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EVENT SUCCESS: Inspire Me Mommy! Scholarship Fundraiser Zumbathon

Inspire Me Mommy! Scholarship Fundraiser ZUMBATHON was a HUGE SUCCESS!





Attendees: 78
Donors: So far 90
Amount Raised to Date: $850
Goal: $1200
Donations are accepted through October 1st via mail or phone. Credit cards are accepted.
What began as a mere vision to help our local community in Reno, became a reality in less then 3 weeks! Within 3 weeks, this event was organized, donated to, and marketed successfully.

Inspiration for Scholarship:

While teaching my Inspire Me Mommy! 6 Week Challenge (fitness classes), I realized the need for assistance to parents within the community, who are currently working and in school.  As I interacted with mothers and their children, I realized how fortunate their children were to have their parents actively involed in their lives, and have a positive influence. Our motto for the program is “Building stronger women to build stronger children and communities.” Afterall, children mimic their parents’ behaviors, and learn healthy habits at a young age.

I do not yet have children myself, but grew up estranged from my parents, as a run away, a high school dropout, and did this because I was raised in an abusive environment. I want to be able to give back to the community and help build stronger women, children and communities. I believe if we can reach parents, and have a positive influence in their lives, then we can empower their children through action. We aim to empower one family at a time! Education is a good place to state, regardless of ones’ past.

How the Scholarship Fundraiser Manifested:

One weekend I was floating the Truckee River and enjoying time with my dearest friends. My friend Vicky came, and I told her my vision for my business Inspired By Purpose, and that I wanted to be able to give out a scholarship. I told her the time wasn’t right because I didn’t have the money to give it out, but I would like to be able to host an event maybe at the beginning of 2014 to raise money.

She excitedly said “Let’s do it when your program ends on September 6th!” I said “Really? There isn’t enough time!” She said “The time is always NOW! Let’s get to work!” So, we did. We hustled hard and the result was a phenominally successful event! In less then 3 weeks, the vision manifested into reality through SACRIFICE, DONATIONS, DISCIPLINE, AND HARD WORK.

The only means of media and marketing that we had was Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, ticket sales, and word of mouth. Through this, we were able to have 85 people SHOW UP to our event. This doesn’t include how many people were reached, and could not come that day. The community of Reno joined this movement in order to support change!

Sponsors and Donors:

Everyone who committed to volunteer their time, energy and resources is appreciated more then words can express! Every single person who instructed, gave to this cause, and helped with setup, clean up, catering, food pick up, providing food, water, and even making signs, and managing different tables did a magificent job. No one asked for ANYTHING in return, and they were just happy to be an integral part of it.

My co-host and Zumba Instructor: Virginia Janet (Vicky)
Zumba Instructors:
Kathy Kennedy
Leslie Brown
Nolfa Aida Inostroza-Arias
Andrea Tibaduiza
Victoria Monroe (Amy)
Karen Lima
Nettie “Coco” White
Patricia Franklin-Gallimore (Pat)

I especially have to thank all Zumba Instructors for coming to rehearsal, selling tickets to their classes, and helping set up the facility. Did I mention everyone donated their own products to this event?

Our sponsors gave unselfishly. Sierra Strength and Speed allowed us to use their facility without charge just to support the cause.

The catering company gave, even during their busiest season, and met up with me at 11pm because he was so swamped during Burning Man and the Balloon Races. He did not ask a single dollar for hundreds of dollars worth of food and raffle prizes.

The mommies in my Inspire Me Mommy! 6 Week Challenge all made signage for the event, and also hand wrote out gratitude rock cards explaining the significance of the donations, and the Law of Attraction. They also picked up food, offered to donate additional money, and lent tables and fans for the event. They even got up in front of everyone, and spoke to the crowd.

My amazing boyfriend “B” and our amazing best friend Brandon “OneShot” Cook, ran errands with me until midnight, vacumed and cleaned the facility, managed the gratitude rock station, set out all the hot and cold foods during the event, and helped me with raffle prizes. They also went to the Truckee River with me and hand selected gratitude rocks in which we boiled personally.

Special thanks to “Gatorz” family here in Reno. Shorty-T and his brother, Terrel came out to show support after their Homeless Drive last week! Diversity at it’s finest.We are making a difference together in this communnity.

ALL volunteers There were SO MANY of you it’s hard to name you all. From managing the cash and ticket entries (Pat), to making sure everyone signed the Liability Waiver and Roster for the event (Krista), to the videographer, photographer, and everyone else who made this event possible!

We ALL prayed for each individual attending the event, and did not fail to realize the significance of helping people change their lives!

Local business sponors for this event:

Sierra Strength & Speed
Facility where the event was held. Where I train my clientele and am mentored.

State Farm
Came to the event, participated, gave free Starbucks gift cards with each quote, and donated food and water!

