I’ve always had a passion for helping people transform their lives.
I started my recruiting firm, Tech Finders, back in 1998 when I was 28. It was May 1, to be exact, the day my first son was born, and my first office (once I got out of the hospital) was the floor of my spare bedroom.
We didn’t have a home computer yet, so the phone, phone book, and fax were my tools of the trade. I wish I could say that I had big aspirations to be an entrepreneur, however, my motivation was the fact that I didn’t want to be away from my newborn for 12 hours a day. So I jumped right in with both feet, determined to change the professional lives of as many people as I could… and stay home with my son. In those days, people rarely worked remotely and I would synch business calls with my son’s naps so no one would hear a crying baby in the background. My business cards read “Staffing Consultant” because I didn’t want people to know that they were actually talking to THE owner of Tech Finders. My sole purpose was to keep my little company afloat so that my son had a roof over his head, and so I didn’t have to go back to a “real job.” It was incredibly stressful, but I was determined, and I would not take no for an answer. I sacrificed, I cried, and I even missed Christmas one year, but slowly and surely, I gained more and more clients, and I eventually moved into an office building and I hired staff.
It has been nearly 20 years since that day. Now an adult, my oldest son has moved out and is in college and in a few years, my youngest son will join his older brother in the adult world. What a strange feeling!
Tech Finders is my third child and just like children, we’ve had many ups and downs, including recessions and tearful moments when I wasn’t sure I could keep the lights on.
And I have learned a lot over the years too, especially when it comes to fitness and its impact on not only the body and mind but on business.
Since I got into fitness, my business has grown by 500 percent in five years, and that is why I created The Fit Professional: I want to share what I have learned in business and fitness, and pass it on in anyway that I can!
My fitness and life transformation began shortly after I turned 41. At the time, I felt stagnant, I was working a lot, and I felt like I was on auto-pilot. That’s when I decided to get out of my comfort zone and find a way to challenge myself. Before the transformation, I worked out to maintain my weight and I did a lot of cardio. My trainer at the time must have been psychic because right around that time, he asked me if I wanted to train for a fitness competition. I had never had the desire to do this, nor did I EVER think I had the required discipline, and I never thought that I could look like “those girls,” but, with my desire to grow and his perfectly-timed ask, I was ready to break my comfort level.
Normally would have said, “Hell no!” but this time I said, “Yes!”
What followed was an intense four months of training. I wasn’t thinking to win or even place. My thought was, “Please God, don’t let me quit,” and the night before, I almost did! And after a lot of tears, fright, and coaching, I showed up with a nothing to lose attitude… and guess what? I won!
Over the next five years, I competed in several more competitions and won first place in my age category every single time. That’s when I came up with a new goal to compete at the national level and earn a Pro Card. There were many roadblocks and many, many times that I wanted to quit, but, I didn’t.
I kept going and I kept progressing, and I at the age of 45, I earned my Pro Card.
And as my body changed my business life transformed as well. I learned that I could dream big and do big, and I learned that if I remained consistent and persistent, that I could accomplish anything that I set my mind to. Like I said, I’ve always been passionate about changing people’s lives, and now I am even more excited to help people transform their professional life and their personal life through fitness!
My personal and professional hardships made me stronger, smarter, and more resilient. I now know that mindset, persistence, and the pursuit of being the best you in business and fitness is a game-changing life lesson!
To this day I still learn and grow. And I have an even greater desire to improve myself and to help those around me do the same. That’s why I’ve created The Fit Professional: this is a community, a place to learn, grow, gain confidence, dream and do big, and most importantly, get body-and business-fit.
I can’t wait to get to know you and be part of your journey. As a CEO, single mom, girlfriend, IFBB Pro Bikini Athlete, Coach, and more, I know that if I can do it, then you can do it too… so, without further ado, let’s get this party started!
Entrepreneur, IFBB Pro Bikini Athlete, Coach, Mom
About The Fit Professional
The Fit Professional is a community where you can learn, grow, gain confidence, dream and do big, and most importantly, get body-and business-fit. Our purpose is to be the guiding light and change agent for people who are ready to get their life back. We will lead by example, coach, and transform the knocked down to champions, the discouraged to the courageous, and the stuck to soaring… all through mind, body, and business.
The Fit Professional Mission
To be a mind, body, and business change agent.
At The Fit Professional, we believe:
– Anything is possible with hard work and persistence
– You can transform your body no matter how old you are or where you are starting from
– Personal and professional improvements go hand-in-hand with fitness
– In doing what you say
– In leading by example
– Small, mundane, daily tasks lead to big changes and results
– Success is not determined by how good or smart you are, but rather that you keep going, never look back, never quit, and persist until the end
– Strength is when nothing can disturb peace of mind or focus
– In daily gratitude
– The glass is always half full
– In making everyone we meet feel that there is something extraordinary in them