Sunday, January 7, 2018

5 Years Ago...

I made the best and scariest decision of my life so far.


I joined a network marketing company. But not just any company...

I had heard nothing but negative things about network marketing from my friends & family. I didn't know anyone who had been successful with it. I was pretty sure I just joined one of those "pyramid schemes" and had no idea what I said yes to. But something in my gut told me to ignore the naysayers and follow my intuition because this could potentially change my life.  So I maxed out my credit card and signed up as a coach. 

When I joined Team Beachbody I had zero intentions of building a business. I was just a lost college student who had gained the freshman 40lb and wanted to feel better in her own skin. So I signed up as a coach to get the discount, to work on my own health & fitness, and because I was tad bit curious. 

I never in a million years thought 5 years later I would be a "professional" network marketer. I am just so thankful I found this opportunity (on Instagram of all places) and had the courage to go for it! 

Life truly hasn't been the same since. To celebrate my 5 year anniversary I decided to take a walk down memory lane...come along for the ride! 

My first coaching conference in Las Vegas. 

January 7th, 2013. 

The day that changed it all. 

I had no idea that day would have any significance in my life at the time. I joined this community first and foremost to work on me. I had made some progress on my own, but started to feel alone on my health & fitness journey. Most of my friends at the time were in college and drank most of their calories (in the form of alcohol) while I was battling emotional eating along with PCOS symptoms. I knew if I wanted to continue to make progress on my journey I need some positive and like minded friends in my life (aka accountability). As sad as this may sound, the honest truth is I signed up as a coach because I needed friends and wanted to save 25%.

After 3 months of committing to at home workouts and drinking Shakeology, I was feeling on top of the world. My PCOS symptoms were subsiding and I truly felt good from the inside out. My cycle (which had always been irregular) became regular, my acne cleared up, my clothes fit better, I had more energy, and I didn't feel alone anymore. I met the most amazing women from our community who were also on their health & fitness journey.

I knew I had to pay it forward. I had to help other women reclaim their health and ultimately their lives. And to make a long story short, I have been paying it forward one life at a time ever since. 

9 months into building my coaching business part time, I couldn't imagine doing anything else as a career. For the first time ever I looked forward to working (I have had a job ever since I was 15). I love coaching other women and being a part of their journey, it is such an honor to watch transformations occur! At the time I was in my 5th year of college, and nowhere near finishing my degree. I had switched my major 3 or 4 times by this point and landed on environmental education because I love the environment. Yet the further I got into my degree program the more I realized I didn't necessarily love the jobs that would be *potentially* waiting for me at the end of my studies. Saving the world from global warming seemed like a mission I may never actually see the impact on.

The second scariest decision of my life was about to come next...

After plenty of thought and debate, I decided college was no longer for me and that I was going to drop out and pursue coaching with all of my heart, soul, and effort. I am not sure if this leap of faith or the first one was scarier! I have learned to lean into those feelings and follow my fears (which led me to my dreams) instead of hiding from them. 

I am sure my friends and family thought I was crazy. Maybe they still do? But I have never looked back or regretted the decision to follow my heart. Not even for one second. 

If something calls to you, follow it. Don't let anything stop you!

My first year in business was challenging but I learned so much through my mistakes and failures. I grew SO much as I dove into more personal growth books and making healthy lifestyle changes. I also realized my worth and was able to walk away from an unhealthy 5 year relationship, something I may have never done if I had never joined such a positive and supportive community. For the first time ever I was able to support myself fully from my coaching business which was incredibly empowering. 



In 2014 I had the opportunity to travel more than ever before! The travel bug bit when Beachbody sent me on my first cruise for my work the previous year. I even got to bring one of my best friends with me! I remember sitting in the hot tub one night, looking up at the stars, thinking "this is MY life, I can create whatever I want"...and so I did! 



I created a life that gave me the freedom to travel until my heart was content while making a positive impact in the world. That year I went to Wisconsin, Belize, Cozumel, the Grand Caymans, Las Vegas, Hawaii, Arizona & Texas! I also manifested my perfect guy into my life, Zach. 


