And so the Adventure Begins

When I was a little girl, I aspired to be just about everything under the sun. Which, in a way, is what happened. In 2012, I graduated with a duel degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice with the intentions to go to law school, but God had another plan. For the past 4 years, I’ve been a preschool teacher, waitress, lacrosse official, and nanny while raising a beautiful little girl. As crazy as it sounds, all at the same time.

In October of 2015, I decided I needed to do something about my health. I hired a personal trainer, and I haven’t looked back. I changed my horrible eating habits and made working out a priority. Even with four jobs, I didn’t lose sight of my fitness goals. Read more about why I got started here.

While in pursuit of my personal goals, I found my new love: fitness. My transformation gave me the inspiration to help others. Which is when I began playing with the idea of becoming a personal trainer. In June, I decided to chase my dreams. I began working with clients to test the waters, and then in August, I began studying to become a Certified Personal Trainer. As of Monday, it’s official: I’m certified!

Over the past 6 months, I have worked with 14 clients to gain experience in this field and begin inspiring others while studying. Now that I’m certified, I can’t wait to help many more. I hope to use my blog as a means of inspiration and motivation along the way.

I’ve had a lot of jobs, all of which have been rewarding in their own way. However, pursuing my dreams of a career in personal training will be my biggest adventure and greatest reward. My passion for fitness has lit a fire under me, and I can’t wait to see where God leads me.

Which brings me to SimplyFit: my take on personal training. I have big dreams for this company, and I look forward to sharing more information with you soon.

I want to thank my family for being my biggest support system. My poor husband had to talk me off the ledge a few times when studying had me overwhelmed. I also want to thank all of my clients for believing in me and trusting me enough to hire me as their personal trainer. A big thanks to my own personal trainer who has been a huge role model and an amazing friend. Each of you have played a huge role in my success, and for that I will always be thankful.

Check out the SimplyFit website here.

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The Importance Of Dating My Husband

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This past weekend, I had the opportunity to join my husband in the windy city of Chicago. This was my second time making the trip, and just like before, I had an amazing time. Being young parents, we don’t always get quality time to ourselves. Vacation is usually a full family trip, which we enjoy, but I think it’s important to take time for ourselves. Not only one weekend out of the year, but on a regular basis. Just because you’re married doesn’t mean you should stop dating your husband. Remember why you fell in love in the first place and continue to grow on that. There is no reason to stop falling deeper in love.

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Change date night up! It can be as simple as a new restaurant or even go the extra mile and plan a fun weekend getaway. I believe this is a  key component to a happy marriage. Be willing to step outside of the box and get creative.

Surprise dates are the best. Those least expected tend to mean more. It shows you put time into planning something without needing a reminder. Ladies, this applies to you as well; don’t wait for your husband to make the plans!

It’s easy to get caught up in everyday life and fall into a routine. Don’t be that couple. Continue to learn about your spouse and things they enjoy. Stay in constant communication and be willing to go on an adventure together, often.

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  1. If you know me, you know going to a trampoline park is my favorite Friday night activity. It’s silly and makes me feel like a kid again. Evan enjoys it just as much as I do!
  2. Evan’s favorite would be bowling. From time to time, I let him have his way. I am probably the worst bowler alive, so it’s nice when I beat him every now and then.
  3. A picnic in the park is always a win. Scooping up your spouse for a surprise lunch date is a sure way to win some points.
  4. Game night. Wait till the little ones have gone to bed and pull out those old board games. You can even use their games. I promise you’ll never be too old.
  5. Workout at the house together. My husband and I did the insanity intro video together once. We laughed so hard we cried. We didn’t accomplish a workout, but had a great time together.
  6. Go a little old school and head to the drive-in movie theater. We don’t have one close by, so the drive gives us time to catch up on the week and enjoy each others’ company.
  7. Go to a Paint and Pour. Another date that is sure to bring laughs, unless you’re married to Picasso.
  8. Take a cooking class. You could also do a dancing class, but my husband is beyond the point of helping.
  9. Go camping in your backyard. It takes the pressure out of actually planning a camping trip and still lets you enjoy the night sky with an actual bathroom close by.
  10. Take a trip to go apple picking. This gets you away from the busyness of life and lets you enjoy the fresh air with a yummy snack.
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*Can’t decide on just one? Grab a jar and write down the dates you want to go on and take turns picking one each date night. Now get to dating!

Always come back to the things you used to do when you first fell in love. If it was bike riding, then dust those off. If it was fancy dinner dates, than dress up and head out. Don’t be afraid to act like a kid and get messy. Enjoy each other every second of the day because life is too short to do anything less.

 

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