I will never forget the day I received a phone call and the man on the other side said, “Hi Tanya, this is Drew Brees.” This moment changed my life in so many ways and created a whole new journey that I never would have expected.
I had worked with Drew before and, apparently, he liked my work. He mentioned that there might be an opportunity for a “Sports Massage” position at the gym that he and his wife have trained at. That is when Todd Durkin gave me a call and shed light on all the details on the position that had recently come available. I was pumped and excited about the opportunity; I interviewed with Todd and the team and the rest is history.
As scared as I was to try something new, my mind was set and I went with it. I finally had something pushing me out of my comfort zone to go after the change I needed in my life. I had faced quite a few tough times and struggles in the past 5 years so I knew it was time to overcome my own fears and try something new. I became a mom 5 years ago and soon after that I was facing my biggest fear in life, being a single parent.
Becoming a single mom to a newborn was the hardest thing I had ever gone through physically, mentally and emotionally but it was probably the best thing that has ever happened to me. It made me find myself and face who I really was and become who I really wanted to be. Over the years I had been pretending to be someone I wasn’t or maybe being someone that someone else wanted me to be. I had lost myself.
It’s amazing when you are forced to face your fears head on what you find out. I found out a lot about myself. I was a fighter and not a pushover; I wasn’t the weak girl some thought I was; I actually was a really strong woman who fights for what she believes in; I am a hard worker and I love what I do even though I didn’t work as much as others wanted me to; and I am a really good mom even though I have always had to fight to be my son’s mom.
All of the negative things people had been telling me over the past 5 years made me work harder and really appreciate the people I surrounded myself with. I found out who my true friends were, who was really there for me and I chose to let go of others because they weren’t there for me or supporting me like I needed or like I had for them. I started weeding out my garden, so to speak, and learned less is better and sometimes it’s ok to be a loner at times.
Moving over to Fitness Quest 10 was a no brainer; once I spoke with Todd over the phone I knew that was exactly where I wanted to be… maybe even needed to be. But let me tell you, it was a little hard for it all to sink in and to have people treating me in such a positive way. For so long I had listened to one person tell me everything I was doing was wrong or not good enough or that I didn’t work enough or that I needed to change careers to accommodate their career and their desires. Someone once went as far to tell me that I should change my job or go on welfare to help my son’s father’s situation. I remember just sitting there crying, baffled with the words that were coming out of their mouth. I never listened to that person and instead of taking their “words of wisdom,” I did the complete opposite. I worked as much as I could to survive while also working as little as necessary in order to be with my son as much as possible. If it weren’t for them knocking me down constantly, if I hadn’t struggled as much as I did and I hadn’t worked so hard, I may not have fought the way I did to prove to them (and to myself) that I was better than what they thought of me, or what I thought of myself.
And with that being said, without working so hard I may never have been introduced to Drew Brees, or even Todd Durkin and Fitness Quest 10. It’s all still a little surreal.. working with athletes and all the great clients at Fitness Quest 10; it’s been a dream of mine to work in such an incredible environment for as long as I can remember. But, most of all, my son is being introduced to a whole new world of possibilities that he would never have been taught in school or from books or TV.
I remember my mom telling me to just ride this storm out and things will turn around. You just have to manifest what you want, be ready for it when it comes and, when it does, it will hit you full force. Now I have an amazing support group, the best friends & family a girl could ask for, that supports me and encourages me to learn, grow & dream big and I couldn’t be more excited about what the future holds.