I’ve spent my life living a healthy and active lifestyle. Growing up a competitive swimmer, a disc removal surgery at 18 was my first major set back in my most formative years. I was able to get back on my feet, but swimming would not be an option at Fordham University. It was there that I had to find a new exercise routine in order to not gain that dreaded, “Freshman 15”. I learned early on that fitness was not only good for the body, but also AMAZING for the mind and soul.
After college, I moved to The Big Apple and worked as an Advertising Sales Representative for FOX Sports. I loved New York City and everything it had to offer but it wasn’t fulfilling my heart the way I had expected. With clear direction, I moved to Stamford, CT and put myself on the fast track to getting my masters and becoming an elementary school teacher. Though I had another set back with a second disc removal surgery, I worked through my physical obstacles and continued to teach kindergarten for six years in Bridgeport.
While I loved my years as an educator, there was still this huge void; something in my life was still missing. Some tough lessons from a few failed relationships coupled with the natural highs and lows of life, I felt more than ever I needed to make a change. I wasn't married and I had no children, so I thought, "Why not put myself first, follow my heart, and do what I love?"
It was a difficult decision to leave my teaching career behind, but I knew it was the right decision to enroll in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as well as become a Barre instructor. I took this huge leap of faith and left my comfortable job to pursue my career in health and wellness.
After 35 years of writing my story, I am now a Certified Holistic Health Coach ready to help others live a healthy and balanced lifestyle. I believe self-love and self-respect come first before you can love or respect anyone else. My journey into health and wellness was long and trying, but I want to use my past experiences and lessons to help others create a better future for themselves, just like I did for myself.