Hi! Thanks for stopping by!¬†I want to tell you a little bit about myself, because it wouldn't be any fun to explore this page without knowing who's behind it... that's called stalking ūüėČ I would love to introduce myself as one thing, but the truth is, I wear many different hats, and I love it that way.¬† I am first and foremost a Lover and Follower of Jesus, who has given me so much more than I could ever deserve. I am also a wife, fitness lover, travel junkie, nurse, and a creative (crazy) mind.

 

When I started this healthy living thing a little over 3 years ago, I was just looking for happiness. I guess that's no surprise - aren't we all? Webster and all his friends define happiness as "a state of well being and contentment". I don't know about you, but contentment is not the first word that comes to mind when I visualize happiness. For me, it's about loving life. It's the day in and day out of this crazy, beautiful, complicated life. It's the unshaken desire to do more, give more, be more, help more, and love more - and do it all with a crazy amount of passion. So I decided to give up everything that was sure, and dive in head first to some new adventures. I guess I better start with a backstory - no one wants to see the end of the movie first, right?

 

I had spent all of my pre-teen and teenage years being unhealthy. Eating fast food, smoking, drinking, experimenting with different drugs - you name it, I probably tried it. As if that mess wasn't enough, I was involved in a physically and mentally abusive relationship for years, and it really shaped who I became. I was diagnosed with depression, hospitalized, treated with medication after medication, and spent years in a state of zombie. Thankfully, God had other plans for my life and pulled me out of what started out as a very troubled beginning.

 

When I was 17, I met the love of my life, my best friend, my soulmate. I didn't know it at the time, but everything I ever wanted was in this man. Back then, he was an older guy who could buy me Malibu rum, get a hotel room, and move me away from everything I wanted to forget. But before long, what started as a fun, flirty romance grew into my everything. That was 9 years, 2 states, 6 homes, a wedding, and 3 dogs ago, and we're only getting stronger each day. Never in my wildest dreams could I imagine a life I loved this much.

 

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But it hasn't been without struggle, fear, disappointment, setbacks, and lots of tears. I had no direction for my goals, my future, who I wanted to be. I tried to be who I thought I should, then I tried to be who others thought I should be, followed by who books and movies taught me I should be, and I kept landing back on the same feeling - emptiness.

 

So many believe that work is for money and not for happiness, that if you close your eyes and be quiet, you'll get through this easier and if you follow what they tell you, you'll make it to the top. But...what if life isn't about any of that? What if it's about fighting to find your passion, looking for the extraordinary in each ordinary day, giving up on the life's rulebook that once defined you, giving your money away to those who need it just a little bit more, and letting your heart lead instead of your brain?

 

I dropped out of college 3 different times, left job after job, gave up great pay, amazing benefits, health insurance - all because I was so sure that I was meant for something more. I'm a firm believer that God created each of us differently so that we can live our best lives, giving more than we receive, smiling more than we cry, contributing to this world in a way that only each of us can, but none of that happens if we pretend to be someone we aren't for a paycheck, degree, or title.

 

When I finally pulled myself up and brushed myself off from my last stumble in the road, which happened to be pursuing a career in nursing, I looked around and realized that I needed a change. How long could I continue living for the weekends, crying the whole way home from vacation, wishing for the flu over going to work? And so I quit. I decided that a life of being broke and uninsured was far better than living a life the was uninspired.

 

Fortunately, God had something far better in store for me than being broke and uninsured. Coaching came into my life at the perfect moment. During this whole "finding myself" phase, I also continued finding fancy coffees, Big Macs, and happy hours, which led me to continue those unhealthy habits that had started so many years before. I was uncomfortable and unconfident, not to mention out of breath from climbing a flight of stairs.

 

I decided to take responsibility for myself for the first time, probably ever, and stop making excuses. I started working out from home, following a clean eating meal plan, replacing one meal a day with a superfood shake, and participating in a support group. I changed my habits not all at once, but took little steps daily. I took steps backward too, but I had a group of ladies that I could count on to lift me up, encourage me, and remind me that I was worth it.

 

It didn't take long for me to fall in love with fitness and a healthy lifestyle. In fact, I loved it so much that it suddenly became the answer to my prayers. When I quit nursing, I became a coach, and I worked to share what had started my lifestyle change with others.

 

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Everything that I now know has been self taught. I am not a fitness professional, dietician, or personal trainer. I'm just a girl who didn't accept a lifestyle she didn't want. And I promise you, if I can do it, so can you.

 

It's crazy how many talents we all have that we may not ever be discovered if we don't take a step outside of our comfort zones. Since I started my business, I've learned that I'm athletic, I can cook, I love designing things, photography is so fun, writing is a new passion, and lots more. All of that would have stayed locked up inside a miserable girl who waited her whole life to start living.

 

Now that I've set out on this journey, my passion is to inspire others. Others who want to take back their health, their freedom, their lives, others who don't want to follow a pre-set plan, others who know they were made for something more, others who were told that "just getting by" was good enough but never believed it.

 

I certainly don't have all the answers right now, and I don't know how I'll reach all the people that I want to, but I know that it's my purpose to find a way, and that all starts with just one person at a time. God's hands are all over my business, my team, my marriage, my life, and I'm trusting Him with everything. I know He'll lead the way and show me what's next.

 

My favorite verse in the Bible is Proverbs 3:6 - Seek God's will in all that you do, and He will show you the path to take. I hope you'll come along for the ride with me. I don't know where we're going, but that's what makes it so fun.

 

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7 thoughts on “Meet Me

  • Brittni Bottorff

    So you started following me on Instagram and I have seen your feed a time or two, so I figured I would follow you back. I took a look at your blog and I have to say, I am SO happy that you requested to follow me! I just thought I would say Hi, and thanks for reaching out to me. I’ve been trying to obtain a healthier lifestyle and it’s nice to follow along with someone so passionate and committed; not only to their health but to God as well!

    • Olivia Grist Post author

      You are too sweet, thank you for your kind words and for following along! I hope to continue to motivate and inspire you on this journey, and if you’d ever like to chat more about your health and fitness plan, please reach out anytime! Happy Tuesday!

  • Alejandra

    Finally took the time to read your story and it has is pored me to be better for myself first and no one else, you added me on Instagram and even liked one of my pic so I thought that was very cool!I’ve been trying to be healthier, mentally & physically…but I don’t know where to start…I would like to hear some feedback on how to start.Hope to hear from you soon!God bless you and your family!

  • Angela Conkleton

    Your story sounds a lot like mine. I began a healthy lifestyle 3 years ago, but have found myself slowly getting away from it. You are inspiring me through this one blog post to get back up and get on the right track. Thank you!!!