silent, I'm sure.

I have so many emotions running through my mind this morning, and a persistent fire that is burning deep in my soul. I have a passion... a huge passion. It comes from the heart and it's so real, I can feel it. I want to help people. I love to help people.

Most people who know me really well will tell you I was very shy growing up. I still am to an extent, but I've come a long way. I hated being the center of attention, was embarrassed far too easily, and was so very quiet in social situations, it was as if I wasn't even there. I feared saying the wrong thing, doing the wrong thing... you name it. I focused far too much of my time and effort into what other people thought of me, that I failed to grasp my own personality. My drive. My passion. I knew I was meant for more, but I had no idea where to start.

High school came and went, and I headed off to college for a life changing, eye-opening, best 4 years of my young adult life. I met some lifelong friends, grew into my own person, and began finding my voice... and subsequently, my way. After graduation, I worked odds and ends jobs... reapplied to school, changed my major a few times, and landed in nursing. It's a perfect career move for me because it encompasses my passion of helping people with my delight of giving back to the community. But it doesn't stop there...

My love of health, fitness, mind, body, and soul led me to Beachbody Coaching, which led me to meet even more amazing friends that have become like family. I have found a way to see the positive in a world full of negatives. I am slowly recapturing the drive I once sought out as a young girl, desperate to figure out my "path" in life.

It's funny, you know... how you can find something--or someone--and you just know it is what you are meant for. Your reason for waking up each day and seizing every moment. Failing forward. Constantly learning, growing, and living with purpose.

I can't even count the number of times I was told I would never succeed. That I was making a mistake by going into nursing, becoming a Beachbody Coach, etc. etc. This told to me by people who failed to see my drive for the desires God has placed in my heart. I am blessed that I have found my niche, and am lucky to have my best friend/soulmate by my side for the journey.

I may not have it all together, but together [with God] I have it all. He will not fail me. I trust in his plan.

As one of my favorite authors (Holley Gerth) says in her book You Were Made for a God-Sized Dream, "There's a God-sized dream knocking on the door of your heart. This is your moment. Now is your time [to shine]."

Go out there and chase your wildest dreams.
Give it your all.

"Small, smart choices + consistency + time = a radical difference!"
-Darren Hardy

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Beauty and the Beast.

Driving home from my OB clinical yesterday, I heard this song on the radio. I've heard it a handful of times before, but for some reason it resonated with me more this time. It really got me thinking about societal views and how people are negatively affected by all of these notions that they have to be "perfect" to be beautiful, loved, and worthy. It breaks my heart that we have this idea that make up, designer brands, a certain number on the scale or a certain clothing size directly correlates with our self worth or level of beauty.

We are ALL beautiful the way God made us. ♡

As an independent coach for one of the nation's leading at-home fitness companies, it's common to be misunderstood as far as my purpose and mission of joining this company. I am here to tell you that I DO NOT sell a number on the scale, a size or letter on your clothes, or the "perfect" body. I do not EVER believe those things define the TRUE BEAUTY or worthiness of a person. Not to mention, a size 2 does NOT fit every body. What might be healthy for one person, could be TOO small for another's build.

I offer HOPE, motivation, SUPPORT, accountability, and the tools you need to live a healthIER lifestyle so you're able to do more for yourself and your family, lessen your chances of disease brought on by unhealthy diets and lack of exercise, and live a longer, happier, more fulfilling life.

I am not in this business for my personal gain. I do not put in the HOURS of work after nursing school, clinicals, and my nursing assistant job with no real meaning behind it. I don't have the time or desire to "sell" someone on a product. I can only lead with my heart and from personal testimony for what the programs (and this business) have done for me.

I became a Coach to help those who need that extra boost, guidance, and structure, a place to feel comfortable trying something new to get their health back from the comfort of their home. I am in this to help end the trend of obesity that is turning people's health upside down. I cannot stress enough, it isn't about the way you LOOK or those pesky numbers on the scales and tags... it is about the way you FEEL, and the overall health of your mind, body, and soul.

