Spring Cleaning your “Top Three” for Psychological, Physiological, and Spiritual Health

The next four weeks can be magical for you, if you allow them to be! Take your own journey or follow me in mine, phenomenal things are about to happen! (I believe they will, therefore, they will!)

The beginning of April marks the first part of the second quarter of the year. It is a time when some people do their Spring cleaning, not just of their house, but of their mind, body, and spirit as well. For the next four weeks I will allow myself to experience a cleaning of self and will end in a renown re-discovery of who I really am. 

I decided to do this when I found myself feeling a pull from within a few months ago. I won’t go into details but I just knew it was time for me to reconnect and ground myself. Confused yet? Well, imagine this.. “Can you imagine waking up today without your past history of doubt, fear and the perceptions that limit you or keep you stuck in repetitive patterns? Can you imagine being able to design a deep and meaningful future based on your soul’s greatest expression and your heart’s deepest desires rather than on old, outdated, unmet needs and beliefs?” Now do you see where I am headed? Obviously, this is only reflecting in the realm of my spiritual self but I am expecting more to come!

“Your life will be transformed when you make peace with your shadow. The caterpillar will become a breathtakingly beautiful butterfly. You will no longer have to pretend to be someone you’re not. You will no longer have to prove you’re good enough. When you embrace your shadow you will no longer have to life in fear. Find the gifts of your shadow and you will finally revel in all the glory of your true self. Then you will have the freedom to create the life you have always desired.” – Debbie Ford

 Debbie Ford has written several books, the one I will be using is: 

COURAGE for my Kindle. 


“Most of us think about courage as something we do, something we think, or a decision we make. But a warrior’s courage is a gift that we receive at birth. It is a level of consciousness that, whether we have experienced it or not, must be held close, developed, and savored. It is a state of being. When you are standing in and being courageous, you don’t have to ‘do‘ courage. When you are doing courage, you tend to muscle through a situation or decision, which you have probably done before. This muscling through is not the kind of courage that transcends the moment, because it is more often than not sourced from fear, from ‘I have to’ or ‘I should.’ Instead, a warrior’s courage is poignant, purposeful, and directed toward where change needs to be made. And, as you will see throughout this book, when you experience a warrior’s courage, being and standing in the presence of it, you are clear that the rewards for letting it lead you are infinitely greater than the risks. You were born with this courageous warrior inside of you. In your imagination, you see her as sacred and holy, beautiful and empowered. She is filled with strength, clarity, and confidence, born ready to participate in the world, to face and conquer her fears, and to reunite with all the other powerful, playful warriors out there.”


Yes, I will also be cleaning other aspects of my life. I already started with what I call, “The Cleanse of the Fakey Facebook Friends”. You know what I’m talking about. I was one of “those people” who had over 2000 “friends” on facebook. Granted, most I had met at competitions, conventions, seminars, and the like. Others were “friends” of theirs who just liked what I posted, i guess. Either way, I went through and unfriended about 1300 people total. When no one tried to re-friend me, I actually felt good because initially I thought perhaps some people who get way too emotionally tied to their social media friends or followers would be upset or something. If that happened, they never let me know. Slightly off topic but can you believe they actually have a Facebook Poster? “Show your house guests, family, or roommate how popular you are on Facebook with a poster showing all your Facebook friends! Have up to 2000 friends printed on a 20″x40″ poster for just $20. Think that will impress Mom and Dad?” Wow.

Yeah, chopping that tree down was far over due. I also decided for the month of April, I will stay off Facebook and my email. My only communication will be through my phone ( gotta really know me to have that #) and through my Twitter account for brief interactions.

You may be wondering where fitness and health fit in here. Healthy nutrition is the best way to give your body the balanced nutrients it needs to work and function properly. We touched base on this before.Obviously cardiovascular exercise in the amount of 20-30 minutes a day and strength training.. I will also add in my meditation and Yoga (I’m getting better!), and I am still working on my Reiki as well.


Spring Cleaning the top three; Mind, Body, and Spirit (psychological, physiological, and spiritual) takes a cognitive effort, daily focus, and a willingness to grow, learn,and let go of all that is “cluttering” up your life…inside and out.

