The greatest thing to come from my venture into health/fitness coaching has been the relationships I've established along the way. I jokingly say I met my best friend online, but the fact of the matter is if I hadn't decided to join this team and sign up the way I did, I wouldn't have met Erica.
I realize this is all very melodramatic, but the point is, it's more than blessed me physically and financially. Yes, it's been amazing to be able to surprise my husband with tickets to a Panthers game and schedule a midweek retreat to the Great Wolf Lodge for my family. But, in all honesty, I would keep doing it even if I couldn't have those things.
When I first moved to North Carolina I really struggled to make friends the way I had all the years prior. See, looking back on it now I've always been a teammate.
My friends in high school were my teammates (my best friend simply being my partner in crime - love you, Jess!). I played soccer, basketball, softball. I was in band and I bowled and I down-hill skied. In college, my friends were my soccer teammates and basketball teammates.
Then I stopped being a teammate because I had no team to play for and I struggled to establish those friendships that I was searching for. My biggest weakness or strength? is that I give people my heart before they earn it. I throw it out there and say, "Here is it...do what you will with it. I love you, just don't hurt me." Then when I get hurt, I put walls up. Or if I don't get hurt, I make one of the best friends you could ever ask for.
I didn't find that easy as Yankee adult moving to the south.
Then I joined Beachbody and suddenly I'm a teammate again. Suddenly, I'm part of something bigger than me and I'm surrounded by people who all have so much in common with me. The friendships I've established are incredible. And every day I'm meeting new potential friends.
I've got these people in my corner rooting for me in all things, big and small. Feels pretty awesome to have such an incredible team to lean on.