Traveling near and far has always been at the top of my bucket list. Coaching not only has given me back my health & happiness it has given me the opportunity to make my dreams- my reality, which has given me the courage to dream bigger and help you do the same by showing you anything is possible!


Over the course of the last 5 years I have helped hundreds of women reclaim the health & happiness through fitness and nutrition. I have witnessed so many transformations of mind, body and soul. I am proud to be part of a preventative health care movement in the current state of crisis within the industry. It lights me up inside to see women transforming their lives by creating healthier habits and knowing I was a small part of that journey. 



Coaching has allowed me to pursue some of my wildest dreams and bucket list items! 


Like getting yoga certified with Zach in Costa Rica back in 2015.


Welcoming the Wanderlustbus, our 1973 VW Bus into the family. 


Traveling and living in SE Asia for four months in winter of 2016. 


To moving into our mountain dream home in the Pacific Northwest. 

While being a constant work in progress. I am so grateful for all the experiences and doors that have been opened for me since I said yes to coaching. Beyond the experience the personal growth since beginning this journey has been priceless. 5 years of showing up, doing the work, and having a ton of fun along the way. I am a different person from the inside out. 

Not only have I built a successful business, I have also helped many other women become six figure earners. Empowering others to find their health & happiness AND change their financially future is incredibly rewarding. When I think about all the lives that have been changed because I had the courage to say YES to this 5 years ago, it gives me the chills. 



I share none of this to brag, but to show you what is possible when you follow your heart and chase YOUR dreams. I am so thankful I found this opportunity and want nothing more than to pay it forward to as many people as possible. Because I said yes to coaching 5 years ago, so many others have said YES too! Never forget that speaking your truth has the power to change the world.

If you are interested in joining my team of coaches and being personally mentored by me you can apply here. I am always looking for passionate & driven babes who want to help others while working on becoming their best self (that's legit our job). 

Many have asked me, what I am going to do next? As if my work here is done. Truth is I have only just begun! There are so many lives to impact, so many people out there who need this just as much as I did 5 years ago, and I freakin love what I do. Coaching feels like my calling and I can't imagine doing anything else beside continuing to grow and spread the fit revolution. 

To all of my amazing clients who have trusted me on their journey and supported my business, thank you. I wouldn't be here if you didn't believe in me as your coach.

To Team FitRevolution, my amazing tribe of coaches, thank you for joining me on this mission and making the world a healthier & happier place.

 To everyone who has followed my journey and showed me love over the years, thank you. The likes, comments, private messages and e-mails encourage me to continue to share my story even when it is not easy. Sending you all a big *hug* and lots of gratitude. 

If you ever have any questions or need support on your journey please don't hesitate to reach out. 

Because building ANY business takes hard work, heart, and hustle: Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each Coach’s income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill. See our Statement of Independent Coach Earnings located in the Coach Online Office for the most recent information on our Coaches’ actual incomes.






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Saturday, January 6, 2018

DREAM BIG: Vision Board Party

So you have big goals & dreams for 2018?! 

You came to the right place.


I started making vision boards for my goals and intentions 4 years ago. The concept was first introduced to me by the book/documentary "The Secret". But it wasn't until the universe continued to remind me that visualization was a key component of making my dreams a reality that I actually took action on it. After reading book after book that mentioned vision boards, I knew it was time to get to work!

Since I have started this yearly practice my life has changed significantly. I have been able to manifest, work, and create almost exactly the things I had put on my boards. Some things didn't turn out how I had "planned" but none the less I have first hand experienced the shifts that can happen when you put your dreams and goals down on paper AND create a vision board as a regular reminder of what you are working towards.

I hosted a virtual vision board party to kick off 2018 and it was a huge hit! The ladies who were on the call live have been sending me their boards and  OMG I am so excited for what is in store for them. I wanted to publish this call on my blog for easy access to the BIG DREAMERS of the world any time of year. It is never too late to get clarity on what you want to create this year.

As a disclaimer, creating a vision board alone is not enough the manifest the life of your dreams. We all know anything worth having doesn't come easily and will take hard work. I look at vision boards as the fuel to your fire. On the days you really aren't feeling it, your vision board will remind you what the work and temporary sacrifices are for.

Enjoy the party my fellow dream chasers! And better yet, send me your vision board when you are done. I would LOVE to see it.