We SWET Clothing
Donated 8 women’s tank tops just for this program! They generously send them from Las Vegas, and wouldn’t allow me to to pay for shipping!

Gourmet to Go
Not only met with me at 11 pm, but donated: A 5 gourmet cheese board, a special fruit platter, crackers, a Holiday Dinner for a needy family of up to 10 ($500 value), and a Romantic Dinner for Two with an in-home Personal Chef ($150 value).

Papa Murphys
Paul from the NW Papa Murphys is always extremely helpful and sweet. He donated 5 large pizzas as swag prizes.

Wing Stop
At the last minute, our hot food from our caterer could no longer be donated due to logistics and event setbacks from other events. Wing Stop stepped up and donated 100 wings so we would have hot food!

Port of Subs
Likewise, Port of Subs also stepped up to offer a healthier option, and provided us with enough sandwiches to feed everyone!

Massage Essence
Generously donated a 1 hour massage for swag prizes!

Artistry Salon, Hair By Tabitha
Donated a $75 hair salon service as a swag prize!

That Hair Salon
Donated a deep conditioning and blow dry as a swag prize!

Not only did instructors generously donate their time (all 8 of them!), but they also donated bracelets, and tee shirts as swag prizes. They also allowed us to sell apparel for additional donations!

Nail Trix By Scott
My personal nail man for over 4 years now, is a strong business man, and generously donated 4 gift certificates for salon services to all of the momnies in my Inspire Me Mommy! program. He did this because we have a working referral system, and out of the kindness of his heart.

Apply for Inspire Me Mommy! Scholarship 2013

Application form can be found on the Inspired By Purpose website. Please keep in mind that all information provided will be verified through the applicant’s employer, school, and during the interview process.

I am taking extra precautions to ensure that the candidate in fact meets the criteria. If dishonesty is discovered, the candidate will immediately be disqualified and banned from receiving a scholarship from Inspired By Purpose at any time in the future. Dishonesty will NOT be tolerated.

For specific qualifiers, and steps to take please click the link below!

Click Here: Scholarship Application Form

The Future of Inspired By Purpose Events:

Stay tuned for a collaboration of local businesses, and single dads to bring a scholarship for single dads!

Inspire Me Mommy! Program will continue in blocks throughout the year, focusing on progressional fitness. We will be hosting this event annually.

Stay tuned for speaking events and locations.

Watch Us on YouTube:

Video Clip: Inspire Me Mommy! Scholarship Fundraiser Zumbathon!

In order to effect great change, we need to look at how we can help those in our own communities as well as globally.
-Christina Aguilera

Endocrinology: Self Healing

Endocrinology: MSG and Your Endocrine System.

 From Thyroid Disease, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, and Other Disease States.

As a woman who has struggled with hypothyroidism, I have taken particular interest in finding solutions for myself and others to overcome thyroid disease. While doctors say that anyone with hyper (over active) or hypo- (under active) thyroids will be on thyroid replacement hormone therapies the remainder of their lives; I am not entirely convinced. In fact, I am convinved that many endocrine disorders, including thyroid disease may be regulated and perhaps even cured through nutrition; specifically cutting out MSG and MSG derivitives.

Now, I do not intend to get too technical in this blog, but simply communicate to the general population; which is: overweight, obese and with many disease states. There is no need at a general leevl to get too wordy or confusing. I want to state my personal testimony and journey so that others who may have lost hope, or those who are currently claiming their disease state may be empowered to challenge their diagnoses and prognosis.

A Personal Trainer & Nutritionist Struggles with Hypothyroidism and Obesity 

In 2007 I began realizing major changes in my body. I was an athletic, and slender 5’7″  135 pounds in November, by March I was a not-so-slender 5’7″ 200 pound woman. Yes, in 4 months I gained 65 pounds! How is this possible? I was not pregnant, in fact I had just received a degree in Dietetics and was working full-time for a hospital in clinical nutrition. I was also a personal trainer, and exercising daily. What changed? The answer- Hormones.

As you can imagine this took a devestating emotional and physical toll on my body! My knees hurt for the first time in my life, I felt like a hipocrite at my place of employment, I put my developing personal training career on pause, and sought medical attention. The problem however, when a 20 year old woman goes into a doctor about weight gain, is that everyone is reluctant to help. They think “Ok Channéll, put down the Twinkies, increase your cardio, and run! Run! Run!” To this I am not exaggerating. I sought a second opinion from a doctor who genuinely believed something what not right from my history, education, and my symptoms. It sure helped that he was a doctor for the same hospital that I worked. He trusted that I was handling my fitness and nutrition properly.  After that visit, I got referred out to specialists. After 4 specialists, possible diagnosess of everything from depression to Lupus, I was devestated. This went on for a year and a half. Me 200 pounds, unable to loose any weight.


What it means to be your own advocate.

