Well, I don’t technically have a “before and after picture”, because you can’t quite capture confidence in a photo. EverBody’s has completely changed my self-esteem! Being a stay-at-home mom to Landon for 5 years and not knowing what I wanted for a career at 29 years old made me wonder if I even had anything to offer. I’ve always just put one foot in front of the other and followed my intuition without much of a plan.
I’ve been working out at EverBody’s since 1998 and I’ve learned a lot from my bodybuilder husband (Shawn) since then! The education kept coming when the gym needed me to fill in and work as an instructor and eventually a personal trainer. My gracious, was I nervous in the beginning! I ‘m not one to be in front of people or have the right words, which is why I really had to think outside the box when it came to this being my career! It’s funny what you end up doing just because you want to share your passion and help people! I just thought I’d be sharing fitness, but it became being a public speaker, being a mentor, helping people in many areas of their lives, growing a second family, sharing in people’s joys and sorrows, and everything I’m putting out comes back 10 fold! Having my family and “EverBody’s family” encourage me and let me know I could do it made me feel so strong and confident! EverBody’s has empowered me to go out of my comfort zone in a way I never thought possible! I can’t say I’m never nervous any more, but I can say I’m having the time of my life, I love what I do, and my career never feels like “work”! Boy am I glad I didn’t plan everything out. This career found me in the right moment, the way it was supposed to happen!
To me, confidence isn’t thinking you’re perfect…. It’s loving yourself enough to know it’s okay that you’re not! Working at a gym might not be what you’re looking for, but if you’re looking for a place to belong, a place where people lift you up, a place where you can burn some calories, learn more about health and fitness, and have fun all at the same time…. Then, this is the place for you!
P.S. I’ve decided since I don’t have a before and after, I’ll post a picture of dancing because it’s one of my “tru” passions! I teach dance meditation at the gym and this dance is another huge part of my life that helped with my confidence, compassion for others, open-mindedness, and just understanding life a little more! These pictures were taken this past Saturday, only 2 days after my father-in-law passing away. Everyone at the gym has been so supportive and caring during this difficult time in my family’s life. My co-workers have covered my duties at the gym so I can be with loved ones and we’ve felt the out pour of love and prayers from the staff and members. We just want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts! - Kelly Perryman