P.S. I believe in YOU!

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Best Virtual Gym of 2018!

Happy New Year!

I don't know about you but I LOVE this time of year.



There is a buzzing energy around the new year that I find to be contagious.

I love seeing so many people committing or recommitting to their health & fitness journey. I truly believe that health & fitness can be the catalyst for change in every area of your life. When you feel good inside and out it reflects in other areas as well. You are a better version of you which makes you a in turn makes you a better friend, spouse, mom, employee, business owner etc.

Self care is not selfish yo!

I am not the biggest fan of "resolutions" since they tend to fade after January but goals and intentions aren't seasonal. If you haven't started setting goals yet, we should chat! I would love to help you make some small or big changes in 2018.

Do you have health & wellness goals you are working towards?

If you have been looking for a gym membership, fitness routine, or want to add some variety to your life I want to introduce you to my virtual gym...Beachbody On Demand! Think Netflix meets health & fitness.



Beachbody On Demand (BOD for short) includes thousands of different workout videos ranging from weight lifting to yoga and so much more. Members get access to every single workout Beachbody has ever put out on DVD plus a bunch of brand new workouts that are only available streaming. This is how I am able to do my workouts ANYWHERE. From home, the gym, my hotel room, I always have a personal trainer in my pocket with BOD.

Check it out for yourself!



Plus when you become a BOD member you also get to work with me as your virtual health & fitness coach to help you reach your goals every step of the way. My philosophy is all about making this a healthy lifestyle and progress > perfection always. I would love to work with you in 2018 and help you reach your goals.

You can become a Beachbody On Demand member by clicking here OR fill out this form for a customized plan based on your goals. I can't wait to get to know you and be a part of your journey!

Each day, week, month, and year brings a fresh slate. Never forget that you do not need a new year to make a change but it is a great time to reflect, refocus, and set intentions for the upcoming chapter of life.

Sending you lots of love & light in 2018 my friends! 
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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Sweet Potato Latkes

This weekend we celebrated the fifth night of Hanukkah with my childhood friend Vanessa (founder of Shibooi style). We made latkes for hours while listening to Christmas music and drinking cider! It was a great way to celebrate Hanukkah and reflect on good memories.



We made both traditional potato latkes AND a healthier version with sweet potatoes. You can use whatever kind of potato you prefer but the sweet potato version had much more flavor! I am a fan of both. This is a simple yet delicious recipe! Wether you celebrate Hanukkah or not these are a great holiday appetizer. 



Sweet Potato Latkes

Ingredients:

2 medium sweet potatoes or 3 russet potatoes 
1/2 medium onion
1.4 cup flour
2 eggs
Salt & pepper
Safflower oil (or another high heat oil)

Directions:

1. Wash & scrub your potatoes. Then peel them.
2. Grate your potatoes with a cheese grater or in the food processor. 
3. After grating squeeze out all the excess liquid with a dish towel. This key to crisp latkes! Don't skip it. 
4. Put potatoes in a large bowl.
5. Grate your onion with the cheese grater and add it to the bowl.
6. Mix in your flour, eggs, and spices. Stir till combined. Make sure the batter is sticking together but not too wet. 
7. Heat 1/2 inch of oil in a skillet. Oil must be HOT. Test the oil before dropping latkes into the pan to make sure it sizzles. 
8. Once oil is hot drop spoonfuls of the mixture into the pan and then flatten with a spatula or fork to make it into a nice latke. 
9. Fry until the edges brown and then flip. 
10. Once browned on both sides place on a paper towel to soak up excess grease. Then keep warm in the oven @ 200 degrees until serving.




I love to top my latkes with apple sauce. We also made some guacamole that was delicious with the sweet potato latkes! Some like sour cream but that's not my jam. 

How do you like to top your latkes?! Comment below. 

Enjoy friends!

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Miscarriage: Does it get easier?

Miscarriage turned my world upside down in June of 2017.

I didn't think it would happen to me (again). And nothing could have prepared me for it. Since opening up about my miscarriage I have had many women reach out to me with open hearts about their struggles. I hear stories every single day about miscarriage and although it is fairly "common", that doesn't make the individual experience any less challenging.