Then, finally, after my own research, I learned that I had all the symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), as well as hypothyroidism. In fact, I had folders and folders of all of the following information and documentation from every doctor visit, and self  journaling:

Blood pressure, oxygen, weight, dates, symptoms, severity, nutrition log, exercise log, sleep patterns, and menstrual cycle irregularities, and water consumption.

Once I had all of this organized and in order, I took the liberty of: Speaking to willing RDs (Registered Dieticians) within my department to analyze my food intake, doctors that I did rounds with in the hospital to look at my labs & general chemistry for other opinions, other personal trainers to workout with me and help me adjust my fitness program, as well as my former Medical Nutrition Therapy professors to look at my symptoms related to their understanding beyond textbooks definitions. After ALL of this, I took it back to my doctors with demands and requests. I became my own patient advocate.


Doctors usually only test TSH levels to determine Thyroid Disorders.

TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) is the hormone that is most often tested by doctors in determining thyroid disorders. While this is established for specific medical determinations, it is not all inclusive and/or indicative for all patients. There are two other thyroid hormones secreted from the thyroid gland; which is a butterfly shaped gland located in the neck region. The other hormones are: T3 and T4. These are directly regulated by the thyroid gland, and also the anterior pituitary gland.

It is important to note that the endocrine system works together as a whole, so if one gland is off within the system, it can also affect hormones within the other glands.  You can understand how this could potential affect everything from: metabolism, other metabolic systems, waste excretion, inflammatory responses, hydration levels, thirst mechanisms, hunger regulation (controlled mainly by leptin & ghrelin hormones), and general energy; among other things.

When I looked at my labs, I realized that the only thyroid hormone ever tested was TSH, never my T3 or T4.

Once my T3 and T4 levels were tested, it was determined that I did in fact have hypoythroidism and would need to start on medication immediately.

 To read more about these hormones visit Thyroid System Basics .

Finding a Medical Professional You Can Trust, Who also Listens

In 2009, I returned to my primary care physician after an ER visit and hospitalization for cycts bursting from my ovaries. At this time, I was nearly at the last rope as far as energy was concerned. Although by this time, I had been on levothyroxine for almost 9 months (thyoid replacement therapy), and  I had lost about 20 pounds, I was still sick. After hearing my experience, my primary care physican referred me to a gynecologist that had a great reputation.
I was very pleased with her, and her ability to listen to my concerns. She, like my primary care physican, had no problem testing any lab I asked for. It took me 4 primary care physicians, 4 specialists including : Endocrinologists and  Neurologists to really get someone to not tell me to “Go on a low sodium diet”, “Do high intensity interval training” and “Cut my calories”, but who would actually listen to me, and look through my journals, and documentation. Aside from my primary care, and gynecologist, not even my endocrinologist took me seriously; that is until my primary care ran the T3 and T4 tests that my Endocrinolgist found “unnecessary”.
So, in 2009 it was determined through lab work from my Gynecologist that I DID IN FACT have PCOS. Mind you, this is 2 years later. After all the specialists, it was still my primary care physican who was the one to listen and not call it a “nutrition and exercise issue” , but rather a “hormonal imbalance”.

PCOS and Obesity in Women

One major symptom of PCOS in women in obesity. Research is not conclusive if PCOS is caused by obesity, or if PCOS causes obesity in women; however, it is certain that the two are correlated with each other. In my case, I do not know if I already had PCOS, or if PCOS developed after gaining 65 pounds.
Doctors will tell you with PCOS to exercises regularly (3x per week, 30 minutes per day minimum), and to eat a lower calorie diet. Some research also suggests that women with PCOS should eat low-carb or ketogenic diets due to insulin irregularities. For those of you who are not familiar with the hormone insulin – it is essential for normal metabolic function. People with diabetes do not have proper insulin regulation, therefore, they get high and low blood sugars because insulin is necessary to bind onto sugar (glucose) within the bloodstream to carry the sugar to the cells for energy. With PCOS, some women may develop Type II Diabetes, or other metabolic issues that can cause obesity.
Why is this? Your FSH and LH (folical stimulating, leutenizing hormones) have certain ratios that are considered “normal”. In PCOS these levels are often off, and ratios reversed. Again, more hormones!

