Water your own grass

20 years old, lost, unhappy and wondering what the hell I am doing with my life. I’m out partying every weekend. Searching for acceptance and feeling less than ordinary every Sunday. I’m binge eating. I’m anxious. I have no confidence and I don’t know who to turn to. This was before the social media RUSH – and I am scared to think of what might have been had I been exposed to fitspo back then.

Fast forward a few years I made some changes. I chose less junk and more whole foods, I chose exercise over red bulls. I chose to become educated instead of wasting my days wondering what was going to happen. I started to feel better about myself. I felt like I started to be a part of the world.

Fast forward another few years and I’m a personal trainer, a group fitness coach and a pretty savvy cook. I’m helping people - people are asking me for advice! I went through the phases, my own mind battles, and there were a lot. I’m not going to bang on about the kilo’s I’ve lost or the muscle I’ve gained. What about how I feel about life? I love it. I love being in it – and getting other people loving their lives too. Aligning my mind through my health, was the turning point in my life.

You see we all want things – and we can all obtain these things IF we really want them. But you have to be prepared to get uncomfortable. Today, I am running my own health and wellbeing business and it honestly is a dream come true. I was so scared. I had no idea how the world would respond. But what I have learnt is this - it’s actually just about being authentic and REAL. So many people want to please everyone! Hell I’ve been there – when I launched this business I was treading on egg shells like mad! But guess what – not everyone is going to like me, not everyone is going to like you. Finally I’m ok with that. It’s a good feeling.

What that means to me is that I don’t have to waste time with people that don’t really want to reach their full potential or I don’t have to try and win people over to pick me. It means I get to give more time to the people that really want to make changes in their life! And then I just be who I really am, and for the record that’s a human! And I am NOT perfect. But all I know is words and actions of today don’t have to be forever. What happened yesterday is gone – today you can start over. You don’t have to live in your past. I certainly don’t. What I do know about myself is this – the journey of overcoming and continuing to overcome fears, flaws and uncomfortable situations has made me this fierce, dream chasing being who feels terribly lucky to have fallen on her feet. Actually scratch luck, I wasn’t lucky. I made CHOICES. I decided to do what I did to get where I am.

I put myself first. My health – I decided that was important. When I feel good I can be a good person, a great person to be around. Today I hope I can inspire others to take control of their health too, why? Because your health is your freedom! Your body is your one way ticket through life. You MUST look after it. You must appreciate it because without it – you have nothing. So I did that – I nurtured myself from the inside out. I think clearer than ever, I’m happy, I’m healthy, I’m energetic, I’m strong, I’m confident in the skin I’m in. I’m not comparing myself to another. This journey has been incredible, and it’s still going because my 30th year on this planet is only around the corner. I can’t wait to see where I go next. Who I meet, who I help, what I learn and where life takes me!

sophie