What is your passion? What do you do full time?
I'm a Director of Marketing but I also teach group fitness classes, including Les Mills BODYCOMBAT, Fit Barre, Zumba, and Hip-Hop dance. I first got into fitness because I loved the way taking classes made me feel. I am so thankful for a fellow instructor and friend who picked me out of the crowd and drove me to my first training. She really helped me get out of my shell and I am forever grateful for her.
If they're one and the same, tell us about your journey to get there. If they're not one in the same, tell us about how you balance the two.
I've been a dancer since I was probably four years old, but it wasn't until I got my hands on a Paula Abdul dance workout tape in middle school that I really considered it a passion. I would come home every night after school and dance with my girl Paula! In high school, I worked the front desk of a local gym and I had the opportunity to see so many unique and different styles of group fitness classes offered. You could usually find me in at least 3-4 different classes a week, trying everything and anything. I eventually found myself on a competition hip-hop dance team through a local cheer gym, and that definitely propelled me out of my shell. When I got my Zumba certification, I had the opportunity to meet so many amazing people and share my passion with them. Being in this industry has helped me to overcome some major self-esteem and body image issues that I wrestled with in middle school through college. I've learned to love my body for what it is capable of instead of what I may see it as "not" being. I mean, I've made two human beings! I still love all of the places that fitness takes me and how I can use it to build bonds. As for Marketing, I worked in local television news for four years after college and loved it, but wanted a career that had a little more of a stable schedule so I could spend time with my children. There is never a dull moment in my world.
When you're in a rut, what's your go-to best way to get out of your funk?
Put on some loud music of whatever genre speaks to you in that moment and just MOVE! Or grab a pen and paper and just write it all down. Sometimes it takes a change of scenery or immediate change of pace to change that perspective! Sarcastic, witty banter can help too.
Who are your top 3 role models, and why?
Right off the bat I would say two of my three are my mom and my sister. I saw both of these women go through some of the most incredible hardships and tackle them with grace, strength, and endurance. They really showed me up close and personal that it's totally okay to have emotions and express them, to be yourself, and that you can overcome bad days. I also really love @thebirdspapaya. I stumbled across her page and she shares such great content about body positivity and things that we don't always see on our feeds, plus, she makes me laugh.
Why did you apply to be a Bold Co. Girl? How has being on the team benefited you?
I applied because one of my friends shared that The Bold Co. was looking for a team. I read a little bit about the company mission and values and felt such a pull on my heartstrings! I was just coming out of a battle with postpartum anxiety and really wanted to put myself out there and meet some other creatives and build some new relationships. I love everything that being a Bold Co. Girl stands for and the products are seriously amazing. Having a group of women to interact with, see what kind of cool content and products they are creating, and just expanding my network have all been great benefits.
If you could do anything and knew you would not fail, what would that be?
This is so hard to narrow down. I would probably start my own dance fitness studio...and write a novel. It's so easy to let the idea of failing keep you from even beginning something. I love the Erin Hanson poem that says:
“There is freedom waiting for you,
On the breezes of the sky,
And you ask 'What if I fall?'
Oh but my darling,
What if you fly?”
― Erin Hanson
Who are your top 5 fave Boss Babes? (Include their handles so I can tag them!)
I wanted to keep these Eastern Shore local!
@meggydinthemiddle- Megan DeMillo. We've been friends since high school and we were college roommates. She puts out great content and works for the zoo, so there's also cute animal overload!
@alexashmanphotos- Alex Ashman. I'm sensing a trend here- I've lived with a lot of boss babes! Alex was also a college roommate and I love what she has built as a fashion/portrait/social photographer and her recent launch of @selfandworkshops (remember that workshop and awesome self love paragraph I talked about in the beginning?- all Alex's workshops, baby.)
@theboldcogirl- Rachel Settle. Okay, I promise this wasn't a required post. Rachel's creativity and thoughtfulness behind her brand inspires me daily. She is so genuine and really pours her heart and soul into her companies!
@shadybossbabe- Amanda Arnold. She's the founder of @the_shady_sun and runs @shadybronzingcabana in downtown Salisbury, MD. She is such a fun and spunky powerhouse of a chick. I had the pleasure of working with her before she went full-time with her business. Hello vegan spray tanning? She's the only one I trust to bronze this skin.
@labellevie.fitnessanddance- I met Amanda purely by chance through my sister-in-law and knew she knew a thing or two about healthy nutrition. I trust this gal to write my weekly meal plans and she has helped me add energy and feel really good through a whole-food mostly-organic eating approach. Seriously, check her out.
What inspires you the most? (It can be anything from a sunny day, to your adorable son, to music!)
Sunshine. I'll put it this way. Sunshine doesn't always have to be literal. A sunny day is enough to get me up and moving, but I can find sunshine when looking at my kiddos, sunshine in a warm hug (just call me Olaf) or in a really, really good cupcake (I recommend @sugarrushbytheresa).
If you could tell your fellow Bold women anything about staying motivated and/or positive, what would you say?
Having a positive outlook on life and business doesn't mean everything is sunshine and rainbows everyday, or even the majority of the time. It's choosing to draw inspiration, make genuine human connections, find laughter whenever you can, and make the most out of your current situation. Find the sunshine wherever you can find it. I can only hope that I could help someone find that, even for just a moment, in their day.