Welcome to Friday’s Featured Female!
This weekly series features inspirational stories from admirable women. IMHO, it’s always good to be reminded of how strength, determination, hard work, heart and ingenuity can impact the quality of one’s life and I’m proud that these women will allow me to share their stories here.
Today I’m featuring Bobbi McCormick@nHerShoes.com. I met Bobbi at FitBloggin’ 2013 when we were Bootcamp partners. Something about her sunny smile (yes, she was even smiling during our workout) struck me. Usually the pretty and smiley girls are the ones I’d normally want to smack but there was a sense of purpose and joy that radiated from Bobbi and drew me in.
Since we met in 2013, Bobbi and I worked together on her Mama Shred 2014 and even though we’ve only managed to quickly say hello to each other at the few events where we’ve both in the same room, Bobbi is a blogger I admire – she seems to find a way to sustain her sense of joy in the midst of a very busy life in way that astounds and inspires.
Get to know this multifaceted gem right now! If you don’t already love Bobbi a little bit, you might find yourself a new girl-crush very, very soon.
Soooo, do you know Bobbi?
I am so excited to be guest posting as Melissa’s Friday’s Featured Female! My name is Bobbi McCormick and I blog over at nHerShoes, but I am kinda more in love with Instagram and love posting everything from yummy food, fun workouts, and a ton of pictures of my beautiful daughter Rylee-Joy.
I am one busy women who is trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle in a crazy busy world. I wear several different hats…or should I say shoes… every day as a wife, mom, cook, runner, blogger, small business owner, personal trainer, coffee fanatic, wine lover and kickboxing instructor!
Every day is a new beginning! By posting healthy recipes and workouts on my blog, I hope others will gain some insight on how they can say YES to a healthy lifestyle even if they are a busy-bee like me.
What I am all about right now… I embrace my mornings and look forward to a cup of Joe while getting my food from God’s Word. I need to workout, read, laugh, hug and smile at least once a day. I look forward to the unknown part of my life to come and feel blessed for everyday that has past.
I have had so many “A-ha” moments I could talk for hours, but I would say the biggest one was when I quit my full time job as a retreat coordinator almost two years ago to work for myself. It was always a dream of mine to step away and do fitness full time as well as being a stay at home. So how did I do it? A LOT OF FAITH and hard work!
Let me give you a bit of background – I started working as a full time retreat coordinator back in 2009 and I absolutely LOVED EVERY minute of it! I was a teacher before that, you can read all about that transition here.
Honestly this was one of the hardest decisions I had to make in a really long time. Like I said I loved my job as a retreat coordinator, but I also LOVE being a personal trainer/blogger! Forest Home (the retreat center) was such a huge part of my life, so I am wasn’t just leaving a job, I was leaving an amazing community!
I came to a place in my life where I was running around like a CRAZY women trying to balance being a wife, retreat coordinator, personal training clients, hosting Shred Groups, the Blog, Starting the Refresh Retreat, and also starting an awesome apparel business with my good friend Megan! Something just HAD to give.
I know a lot of other bloggers who had taken the big leap of faith to quit their full times jobs to pursue their DREAMS! Well friends, it was MY TURN! What I didn’t know was that we would get our daughter Rylee-Joy just two months after I quit.
We were in the process of adoption (you can read all about that here) and we had no idea when we would get matched so quickly. Quitting my job a little sooner and getting used to working on my own could not have been an easier transition. I had already started setting my at home work schedule and had a pretty great routine down. Now don’t get me wrong, adding an infant to that was quite the adjustment. I was blessed to have my husband home for 6 weeks, so we could get a routine down and bond with our little girl.
I have been staying at home full time with Rylee Joy and working full time from home as a personal trainer/blogger/retreat coordinator/small business owner for 18 months. Is it hard? Some days, but honestly it is the biggest JOY of my life. Doing what you love is so important, but I will tell you that it takes work. It doesn’t just happen over night, you have to WORK for it. You may have to wake up at the butt crack of dawn and go to bed past midnight some nights and drink loads of coffee to truly build your business and at the same time take care of your family. Yes, sleep is important and now that I have a groove down those late night shifts are very few, far and in between.
My dad used to tell me, “Rome wasn’t built in a day” and I didn’t understand what he was saying until I started working toward my dreams. It may not happen over night, but it CAN HAPPEN if you want it bad enough!
I alway tell people dream big…then DREAM BIGGER! Never underestimate yourself and surround yourself with people that encourage you and push you to do what you are passionate about. Life is too short!
“Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life”
Eat Clean. Sweat Often. Choose Joy!