Treatment for PCOS: Birth Control, Metformin (an oral diabetes medication)

It is recommended for women with PCOS to go on hormone therapies such as birth control, and metformin. Now, most research indicates that they “don’t know why Metformin works, but it does”. How safe should you feel taking a diabetes medication if you don’t have diabetes? Exactly!
My personal treatment began with a low-dose birth control – YAZ. You know, the birth control all over TV now because of the strokes, blood clots, and death in young women under 30? Yes, that was my treatment for a year. Then, it was coupled with Metformin. Yes, I was on a diabetes medication without having diabetes. I experienced, low blood sugars, and for that reason, had to eat even more carbs to keep my energy up. But wait, isn’t a low-carb diet recommended?
I made the personal decision to “self heal” through nutrition and exercise. In 2010, I went off of all birth control and medications aside from levothyroxin (thyroid). Don’t worry ladies, my birth control became a copper IUD. NOT Mirena! That is still hormones in our bodies. Now, doctors do not want to put IUDs into women that don’t have children because of the cervix dialiation, but I refused to take no for an answer. I decided NO MORE HORMONES in my body!
To read more on PCOS treatment, diagnoses, obesity, fertility and more click here: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Basics

By 2011 my PCOS was completely gone!

By 2011 I had lost 35 pounds (down to 165) and was completely free from PCOS. Ironic considering my healing with done through: exercise, nutrition, prayer, meditation, and mental practices and training.

MSG and MSG Derivitives

You have the ability to change your disease state. I know I am determined to get OFF of thyroid medication for good. I am well on my way. Currently at 155 pounds, my goal weight is 145. I will be sharing exactly how I have come this far by cutting out MSG and MSG derivitives.
In 2013, I was introduced to the book “Faith and Fat Loss” by Ron Williams by a woman in her 50s at the gym that I respect. Her name is Peggy, and she has competed in bodybuilding her entire life. She approached me one day while I was working, and she was between sets. She told me about this book and that I should order it. She knew that I am a Christian, and she knew I would be open to this.
Her and I had spoken briefly in the past about thyroid problems, and she told me that reading this book has changed her life. The thing is, she didn’t just tell me, I saw the change in her! For the first time in 5 years she was ready to compete again, and claimed to look better then she did in her 30s. She informed me about how the book talked about MSG and endocrine disorders.
How’d she find the book? Well, she had competed at least 15 years ago in the same competition as Ron, and found his business card. She decided to google him and found the book. She trusted his opinion and tried step by step his recommendations.

Ron Williams

One of the most highly decorated Natural Bodybuilders of all time with over 250 medals, a professor of Exercise Pysiology and Nutrition, and now a Pastor whose full time ministry is obesity.

21 Day Detox – MSG & MSG Derivitive Free

I ordered the book, read it and tried the 21 day detox. You will have to order the book, or follow my posts to fully understand the depth of the detox.
However, I will share the following:
Almost everything has MSG or MSG derivitives. From protein supplements, powders, bars, to packaged and processed foods of almost any kind. You MUST cut all of these out in order to see if it helps your endocrine system.

Personal Results

For 21 days I cut out MSG, MSG derivitives, stimulants, and switched to hormone free meats, cage free eggs, and everything organic. I paired my carbs, essential fatty acids and proteins just as recommended in the book. I switched from training for fitness to training for fat loss (the principles are very different!!). This means, I actually cut down on my cardio, and time spent working out.
Within 21 days, I lost 14 1/2 pounds, and have kept it off for 5 months! Why? Is it a matter of eating less calories? Working out more? Training harder? Sleeping more? Nope! It’s a matter of going to the heart and source of the issue. This detox is physical, mental and spiritual. It is lasting and effective.
21 days creates a new discipline and habit. Let me also add that I had the best summer of my life. I went to barbeques, out of town, I had some alcohol (more then I ever have), and allowed myself to splurge for the first time in 6 years. I STILL kept the 15 pounds plus more off! Did I mention that I’m more tone and fit with my normal exercise routine?
It works. Even if you are not a Christian, if you are open to the principles and suggestions that Ron gives in his book, you will experience lasting results. In fact, I am doing the detox again to find out my next results! Stay tuned.

An Endocrinologist Confirms MSG can be Damaging to Your Metabolism

Last week, I visited my endocrinologist. I go every 6 months to have my labs tested, as I am now on TSH, T3 and T4 replacement compounds due to my previous issues. For the first time, I had no complaints. Energy, weight loss, and normal labs! My endocrinologist said that if these labs come back ok, then I will only need to come every year. Quite a huge difference from blood samples weekly, specialty visits every 3-6 months!
I asked him a couple of questions, and will share them plus his responses.
Q: Does MSG and MSG derivitives really affect the endorcrine system?
A: Yes, it can. In some cases, it can be completely damaging depending on the person. MSG could potentially completely affect your metabolic functions at a hormone regulation level.
Q: Do you believe that mental training can cure disease states? And, do you find that attitude contributes to the disease of most people you see? I was in the waiting room, and found the sickest looking people have the worst attitudes.
A: I definitely see a directly relationship. I have also seen people who mentally train, pray and meditate be cured of diseases, or at least disease management. I would say that attitude mostly affects stress levels, which can release too much cortisol, increase fat stores, and exacerbate, or even in some cases, create disease states.


