Hello Beautiful Soul!
I’m so glad our paths finally crossed. With that said, I don’t think there are any coincidences in life. I believe you are here for a reason that’s much bigger than you and me.
My name is Laura Jackson. I’m a personal trainer, writer, nutrition coach, 17x fitness competitor and self-love advocate.
After experiencing my own transformation over a decade ago, I now find absolute joy and fulfillment in empowering other women to become the best version of themselves. I truly believe one of the quickest ways to feeling good is through self-love and self-care practices.
You may have come here to lose some weight, feel better in a bikini or to improve your self-confidence. If this is the case, I want to commend you. Goals are the juice of life! They play such an important role in our growth as human beings.
But I’m curious. Have you ever said to yourself: “I’ll be happy when…”?
I admit, this sentence ruled my life for years. I didn’t know how to be happy without a gigantic goal in front of me. And before I accomplished one goal I was already onto the next. Can you relate?
I was relying on external factors to bring me joy. But after hitting the stage year after year as a fitness competitor, I eventually realized that a six pack of abs could not make me feel worthy, happy or fulfilled. This prompted me to go to work on myself. I began to read books, listen to podcasts while attending seminars and retreats. I also worked with some of the top coaches in fitness, personal development and business. And although I spent many years in school, I didn’t have a very good grasp on who I was, what I wanted for myself or how I could make an impact in the world by having a purpose. But once I began to work on myself, my mindset and beliefs began to shift. Eventually I began to let go of the stories and fears that were holding me back.
Once I peeled back the layers and discovered the reason ‘why’ I was put on this planet, I found myself waking up before my alarm clock with feelings of excitement, happiness and gratitude. My passion for fitness and writing wasn’t by chance. I realized I was given these gifts as a way to educate and inspire others to become the best version of themselves. Once I shifted my focus to help others, everything changed. And through the power of meditation and personal development, I realized I could be happy ‘right now’ without being attached to a goal or outcome.
Most of us set specific objectives because we want to feel a certain way. It’s human nature and how many of us were raised. But what you may not realize is that we can actually choose to feel that way immediately, on the way to achieving our goals. When we appreciate the growth that we experience each day and let go of expectations or a specific outcome, we release anxiety and fear. And when we have faith that everything will work out the way it should and trust that perhaps the universe has an even better plan for us, we can relax, sit back and have fun along the way!
So what if I told you that you too can be happy before you achieve your goal? Have I got your attention? I thought so!
In my opinion, we have it all backwards. Most of us start a new diet or exercise plan and hope for the best without really knowing “why” we want to accomplish our goal. And we believe that a certain size waist, a number on the scale or a trophy will somehow make us feel worthy, significant and loved. The problem with this philosophy is that it focuses on an outcome along with feelings of lack.,
When we turn it around and focus on what we already have while appreciating where we are at in the present moment, we actually attract more abundance into our lives without having to control or force anything.
And when we dig deep and find the emotional reason behind our goals, we are much more likely to take inspired action. How does that sound for a change? Refreshing, right?! In other words, before you hit the treadmill, you may want to consider a mindset makeover.
With many years of experience in the fitness industry, I can definitely give you incredible workouts and a diet that will give you amazing results. This is the strategy most fitness professionals implement with their clients. And although it may work for some (or temporarily), it’s really just a band-aid solution. We need to go much deeper when it comes to achieving long-lasting and sustainable results. True transformation begins on the inside; when we change our thoughts, feelings and beliefs about who we are and what we can accomplish.
When I began to apply this principle to my own life, I experienced a significant shift. I finally put an end to the vicious cycle of yo-yo dieting and self-sabotage. This is something I’ve struggled with for years and have kept to myself. But my ‘A-ha” moment came to me when I realized that the void I had been filling with food was now being replaced with self-love and joy.
When you commit to being happy on a daily basis and realize it’s a choice, you will lose weight with ease; exercise will become a must and you will choose nutrient dense foods that nourish and support your body. The best part of all is that these healthy lifestyle habits will spill over into all other aspects of your life. When we are happy, relaxed and carefree, we do more of the stuff that gets us closer to achieving the health and body we desire.
Now, if it’s ok with you, I’d love to share my personal transformation story.
Although I’ve been active most of my life and a certified personal trainer since the age of 22, I wasn’t always fit or healthy. In fact, prior to my 30th birthday, I started to gain some weight.
Looking back, this was the wakeup call I needed to change the way I was living my life. Around the same time, I remember feeling inspired by the cover of a fitness magazine. I thought to myself, “What would happen if I really went for it? When you visualize what you want, it quickly becomes your reality.
At the time, the thought of staying the same was way more painful than any diet or exercise program I was about to embark on. And although I knew “why” I was ready to change, I didn’t know “how” I was going to get there. But looking back, it didn’t really matter. All I needed was an ounce of belief in myself and a burning desire to achieve my goal.
At the time of my own transformation, I was on a mission to lose a few pounds and discover my abs. But what I didn’t realize was that my new healthy habits would have a ripple effect into other areas of my life. Once I started to show up for myself, I was able to show up for my life and others in a whole new way.
I now realize it wasn’t about the physical transformation at all. It was about whom I was becoming as a person on the way to achieving a healthier version of myself.
By transforming both my body and my mindset, I tapped into a sense of confidence and self-esteem that I didn’t even know was there.
In fact, the woman I wanted to become was there all along hiding under layers of fear, feelings of not being good enough, not pretty enough, not skinny enough, not smart enough and not worthy enough. At some point in my life, I stopped dreaming about my future and started to believe these false stories about myself.
However, once I let go of these limiting beliefs, everything changed. I had the desire to do the tough workouts, fuel my body with healthy food and trust in the process. This taught me the value of consistency and habits. And every time I stepped out of my comfort zone, I experienced tremendous personal growth, while setting the bar a little higher each time.
Once I decided to take the leap, let go and trust in the process, both my body and my life transformed before my eyes.
But in order to fully change, I knew I had to do the scary stuff. I had to conquer my fears head on. For me, it was walking across a stage in stilettos and a two-piece bikini, while standing in front of a panel of judges. Although I’ve walked across the stage many times, this still freaks me out! But at the same time, it’s one of the most empowering experiences I’ve ever had. When you let go of fear, something miraculous happens. You level up in all areas of your life.
The second most empowering experience was my very first professional photoshoot. I believe every woman needs to do this at some point in her life. I felt sexy, confident, beautiful, empowered and unstoppable.
Throughout the transformation process, I learned another valuable lesson: it’s OK to fail. In fact, it’s part of the journey when we’re on our way to becoming our ‘best self’. Either we can live with the pain of regret, or we can live with the temporary pain we endure on our way to achieving our goals. I choose the latter…. it’s way more fulfilling and fun!
So no matter what stage you’re at in life, I assure you it’s never too late for a transformation. I can honestly say I have way more energy, passion, strength and stamina now than I did in my 20s and 30s.
And when you feel good about yourself, you’re better able to serve others. Now I’m here to serve you as you embark on your own health and fitness journey.