The past few days I’ve been running this casual little Behind the Scenes Beachbody Coaching Q & A with some of my coaches. I love mentoring women to build this business and love answering questions about the business -- mostly because it’s super cool to break down those myths and misconceptions about coaching. I’ve loved it even more this week because right now especially, I am particularly aware of how this business has changed our lives.
Connecting the dots
In just a few weeks, our oldest daughter graduates from college. It’s an easy time to reflect on everything SHE has accomplished. It’s also the perfect time to connect the dots between what she’s been able to do and experience in high school and college and the growth of my Beachbody business.
Jenna discovered singing at age 3, sung in choirs from 3 to 18, and then stumbled onto Color Guard in high school. She came home with a flag in her hand her freshman year and boom! That was all she wrote.
These two passions - singing and Color Guard - brought with them some really cool opportunities.
Her talent, work ethic, and drive + my Beachbody coaching business = incredible life-changing experiences.
The past few months have been challenging for our middle daughter, Josie, and for us. Josie is an aspiring ballerina and has been training with Orlando Ballet for the last 18 months. Her hips have always bothered her but last fall, the pain in her left hip was unbearable to the point she couldn’t dance. The MRI revealed both a tear (later, we’d find out there were actually 2 tears) and fairly significant hip dysplasia. Both would require surgery and a lot of weeks of rehab. That meant no more dancing. That meant moving back home. That meant putting a dream that she’s worked toward for 17 years on hold.
Whether she is able to pursue ballet again or not isn’t the point. The point is that I am able to be there every step of that way, no matter what she does.
There is a direct and strong line between Josie’s ballet experiences and me pressing play, drinking a shake, reading a book, and having conversations every day.
Her talent, work ethic and drive + my Beachbody coaching business = incredible life changing experiences
Over the past 2 years, Jessy, our youngest, has truly found her passion - musical theater. Always a singer and always a performer, the two pieces of the puzzle didn’t fully come together until she made Carmel High School’s highest show choir, as a sophomore. That enormous vote of confidence, that enormous responsibility to level up, and that enormous opportunity to work with one of the best choral teachers in the country was the catalyst to move something she ‘liked’ into something she HAD to do. Everything sort of came together for her last year and she GOT it...musical theater was her passion. And just like sports, musical theater requires training and practice and high level coaches.
Her talent, work ethic, and drive + my Beachbody coaching business = incredible life changing experiences.
Our lives changed from “If” to “When”
There was a time when we couldn’t make it to the end of the month and pay our bills.
There was a time we had to ask our in-laws for a loan.
There was a time when I’d toss and turn all night, wondering how we were going to put our daughters in the places of most potential, how we were going to give them every shot possible at pursuing their passions.
Then this crazy little business called Beachbody fell into my life. And simply by pressing play, drinking a shake, reading a book and having a conversation, everything started to change. Funny how those small seemingly insignificant moments in life turn out to be the ones most memorable. That moment I decided to say yes to becoming a coach. Having no real idea what that meant or how it’d look in my life. Just saying yes and figuring it out along the way. Committing to putting Indiana on the map in the Team Beachbody World and working relentlessly to surround myself with a tribe of incredible women on a mission to live their best lives too.
And day by day, bit by bit, our lives changed from “If” to “When”.
This ‘little coaching thing’, as so many in my family called it and thought of it when I started, gave us HOPE and POSSIBILITY. The hope that we could CREATE the life we wanted to create and the knowledge that we had the tools to do it. The feeling that there was such great possibility and potential in this business, in this life, buried in US, and that this business could help us dig it out and let it shine to light the way for others. Most of all, that this coaching business could provide hope and possibility for these fearlessly fierce daughters of ours...these 3 brilliant young women who deserved every shot we could give them.
Maybe pressing play, drinking a shake, reading a book and having conversations doesn’t seem like something that could change lives. As my mentor Jeff Hill often says, we don’t usually know history is being made when we’re in the moment. Sometimes we don’t know how special something is when we’re just IN it. I didn’t know that saying yes to coaching was going to change my life on every level. And yet, those simple activities are building a legacy every day. What started 10 years ago at my kitchen table continues today with the same passion, the same fire...because knowing what this business has done for me, in our lives, for our daughters, makes me even MORE driven to make sure every person I can reach knows about it...and knows that THIS is for them too.
Are you ready to create your legacy? Reach out -- I’m here to help you create the life, the business, the legacy you want for yourself and your family.
No matter what, we are always stronger together.
Whether it’s coming off a team call where a#fiercefemale shared her knowledge to help a group of coaches she didn’t even know get better...
Or leaders coming together and locking arms to renew our energy and raise our bar...
Or just trying to get a little ball in a little hole using poles and a lot of team work...
We can go quickly alone.
But we can go FAR together. Wherever you are and whatever your jam, LEAN IN and lock arms. Find your fierce and help the other females in your life find theirs too.
When I started as a Beachbody coach, it felt like an amazing combination of doing what I love, on a bigger scale, to maybe earn some money. I didn't have huge big financial goals, even though we were struggling. My vision wasn't that big at that point. I just wanted to pay for the music I used in my fitness classes. Goodness knows, my paycheck from the YMCA didn't cover it. 😂 I wanted to buy new Nikes to wear when I taught and presented.
Not big goals or crazy dreams. Just small stuff. The stuff that would give me a little breathing room while I figured out how we could pay the bigger bills.
After awhile, because I was surrounded by amazing people who inspired me to dream a little bigger. Not much, just a bit. l began to raise my own bar just a bit.
▪️ What if this business could pay for the fun family stuff on the weekends, like the zoo and lunch out?
▪️ What if this business could pay for Josie's pointe shoes, school book fees, and maybe start a vacation fund?
▪️ What if this business could pay for a date night with my husband?
Even as my business has grown, this is the idea I still stand IN. That I still stand FOR.
The "What if". What if we could get some space to breathe? What if this business allowed me to do more of what I love? That's what it can do for ANYone.
▪️ Put gas in your car. Run errands without wondering if your card will be declined at every transaction.
▪️ Pay for your daughter's pointe shoes or her club soccer fees.
▪️ Pay for your son's piano lessons or football uniform.
▪️ Fund a hobby that is purely your own - painting, golf, antiquing, running, whatever YOU love - without feeling any guilt.
▪️ Go to a concert with your friends without dipping into the family budget.
▪️ Buy some NIke's because you feel like it.
▪️ Stop asking your husband for money because GIRL, this is 2017. Have your own damn money. Please. Seriously.
Stand up. Take a chance. Say yes. Do something for YOU. Because YOU, my fierce female, you are powerful. And you can rock the hell out of a side hustle that brings YOU joy. And changes your life.
9 years ago, my Beachbody team started at my kitchen table in Carmel, Indiana. We've grown to thousands of incredible coaches all across the United States and Canada, and SOON we will expand across the pond to the United Kingdom. Who would have thought that one small decision years ago would have such an amazing ripple affect across my life?
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Married to a college football coach, 3 daughters, Beachbody Master Trainer and Coach, Disney fanatic, aspire to inspire, serve others, and be a force of passion. Meet Julie!