Every now and then, you meet someone who gives you hope that society and people as a whole are better than you think. Throw out that age-old idea that people are only looking out for themselves and ignore the pessimists that claim people are selfish, greedy, and cold. Because once in a while, once in a blue moon, someone comes into your life who restores your faith in humanity (sorry for the cliche) and makes you think, “Hey, there ARE still some really good people in this world.” We have all met people like this, and I’m sure as you read this, you are thinking of that one person right now that you yourself have encountered that has helped you see the “good” in all of the not-so-good things happening in the world today.
So, for the third installment of my “Through New Eyes” project, is a friend of mine who I have always looked up to and have always been in awe with for the simple fact that she takes time to get to know everyone that she meets and puts her heart into everything…in a way, you could say she is my “faith in humanity” person. I met Lindsey when I was working at a local restaurant in my hometown, and ever since, she has shown me to always look for the good in people, and to always try to inspire and push people to their very greatest potential.
Lindsey grew up in Medina, Ohio, about 30 minutes south of Cleveland, although it was always a dream of hers to travel the world; to see what else what was out there and to experience everything life had to offer. That dream and determination to travel led her to her now husband, Elvin! A friend of Lindsey’s had posted something on Facebook about joining the army, and after hearing about all the travel benefits and financial perks to joining the armed forces, that’s all it took her to start looking into the Air Force. Low and behold, right before she was going to see a recruiter, she met someone who was already in the Air Force, and they immediately hit it off. Twelve weeks later, they were walking down the aisle, and after 3 and half years of marriage (and the cutest little boy ever!), they now live in England, and will be there for the next four years because of her husband’s new orders.
Here is her story, in her own words…
How is life over in England? Have you found it easier or harder than you thought to get adjusted to everything over there?
Let’s just say England is one of the most gorgeous places I’ve ever been to (Although, overseas, I haven’t been to too many)! The weather and climate has taken some getting use to. It didn’t even get into the 70’s until around the 4th of July for the first time! When we first moved I thought the time difference (we’re 5 hours ahead of EST) would be hard to adjust to, especially with a two year old, but it was surprisingly easy! Only took a few days. Being able to wake up at a decent hour might have to be contributed to the fact that the sun starts to rise around 3:30am over here so by 4:30am it’s as if someone is shining a flashlight into your eyes! Oh and they drive on the opposite side of the road! We bought a European car as well, so the steering wheel is also on the opposite side than we’re use to. Let’s just say I’m finally able to drive without having to second guess every move I’m making, I’m not swiping curbs anymore, and the bicyclists see me coming and automatically know to just get out of the way now! *Wink*
How did you go about finding a house? Did you get to see a photo of it before you moved in?
The military has many resourced available to families that are PSCing to a new country. Websites that list all the houses available for rent in the local areas was where we found ours! The pictures didn’t quite do it justice! The house we found is about 20 minutes away from Base and has 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. Very roomy!! Only downside is closet space is almost non-existent. Actually storage space in general in England is very limited. We’ve had to strap a couple tool belts on and turn into real life Handy Manny’s on several occasions so far!
Where and how have you met other people over there?
FACEBOOK!! Facebook has been my lifesaver. There are a plethora of groups specifically for the Base here in England ranging from Spouse/mommy groups all the way to yard sale groups. Between interacting on those pages and meeting people in one of the workout classes I take on Base I’ve been able to grow my friend list exponentially in the last few months! Although it’s not hard to make new friends in the military, you have to! Moving every 3-4 years I think opens your eyes and heart to how important it is to have a support system. It’s not uncommon for a complete stranger to walk up to you and say “Hi, I’m Susie and we’re new here! Want to get together for coffee tomorrow?”
Have you had time to travel around England at all?
The first 5-6 weeks, no. We only had one vehicle the first month and a half Trey and I were here so during the week when Elvin was working, we had to keep around the house. Since then though, we’ve been a lot of places! Cambridge, Nottingham, Leeds, Bury St. Edmunds, Norwich, several different beaches on the east coast (about an hour’s drive from us) and I’m doing the London 5K Color Run on Sunday July 14th! The 11 is my birthday so next weekend Elvin is planning on taking us into London for a few nights to sightsee. Living in England is looking like the ultimate spot to live if you want to travel. Everything is very close to our fingertips and surprisingly cheap to get from one place to another!
So let’s talk about your job. You are a Beachbody coach, right? What is Beachbody and how did you hear about it initially?
Beachbody is the company that makes popular workout programs like P90X, Insanity, TurboFire, etc. So, when I was pregnant with Trey back in the fall of 2010, I had a friend who said she had bought this at home workout program called Insanity. I had kind of chuckled at the time because I had never thought of working out at home to be that effective. I had always believed that to really get that good workout in you needed to physically go to a gym and use their equipment. Prior to getting pregnant I liked to hit up the gym a few times a week but knew that with a baby, it would be difficult, if not impossible to get there. I figured my days of trying to be fit would have to be put on hold.
