Paying it forward – my way.

A big reason I tend to write with such passion on this blog?

Paying it forward – my way.

Sure, I may not be certified to be your personal trainer. Or offer you RD-approved nutrition tips and tricks for healthy eating. But what I can offer? Personal experiences that have evolved me into the woman I am today: the fit, healthy, strong, happy and confident woman I am today.

This confidence and strength didn’t happen overnight. Don’t let me fool you. It’s taken me years and years to get to a place where I can look in the mirror and say “I like that person smiling back at me, today.” This is my proudest moment to date: the day I stopped being afraid, the day I befriended the mirror, the day I fell in love with myself. A day I never thought I’d ever see — something only dreams could possibly be made of.

So I pay it forward – my way.

On this blog. I write from the heart. I draw from personal experiences alone. I strive to help others in any way, big or small, that I can. And, if something I say on this blog resonates with just one person. Just once. I’ve paid it forward.

Through the weekly barre n9ne rundates my sister and I host at the studio. To help other beautiful, strong, fit women recognize their own inner strength through running. My heart soars every time I hear them talk about building up their run-durance, doing the run/walk thing and sticking to it, feeling proud of every minute they ran vs. walked. It reminds me to always stay humble, to always appreciate and show gratitude for my own ability to walk, to run, to race – 5ks, 5-milers, half marathons, and soon – a full marathon.

In the barre n9ne studio and on the barre n9ne challenge forum – our budding little home for words of encouragement, inspiration and rounds of applause as each woman achieves a new milestone. It could be sticking it out during the shake at the barre; or losing an incredible amount of inches after their own 60-day challenge (like mine); or learning to love their food log for the tool that it is — a tool of empowerment, where food becomes a tool, a fuel-booster, and not something that controls you in any shape or form.

And, as a FitFluential Ambassador – something I haven’t delved into too much just yet on the blog, but let me tell you – in the short time I’ve been a proud member of this community, it has opened my eyes to a whole new world of opportunity to continue to pay it forward.

…which is what this blog is all about – my “audition” if you will, to pay it forward on a much grander scale. To write for a broader audience than my own – drawing from my personal experiences that have lead me to this place: a place of strength, passion, and conviction.

Because if this blog — EatDrinkBreatheSweat – stands for nothing else – it stands for breath(ing): Breathing in your own inner beauty. And drawing strength from it. Breathing in every moment of your day as if it were your last. And showing gratitude for each day. And, Breathing through those moments in life that become life changers, evolutiondrivers. Much like the moments I’ve described above that brought me to this amazing place I am in today.

Paying it forward – my way.

37 thoughts on “Paying it forward – my way.

  1. What a great post. I love your writing style and, furthermore, I love you for you. You don’t need the certifications to motivate people to do big, sometimes scary things. I’m honored to call you a fellow blogger and my friend!!

    • Thank you friend, that means so much coming from you. I sincerely do try to just always write from the heart, always staying true to who I am and what I am passionate about and I’m SO glad that it comes through that way as a reader!

  2. I loved this post, Jess. What’s really great about someone like you is that you don’t even need a post like this to sell yourself. On any given day, someone can come to your blog and see the passion in your writing. The one thing I’ve learned over the past couple of years that of anything in the world, support and inspiration are the two things that will get people to change. Lack of willpower is a stupid excuse. We all have willpower. What it is, is that they lack support and haven’t been inspired. This is why I love your blog and love you.

    • You are absolutely right about support and inspiration — it can make all the difference in someone’s attitude towards embracing change and evolving as a person. Willpower *is* an excuse (or lack of it). If you want it (whatever “it” may be) badly enough, you’ll do what it take to get there.

      Thank you friend, I heart you too!

    • Thank you my friend, I’m so glad you liked it!! It was a LOT harder to write than I thought, though once I started getting the words down on paper, the rest just flowed and flowed. 🙂

  3. I love this post! So perfectly written and passionate. So SO true, you don’t need any title or anything to inspire and motivate. It’s almost more real when you don’t have those things to back it up, just RESULTS and motivation and drive. Awesome sis.

    • Exactly. I always speak from the heart and bring to the table my own motivation for constantly embracing change in my own life and use that as an example to inspire and motivate others to seek that change when they’re ready to full embrace it. I don’t need a degree or certification for that, I just need passion, something I like to think I have a LOT of. 🙂

  4. Sharing our personal experiences is the single most powerful way to connect with, and motivate, our peers – in my opinion 😉 I love this. Keep it comin’!

  5. You look fantastic in those pictures!!

    Paying it forward doesn’t need to come with credentials. You’re doing an awesome job motivating people and walking the talk. 🙂

    • Thank you! Paying it forward is such a focus for me. I am so grateful for where I am in life and just want to help others get there, to truly make peace with who they are, to embrace their uniqueness and to smile the next time they face the mirror.

  6. This is a great perspective.
    When I did my dissertation research, I used a methodology of narrative inquiry—it was basically the study of lifestyle choices (why women chose to have healthy habits) through having them tell their stories. It’s so true that the way we evolve is by telling our own and listening to (or reading…or watching, I suppose) other people’s stories. We can sort of experience the experiences of others by learning and applying things to our own lives….it’s the best thing about blogging (as long as we select the blogs to read that we want to learn from!!). Which is why I keep coming back to yours 🙂

    • Wow. This is probably my most favorite blog comment I’ve ever received! I would LOVE to read your dissertation, it sounds incredible and SO full of insight, seriously. I love the idea of experiencing eachother’s experiences and applying those learnings to our own lives. You’ve pretty much summed up what I LOVE about blogging and why I’m so passionate about it. You are awesome!

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