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Yesterday, I found out that I have been accepted into an exclusive mentorship being offered on my team!
I never imagined I would be a leader. Being an overweight and shy girl growing up, I always felt more comfortable being behind the scenes or in the background where I could hide my insecurities. The truth was, as much as I thought I was okay with just existing, I longed for so much more. I always dreamed of being my own boss where I could have the opportunity to do some good in the world. But I never actually thought that could become my reality until now.
When I became a coach, I struggled with thinking that no one would take me seriously because of the way I look and my personal insecurities. Through a leader mentorship I participated in earlier in my coaching career, I had to deal with letting go of all of the fears I had been holding to that were keeping me from moving forward. It was tough and I had to come to terms with a lot of things that I saw as my weaknesses. Looking back at that now, I know those weaknesses are actually my strengths that I've accepted and used to get me to where I am now. I've found that others do see my passion. They see my commitment. And most importantly, they are inspired by me. I have a solid team of coaches under me who share this same passion and clients who look to me to lead them on their own health journeys. How cool is that?
For me to be accepted into this mentorship is huge! For starters, I'm one of only three people who met all of the qualifications required to be accepted. One of three. Coming from a team with over 400 coaches, this feels pretty damn good! I am being given the opportunity to spend the next month learning how I can become a stronger leader for my own team. I get to work alongside of a few of the top coaches in my upline and within the Beachbody organization (each one of these ladies is in the top 5,000 coaches in the company!).
To say this is an honor is an understatement. To say I'm lucky would be a lie. Being accepted into this group had nothing to do with luck. I worked hard for this. I saw this opportunity and I knew I had to be a part of it because I know for a fact that other coaches aren't being given the same type of education and guidance. It's something that is so valuable to me that there was no way I could let this slip out of my grasp. I made sure I stayed committed to reaching this goal. I remained consistent with my business. I did it. And I'm so proud.
This afternoon, I learned of the passing of a local woman who succumbed to a brief and hard-fought battle with cancer. She was a wife. She was a mom to three young children under the age of 6. By the posts I'm seeing on social media, she was so admired and so loved by all who knew her.
I never had an opportunity to meet this remarkable woman, although we had many mutual friends. But hearing that her battle has ended makes my heart so incredibly heavy. You may wonder, why? This happens all the time and you're right, it does. But when I look at this woman who I didn't know, I can't help but think to myself, that could be me. At any moment, my time here could come to an end.
Do I want to leave this world knowing that the puzzle my daughter wanted to do with me is left unfinished because I was too busy or too tired? How will I feel if that silly argument about dirty dishes goes unresolved and I don't get to apologize for being angry? Every moment of every day, we have a choice. We decide what we say and how we spend our time with those we love. I know that I never want those I will leave behind one day to ever question how much I love them.
Life is a blessing. No matter how rough it may get, you are here and if you're not making every second count for something, well, then you are missing out on what it means to truly live.
Rest In Peace, Samantha.