This friend I mentioned earlier said that I should try this workout she was doing at home once I had the baby. She told me a little about it and sparked my interest when she said it was one of the BEST workouts she had ever done. So that Christmas I ordered Insanity with the intention of starting it the second the doctor gave me the A-okay to do so. Up to that point, it was the BEST THING I HAVE EVER INVESTED IN! I lost all of my baby weight and started to see my body change right before my eyes. A body that I never thought I could possibly see after having a baby! The best part was, it wasn’t JUST my body changing, my moods were better, I had more energy, I was sleeping better (well the best anyone could sleep with a newborn in the house), and I could feel myself getting stronger. I had never actually experienced that high you get after a really good, sweaty workout. You know the kind, right?? So it was in that way that I was first introduced to the company Team Beachbody.
What pushed you from just doing the workouts to actually becoming a coach?
I had my “ah-ha” moment one day when I was talking to someone who had came to ME asking ME about advice on her workouts. I sat back and really thought about how common it was becoming for people to automatically come to me asking for fitness advice. I wasn’t an expert. I didn’t have any kind of nutrition training or background. My friends and family just knew me as the one who loved to worked out and stay active so I was automatically branded as the “go to” person when it came for a little extra motivation or advice. It was THEN that it hit me! I’m already coaching! I’m already doing exactly what these other coaches on my friend’s list are doing. The only difference is they are getting paid and I’m not! Holy Moses, why haven’t I jumped on this sooner?! The concept of working out everyday, eating healthy, and encouraging those around me to do the same AND getting paid to do it completely blew my mind! That “ah-ha” moment happened last fall, but with the big move to England coming up, I didn’t want to jump into something that I wouldn’t be able to give 100% to, so I put it on hold until April of this year.
How do you balance working on Beachbody, doing your workouts, and hanging out with Trey and Elvin?
I’ll be honest in saying this is my weak point; balancing work and family. I’ve spent the last two months trying to find that balancing line between the two! It seems there are so many things I want to do but not enough hours in the day to do them! I’m currently going through a 30 day Push Challenge with Chalene Johnson (creator of TurboJam, TurboFire, ChalenEXTREME etc.). She is really helping me dig deep to figure out what my top priorities and goals are and then is showing me how to turn them in realty through time management tools like to-do lists, schedules, daily goals, monthly goals and yearly goals. I was always a “list person” before, but now I’m becoming even more serious about it! I have my “working hours” and have those working hours scheduled out to a T. I know exactly what I need to get accomplished during that hour or two in the middle of the day while Trey is napping. My goal is to be able to focus on my business 100% during those set hours, and focus on everything and everyone else in my life outside of that time. It’s really been a struggle for me though like I said. I’m the kind of person that likes to take on too much at one time and it definitely carries over into my family life. I’m working on it though!
If someone wants to start a workout program, but has no idea what they want to do, how do you find the right program?
I just find out what their goals are! What do they want to accomplish? What are their dreams? If they could be ANYWHERE or ANYTHING in 6 months or a year’s time, where would they want to be? What is their ultimate dream? If money was not an issue, if time was not an issue, if life events were not an issue, what would they truly want for themselves? Once that is out in the open and established we talk about what kind of activities sound fun to them. Working out does not have to be, well a work out! Beachbody has so many variations of programs to choose from there is bound to be one that’s perfect for them.
What is a day in your life like?
Exciting, busy, fun, spontaneous, scheduled, and rewarding! You’re probably thinking “she just contradicted herself at least twice!” That’s the beauty of planning your day out. I schedule in my to-do’s and the important things that need to get done, but still leave time open where spontaneous ideas could take us anywhere (well as long as we’re back by dinner time *wink*).
I have a passion for fitness. The feeling I have after a great workout is just awesome. I’m not going to lie and tell you I’m great in the kitchen though, because I really stink at cooking! But where my cooking may lack in nutrition, my family is able to make up for it by drinking Shakeology (A crazy good dense-packed superfood shake that has over 70 all natural ingredients that your body needs in order to perform at its very best) everyday! My true dream is to help as many people as I can, realize the importance of making daily exercise and clean eating a lifestyle (making six digits a year is just the bonus)!!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Oh man, I’ve asked myself this question over and over again the last couple months. I think it comes down to where I want my family to be by then. My main thing is to be financially free. All of my student loans, all of my credit cards, and any other debt I may have will be completely paid off. I will be making $8-10K a week (yes, I said a WEEK)! Also, Being in the military, we’ve been given an open door where the whole World is just on the other side. I want to see things and go places and experience different cultures around the World!
I want to be able to open and jump through that door knowing that money isn’t an issue.
Second, I want to look back and have no regrets. I want to know that I spent every second that I could helping and watching Trey grow. This loops back around to me making enough money to where I can stay home with him everyday and do just that!
Third, I want to be able to look back and know that I’ve genuinely made an impact on other people’s lives. That I’ve somehow, in one way or another, pushed them to become a better person and shown them that no dream is too big and as long as they believe in themselves, anything is possible!!
Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars and change the world.”
**Check out what Lindsey is doing at http://www.lindseyrosefitness.com or find her on Instagram @lindzrose