NEVER Claim a Disease

Though it was a relief to get treated, and be able to slowly work on  reducing my symptoms, I refused to believe that there was no cure for these diseases! From being told I may be infertile, may never be able to have children, and that I may never be able to reset my metabolic set point (the weight your body usually holds with minimal fluctuation), I refused to believe that I couldn’t and wouldn’t overcome these obstacles!
I am not saying not to address the disease, and treat yourself, but I am saying that you cannot continuously claim your disease state if you wish to be healthy. Your thoughts become things, and have the power to create and destroy disease states.
There is POWER in the TONGUE. Do not speak your disease (no matter what it is), into existence. Live as if it doesn’t exist. Train yourself, your mind, and your body to be healthy.


The time is NOW

If you or someone you know is struggling with thyroid disease, PCOS, or any other disease, know that your time is NOW! Do not live in your past, what your lifestyle used to be, or the decisions you made that may have contributed to your disease state such as: a sedentary lifestyle, poor nutrition, taking too many or not enough medications, or simply being lazy and not empowered to be your own advocate.
It is YOUR job to understand your body, do your own research, and experiment with different potential solutions. Everyone’s chemistry is different.
Comments and Questions are welcome.
Your energy that you expend from the gym, to your thoughts will directly affect your health.


Heart of the Matter: No Risk No Reward

The scariest, yet most rewarding things in life come from taking risks. From jobs, starting businesses, moving locations, and love, the only great returns come with paired with the biggest risks. 

It has been my experience that the happiest people in this world are the one’s who have struggled the most in their pasts. Why? I have found every successful person I’ve met to have one major thing in common: They are risk takers. Anyone who has has much, has been willing to lose much in order to gain it. With love, we risk losing and breaking our heart to someone else, but that is a risk that must be taken in order to experience love. Many people have failed in love, and simply give up. They are not willing to take the risk anymore for fear of losing. The problem is, they always yearn for that love, but lack the willingness to take the risk to get it. No risk, no reward. 

In business, it is much the same. Those who are successful in their endeavors are the ones who have risked everything they have in order to make their dream become a reality. You know, those entrepreneurs like Donald Trump who filed bankruptcy after over $100,000 in debt, but then went on to be successful anyways? What if he had not continued? What if he lost all confidence in himself and faith in his purpose? He would have simply remained “a failure”. 

But, failure is a part of the process. You must be willing to put it all on the table, and risk it all. If you give a half hearted effort, you will get half the reward in turn. Too many people speak about their dreams, but then play it safe. Now, I`m not saying to be irresponsible, but when you are called to something and the opportunity presents itself to you, sometimes you have to be willing to take the risk. Rise or fall. There is no inbetween.

With great risk comes great reward if you are willing to stay the course you set out on. You will never be succesful in your endeavors if you never finish what you start. Don’t put your eggs into too many baskets, lest your focus become distracted. Do not try to do a hundred things well, try to do one well. With great passion, sense of purpose, faith in the darkness, kindness and hard work, your risks will surely be multiplied into great rewards!  You reap what you sow wherever you put your focus. Never, never, never give up!

To all of you fellow entrepreneurs out there – let’s keep risking it all! I know I have. When everything is on the table, there is no where to go, no one to blame. You must do what you have to do. If we stand together, we can continue to pick each other up if the other falls. We WILL succeed, but we will face struggles along the way. They’re not failures, they’re just a part of the process. 

Keep going!!

“Winners never quit and quitters never win.”

– Vince Lombardi

Fulfillment is Intentional

While some wander aimlessly through life always wishing they could do more, and have more, others excel beyond comprehension to most of the world. Most of these successful people in America are celebrities and athletes. So why is it that 1% of the world population truly expands and succeeds, while the other 99% wishes to attain and accomplish a higher level, but never actually do it? It’s not because they don’t know the secret.

“Do you want to know the secret? You don’t want to know the secret. Here it is —- HARD MF’N WORK!” – CT Fletcher

“You wanna do it, but you don’t wanna go through what it takes to be the best. Only 1 can be the champion!”

“They must be doing some strange sh*t over there! Yeah, working hard! That is strange to you!”

Dandelion Children Grow up to be Hustlers

Against all odds.
By any means necessary.


We’ve all heard these phrases. So simple yet so complex. Why? Because we’ve heard these things from people who’s lives have been truly defined by these statements. They didn’t just say words that sounded good, they actually felt what they said. You know, the people who grew up in poverty, abuse or homelessness that end up being independent business owners, and those of great financial success? The people who seem to have a passion beyond measure, and when they speak, sing or write about their struggles, you are enthralled  because you can almost feel that there is a deeper purpose behind them sharing their story? These are the DANDELION CHILDREN .

These are the people who have a mental, emotional and often physical connection to their passion. They are fueled by something that was wrongly done to or against them, and they take it on as their responsibility to impact others also victimized. This can be done by means of inspiration, motivation, or by physical means. These people feel it necessary to take back power from the wrong-doers and keep it for themselves and others as determined as they are. They do not give it freely, they fight to take it and inspire others to do the same. They use their lives to lead, and choose their words carefully.




