Beachbody Coach Summit 2015 in Nashville came and went so quickly I never even got a chance to write about it! So, I wanted to take a moment to reflect now that we are all moved to Puerto Rico and I can take a breath (for a moment) with the ocean breeze in my hair enjoying the sound of the ocean waves. In just two short months, Beachbody Coach Summit 2015 happened, then our Diamond trip to Costa Rica, followed by the big move to Puerto Rico, whew! There was so much to write and share about that poor Summit got put on the back burner and so did my amazing dress! Haha but seriously, I wanted to share with you guys what an incredible experience it was to see the bleachers full of people who are changing the world. The energy was INSANE and I hope everyone gets to experience it one day.
4 Summits ago I had just become a 1-Star Diamond coach. It was the year 2012, I had just quit my job as a waitress and taken a leap of faith and become a full time Beachbody coach! It was so long ago (I had just gotten Instagram and didn’t even own an iPhone #thestoneage) I could barely afford to get there but I made it happen. I shared a room with 3 other girls (that I had only known on Facebook) and ate the cheapest food I could find at the hotel. Pretty sure I had to charge the whole trip on my credit card but that’s all paid off now and something inside me told me it was worth the investment. I knew getting there was important and even though I was dead broke and my only source of income was coming from a business I had only started a year prior, I KNEW it was going to be a defining event for me. I was either going to take it and run with it or not. The choice was up to me. Whats even MORE awesome is this can be YOU!!
I remember the Saturday night celebration in Vegas Summit 2012 like it was yesterday. I was sitting up in the nose bleed seats and the stage seemed so far away and small. I was seeing the celebrity trainers, speakers and top coaches on the screens thinking “one day that’s going to be me!” I had no idea HOW I was going to do it just I knew I was going to make it happen. I got home after that event and got to work helping as many people as I could see their potential. All the while I was learning mine.
Over the years I have built an incredible team called team SET YOUR SOUL ON FIRE that didn’t even exist at that first event that has grown over the years and are now over 3 THOUSAND strong. It’s crazy how fast and how big we’ve grown and every week we continue to have the most amazing people join our team and follow in my foot steps. Not only my team but all the amazing hugs, tears and stories I got from coaches who look to me and my story for inspiration. I can’t put into words what it felt like to have lines form that were hours long to take pictures with me or even just shake my hand. I cherish every soul I met this year and can’t wait till next years event!
To continue my story, the following year I returned to Summit #25 in the company Elite. I wasn’t in the nose bleeds anymore and was sitting on the floor with all the other Elite coaches (the top .001% in the company). I was a few rows back from the stage and I had the amazing experience of walking across it and being recognized. I got a taste of what recognition felt like and I wanted more. Then, the Elite 10 came out and I thought “wow, I’m going to be there next year!” Again, I had no idea HOW I was going to do it but I knew I was going to make it happen. I remember seeing them all dolled up in their fancy dresses thinking how fun it would be and how amazing they must be feeling!! I wanted to experience that. I wanted to show my baby team that if I could do it, so could they.
I returned to Summit the following year Elite #10! I had done it. I had returned home from Summit the prior year ON FIRE and took the rest of the year by storm helping as many people as I could stay fit during the Holidays and leading by example the best I could. I helped (and continue to help) my team have record weeks and earn their Christmas bonuses by helping others and as a whole we made it happen. My coaches were starting to quit their jobs and go full time and I couldn’t be more excited for our futures together! I remember standing on that stage my first year as a TOP 10 COACH thinking “wow, this is it! I did it. Now to go home and do it all over again!” It’s about paying it forward and helping my team get on that stage now!
That brings us to this past year’s Summit in Nashville Tennessee July 2015! It was the first year we weren’t in Vegas and it was so much fun!! We took over Nashville and pretty sure we set a world record for the most amount of people working out at the same time at our Super Workout event. It was the best event yet and I was so proud to represent my team as the #3 coach in the company! We moved up 7 spots and are now the TOP 3 team in the company out of over 300 THOUSAND coaches. While all the stats and glory is cool it’s not why I do this. It’s just an example of what happens when your heart is in the right place. However, being able to afford to fly my mom out and pay for her whole trip (with some spoiling of course) was priceless. She was in shock at not just the lines, treatment and recognition but it was the first time she really got to EXPERIENCE and see what I do first hand. She kind of had an IDEA of what I did from Facebook but this really made it real for her and it felt so good to do that for her without having to stress about how I could possibly afford it.
Walking on that field in my gown and being able to hug all my coaches after the event and tell them how proud I was of them was the highlight of that night. Yeah, standing on stage and getting a HUGE roaring cheer from the crowd felt good but seeing the smiles on my team’s face when they knew that it was ALL OF US who earned that title was one of the best feelings a girl could have. I am so proud of them and together we represent one of the most powerful, humble, hard working, weird teams in the company. We are the underdogs and we are all connecting through social media to do big things with our lives. I love you guys!!
Now, the dress. I got asked by almost EVERYONE where I got it! It’s a Terani Couture two-piece in black! Honestly, it was the first time I’ve ever worn something so fancy but when will I ever have the reason to wear something like this? I’m not the girliest girls and honestly, after the event my extensions came out, I ripped off my fake nails and went back to being the nature loving – low maintenance tom boy I am! This is the one week a year I get glammed up and then I am good for another yeah, haha. But since Beachbody does such an amazing job at making us coaches feel like movies stars, I figured I’d look the part and enjoyed every moment of it with my giant spiked Jeffrey Campbell boots. I had to add a flare of punk rock to it of course.
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