What personal accomplishment are you most proud of?
Opening Studio Thrive has truly been a dream come true! Every day I get the opportunity to encourage, motivate, and challenge people to be the very best version of themselves. It is a place that allows people of all fitness backgrounds, ages, and levels to come, not only to better their health, but also to have the opportunity to volunteer and be encouraged to thrive not only in their lives, but in the lives of others as well. For this reason it is the accomplishment that I am most proud of!
What is your primary personal development goal/business goal for the next 5 years?
Over the next 5 years I plan to continue to grow Studio Thrive. My goal is to add children and youth classes, as well as start a "Thrive Fit Girls" fitness and leadership program. This program will be designed to empower high school girls to be leaders in the community, believe in themselves, and help them have a positive self image. The goal will be to enable them to have the tools they need to thrive in life.
What is your biggest philanthropic achievement?
As long as I can remember, I have had a heart for helping others. Starting with mission trips in Jr. High and High school, volunteering with Special Olympics, coordinating Christmas gifts, clothes, and parties for inner city children, and mentoring at risk youth. I have found my greatest joy comes from giving back to my community and helping others in any way I can.
What action/event that you've been a part of, that you believe has made the biggest difference in Laramie?Or are you most proud of?
My partnership with Spring Wind Assisted Living Center has been such a blessing to me. Once a week I have the privilege of teaching a chair fitness class for the residents at Spring Wind. This partnership gives me the opportunity to help increase the longevity and mobility of seniors in our community. In addition, I get the opportunity to join them for events such as the Alzheimer’s Walk, bingo, Safe Trick or Treat, and other events.
What excites you most about the future of Laramie?
I have found the people of Laramie to be some of the most kind, welcoming, and generous people around. I see the future growth of our downtown area very exciting. Store owners take much pride in their businesses and work together to help each other. Our downtown businesses combined with our relationships built with the university of Wyoming make Laramie an exciting place to live and work. I see great things ahead for our city.
What do you think has helped make you successful in your endeavors?
In high school, I accepted Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. The journey to where I am today has required a lot of sacrifices and career changes. I started out my education wanting to do one thing but felt pulled to go into the direction of health, fitness, and nutrition. It has not always been an easy road but I knew I was called to help others and I loved fitness and wellness. Putting the two together just made sense. I love what I do and decided if I was going to go to work everyday, I wanted it to be doing something that I looked forward to, and yet at the same time, something that I could make a positive difference in people's lives. I believe it is my calling. I am blessed everyday to work with amazing people and to watch lives being changed.
What advice would you give to other young professionals in Laramie?
Don't be afraid to follow your dreams and don't be afraid to take chances. You will be the one getting up every day and going to work. Make sure you are doing what you love and what fulfills you. Make it a priority to make an investment in the lives of others at work and through volunteering and community involvement.
Love this quotes! “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style” - Maya Angelou