National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

2018 NASM OPTIMA Conference Keynote

Keynote from NASM OPTIMA 2018 Conference

Never in a million years did I think I would have the opportunity to share my story with my peers… Words can’t quite describe the feeling of gratitude I have for this experience.

Up until several years ago I didn’t even think I belonged in this industry. I constantly compared myself to everyone around me and always felt like I wound up short. I wasn’t smart enough to be here was the story I told myself EVERY single day. The self-doubt was incredibly real for me for years and it wasn’t until I made a decision to focus on my bigger mission, the reason I came into this industry in the first place, that things started to shift. I began to place value on the aspects of my work that brought me JOY, the things I was most PASSIONATE about and I ran with them.

It was always my goal to get the world to JUST MOVE and there was no way I could continue to let insecurities get in the way of that mission.

So to be standing there Saturday morning in front of my peers was an incredibly emotional experience to say the least. Thank you so much to EVERY SINGLE ONE of you who were there. You were so open, accepting and vulnerable with me. It was such a beautiful moment and I am forever grateful to have shared it with you all.💜