It's been a long time since my last blog! It's hard to believe my last entry was in 2012 - time has flown by. Since then my hubby returned from Afghanistan and about 9 months later Kai was born! Bear is now 5 and Kai is 9 months old. Needless to say I have been pretty busy and I am happy to finally find a few minutes to sit down and write.
It's hard to know where to start - The Lord has been inspiring me with all kinds of ideas in varying topics! But for now I will try keep this one short and sweet :)
God speaks to me. This may seem like a bold statement to some, but it is the truth. Now, I am human and don't always hear Him or listen every time - but when I do it is an experience that is hard to describe in words. I have been growing in my relationship with Jesus and as I grow, more and more I am comforted, directed, strengthened and inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Now if you knew me 10 years ago, Christian would not be a word you would use to describe me! You may have used words like, "wild, party girl, crazy artist, lost or out of control" I spent so much of my life from age 12-20 spiraling out of control downward until I reached a point where I had fallen so far myself that I wasn't sure I could ever recover. It is by the Grace of God that I am where I am today and I am a living example of the transforming power of Jesus Christ!
I will be talking more in depth about these things in future blogs. It is my hope that by speaking about my experiences, I may be able to speak life and hope to others out there who have fallen in a dark hole, or are faced with climbing a seemingly insurmountable obstacle.
In addition to my past, I will be blogging about what's going on in my life right now, as I go through climbing my current obstacles :) Many of you know me as a Personal Trainer and IFBB Pro Figure Competitor. In 2006-7 I hired a Personal Trainer and Nutritionist to help me lose weight and get healthy. It was such an awesome experience that I knew I needed to become a trainer so I could help others become healthy. So I got certified and began working as a Personal Trainer. I loved it, but with having babies and moving every year or so - it has been a few years since I have worked or competed!
After having Kai, I have been slowly working on losing the baby weight and regaining my strength and endurance. It is my goal to lose about 20 more pounds before the holidays, evaluate my physique and work on what needs worked on - to be ready to start contest prep in the new year! I am going to apply for Figure International (odds are against me for being selected for this show since I have not competed since 2010 and was not selected when I applied for the 2011 show - but it never hurts to try :) Other than that, it's looking like we will be stationed here at JBLM for about another year, so I plan to compete in the Emerald Cup. I am hoping to compete in a few Figure shows in 2015, and maybe even make it to the Olympia :)
So I hope you will follow along in my journey and if there are any topics or issues you would like me to address, please feel free to let me know!