It seems like I have been inundated with a lot of messages about all the things that I can’t do.
My grandmother (God rest her soul), who was as old school southern granny as they came, insisted that we I had to wear a girdle ‘after a certain age’ because proper ladies could not go without foundation garments. I couldn’t wear a sundress in her presence without getting a look of horror and scorn.
A friend told me that after having children she knew she couldn’t wear a bikini anymore because, ‘moms can’t ever get a flat tummy.’ Then she continued to say, even if they were ‘lucky’ enough to get their body back, the stretch marks would brand them for life with a mom bod.
One of my former co-workers told me that I could never make money doing that 'online stuff' and sarcastically told me "good luck".
At 40 years old I competed in a Figure competition in my skimpy bikini and placed...
I didn’t realize it was a “thing.”
When I was first introduced to the concept of creating personal training experiences online, I was pretty surprised. But here I was, hiring a fitness coach to help me prepare for a bodybuilding competition - I never laid eyes on him, we never talked on the phone, yet he gave me a complete, high quality training experience.
Years later, here I am with a successful online personal training company of my own. I have clients across the US and even had clients in other countries. I use technology to create unique training experiences and post on social media to attract new clients...often times in my pajamas.
This is so different from the life I thought I would have. My parents made sure me and my siblings had excellent educations. My family and peers stressed the importance of professionalism, getting a good job and rising to the top of the organization. And like a dutiful young lady, I did just that.