People you want on your team.

With my personal background, I often have people shocked at the level of success I have achieved despite past circumstances. Maybe I should be flattered, but mostly I continue to look at the present and future, and less at the past. It’s as if the struggles of the past no longer matter because I am a new person. When you experience much struggle, you appreciate the littlest amount of success. Some psychologists call this the “dandelion” affect. A dandelion can grow and flourish even in conditions where other plants cannot. Dandelions can sustain and grow themselves without much need for nourishment.

Are you a dandelion? Can you regrow into a new form even when you got blown around? Listed are the 7 Key Skills to Resiliency as noted in  the bookThe Resilient Self by Steven and Sybil Wolin (paraphrased).

7 Key Skills to Resiliency 

1) Insight: The ability to ask tough questions of yourself & be honest with your answers.

2) Independent: Counts only on themselves to bounce back into life.

3) Tied to Others: The more people you are responsible to, the

4) Initiative : Take charge of the problem. Do whatever is necessary to get out of it.

5) Creative: Being able to look at the situation and creatively determine the best way out.

6) Sense of Humor: They may cry until they start laughing. You have to be able to laugh at yourself.

7) Morality: Whatever you do to bounce back, you need to make sure it’s moral. Your success needs to be at the service of others; not the expense.

“A resilient person won’t give up” – Jim Rohn

Food or Plastic?

As I walked around the beautiful Sparks marina on an off day from the gym, I decided to sit a few minutes and watch all of the swimmers and sand volleyball players. I was in a long, striped, flowy, colorful dress that seemed to catch the attention of many. However, someone also caught my attention. As I approached the grass hill to sit down, I noticed a woman sitting alone. She was obese and wearing shorts and a tee shirt. She had the largest McDonald’s soda you can buy sitting next to her. She was also eating something.

I saw her looking at me, and looked over to smile. She was feeding a couple of ducks that seemed to just be hanging out with her. Just then, her son and daughter probably no older then 7 and 9 came running over. They were also overweight. I sat back to observe the situation. The kids ran back into the water, and then I heard the lady talking. She wasn’t talking to herself, she was talking to the ducks.

Suddenly, I heard “That’s not food buddy! That’s plastic!” 

What an interesting thing to say coming from someone eating and drinking McDonald’s and the other “food-like substances” she had with her. Isn’t that the way most Americans eat? Food that’s no better for us then plastic? In fact, we store our food in plastics that researchers are finding to be potentially harmful because of ingredients like bisphenol A (BPA) So why then are people so concerned about what animals are eating, and calling them “stupid” , but yet with all the information available to us we continue to eat “food-like susbtances” with little to no nutritional value?

Let’s start using the information available to us. If we KNOW that things are not good for us, why do we still do them? This is a hypothetical question, but I hope to really get people thinking about this. Look around you, listen, observe, and let’s try to not only spread knowledge but INSPIRE PEOPLE TO IMPLEMENT THEIR KNOWLEDGE.

Information is the world’s #1 largest commodity.

What is a Personal Trainer?

Personal Training has been a huge topic that a lot of attention is brought to. When someone finds out there you’re a trainer, they immediately have fitness and nutrition questions. Many people who are uneducated about a Personal Trainers’ roles, seem to think that training is an easy job, unnecessary or even luxury. In some cases, I suppose this could be true depending on the trainer or their clientele. So, what is “trainer life” and what should you look for in a trainer?


Trainer Life:

Wake up, study, prep programs, devotion, train, train clients. We teach proper workout techniques and injury prevention. We study progressions & injury rehab. We coach classes & bootcamps. After that, eat, lift. Study, marketing, media, then go run. If we can squeeze a nap in we will! Then usually back to the gym for more! Our schedule is always the opposite of others’ schedules! It’s an amazing life we live! We have our HEALTH & our FITNESS! The more we learn & workout the more we inspire others. It’s “part of the job”! SHOUTOUT to all the #PersonalTrainers &#Entrepreneurs that make your passion your career. Just like a doctor, people trust us with their bodies. Like a psychologist we must dig deeper then our 1 hour workout for true transformation. Like a coach we must challenge each client to give their best. Like a friend we must be supportive. Although its an amazing career, knowledge is not just given – it is acquired. Sometimes we find ourselves helping others more then ourselves. #1 always comes first! To be the best we have to strive to be 1 step ahead with #knowledge #education#communityinvolvement & #application. It’s a beautiful journey! Whatever life throws at you, EMBRACE YOUR STRUGGLE.

Top 10 Things to Look for When Hiring a Personal Trainer

What’s Your Story?

