|Posted by kelly on February 2, 2013 at 9:50 AM|
I have always been active since I was a little girl. I loved playing soccer with the boys in Brazil. I almost lost an eye when I was six when one of them tripped me, and I fell and hit the edge of a bench. I went to the hospital, got my stitches, said thank you in Portuguese (Obrigado) to the doctor and went right back to playing soccer. Another time, my mom took her eyes off of me for a second, and I was up on the high board at the swimming pool. I was five. I was pretty fearless like most kids that age. Early on, I realized I was blessed with athleticism. When we moved to Toledo, Ohio, I took up tennis, golf, bowling, basketball, softball and track. My mom had to see me in a tutu though, so she put me in tap dance classes. I would finish class, change in the car and be rushed over for my softball games. Tennis ended up being what I excelled in, and I spent many summers playing for 3-5 hours a day. It was my passion for a very long time.
I ended up playing college tennis and afterwards got my certifications to teach and work at clubs and the United States Tennis Association. After my brother died in 1995, I decided to give tennis, as a profession, a rest. I still play a little, but a chronic achilles tendon injury has kept me from playing competitively anymore. In 1997, I decided to get into the healing field of massage therapy. I did it to partially heal myself, but also felt drawn to healing others. Fifteen years later I am still practicing massage, but I have come back to the teaching/coaching field where I have always felt I can make the most difference in people's lives.
It breaks my heart to see all these young children becoming obese and sick and more people in general dying of all kinds of diseases and cancers. So much of these diseases can be stopped by eating healthier, being more active and managing stress levels. Education is the key, and as a wellness coach, I help people become more aware of the choices they make and help them develop long lasting healthy changes that work for them. It's not just about eating better and exercising though. It's about implementing a lifestyle that fosters well-being mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically. All areas need nurturing or there will always be an imbalance. I have a lot to learn, but I feel like I walk the walk most of the time. I am human and slip off course sometimes. The key is to keep your eye on the ball as much as possible. The ball being health and vitality for a lifetime.