Titling this blog was actually the hardest part about writing it. But once I realized that the words I was typing were coming straight from my heart, it was really a no brainer.
This is my story.
If I were introducing myself to someone, I would tell them “Hi, I’m Sara. I’m 22 years old. I live in Denver, CO with my smarter half and two fur children, and I love froyo, yoga pants, and Friday nights spent on the couch with both of those things. I play a ton of sand volleyball, my family is the most important thing in the world to me, and travel is my love language (second only to food). I’m an Exercise Science Degree holder and I’ve worked as a personal trainer as well as a corporate fitness/wellness representative–that’s actually what I’m doing part-time right now.”
The problem with this introduction is that you still don’t actually know ME.
I’m kind of over all of the niceties, so let’s get real.
What I really want the world to know is: Hi, I’m Sara. I’m 22 years old and sometimes I fear that people underestimate me because of my age. I live in Denver, CO with my husband Nathan who is the absolute love of my life–like it kind of scares me how much I love him and I truly pray my heart out every night and day that God will keep this man of mine “safe, happy, and healthy”. I repeat it like a mantra. I truly never thought I would get married so young but I also never thought I would meet someone like him. Moving away from my family and friends was THE hardest thing I’ve ever done, and I still hope that one day we’ll all be in the same place again. I don’t feel super comfortable in social situations, I’m an introvert through and through, and I am pretty much the human embodiment of that meme about relief when plans get cancelled. I actually really love planning but hardly ever stick to what my planner says and that’s even if I end up looking at it throughout the week. I also love my dogs so much that it scares me to have actual children because wow can you explode with love? I’m actually really lazy and as much as I value health I also daydream about just eating whatever I want all the time and I don’t think I’ll ever look forward to my gym sessions as much as I do sleeping in or eating delicious food or netflix binging and sometimes that makes me feel like a fraud. I really do love sand volleyball and most of the time I play for fun but probably about 20% of the time I’m only there for the workout. I’ve been burned out on it before and am trying really hard to not let that happen again (because Nathan’s love language is volleyball…not kidding). I enjoyed personal training and I enjoyed corporate wellness but it really bothered me that I couldn’t have a more lasting impact on people further than the time that they were with me in the gym.
I wasn’t satisfied with just making workout plans or meal plans and handing them out like a robot to what seemed like other robots.
I didn’t get feedback from these people until I saw them again a week later (if that!) and they either reported a “bad” or “good” week. My hour, or minute, or single moment passing them in the hallway wasn’t enough. And in a health and fitness journey, the mental and emotional aspect is EVERYTHING. I wanted to connect with these people on a deeper level, I desired making a true impact, I wanted to know what it meant to them to have a “bad” or “good” week, and what they needed from me to change these thoughts, but I was limited with my resources. I felt trapped.
This led me to want to create something of my own–I would think about it all of the time–my own vision, my own methodology–my own business.
To my core, I believe that health is #1, always. This includes self-love and body positivity–that’s also #1. That being said, there is no one-size-fits-all equation for health, you don’t have to revolve your life around fitness to achieve your dream body, and working out to live and not the other way is what I’ll always promote. Willpower other than in short bursts (and there’s a daily cap on it) is non-existent and inspiration always trumps its fleeting counterpart, motivation. I’ll be the first to admit that #healthishard and accountability and support is what makes THE difference between success and failure. All of that <<< is the heart of Sara Michelle Martin LLC, and it just so happens to be my heart, too. SO that being said, it’s nice to meet you. Please, if you’ve made it this far–let me know in the comments below!
To be continued…