This year I turn 35, still feels wild to write that because I swear it was yesterday that I was 21, dancing up a storm in the club and breaking my heels on the dance floor (true story). Now you'll find me dancing up a storm in my living room to Cocomelon with my wild two year old mini named Cruz.
I live in Maple Ridge, where I grew up and am currently renovating a home where I'm bringing my pinterest dreams to life.
I LOVE cooking, mainly tacos, but I despise doing dishes. Champagne is my drink of choice when I'm not chugging fizz.
In short, I'm a mama, health coach, network marketer & your ultimate sassy cheerleader.
As for the health coach part. I don't give out diet plans, I don't own a scale, & I definitely don't believe you should be spending hours on a treadmill to see progress.
Back in 2017 I left the corporate health care world as a patient and family counsellor to pursue online coaching. I wanted to merge my love for mindset and movement together, and that's just what I did. I trialled a few methods before creating The Progress Project, a place where women can come to create sustainable progress monthly and have fun while doing it.
Grab a coffee, it's story time...
I’m going to take you back to when I was 14 years old, this is when it all began for me and my muscles. I wasn’t even of legal age yet when I walked into a local gym with my dad’s permission and a trainer’s supervision. I still have no idea what prompted this moment. Neither of my parents worked out, my friends didn’t have memberships and yet there I was determined to start making this small space filled with machines I had zero clue how to use a part of my daily routine.
I wasn’t overweight, but I was struggling in my own ways. Without realizing it the gym became my release, my therapy and it’s still my rock to this day.
From 14 into my twenties I’d continue to be that "fit girl". The one who carried protein bars in her purse at the nightclub, who modified her food orders, and who would workout in hostels while roaming the world. I didn’t ever see my healthy living as punishment, I was having fun and honestly - I felt amazing.
From competitions, losing my mom to a degree.
Fast forward a bit more to my late twenties and you’d find me experimenting with bodybuilding competitions all for the sheer fun of pushing my body to the next level.
The sparkly bikinis where my mom’s favorite pare, but for me it was the thrill of doing what I never thought I could do. It was shortly after she watched me place for provincials that she would get diagnosed with terminal cancer. She passed away 5 months later and it changed my world in indescribable ways.
I finished my degree and landed my dream career as a health care counsellor but felt anything but fulfilled.
About 6 months before landing this position I had started an Instagram just for the heck of it. I wanted it to be where I’d share my crazy, but fun workouts with zero intention of ever becoming a coach.
We all know how this ended, I became an online coach.
I officially left my career and became a coach...
I created many different programs in the past few years while navigating this new world of coaching.
I was constantly trying to find that secret sauce that taught women how to change their lifestyle, not just how to lose a few pounds.
I’m still wildly passionate about mindset and have it at the forefront in all that I do, but at the same time I’m also trying my best to show women they don’t need scales, diets, restrictions and all the fads to make that ultimate transformation.
Anyhow, I’ve been babbling for awhile now and if you don’t know yet, that secret sauce - well, that’s the Progress Project.
It’s my baby.
From there I’ve created some new advanced options, and dove further into my passion for mindset through mini courses and journals (my goal for 2020 is to get one published).
If you made it this far we are officially best friends!
We need to stop feeling like we are entitled to results we didn't earn. If we really want to create a different version of us, commitment and continuous effort is required. I promise it will be worth it.
- JessMake Progress Today!