From the age of 5 years old I wanted to be a model. As I grew older that dream remained but within it something else grew and that was a deep desire to help people. As you can imagine the world of modeling can be very vain and the business of helping people well, it is everything but vain. I began to have an internal conflict with this and began to lose belief in my dream of ever modeling and started to give up on it. So as soon as I graduated high school I joined the United States Air Force and became a Fighter Jet Mechanic. At the age of 19 I was deployed to Afghanistan where I had an M-16 assault rifle strapped to me pretty much 24/7. This was both the worst and best experience of my life because I did an immense amount of growing and began to see the world differently. Most importantly though I began to dream again and that's when I started to become more mindful of the food I ate and began focusing on physical training. A fire started to burn inside me and it couldn't be put out. Lifting weights and eating properly seriously saved my life!
Fast forward 4 years, and I'm now an IFBB Bikini Professional, Personal Trainer and nearing the end of my 6 year enlistment with the military and my Grandma calls me and says she's in the hospital and needs to have her leg removed. She made it through surgery but passed away 3 months later. She was my most favorite person in the whole world and I started to give up on my dream again but then I remembered something very important. My grandma told me "You have to live your life no matter what." So from then on I decided to do just that. I decided to get out of the military and pursue fitness modeling and personal training full time. This way I could have the best of both worlds. I could model while helping others.
When I was young I grew up for part of my life in a 1 bedroom house where me, my mom, dad, and sister all slept together. I watched my parents start their own business and get us out of that situation. I don't come from privilege and I know what it means to be poor but I'm not embarrassed about it. I've had to fight extremely hard to get to where I'm at and I have so much farther to go. You see, what I do is so much bigger then myself. Thank you to all that support me!