So there you have it. This is the plan for the month of April. I welcome you to walk with me, and who knows, maybe transform your OWN life.  Thank you for reading, as always, your comments are welcome! 

Please share this with those whom you feel may benefit from the information.





The frizzle, Frazzle, burnt out rant of a mother, coach, trainer, competitor, and wife.. who HAS HAD IT!

I’ll start of by stating my apology to anyone who may be offended by anything I post in today’s blog. As you know, this blog is about Health, Fitness, and Wellness. Even though I have posted mostly about regular stuff that the majority of the population understands and relates to, there are some things that a small portion of the population are going through and because it is such a SMALL portion of the population, they feel alone, isolated, unable to be understood…. yes, ALONE.

You see, a person who is tremendously stressed, who takes on the problems and the troubles of all those people they feel they NEED to be responsible for (family, friends, those whom they have chosen to help and support), someone who has been diagnosed with both MS and Hashimoto’s, and is one who is believed to be an Empath, life can be very challenging. Mentally and physically. If you are one of these “small population” people.. guess what, I understand. I am one of these “small population” people too.



Over the past few months I have done all i could not to break down and lose it. I’ve cried, I’ve been stressed, I’ve been holding the world on my shoulders and today, the world slipped. I closed my eyes and I just wanted everything and everyone to go away. I wanted my brain to stop. Just stop. Stop thinking. I wanted my aching body to stop aching and for the  muscles to relax. 

Normally, I can meditate. Release and quiet my mind, but these past few months, it hasn’t been working. I try and things, and feelings come pushing through the closed door. Almost in a way to prove to me that I can’t close it out and now.. my brain and my body are fried.

I need to break away for a bit and take the time I need to “rewire” my brain. Since I have been trying and working so hard towards my goals,and I HAVE been at an unbelievable pace with sometimes having near nothing to show for it! I am letting go of the majority of the goals for right now. With the exception of the financial goals because those just can’t be set down on the nightstand till I’m ready to pick them up again. Letting go of goals. Wow. For me, this is completely unheard of but if I keep going at the pace I have been trying to go, I just don’t know. Actually, it’s simple. I can’t. I have been giving myself in so many directions and incredible amount of my time and energy and with me being the person I am.. I’ve reached the STOP SIGN. I’m done… for now.

I am BURNT OUT! I went to the gym today thinking what would help would be a hard workout. Started off with a Barbell Flat Bench Press. 165lbs I pressed. Heavy, but this is what I needed… right? It was difficult but it was more difficult because my brain kept going to places like “what if my hand slipped off the bar? What if I was unbalanced and lost my center on the bench and fell to the side?” These are things you can’t be thinking when you are doing heavy weights. My husband tells me, “good job!”. Normally I’d be happy with my 3-4 sets of 8-10 reps with this weight. Today, I was pissed. I wasn’t FEELING it. My workout was failing me!! The final chest exercise we did was the peck deck…130lbs..not bad I guess. 4 sets…I’m disgusted with myself and this workout. Again, this is a workout that normally I should feel good about and leave the gym happy and with energy. But not today. Not for me.Good God (roll eyes) I have to take time out for Yoga and Pilates.

“Instead of helping you burn off steam, your usual 45-minute jog makes you feel even worse.” Yep, that’s me. 

“If you’re really frazzled when you start to exercise, your body reacts differently than if you aren’t in such a state, explains Sarah L. Berga, MD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Berga and her colleagues have observed that moderately-intense exercise can cause cortisol levels to spike even higher in women who are already so stressed that they’ve been missing their periods. At the same time, the “hyperstressed” women’s glucose levels dropped, which meant there was less available energy to fuel their exertion. Berga suggests taking a break from hard workouts and signing up for a package of Pilates classes instead.”

I’m so burnt, my HAIR hurts!



Your scalp feels weirdly sensitive when you shampoo your hair.

“Stress often leads to the release of neuropeptides and other natural chemicals in the skin, and that causes inflammation, explains Richard Fried, MD, PhD, a clinical psychologist and dermatologist with a private practice in Yardley, Pennsylvania. In some people, that inflammation erupts in angry pimples or a flare-up of rosacea. In others, the neuropeptides, which are responding to protect the skin from invaders, can cause blood vessels to constrict, making skin all over the face and head feel tight, tingly and overly sensitive. You’ve also probably been tensing your facial muscles for weeks (unconsciously bracing for a confrontation), so they’re tired and slightly sore. Fried says the feeling should subside when you start to feel more relaxed.”


