Hello, Confident People 🙂
The Origin Story
I was born and raised in a small town in Southern Utah. I'm the oldest of 5 children and if you where to ask anyone in my hometown what I'm know for, it for being a state champion in wrestling.
After high school, I moved to the "big city". There I worked at a salt factory by night, and went to massage school by day. The biggest thing I learned during this time of my life was how dedicated I could be to a goal once I set my mind to it. I would work a 12 hour shift at night, drive home, shower, and attend an 8 hour school day. I was able to maintain this schedule for a majority of a year. Some may ask, "When did you sleep?" Well, it was on the massage table :).
A couple years after graduating massage school, I landed a job with Steiner Leisure, a spa company that runs a majority of the spas on the largest cruise ships in the world. I worked for 3 years as a massage therapist, and 1 year as a spa manager.
My Vision:Empowering Millennials to Own Their Power and Potential, So that they May Create Transformation Impact in Today's World!
Cruisin' The Seas
At the age of 21, I boarded a plane in Colorado Springs, CO. As I settled in to my seat, I found myself looking out the small airplane window and realized my life would never e the same. I told my self, "From this moment on, I will move forward without regrets. I will make the most of this life."
Hours after leaving Colorado Springs, I landed in London, England. There, I spent the next 6-weeks training at at the Steiner Leisure facilities. While there, I met people from all over the world, partied like there was not tomorrow, and learned what it was to be who I wanted to be.
After completing the training, I was assigned my first ship, The Celebrity Millennium. Myself and a fitness trainer boarded a plane in London and found ourselves on our way to Venice, Italy. The next four years of my life were full of adventure, hard work, self-doubt, questionable choices, and lots of memories.
Livin' in the City of Angeles
INTERIOR: POOL DECK OF THE SPLENDOR OF THE SEAS (cruise ship) - NIGHT - MOVING
The cruise ship glides through the calm waters of the Caribbean Ocean. The water reflects slices of the full-moon through the windows surrounding the pool deck where crew members of The Star of the Sea find themselves dancing to some sick beat, swimming in the pool, chilling in the hot tubs, and chatting at the poolside bar.
Rose, a dancer new to the ship, is sitting at the bar soaking up the good vibes add enjoying her first crew party. Ozro, the spa manager, see Rose sitting alone and decides to introduce himeself, he too is new to the ship and wants to get to know the other crew members.
(sits himself in the vacant seat next to Rose)
Hi, my name is Oz, what's your story?
(tilts her head and smiles)
Hi, my name is Rose. You know, no one has ever straight up asked me that. Hmm, what's my story?
(Listening to Rose share her story)
Wow, thanks for sharing. Being that your new to the cruise ship life, might I say, you're going to have a lot of fun. On that note, tomorrow we are in St. Thomas. would you like to grab lunch with me and I'll show you around?
Yes, I'd like that.
---And so, began their relationship---
This is how I met the girl who inspired me to move to Los Angeles, CA. To move to LA in 2007, I had to turn down an opportunity to manage the spa aboard a ship that was going to be cruising around Hawaii... Such is young love :).
In the end, it didn't work out between her and I. For my part, I still had a lot of growing up to do. I went from living on a cruise ship to living in one of the biggest cities in the world. Let's just say, I didn't adjust well. Nevertheless, once I got settled in LA, I began to feel that I was born to live in the City of Angeles.
Accepting My Limitations
The day is March 14, 2014. I'm at the DMV in Santa Monica, CA to renew my license. The next thing I know my driver's license is being revoked because my physical vision has deteriorated to the point where I am legally blind, and therefore not able to drive.
This was devastating news. I knew my vision was getting worse, but did not want to admit that it had gotten that bad. You see, I have a genetic imbalance that causes a deterioration of my retina. So, obviously, my ability to see well on the road is limited. It was hard to accept and even harder to start to share this weakness with others.
Thankfully, I came across Brene Brown's work on shame and vulnerability and slowly began to accept my new circumstances and share my struggles with others. Does this mean I'm unshaken by the challenges of being legally blind? NO! However, I have developed a gritt and determination that I would have never guest.
Embracing My Strengths
Have you ever read a book and them came back to it years later and find that the book 'has changed'. This happened to me. Years ago, I read the book, 'Strength Finder" and I took the assessment. At the time, I didn't really do much with it. Fast forward many years, and I find myself in a Marketing class at Cal State LA. One of the assigned books is "Strength Based Leadership".
The refocus on my strengths came at a perfect time, because a few months earlier, I began to acknowledge my own needs, wants, and desires. I mean REALLY acknowledge them to myself - without apology. For example, I want to be seen and heard! I want to know I have had an impact on people's lives. I want to be the best and I hate losing. I also acknowledged that I'm a great listener and have a gift when it comes to deeply understanding a person.
All this came into clear focus once I learned what my Top 5 Strengths are. Take a look below and you'll see what I'm talking about.