2. How old are you?
3. Give us a little biographical information about yourself
I come from a large family. I have 5 sisters and 2 brothers and absolutely love it. Growing up I was an athlete. I played soccer, basketball, ran track, softball, lacrosse, pretty much everything. I stuck to soccer and lacrosse throughout highschool and that is also when my love of weightlifting began.
After highschool I attended Ramapo College in NJ where I graduated with a business degree. After college I worked for a few years before getting married to my now husband of 7 years, Mike. Fast forward 3 more years and we had 2 beautiful children that are now 3 and 4. We also have another on the way 🙂
I am a fitness professional and competitor. I have always had a love of fitness and began teaching classes when I was in my early twenties. A few years later I got my personal trainers certificate and began taking on clients of my own. I still continue to do so and have also added competing in bodybuilding competitions as well. It was something that always intrigued me. I knew that if I never went for it I would always regret it. I am so glad I followed through!
4. If I asked your closest friend, to give me 5 words they would use to describe you, what what he/she say?
5. Do you see yourself the same way as your closest friend does? Yes/No explain.
Yes. These are all things that are part of my personality.
6. What does happiness mean to you?
Being content with how your life is.
7. What are some things that stand between you and complete happiness?
I tend to get very anxious and it often results in me being on edge. It’s something I wish I could control better.
8. If you could send a message to the world in 30 seconds, what would you say?
You can’t always make everyone happy. Do your best and keep pushing forward.
9. What chances have you passed up on in your life that you now regret?
I don’t feel like I’ve passed up any chances in life. There are things that I wish I could go back and do differently, but I don’t think I ever let anything get away from me that I regret.
10. How do you apply the learning from this regret to your actions today? (see question #9)
I mentioned there were things that I I wish I had done differently. I wouldn’t call it regret but more being afraid of the unknown. For example I wish I could have chosen a different major in college. The reason I didn’t was because I was afraid of not knowing what to do with my degree or fear of not being good at it. I’ve learned that you have to take chances in life and really go for what you want.
11. What would you do differently if you knew no one was judging you? Why do you care if people are judging you?
I never worry about what people are thinking of me (unless of course it is my family telling me not to do something that they feel isn’t in my best interest or is dangerous). I don’t think you should ever live your life worried about someone else’s thoughts. You only get one life to live.
12. What is the worst thing that has ever happened to you and how did you continue to move forward?
The worst thing that has ever happened to me was when my tooth cracked all the way through to my root. Sounds silly but the pain was worse the labor. I grind my teeth at night and did it to a point that I cracked not only my tooth but also the root all the way down into the gum. The pain was EXCRUCIATING. It radiated from my jaw up into my temples and my entire skull. It felt as if my skull was going to explode. I ended up having the tooth pulled in an emergency and ever since then have had to wear a mouthguard to sleep (sexy). I am terrified of anything ever happening to it because I could never go another night without it!
13. What is the best thing that ever happened to you and what did you learn from that?
The best thing that has ever happened to me was having my children. It taught me that “things” are just that, things. I don’t believe there is a greater moment in life then holding your child for the first time.
14. If karma was coming back to you, what would happen to you?
Yikes. I don’t know but I hope it’s all good.
15. What terrifies you the most?
Flying in airplanes. I haven’t done it in over 5-6 years.
16. What did you want to be as a kid, why? Are you doing that now? If not, why not?
I honestly don’t remember what I wanted to be as a kid. I don’t think I thought about it too often. I was always so happy playing sports, being with my friends and enjoying life.
17. Whose life have you had the greatest impact on?
I would hope my children.
18. Who has had the biggest impact on your life and why?
My husband. Together we have created a beautiful life and I don’t think anyone could have more of an impact on me then the person who helped me become a mom. It’s the best gift I’ve ever received.
19. What do you want most out of your life?
To be happy and fulfilled in all aspects of my life (as a mom, wife, blogger, etc), for my children to look up to and appreciate me. I hope that my kids are never embarrassed of me or afraid to talk to me and that I can create a relationship with them where they feel like they can tell me or ask me anything without feeling scared or ashamed. Personally I am trying to grow my blog and it’s something I have been working really hard on. I hope that I can continue to make it grow and provide even more income for our family.
20. How do you plan on getting there? What is your goal and outcome to achieve # 19?
Right now we have baby no. 3 on the way and my plan for the moment is to try to be calm and enjoy life and all things that brings for us. With 2 toddlers already I know that it will be difficult but I also know that it goes fast. Of course for my children I will continue to let them express themselves freely and ask me anything that comes to their mind. For my personal goals such as my blog I plan to continue working on my SEO, do guest posting, get more organized and start reaching out to brands on my own without waiting for them to approach me or going through a network. I also plan to put more time into my blog itself in terms of being able to offer more right from my site like my custom workouts. For now they are available via request but I would like to make it easier for users and be able to offer the purchase for download right from my site.
21. What is something that you have given up on? How did you feel?
I’m not a quitter. I have never given up on anything in my life, it’s just not who I am.
22. What is something you should have given up on? How did it make you feel?
There’s nothing that I feel I should have given up.
23. Would your life be better or worse, if you knew the time and place where you would die? Explain.
Worse. Some people might look at it like since they know they can enjoy themselves to the fullest and be prepared. For me, it would make me a nervous wreck and would be on my mind everything second of every day and I would just be waiting for it.
24. What would people say at your funeral? Are you happy with what would be said? Explain.
I think people would say I was a great mom. I was always competitive, determined, loved to dance
25. If not now, then when?
I am not a procrastinator by any means. It’s something that drives me nuts.
26. Are you holding onto something, you need to let go of?
Probably a few too many shoes and some grudges.
27. Do you think crying is a sign of weakness or strength?
I don’t think it’s either. I think crying is a normal emotion and it doesn’t dictate the type of person you are. It’s normal for people to frown when they’re mad, smile when they’re happy, cry when they’re sad. I don’t think anyone should ever be judged as a whole for showing their emotions (unless it’s all the time and over the top).
28. If you had a friend/family member who spoke to you in the same way you speak to yourself, how long would you allow that person to be your friend?
I never really thought about the way that I speak to myself. I guess I would say no. I don’t think that I give myself enough credit sometimes for all the things I tend to juggle on a daily basis.
29.When have you felt as if life was unfair? Explain.
I feel lucky to say that I haven’t had a moment like this. My family is healthy, happy and well cared for.
30. What would you regret not fully doing, being or having in your life?
I do everything fully. I never go into something half ass. I’m an all or nothing type of person.
31. What was the best or worst part about working on this activity?
Some of the questions really made me think! I don’t think there were any bad parts about it. I enjoyed taking the time to really answer the questions.
32. What is something you hope that other readers take away from your responses?
I would hope that people see being honest with themselves (and others) isn’t so bad. It can be a nice release and a great way to get something off your shoulders. Sometimes writing things out is much easier than talking about it.
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