One of the most frequent questions I get from women who have recently experienced miscarriage...

"Does it get easier?"


Photography by Megan Kathleen 


In this moment my heart drops because I know so badly that when someone asks this question they are searching for HOPE, a glimmer of light in the darkness. They want to know that at some point this heavy darkness will lift. And all though I can confidently say "this too shall pass", I'm not sure it ever will get easier.

It doesn't get easier.

You get stronger.

There are plenty of moments where it hits you in the gut and strength isn't anywhere to be seen. Just an overwhelming feeling of emptiness. It is hard to put into words what that feels like. But every time you feel the feels and then chose to move through them, you are getting stronger. One day at a time.

Strength doesn't mean you don't cry, you can't feel, or have a hard day...it means you pick yourself up with a box of tissues in hand and keep going. I find myself crying at the most random times, out in public, while scrolling social media, in the shower...the tears just come rolling down my cheeks.

I would have been 30 week pregnant today. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about it. And then the universe continues to remind that I should be pregnant right now by sending formula samples to our doorstep. My chest gets tight and my heart aches every time I see one of those little boxes.

Easier?

Not so much.

As my due date (2/18/18) quickly approaches there are many days where it honestly feels harder. But I have gotten stronger through these difficult experiences.

If we wait for life to get easier, we might be waiting forever because the reality is life is really freakin hard. Challenges will continue to be thrown at us, sometimes one right after another. During these trying times I remind myself that good comes from these challenges in the form of growth.


Don't fight it.

Be with it.

Feel it.

Move through it.

In the words of Trevor Hall..."You can't rush your healing, darkness has it's teachings, love is never leaving."

Much love,
Lauren

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Healthy Holiday Gift Guide

This is a gift guide for anyone in your life who love health & fitness. Whether you are into living a healthy lifestyle or shopping for someone who is, these are some of my favorite finds of 2017! If you ask me there is no better gift than health or something to help you on your journey to health & happiness. Feel free to send this link to your boyfriend, hubby, Mom/Dad, Santa...whoever needs to see it ;).

For the entrepreneur in your life: The Productivity Planner  $24



















Time is a precious resource. I feel like we are all trying to get more done in less time which makes productivity a key factor. I have tried what feels like every planner out there and have come to find they are either too complicated or too simple. Ya feel me? Then I found the productivity planner and I have to say it has been a game changer. It is simple yet totally functional and it has helped me become productive AF! Whoever you gift this to will be thanking you for the next year. I also LOVE the 5 Minute Journal if you or someone you know wants to attract more abundance into their life (same link).

For the coffee lover in your life: Mushroom Coffee $12




















I have been on a mushroom kick, not that kind lol. I actually hate the way mushrooms taste but I have been trying to incorporate them into my diet wherever possible. My Shakeology, my coffee, you name it! I was skeptical about the whole mushroom and coffee thing, but turns out it is amazing. I make this bullet proof (with ghee + brain octane oil) and it gives me a boost in the AM without the crash. Beyond the energy it really helps my brain get going in the mornings. I am obsessed with everything from this brand, Four Sigmatic. If you know someone who loves coffee and healthy herbs, this is a great gift!


For someone who loves personal growth books: 
The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins $17


This was one of my favorite reads of 2017. A simple concept with the power to help anyone make profound changes. I thought I knew what this book was all about after the first chapter, but turns out it just got better and better. I wish I could summarize this book for you but my best advice would be to order a copy for a friend and grab one for yourself, too. It is THAT good!








For anyone who is active & needs to stay hydrated:  
Klean Kanteen  $24




















A good water bottle (no plastic) is important to have both for your health & the environment. This my personal favorite! It is insulated so it keeps drinks both hot and cold without condensation on the outside. It is great for hot yoga or just about anything. I take mine with me everywhere I go.

For your soul sister: The Universe Has Your Back Deck $12 


A daily affirmation deck inspired by the book The Universe Has Your Back. I love starting my day by pulling a card and more often then not it is exactly what I needed to hear. This simple deck of cards can shine light when you need it most.






