Individual Skill Development and Enhancement
I grew up in Milwaukee, WI and had a hard childhood. I was the only child in an impoverished household that separated when I was in second grade. I grew up fast and independent. My mother was abused by someone outside of the home, sleeping 20 hours a day, and my dad an alcoholic. I struggled for a long time with self-worth and identity.
I started my own journey in high school while living in a hotel with my father. It was the mentality of “if it’s going to be, it’s up to me” first set in when I made the decision to dive into my fitness and pursue college. It was the first time I believed I took responsibility for my position and decided that I wanted more. I was accepted into MU for mechanical engineering but transitioned into exercise physiology.
Fast forward a decade and after graduating with my bachelors, I began managing the fitness center within a local, non-profit Native American health clinic. It was a role that catalyzed a tremendous amount of personal and professional growth, providing me an opportunity to continue to learn while providing value. I built the studio of my dreams, helped start and develop a thriving youth program, participate as an active leader within my community, and slowly reshape how our clinic perceived fitness within a broader conversation of preventative care and wellness. I was able to become the idealized self I created in high school.
On this journey I have developed tools and strategies that have helped along my path, most notably self-awareness practices, habits around play, and a sense of discipline that has been cultivated for over a decade. I have also experienced my own self-imposed setbacks or roadblocks along the way. I was a promoter for live music events in Milwaukee, during this time I had my own experiences with drug abuse and self-medication. Over time, I found I don’t enjoy those experiences like I used to and live a sober lifestyle. One of my favorite hobbies I have developed over the years is sitting home with my cat making music on my computer.
Although initially low self-esteem pushed me into fitness, the evolution of my practice and pursuit of self-mastery has ultimately been my catalyst towards transformation. I am very much looking forward to this opportunity, not just to support people on their path to growth, but to hopefully assist in creating support systems for individuals who need it.
This individual is an Independent Contractor through Milwaukee Turners.