I apologize in advance if this blog is a bit all over the place or if there are any grammatical errors. I am writing as if I were writing in my journal about my life.
I wanted to take time today to start a blog in regards to my life, the switch of career paths in my life ranging from 7 years of multilevel marketing, management with retail, and of course, the gym industry with personal training / nutrition guidance.
When I was 20 years old I moved back to Georgia from Panama City Beach, FL after a year of beach service, parties, and just living life to the fullest not the way I would today. I was on the wrong path in life, and was just lost. The things I was exposed to in the city I had never been around in my life. I was always very athletic in high school, built websites in middle school (learning HTML coding, SEO, and Social Media before fast speed internet even exist), and never have been in trouble with the law (still haven't by the way). And the atmosphere was just very different than my "normal."
When I relocated back to Georgia I didn't know what I was going to do with my life, and plus my hometown only has a population of about 4800 people, so at 20 years old I was severely depressed, sad, and lonely. I thought the idea of college sounded O.K. but after the trauma from abusive relationships, and partying, I wasn't even capable of learning at this point (seriously). I was hospitalized for 35 days (between two different hospitals) before relocating back to Georgia from abuse with alcohol and drugs. The "friends" I chose to surround myself around had endless amounts of cash so we never ran out of anything.
I began training at a local gym in Dothan, AL (Synergy Health & Fitness) where I had my first personal trainer, participated in group fitness that nearly kicked my butt every morning, and I still was just lacking motivation to keep going until my sister came home from college for the summer and joined me with training. I would think to myself, I'm not going to quit training because my sister is going to keep going... & I am not a quitter! Well, it was time for her to go back to college and she was ending her training for the summer. I thought to myself I would just quit also but then I was offered a job part-time working the front desk. I thought to myself, I am not going to be out of shape with all these fit people walking around here. So I started meal prepping, training, busting my butt, and even drove 45 minutes to my workouts that would start at 5:30 AM. I was determined, focused, and now had a drive behind me to be better, look better, and train harder.
Once I began implementing health and fitness with my first multilevel marketing company, ViSalus Sciences, my team and I were nominated as one of the top 5 in the nation for transformations. I strategically built my business from the web. I started my Instagram account when I was with ViSalus when I was in California, where I made my first post. I was able to travel the world with my friends and family, had more money in my bank account than ever, and I found happiness in this, but I never realized what was truly missing... which was my happiness found in Jesus Christ. I didn't tithe, pay it forward, or even really treat people with respect. I thought I had it all, when I really was completely empty.
I began working at FinishLine during the seasonal time of the year just to have access to the hottest, trendiest shoes (those who are sneaker-heads know certain brands only release so many). I only worked maybe once or twice a week, and again, was about to quit the job but then was offered the store manager position. Now, this is unheard of at my age (I was promoted to store manager on my 22nd birthday) while I was still working my ViSalus business, hustlin' the internet, and now had a great salary with benefits under my belt on top of my income from ViSalus. My team and I did awesome at FinishLine, comping my own sales for 2 years (with a sales revenue increase from 1.3 million to 1.5 million, gaining 52K in 3 weeks above sales), but I noticed the web business continuing to expand. We were responsible for fulfilling orders within the store to ship to customers throughout the United States, and I knew it was time to get back more involved on the web, more now than ever before. I was over looked for several promotions within the job because I simply just don't kiss butt. I believe true work ethic should be proven statically from numbers, and not strictly from who you know or what you do for that person. After all, I do live by the phrase "success is earned, not given."
After my team and I made our year (the only store within the entire Panhandle area) on the day it ended, I resigned the following week. I knew that my time was over at FinishLine, but I enjoyed the relationships built within the store, met some very awesome people and learned a lot within the retail world. The same week I resigned from FinishLine, I resigned from my multilevel marketing company ViSalus. I was strictly relying on faith from God to open the next door within my life which led me to my next MLM company.
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