I started this blog in 2011 and it has really changed and evolved over the past several years. I initially started writing while preparing for my first figure competition, then my first bikini competition. I then switched gears and began writing about CrossFit, but ultimately Christ hijacked my blog and now I mostly write about my faith and experiences.
I did my first figure competition in November 2011. I have also run a half marathon and danced competitively for about 15 years. I was an ACE-certified personal trainer in my younger days and have done graduate course work in Sport & Exercise Psychology. I competed in my first bikini competition in March 2013, but found I was in a bad place mentally afterward. I decided to pursue something different. CrossFit was something I had toyed with the idea of doing for a long time, so I started in May 2013 and in July 2014, I got my CrossFit Level 1 Trainer certification.
All of that said, in January 2015, I took a hard look at my life and realized that CrossFit and fitness in general had become idols in my life. I was training CrossFit 6-7 days per week, spending money on extra coaching, and talking about CrossFit all of the time while at the same time I was not even making it to church once per week on a regular basis or titheing consistently. I needed to get my priorities straight, so I took a hiatus from structured training for 2015.
I am a person of faith. After a ten year hiatus, I found my way to a relationship with God, to an amazing church, and a life of purpose and faith in Christ. My life has been utterly transformed from an agnostic, nonreligious skeptic to a passionate follower of Christ. In 2015, I became involved with an anti-human trafficking cause group in Chicago. I also went on a mission trip to Cambodia in June sharing the Gospel and raising human trafficking awareness to remote villages. The next step in my journey is moving to the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago in January 2016 to help my church plant a new campus.