The “first time” is a tough time to actually pin-point, because there were actually multiple instances I’ve had this realization. I think as humans, it’s natural for us to second guess everything, make certain decisions, take different paths than what we should, change our minds constantly, so on and so forth. That’s life, and that’s how we learn and how we really discover ourselves as well as the path we are supposed to take in life.
“I want to be more than just average.”
Deep down I’ve always known this. Ever since I was little, I would talk about how I wanted to make it big, be known, and make a difference in this world – one way or another. I was never really sure how I would go about doing that, or what exactly it would be that would take me from being an average girl to “not average”.
I knew I never wanted to rely on anyone for me to make my dreams come true – I have hard work-ethic and I always have. I knew I couldn’t see myself in a 9-5 job living a mundane life. I knew for a fact that I wanted to make a difference in the world, and I knew and still know that I WILL. Do I know how exactly? No. But that’s the reality of life – we never know how it will turn out. No matter what you have in mind, it never works out the way you expect.
I know for a fact that the very first time it truly hit me that I needed to do something extraordinary in life was when I found my passion for weight lifting and bodybuilding. I went through a period of restrictive eating, over-exercising, and not going about my fitness journey in a healthy way. During this time period I fell in love with long distance running and loved challenging myself. I was never a good runner, so the fact that I pushed myself and learned to love it was a wonderful feeling. However, in the back of my mind, I loved all the calories I was burning, I ate less and less, and definitely not enough to sustain the amount of running I was doing. I isolated myself, wasn’t very confident, and was just running myself into the ground, literally.
I ran my first half-marathon and immediately after I knew I needed to make a change. I started following Jamie Eason and other fitness models/bikini competitors and I knew I wanted to do that. I had something tell me deep down that I needed to make a change. I stopped running, I started eating more, and I picked up the weights.
The second I picked up my first weight, I knew that I wanted to be more than just average.
I had a new challenge in front of me and I was determined to build some muscle. Throughout this process, I truly found my passion and I completely fell in love with weight lifting. I felt strong, I felt like I could conquer the world – it was incredible. I no longer cared about how many calories I was burning in the gym, and I no longer was training JUST to burn calories. I was training for purpose, I wanted to get stronger, and I knew that more food = more strength.
I started documenting my journey on instagram and YouTube and connected with such an amazing community of people who enjoyed the same things as I did. I competed in my first bikini competition and I won first place. That prep taught me so much about myself and truly showed me that I AM capable of being extraordinary. It sounds cliche, but you really can do anything you put your mind to. Anything you feel in your heart that you want, go for it.
I shared my entire journey and what I had been through on social media and I got countless comments and emails from girls saying they went through such a similar thing and telling me how I have been an inspiration to them. To this day, it still brings tears to my eyes. I knew that I had found my passion and my purpose in life. They always say that the hardships you go through in life can be used to help others, and they sure do.
Not only am I passionate about always being MY best self and growing every day as a person, an athlete, and a role model, but I am so incredibly passionate about helping other people become their best selves and helping them realize that they too can be extraordinary.
Don’t settle for an average life.
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