For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
Although I am a fitness instructor now, I didn't make exercise a habit until my late twenties. I'd always been active as a dancer and cheerleader, but workouts were irregular and seasonal, including when I danced professionally for the Lady Outlawz dance team. I realized after competing nationally for the first time and considering a family history of heart disease that I needed to exercise regularly for a stronger mind and body.
What is the biggest change you want to make in your life?
I'm concerned about the world we are leaving behind for future generations. Instead of dwelling on it, I ask myself what positive values and virtues can be embodied on a daily basis to improve it. Then I consider what small, observable actions can be taken each day to support those values or virtues. With 7.5 billion people in the world, we can collectively experience far-reaching effects even with seemingly small actions.
What do you think is the best feeling in the world?
I especially enjoy traveling during "teaching vacations," which is when I visit a resort as a fitness professional offering group exercise classes to guests while also vacationing with my family. I like connecting with the resort staff in this role and I meet more interesting people than when I'm not teaching. It also helps me adhere more easily to my daily exercise routine!
What was the single, best realization you have ever had?
I certainly don't have it all figured out by any means, but I look at who I was ten years ago versus who I am now at 37 and am proud of all I've experienced and learned and how it's formed the person I am today. I am mindful of this continuous self-actualization now more than ever, and because of it, I'm at a time in life where I'm truly enjoying my journey.