I spent this past weekend in New Orleans for our annual coach summit with 11 other coaches from my team Inspire Joy. This was my THIRD summit but this year felt different to me. Despite all the crazy overstimulation and high energy, I felt so much more relaxed, like I was at home! For an introvert to feel at home on the floor of the Superdome surrounded by 20,000 people and a light show...well that is saying a lot, ha! I can't believe this is my life now.
It was also very eye opening-- a wake up call that showed me what I’m doing right and where I’ve been holding myself back.
I am so excited to share my recap and takeaways with you!
What the heck is Summit?
For over three years I’ve been a health and fitness coach with Team Beachbody, the company that makes the amazing at home programs like 21 Day Fix, PiYo, and Insanity. I run virtual accountability groups for women who want to get in shape with these programs, and I also mentor a team of almost 200 women who have decided to pay it forward and earn extra income by becoming coaches themselves.
The reason why I LOVE Beachbody is that it truly reaches, transforms, and improves every single area of your life: your mental/emotional/physical health, finances, energy, self confidence, and it also provides a platform to share your story and connect with other like-minded women. The company itself is so values driven and full of integrity. I fall more and more in love with it the longer I coach!
I am also obsessed with my team, Inspire Joy. We’re a group of fun, creative, ambitious, outgoing introverts and we spend all year working virtually so being able to hang out in person at these events and explore new cities together is seriously the best.
Our New Orleans Adventures
I landed on Wednesday morning, met up with a couple of the other girls, and we immediately beelined to Cafe Du Monde for beignets! Priorities, right? WORTH IT.
We spent the afternoon wandering around the French Quarter and then met up with the rest of our team that night for dinner at one of our AirBNB's!
On Thursday I woke up early to go for a run with my coach Jaclyn as per our annual Summit tradition :) She does marathons but I am faster, so we make pretty good running buddies! Then we cleaned up and headed downtown for an extra personal development and leadership event called Power of I Am, where we heard from over a dozen top coaches and Cara Alwill Leyba, the author of The Champagne Diet and Girl Code. This bonus event was so inspiring and one of the highlights of the weekend for me!
On Thursday night we had our opening session in the Superdome, which is HUGE! We learned about all the new products and resources launching this year and kicked off the weekend with so much positive energy.
Imagine being in a stadium with over 20,000 of the most driven, positive, healthy, and successful people you know. GOOD VIBE OVERLOAD! It's like any invisible barrier holding you back from the woman you want to become goes *poof* and you can not only see but feel your full potential.
Friday was a marathon of workshops, sessions, and then we went out to dinner in the French Quarter and hit up Bourbon Street!
Let's just say it was a lot of fun :)
Friday night was extra special because I was able to spend some time with my own coach/friend Deidre and her new baby Pix! While at Summit, Deidre officially announced that she was leaving her corporate career to be a full time coach and mom, which means so much more than I can express.
Saturday was a long day!! I woke up at 5am to head downtown for the Super Workout, and out of our whole team only Jaclyn and Kelsey were down to roll with me #SURVIVORS! To be completely honest, this was the first year I didn't bail on the Super Workout!! The best way to cure a hangover is to sweat it out, right?
So what is the Super Workout? Think THOUSANDS of people crowded onto the street like the start of the world's biggest marathon ... but there is no starting gun and no one ever actually moves forward. We just workout in place as every single Beachbody trainer comes on stage to do a 10 minute workout (Chalene Johnson, Autumn Calabrese, Shaun T, Tony Horton, Sagi Kalev, and more!!). Yeah it's intense!! Glad I did it once so I can sleep in again next year ;)
Then we had more sessions all day and closed out the event with our huge Celebration at the Superdome. Imagine combining the Academy Awards, Cirque du Soleil, The Biggest Loser, and stand up comedy... or just check out the Livestream to see the spectacle!
My biggest takeaways
1. Appreciation for the team I'm building
I freaking love my team Inspire Joy. We work alone, online, and so getting together in person is a reminder of what is REAL. These women are my family. My soul sisters. They pull me to be better, to never settle, and remind me I’m not in this alone.
It’s really powerful to have people in your life who see you not for who you are right now, but for who you can become.
No matter where in the world we go, with these women I always feel at home because they not only empower me to be myself, but they challenge me to be MORE true and authentic than I've ever been.
I haven't allowed myself to have a lot of close friendships in my life. I used to think it was because I was an introvert, but I'm starting to think it's because I was afraid that people would reject me if I really let them in. I've been afraid they'll find that I'm not good enough so it's easier and safer for me to do the listening than to let someone listen.
I became a coach because I wanted to share my passion for health and fitness and to make some income on the side.
I honestly had no idea I would find the most incredible community in the process, and would open my heart to relationships that are more intensely rewarding than anything I've ever experienced.
We don't just teach women how to have a healthy relationship with food and their bodies.
We teach ourselves and each other that it's safe to look inside and see ourselves for who we are underneath the walls and masks we put up to deal with life.
I believe that women need other women to hold space for our dreams and pull each other to be better, like iron sharpening iron.
It's so hard to find true friendships as an adult, and I will never take these women for granted.
2. I have been living in "maintenance mode"
This one is tricky because I spend my time preaching and teaching how to get out of your comfort zone, but I've been hanging out on a safety ledge of my comfort zone and have been in a self-induced plateau with my own fitness, business, and personal growth over the last year.
Just because I became a life coach doesn't mean the inner work stops for me!
I've been hiding.
I have let self doubt and insecurities run my life.
I've been waiting for all my big goals and dreams to just go *POOF* and happen.
But guess what?
I'm the only one who can make them happen.
The only one who can start believing in myself.
The only one who can break the comfy plateau my body and business has been chilling in for the last 18 months.
I've grown a lot on the inside over the past year, and it's time to start sharing that.
For the rest of 2017 I'm committing to ME.
I'm committing to my dreams.
I'm committing to working as hard as I can so Ben and I can build the life we want and set a foundation for our future family.
I'm committing to sharing my message even when it feels like no one is listening.
I'm committing to early mornings so I can pour into my own cup and have enough left over to pour into everyone else.
I'm committing to getting fierce with my goals and following through instead of letting them slide when it gets hard.
I want to be the best leader I can be for the amazing women on my team, because my success enables their success.
Time to stop sitting on the sidelines!
Today is the beginning of the rest of your life and YOU get to write the script -- what do you want it to say?
I want to raise my vibe to match my dreams.
Stop doubting that I can build a team and a life coaching business. Stop making excuses or telling myself it’s ok to grow slow.
It takes a lot of emotional energy, but I can do it all.
I truly believe in myself and know I’m worth it.
Time to pay it forward and see what happens!
If you want to learn more about joining our team, please reach out and send me a message. I'd love nothing more than to get to know you and tell you more about what we do!