Hey there! John here and I’m excited to share a story that some may not know. Mother’s Day is coming up and I thought this was a great time to reflect on how my Mom inspired me to make one of the biggest decisions of my life. How it altered my course forever and led to where I am today. I hope you enjoy it and I would love to hear how YOUR Mom has impacted your life.
Starting in high school I decided I was going to be a lawyer. Not just any lawyer though. I had my eye on International Corporate Law to be exact as I had a love for Spanish and wanted to utilize it in my profession. I worked my butt off and was able to get in to UC Santa Barbara. Then began my college career, majoring in Political Science, minoring in Spanish and still on my quest to become a corporate attorney. Now contrary to popular belief (and pay no mind to my friends from UCSB) I did study quite a bit because I knew grades would be important.
Fast forward to senior year. I stayed on the same path and went through LSAT prep (the big test for law school admission). I studied like crazy and then took the LSAT. I did well enough to apply for and ultimately get accepted into a few schools.
But something was wrong. Something didn’t feel right.
You see the whole time I was at UCSB I also took courses in Human Physiology, Nutrition, Anatomy, Kinesiology, and more. Not because I had to, but because I loved it.
It was at this time that I had an epiphany. After all of the work, studying, tests and applications I simply could not envision myself in the profession of law for the next 30 years…..but I could envision myself in the fitness industry.
So I did what any kid would do….I called my Mom. The conversation went a little something like this:
I gave her the 60 minute story of where I was at and that I was confused…. and she asked me one simple but powerful question
Mom: “What does your heart tell you to do?”
Me: “That fitness is my passion and that it is my calling. ”
Mom: “Ok, go do that then.”
Me: “But Mom, what about all of my education? What about what you and Dad have invested in my future? What if it doesn’t work out?
Mom: “John, you’re young, you’ve got your whole life ahead of you. Your father and I just want you to be happy. Follow your heart and if your path changes direction worry about it then.”
It was as if this huge burden had been lifted from my shoulders. I began to dream big… About the impact I would have in the fitness industry, the lives I would change and how I would make the world a better place before I left it.
Fast forward 10 years and I’m living my passion and my dream. I live in a beautiful area, I have an amazing wife and Mom to our rad son, Jaxson. I have an incredible fitness business with an inspiring team who believe in our vision. I have loyal members who took a chance on a kid because they believed in me, the results I would help them achieve, and in the vision of F.A.T. We have impacted innumerable lives and continue to make an impact in the world and make it a more fit and positive place.
And it all started with that one conversation with Mom.
My Mom just turned 60 last month and I was able to share this story with her at her birthday dinner. She was in tears and had no idea of the impact of that conversation. I thought I had told her before but I don’t think I really painted the entire picture and shared the entire story. I was so glad I did.
What makes this even more meaningful is seeing my wife Sara in her daily interactions with our son Jaxson as we get ready to celebrate her 1st Mother’s Day. Moms give so much of themselves without asking for anything in return. Their jobs really are 24/7.
When was the last time you thought about the ways your Mom has impacted your life? When was the last time you told her?
Go tell your Mom you love her today and why.
And to the Moms in my life:
Mom: I love you for everything you have done for me, for what you have sacrificed for me and for inspiring me to follow my heart.
Sara: I love you for you. For the beautiful woman you are inside and out. For how you take care of Jaxson and I and how you give of yourself so freely and selflessly day in and day out. And for how you continue to believe in me and support me in my dreams and vision to make the world a better place.
Till next time everyone.
Much love to you and yours this Mother’s Day,