I’m getting settled in Atlanta after spending a few days in Charlotte, NC to speak at a conference. (Stay tuned for a full recap from last night’s HBW Happy Hour in Charlotte!) The main reason I wanted to come down to Atlanta this weekend was to root for my mom at the 2012 NPC Bodybuilding Championships. Mom has been a personal trainer and fitness coach for many years and participated in her first competition back in 1994. Since last year, she’s competed in five figure competitions, including this one. Tonight, she won 5th place in a large, nationally-ranked class of women.
I feel so happy that I was able to be here to support her. Seeing my mom achieve a goal she’s worked so hard for – even through the weird diet and constant workouts – makes me smile. She’s determined to win her “pro card” as a figure athlete, no matter how long it takes to earn that ultimate prize.
And that’s what I love the most about my mom.
No matter what obstacles are put in her way, she always presses on toward her goals. My mom gave birth to me when she was 15 years old, then had my sister at age 19. Along the way, she dropped out of college during her struggle to raise two girls on her own. But she never gave up on her goal of getting an advanced education. My mom pushed through and graduated from college not long after I did, 20 years after she first dropped out. She then went on to earn an MBA!
In 2007, Mom quit her executive assistant position at a large consulting firm in DC to launch a fitness consulting business to help busy women live healthier lifestyles. She encountered a lot of challenges after making the leap and along the way, learned a lot of lessons about what works and what doesn’t. Today, her business brings in six figures and is steadily growing each year.
What I most admire about my mom is that she’s been through so much and yet…she keeps on going. She’s made many mistakes in her life, but she has never let them define her. My mom has never allowed anyone to tell her that she’s “too old” to do anything. Or that it’s “too late” to live her ideal life. Mom is a radical believer in the power of her dreams and she continues to inspire me with her ability to overcome the odds and keep moving forward.
My mom has shown me – again and again – that no matter how many times you fall, you can always get back up.