For your BFF who is always on the go: 
Beachbody On Demand Membership $99

















Think Netflix meets fitness- that's what Beachbody On Demand (BOD) is all about. This is my mobile gym I take with me everywhere! Stream your workouts from your computer, TV, phone, iPad and even download them for when you don't have internet. There is everything from HIIT training, weigh lifting, to yoga classes and meditations. When you sign up for BOD with the link above you also get me as your free coach to help you every step of the way!

For the girl who loves to lift at home: 
Bowflex Adjustable Dumbbells $259


My favorite adjustable dumbbells! These bad boys easily adjust from 5lbs to 52.5lbs with a few clicks. They are an investment but will last you a lifetime. Perfect for someone who is building their own home gym set up.





For the yogi in your life: Lululemon Yoga Mat $68

















This mat is life changing! Once I got the 5mm mat I can't go back. No other mat compares. This mat is sticky which means you don't need a towel, even in hot yoga. It is also BIG which I love. Not the best for travel but perfect for a home practice or the studio. It is worth splurging for a nice mat! Your yogi friend will thank you.

For someone you really love LOL: The Vitamix $399



The best blender on the market. Hands down. There are many close comparisons but I honestly think it is worth spending the extra money for a Vitamix. You can make just about anything in this thing! Plus it comes with an amazing warranty. I provided a link for Amazon but if you want to save some $$ I recommend looking into a refurbished one or at Costco.







For someone who is busy but loves to cook: 
HelloFresh $60 (save $40 with this link)


Hello Fresh has kept our bellies fully on busy weeknights for a while now! After testing out a lot of the meal delivery services on the market this is our favorite service currently- for quality, meal selection and price. This is like giving someone 3 date nights at home! It makes cooking a gourmet and delicious dinner so simple by sending you everything you need ingredients & recipes. Enjoy!



I hope this guide was helpful for your holiday shopping this year! And always remember there is no better gift than YOUR presence. Happy Holidays everyone! I hope this month is filled with warmth, love and lots of laughter.

What is on your holiday wish list this year?!
I'm curious, comment below!

XOXO
Lauren
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Team Beachbody is launching in the U.K.

I am so excited to announce we are OFFICIALLY launching in the U.K. October 19th, 2017! 



Beachbody is the creator of some of the most popular at home fitness programs...Insanity, 21 Day Fix, PiYO, P90X are just a few of our program! We also just recently launched an on demand streaming platform similar to Netflix but for your workouts. Beachbody On Demand has thousands of different workouts from cardio, dancing, yoga, weight lifting, maternity workouts and more.

I started my journey with coaching 5 years ago. I had no prior background in the industry. I was a lost college student searching for my path and that's when I discovered the coaching opportunity. I realized I could turn my passion for health and wellness into my paycheck. I had no idea what I was doing but I decided to use social media as my main platform to share my story, market myself and build my business. I have built a 6 figure business online through trial and error. I am passionate about helping others reach their personal goals AND build a rewarding business.

When you join my team, Team FitRevolution, you will get access to tons of resources, training and support to build your business. I will basically teach you everything I have learned as your mentor! This is an opportunity to be one of the founding coaches in the U.K. and work with one of the TOP teams in the company.

Are you interested in learning more about the United Kingdom coaching opportunity?! 

Join our Team FitRevolution United Facebook page to connect with the team and learn more about coaching prior to the launch. In this group we are hosting prelaunch training and calls to help you learn the basics before the launch so you can hit the ground running before the New Years Resolution rush.


I am coming to the U.K.!

I will be coming to London for the official launch event on October 21st, 2017. I would love to meet our future coaches and connect with you at this event. I highly recommend attending this event if you want to pursue coaching. The link to get your tickets to the event is posted in the Facebook group above.

We are SO excited to meet everyone and look forward to connecting with our new U.K. teammates in London. If you are not currently working with a coach and you would like more info on this opportunity please fill out the application below and I will be in touch.

Coaching has completely changed my life over the last 5 years. I have gone from a struggling college student to a thriving entrepreneur and along the way have found my health & happiness. I am so grateful for this opportunity and I can't wait to share it with you!

Learn more about Team Beachbody:



If you are excited about this opportunity please fill out this application ASAP. I will only be working with a select number of coaches in the U.K.

To be one of the founding coaches APPLY HERE!


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