“Be Unapologetically You” – Blogfest 2018 (part 2)

Welcome to part 2 of IDEA WORLD Blogfest Highlights 🙂 Today I’m sharing the inspiration I received from the amazing Heidi Powell.

A little about Heidi: Heidi Powell is the ultimate female force. She is a trainer, transformation specialist, devoted wife, mother of four, savvy businesswoman, author, nutrition nut, and overall health guru. Heidi became a fixture in America’s living room as she worked side-by-side husband Chris Powell on ABC’s hit show, “Extreme Weight Loss.” (yes I just copied this info. from her website)  Read more about Heidi here 🙂

Here are some of my favorites:

They don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care

Would you rather work with someone who knows everything or someone who cares about you? I have always got caught with “I need to know more” mindset; I can’t start sharing or blogging about wellness/fitness until I have read this many books or have this many certifications. Although education is very important in this field, caring is more important. Hearing Heidi talk about this was a reminder to myself to focus of my passion of helping people instead of waiting until I “know it all”

Comparison is the thief of Joy

When is the last time you compared yourself to someone? In person or online. I can’t tell you how many times I have. It’s so easy to fall into that trap of comparison. But not at the expense of our joy.

Embrace Failure

Why are we so afraid of failure? Take risks, do things you might not be the best at. Comfort is the thief of progress. Yes, Heidi, yes!

And now the best one of all:



This one really shouted out loud to me because I struggle with it most. Just be yourself. That should be easy. Well, it is if you’re not worried about what others are thinking.  Sometimes I think people do not know the real me because I don’t let them see who I really am in fear of disapproval. Why do I allow that to hold me back? BE YOU!!!


Here’s to being unapologetically me. Flaws and all. Thank you Heidi. 🙂


“Perfection Detox” – Blogfest 2018 (Part 1)

Hey Friends,

Recently, I had the privilege of attending Blogfest and IDEA WORLD Fitness Convention which is where thousands of fitness enthusiasts from all over the country (and world) gather to learn and be inspired. Blogfest is a convention within the IDEA World convention specifically for bloggers. This was my 4th year attending and each year I have come away with something different. You can see the highlights from previous years here, here and here

We stayed at the Machester Grand Hyatt in San Diego and it was pretty wonderful. I mean, just look at this view from the room.


Every day this seagull just hung out on the window ledge. Well, I’m not sure if it was the same seagull every day but it was so cute!



Every year, we are honored to listen to some amazing speakers. Last year, we had the pleasure of listening to Todd Durkin. His passion is contagious and is one of the most inspiring people I have ever met. I was afraid no one would compare to him but I was very pleased with the ladies this year. Each one brought something special and relatable to the table.

Because I have so much to share and don’t want this to turn into a very long post I am breaking it up into sections.

Here is Part 1.


Petra Kolber spoke to us first and she had some very relatable things to share. Here are some of my favorite statements from her and how I relate:

It’s not about how many followers you have, its how you make them feel.

I don’t know about you but sometimes I feel intimidated by the amount of followers on social media some people. How are we making people feel? Isn’t that more important than the numbers?

People do not relate to perfect

How many times do you get frustrated with all the “perfect” people online to the point of feeling bad about yourself? ” I wish I had a body like hers” or “I wish my life was that great”

I always find it refreshing when I come across people who share their struggles and not so perfect moments of their life. It’s relatable and encouraging. And you know what? Others feel the same way. People always relate to someone who is real like them.

What is your ER that needs CPR? 

For some reason we tend to believe we need to be thinER, smartER youngER, etc.


What if we believed we are enough? Just the way we are.

FEAR: Forget everything and run or face everything and rise

I could not count how many times I ran away from something out of fear.

Don’t wait for the “perfect” moment 

I feel like I have been living my whole life waiting until things are perfect to do anything. I remember when I wanted to become a personal trainer over a decade ago but kept putting it off until I was in “perfect” shape. Well, that never happened. I eventually became a trainer; I had to accept the fact that waiting for the perfect moment was pointless. If we wait for perfection, we will wait forever!

Remember the world wants and desires your imperfection! (note to self)


That’s all for now. 🙂 Have a great day!