Remember: You ARE beautiful!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Is Beachbody Coaching a Scam?

When I first came across this business on a job searching site, it caught my eye right away. I had been using the Beachbody program, Turbo Jam, by Chalene Johnson for years. I kept telling myself "I would LOVE to work for the same company as her! ... How awesome would that be?!"

CEO Carl Daikaler at Coach Summit, June 2014.
Picture of Carl and Chalene from Coach Summit in Las Vegas! June 2014.
Thus began a very long process of "Google" searching anything and everything there was to know about Coaching. The "ins" and "outs". What people liked and didn't like. Why someone like me--a very shy girl who had low self confidence, was bad at communication, and did not like sales--would be able to make this business work. I was terrified of making a commitment to the $15.95 a month fee and ordering Shakeology because I wasn't sure it was actually worth it. I spent hours a day looking stuff up. Watching YouTube videos, reading blogs, scouring the Team Beachbody website for all of the information I could get my hands on.

Here is a sample of a convo I had with a Coach before I signed up... I was so skeptical!

It took me two months to make the decision to sign up... and then another couple hours trying to figure out what challenge pack I should invest in (fitness program & Shakeology). I will tell you that clicking submit on that form scared me like crazy. I was sure I would fail. I was positive I would quit within the first 30 days. But, there was also this fire inside of me that said I had what it took to turn this business into something real.

I was terrified that my friends would all think I was involved in some sort of pyramid scheme to scam them out of there hard earned money for products they would never use. I thought they would judge me for getting involved in network marketing or that they would think it was all a huge joke. Through all those negative thoughts was still one that said I could do this!

Here is another conversation I had before I signed up... again, I still didn't believe in it.

That first month was full or trial and error. I made so many mistakes and wanted to give up so many times, but I kept with it. As the weeks and months passed, I began to realize the beauty of this business. It may have taken a while for me to reach that "Aha" moment, but it was worth all of the struggle. This business is NOT about "selling" things to your family and friends. It is not about forcing yourself to spend a ton of money on things that will collect dust on your shelf. It is about empowering yourself and others to live happier, healthier, more fulfilling lives. Forget about people's opinions of you. If you feel drawn to helping end the trend of obesity, that most I can say to you is...

>> People need our help <<

Whether they are:
  • stuck in a weight loss plateau
  • need help with their nutrition and/or portion control
  • want to get more involved with the community in a healthy way
  • need extra income to help pay the bills each month
  • want to help themselves, while helping others
  • seeking personal/professional development
  • inspired to give something new a try
  • looking for a discount on Beachbody products

This business is a great way to incorporate all aspects of your life together. Network marketing is one of the biggest trends for businesses right now, and we are doing all we can to help lift others up to realize their true potential and that they are made for more!

I didn't always believe in this business. I was incredibly skeptical coming into it, and was ready to put money on the fact that I wouldn't last more than a month. With that, I knew I could get my money back if I didn't like it... and obviously, I wasn't going to by the look of this conversation last summer.
How silly was that?! To have such little belief in myself or my ability to positively impact someone's life, that I disregarded my capabilities to succeed at something.

I will admit it is not always an easy road. It takes dedication and hard work to make it in this business. I have failed forward more than I've succeeded, and have not hit my goals in the past couple of months. However, I have no one to blame for that, but myself. I am still 110% dedicated to helping others change their lives through a healthy way of living, combined with daily motivation and accountability to reach their own goals. Your success is my goal. It is not to "sell" products for my personal gain. My level of success, depends solely upon how well my customers and coaches do.

If you try out a program and find it isn't for you, I will gladly help you return it. If you try a new flavor of Shakeology and can't even get it down while plugging your nose, I'll be the first one to help you return or exchange it. If you have fallen off course with your current fitness routine and need some extra accountability and motivation... I'm your girl!

I want to be your BIGGEST fan, your SUPPORT system, and your MENTOR to reach your goals. It's up to you to make the commitment.

If you're interested in learning more about this opportunity or joining as a coach, apply here.

Picture from our team's Winter Retreat in Pennsylvania.