We all have a story. We all experience times of struggle, triumph, love, laughter, sorrow, growth, and things we feel compelled to share with others. Some call this, “The Human Experience”. Today it seems that every “successful” person, no matter what their professional also becomes an author or avid blogger. We see that there is not only personal satisfaction in sharing our journey with others in hopes to inspire them, but also unlimited business potential. 

Technology allows us to share stories via photos, status updates, blogs, and even e-books. Anyone willing and able has access to our work, and will likely share our story if they can relate. This is all done for free! You don’t pay anything, and neither do they. Not only is there beauty in sharing our story for free, but there is also a built value and reputation. This is the business opportunity. If you listen to many of the great personal development coaches, they will often give knowledge away for free. Some of them publish entire books for free because they feel such a passion and see the need to share! Yet, still some do not take advantage of the materials. It’s easy to read a “How To”, but it’s harder to live it. With information being the #1 largest commodity in the world, where is the value really found? 

The answer is within ourselves. The value we place on our growth and personal expansion will determine if we use, and then how we use the information available to us. Information can be offered up by anyone, but who’s information do we trust when it comes to the important things in life? Most likely someone with a great education, or a successful entrepreneur worth millions right? Maybe, but what about the simpler things in life, like being a good wife and mother? Would you trust information provided by a stay at home wife and mother, or someone with an advanced degree in childhood and family development? That seems simple enough – the wife and mother! Why? There’s a first hand, emotional experience given, and that just seems to be more credible. I heard Dr. Oz say in an interview with SUCCESS Magazine something to the effect of “…Once you connect with people’s emotions you’re able to really address the issues, and gain trust.” This is power!

The beautiful thing about the art of writing is that no one can confine us to a box. Our thoughts may be labeled or judged, but a story consists of many parts. It puts our lives into context. No single story is truly singular. Connections to people, places and things in the story lead to many other stories. Isn’t it amazing how no matter what decisions we’ve made in the past, we still have a future that we can link back to previous events in our personal history?

Whatever your story is, someone wants to hear it. What are you going to do with it?

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.”
Maya Angelou

Entrepreneurship: Do You Have What it Takes?

As I continue my research and fill my mind with inspiring advice from other successful people, I cannot help but to look at the world differently. It’s as if my eyes are continuously being opened to more and more opportunity every single day. When I`m driving, at the grocery story, or even dreaming I think of new ideas for every loophole I see in society! Entrepreneurship has grown within me. I always had the drive, but self-education has fueled me to pursue great adventures.

While this may sound motivating, or exciting – it takes more then just that to become a successful entrepreneur. It’s a process; it takes time. Here are the biggest concepts that I’ve found to growing my success in entrepreneurship and business:

Clearly Defined Goals:

Without goals that are measurable and mapped out, you will have no idea where you’re heading. As a Personal Trainer I often work with people who tell me “I’ve tried everything. Nothing works!” My first two responses: 1) What are your goals for yourself? What is it that you want to accomplish? 2) Do you know what you’re working toward? First and foremost (included in assessment of one’s physical needs), I help my clients goal set. For most people, this process is more difficult then it is easy.

You need to know where you’re headed in order to get there. Don’t let your life become a dull ride that continues circling ’round and ’round until you’re bored and saying “Same ‘ol same ‘ol”. Set goals! It’s okay to start small if you have to. Every goal accomplished leads to another goal to work toward.

“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal; not people or things”
Albert Einstein 

Good Attitude / Perspective:

Developed only through training oneself to rid their lives of negativity, a good attitude/perspective will define how you handle setbacks within every aspect of life. Too often, people get discouraged by setbacks and failures. What happens? They quit…never knowing how close they were to achievement. It’s absolutely essential to train your mind to find the positive in every situation. It sounds fluffy and fun, but the reality is that we live in a harsh world with a lot of negativity. We have (as a collective society) become tainted, jaded, negative, too spoiled, and bombarded with the latest gossip. From Facebook to The National Enquirer, society tends to buy up / buy in to the latest gossip.

I have to recommend to stop this! The first time I realized how much I personally bought in to all the garbage was while reading Tyrese Gibson’s book “How to Get Out of Your Own Way”. His challenge was to forego willingly putting negativity into your mind. I highly suggest everyone does it to not only to gain awareness, but also because life is hard enough; we shouldn’t contribute to filling our minds with garbage.

“I have failed over and over in my life, and that is why I succeed.”  
Michael Jordan


You have to whole-heartedly believe in and love what you are promoting. Your brand must represent who you are inside! A burning passion to share, educate and encourage those around you to believe in your message. We all know people who talk a good talk, but never truly walk the walk. Everything you say must match everything you do. Your passion will drive you to learn as much as you possibly can about your message. When you’re exhausted (you will have many exhausting days), your passion will push you further then you thought possible.

