I was 3 years old when I first developed a passion for movement…
Sports, theatre, and competitive dance were my ENTIRE life as a young girl. All I wanted to do was perform and put on a show in front of an audience. I danced competitively throughout high school and went on to compete at the collegiate level at San Diego State University. I felt the passion and drive within me to continue to push towards my goals of dancing professionally ….but the only drawback was that I did not take care of my body WHAT. SO. EVER.
This mindset caught up to me after 17 years of physical and mental strain. During my sophomore year of college my body sent me a huge wake up call. I ruptured two discs in my lumbar spine during a ballet class that literally prevented me from moving…. I couldn’t walk, tie my shoes, or get out of bed..
But I knew somehow, someway I wouldn’t let this stop me from moving forward. At 19 years old I was in the worst shape of my life but I made a firm decision to dedicate myself to the process of healing – both mentally and physically. I switched my major at SDSU to Kinesiology, sought professional help from numerous physical therapists and worked each and every day to get better.
Zoom forward to today, as a graduate of SDSU, I can firmly say that I am grateful for this long and frustrating healing process. It has totally shaped me into the person I am today and has made an impact on the trajectory of my career path. Some days continue to be tougher than others, but every day I wake up with a burning passion to guide others through their own healing journey on the road to recovery.
By taking responsibility for my own healing, I was able to overcome some tough challenges in my life and my message to you is this:
“Your thoughts become your actions, actions become habits, and habits are what build your character.” Decide how you want to feel and take ACTION to get yourself there. Nourish and listen to your inner voice each and every day…. 1 day at a time. You can do anything you set your mind to!
Fitness Quest 10 Summer Intern 2015
There is a well-organized medical service with all necessary equipment. SCOTT & WHITE HOSPITAL- COLLEGE STATION.