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I wanted to drop a quick note today to share some of the people that I’ve been following for YEARS as I’ve worked through my own health journey.
You probably don’t know this (unless you’ve been digging around my website), but I used to be really overweight, smoked a pack a day, binge drank on weekends and generally lived like I didn’t give a shit about myself.
The real truth is that I didn’t.
From that point in my early 20’s to where I am now in my mid 40’s has been an ongoing journey of improvement, growth and learning. Back then, if I had a chance to peer into my future as it is today, I honestly don’t think I’d recognize the person I’ve become.
And that’s a good thing.
I certainly didn’t get to where I am today without the help of mentors, experts and thought leaders in the fields of health, wellness, nutrition and mindfulness. I’ve taken in the words of wisdom of many, kept what resonated and let the rest go and I can safely say that most of this experience happened online. Most of my mentors don’t even know the impact they’ve had on me as I’ve followed from afar, listening, learning and absorbing what I could.
I owe much of my health, happiness and career trajectory to these women in particular and I wanted to share their amazingness with you.
- Kimberly Wilson – she introduced me to the power of yoga, and the dream of creative entrepreneurship. I blame her for ruining me as a corporate climber.
- Meghan Telpner – This girl radiates awesomeness in her energy, her devotion to her work and her unique approach to health. I’ve watched her grow her business over the years and I adore everything about her. She’s authentic in what she does and her sense of passion for her work is palpable.
- Tosca Reno – I’ve mentioned her a few times before, but she really is amazing on so many levels. I love having mentors that are a decade ahead of me in age who are sincerely rocking their health and mindset. It demonstrates what’s possible, and as a visual person – I need to see it to believe it.
- Kelly Childs – Another woman who is a few years ahead in age but blows me away with her energy, her beauty and her passion for her unique message about health and wellness. I adore her and her energy. You’ll know exactly what I mean when you see her.
- Jill Colman – Jill is a recent add to my list of amazing women. She’s a brilliant writer, business person and all round amazing woman. So relatable, smart and knowledgeable about fitness, nutrition and mindset. From her writing you can just tell she’s “been there” with every obsessive and destructive thought we’ve all had and seems to have a nugget of wisdom to soothe any potential crazy episode. She’s also got a flair for bad-assery that I can’t help but love.
There are many more mentors that have influenced my work and personal growth, but these women stand out in my mind as particularly influential. They’ve all had some part in changing me for the better.
I did my Master’s thesis in the psychology of change through blogging and experiencing the lives of other through their social sharing. It’s amazing what we can gleam from the thoughts and lives of others and how that can influence the development of our own identities. I’m not talking about following someone’s highlight reel of selfies and what-I-had-for-lunch portraits, but the rich content that thought leaders put out there that inspire ideas, engagement and new behaviors.
The key takeaway here is that we are not born as health advocates, athletes and wellness heroes. It’s not an identity that’s given to us, but something we create. If you feel like living a healthy, active life isn’t possible for you because of “who you are,” then you’re limiting yourself based on a belief that exists only in your mind. No matter where your journey begins, it can lead to a better version of yourself, as long as you’re willing to have a little faith and perseverance.
Who are your mentors? I’d love to know who you follow for inspiration and personal growth.