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”
Oprah Winfrey


Many great Personal Development Coaches call discipline “The Backbone” of progress / success. It is perhaps the most essential element of success.  How can you truly achieve and attain the things you wish to attain without it? This equates to NEEDS versus WANTS. WANTING versus WISHING. ENCOURAGEMENT versus DISCOURAGEMENT.

Discipline is what keeps you on track with achieving your goals because you have set intentions for how you`ll eat, workout, study, read, spend time with your family, and what you`ll do for your other hours in the day. It ensures that you stay consistent with doing the things you know it will take to get from point A to B to Z. Staying disciplined will help you stay consistent.

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” 
Jim Rohn

Relentless Commitment:

Going hand in hand with consistency, relentless commitment means just that – relentless! No matter how bad things may seem or how bad you feel, you keep going. There will be days where you feel like you cannot possibly do anymore, and days that you wake up exhausted after having only 10 hours of sleep for the entire week. You must keep going.

Relentless commitment means that you’re all the way in everyday, hour and second. This is where you establish your confidence and sense of pride for never giving up. It is a lifestyle. Not for the faint of heart.

“Either you’re IN or you’re OUT!”
 Ava Cowan
Pursue Those More Successful Then You:
It is absolutely crucial to be surrounded by the people that you aspire to become like, and grow with. Every heard the saying “You’re only worth as much as the 5 people you hang around the most”? It’s very true. Unfortunately, success can be a lonely road, but it all pays off in the end. Don’t count the cost, focus on the reward. Yes, this means you will have to give up everyone who does not mirror what/who you want to be. Don’t let bad company be the factor that keeps you from living out your purpose.
“The only true wisdom is knowing you know nothing.”

Presentation is Everything

Our personal and professional presentation is important. In fact, it’s more important then most of us like to believe it is. Have you ever heard someone you view to be succesful say “It just kind of fell into my lap?” and think to yourself how lucky they are? Chances are that they were at the right place, at the right time, with the right presentation of themselves that allowed them to seize the opportunity, or even be considered for that matter. Think about it, they likely weren’t the ONLY ones there! Something about them stood out.

As I have been mentoring other coaches/trainers to build up their business and gain client loyalty, I have found that the greatest struggle lies not within the verbage of asking for the client’s business, but rather in the presentation itself. I`m not talking about a sales pitch, or even manipulation tactics. I`m talking about the words unspoken. As people, we tend to be judgemental, and also look at a person’s physical image as their brand.

Think about hiring a coach for example. Does the lifestyle of the coach line up with their services they offer? Does the physical image of the coach represent who/what they say they are? This seems like such a small detail, but it’s a very important one. Afterall, we are what people perceive us to be. So how do we change other’s perception to maximize our success?

Here are a few tips to help align your professional image with your personal image. Let’s be honest, if you love what you do and do what you love, it’s nearly impossible to seperate business from pleasure. Be who you say you are.

Presentation Considerations:

  • Look the part. Take pride in your appearance! This seems so obvious, but is very often overlooked. In business: Make sure your outer image represents your purpose for showing up and providing that service. In personal: Represent who you say you are. Your style and how you leave your house will tell others who you are without you speaking a word. This is not about being fake or uncomfortable, it is about being ready to seize opportunity at any given moment! You never know who you may come in contact with. As Tyrese Gibson puts it “Be the master your environment.”
  • Choose your words wisely. It is important to appropriately direct your vocabulary in a respectful manner based on who you’re speaking with. It is doubtful that you will speak the same way to a 25 year old as you will to a 60 year old. Know your position and know your role with who you’re speaking to.
  • Exude a confident and respectable presence. Value yourself and others enough to be approachable. There is no bigger turn off then someone who seem unapproachable. Always maintain your level of confidence in yourself and the services you offer.
  • Be a good listener. Do not just speak, but also listen to the wants and needs of the person in front of you. In business, you are not just selling your service, but you are selling yourself. Can you provide the client with needs and wants? If so, you need to know what it is that they want. There is a time to be quiet. This is also important for building good relationships among friends, co-workers, spouses, and potential clients. Often times, being a good listener and paying attention to detail speaks louder then words can.
  • Keep your space inviting! Think about a cab driver who has a messy, smelly car that makes you uncomfortable during a ride you are paying money for! Would you call that cab driver again? No! Now, apply this to your business.
  • Always be prepared and punctual. How do you invite people into your space; whether personal or professional? Most likely you clean up, and put everything in to order before inviting people in. This means setting up your plan ahead of time. If you take pride your space and in punctuality, you will teach others to also value your time and space.
  • Stay Consistent. Like everything else in life, consistency is important. Your presentation must be on point ALL the time, not just sometimes. Going out of the house in your pajamas and slippers? Think again! You just never know who you might run in to. This is not about being fake, it’s about being ready to seize the next opportunity!
Go grind! Go shine!
Don’t forget to comb your hair!