I quit my job!

Hello There,

I have been home all day for the first time in almost 9 years and its feels amazing. Why?

I quit my job! Why is it such a big deal? Because I have been waiting so long to do it! Before I say anymore, let me take you back to where it all started.

10 years ago I was a personal trainer at a local commercial gym. I loved working with  clients of all ages and fitness levels; some were limited and could barely move and some were in better shape than me! Haha. It allowed me to be creative when designing programs and I loved that.

After a couple of years, I grew tired of the “gym” environment and left. I decided I was going to continue personal training because I really loved it but this time I would be on my own.

Although it was an exciting new adventure I was scared of not making it; I was scared of not making enough income as I would have in the gym. It’s a lot easier when you have potential new clients in front of you everyday vs having to find your own clients. So instead of trying to make it on my own in personal training I got a part-time job so this way I would have stable income every month while I work on building my personal training business. I thought it was a good decision because money was tight and I could not afford to take a loss in income.

In 2009, I  took a job in a chiropractic office as a front desk/office assistant; I answered phones, scheduled appointments, collected payments, verified insurance and so on. Although it was very busy at times and required multi tasking, it was a fairly simple job. I liked the fact that it was in the wellness industry and I was able to learn more about health and wellness while I was there. It was also nice interacting with patients every day and being part of a practice that helped people feel better. ( I will miss them )


My plan was to work there until I was able to build my fitness business to a point that I no longer needed that job. So I worked there 3 days a week and the other 2 days I would work on my training business. Over the years I had 1-3 clients at a time but it never grew more than that and I became comfortable with it. I knew that if my personal training business got slow I had my chiropractic job to fall back on and so that went on for years and years until recently I became very unhappy there. Why was I so unhappy? Was it the pay? The hours? The sitting at a desk all day? Although those were contributing factors it came down to the fact that I was working for someone else not doing what I really wanted to do. I am meant to be a personal trainer; my passion is helping people live healthier.

What happened to my original plan? Did I just become so comfortable that I put my dream on the back burner?  I remembered my number #1 goal this year and it is to make myself proud! You can see the full post here.


How was I going to make myself proud if I stood in the same place year after year and not pursue my true passion? I realized it was time to take a leap of faith and let go of anything that was standing in my way so two weeks ago I gave my notice and today was my first day without a job. Kind of scary right? As scary as it is, I have such peace with my decision.

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There was a time I did not believe in myself and it left me in the same place for years, but I believe in me now! I believe I can do it!

Soon, I will turn forty and I figure it is time to let go of the fear.


This photo was taken on my 39th birthday last year. That day I had a vision of achieving everything I have wanted for my 40th birthday but have been too afraid to go after.

So what’s next???? I’ll tell you in the next post. Otherwise this is going to turn into a long book!


The whole point in sharing this story is because I allowed fear to hold me back from so much and although stepping out of your comfort zone is scary, I believe it is the only way to grow!

Thank you for allowing me to share this with you. Is there anything holding you back because of fear? I would love to hear about it.

Until next time,

Marlene 🙂


2018 GOALS!!!


Happy New Year! Yes, I’m a little late to the party but what else is new?

This is a big year for me. I’m turning the big “40” Can you believe it? I can’t! Whether I accept it or not, it’s happening and I am going to make the best of it!

I have so many goals this year but the most important is to be proud of myself. I can honestly say this one has been a struggle for me. I have found every excuse not to accomplish what I want and I am tired of it. I am tired of having the same goals every year and never achieving them. This year is going to be different! Continue reading

My 39th Birthday  


Last Friday I turned 39! Can you believe it? I can’t. One year left of my 30’s! I thought I would be 21 forever. I really did. I guess because I got married, had my kids and a little house by the time I was 25. It all happened so fast. So I could either cry about it or embrace it. I chose to embrace it. I guess. Jk.

To celebrate my birthday, my family and I visited Torrey Pines State Reserve. This has been high on my list of places to visit so I’m happy we finally went. It is a beautiful natural reserve located along the coast between Del Mar and La Jolla, CA. You can visit their website here https://torreypine.org/ Continue reading