Now add this to the symptoms auto immune issuers suffer when they are stressed out and… WHALLA! You have me! A freakin’ mess of a basket case!

When I was single and had little to no responsibilities I would disappear when I felt like this. I could go away, far away. “ROAD TRIP” would be calling my name, and I would jump. Those who knew me knew eventually I would show up again. Sometimes it would be a month or two down the line, but I’d show and and ease their worried minds. Now that I have a family and responsibilities, obviously, I can’t do that and so sometimes I feel trapped, unable to escape, and with no where to run to.

“I get grumpy and don’t filter my thoughts before they come out of my mouth.” — Laurie Dumar, via Facebook

As HuffPost Healthy Living reports, “this urge to lash out originates in the amygdala, the region of the brain that processes stress. “When constantly, severely stressed, the amygdala can become overly sensitive and hyper-vigilant, making even relatively harmless events (such as a whiny child or a snoring spouse) seem like a threat,” writes Laura Schocker. “That explains those instinctively snappy over-reactions we can all have when feeling strung out.”



I have been pushing myself too hard for too long. Giving until I honestly feel I have nothing left to give, and I am broken, out of order…for now.

Taking care of yourself and your mental and emotional wellness is vital for your over all health. Recognize when you need to take a break, and take it. I am.

Thank you for taking the time to read the rambling of someone who …well… you get it by now.

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Weighing the scale.. fat loss or hepatitis, and liver failure.. how about DEATH?

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After watching the video (and I like Marc Lobliner because he is knowledgeable and has been in the bodybuilding industry for a long time). Sounds great right? What I REALLY like is that he goes through not just the ingredients but the possible side effects and specifies if you experience any of these to stop use immediately and see a physician. Way to go Marc! So, then this comes out October 8, 2013: 

OxyElite Pro Linked to 40 Cases of Liver Failure in Hawaii” was the first eye catching headline I saw right after I saw in my newsfeed on Facebook from a local news channel; 

“CONSUMER ALERT: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating a growing number of reports of non-viral hepatitis in Hawaii that have led to 11 hospitalizations and one death.

The FDA said the common link between at least some of the cases appears to be a dietary supplement called OxyElite Pro which is sold nationwide through the Internet and retail stores.

The FDA said there have been 29 reports of the liver-damaging condition, with 24 sharing the OxyElite connection. 

“Share” to spread the word!”


Of course I went and read what comments were being shared on their post and most were about the FDA being shut down due to the Government being shut down, and you had those who just liked to hear themselves talk (they have no idea what a fat burner thermogenic is or why one would take one but still want to spout off about it and call people names), but this is some serious stuff.

  • There have been 29 cases of hepatitis in Hawaii and 24 of them said they used OxyElite Pro according to USA Today

Some people may remember when Jackd 3d (not a fat burner thermogenic but a Pre-Workout booster) was pulled from the shelves because people where dying (the military banned it after a few died during PT after taking it from heart attacks), but as soon.. AS SOON as they found it back on the shelves they were buying it up like it was going out of style saying, “That was the OLD formula”.. what are you, stupid?! Then just a couple months later we hear how the warehouse for GNC was raided and Billions of dollars worth of the “old formula” Jacked 3d were confiscated!

“We have hundreds and thousands of new ingredients being introduced into supplements without ANY safety data or information being provided.”

” Thanks to a law passed in 1994 , supplements unlike prescription drugs do not need FDA approval to get to market. Supplements and the stores that sell them are everywhere. In 1994 , there were 4,000 products on the market. What’s the status now? At least 80,000 new products.”


If you want to see how easy it is to get a supplement out there and able to be marketed without any data or information, the first thing that comes to mind is an experiment they did in the independent documentary, “Bigger, Stronger, Faster” 

If you haven’t watched this movie, I saw it in the theater when it came out and it views both sides of steroid use, but, there is a part in there where they make a supplement which has no backing on it and are able to distribute it, legally. My point being, just because you can buy a supplement off the shelve at a GNC, Vitamin Shoppe or local supplement store, doesn’t mean it is “safe” for use. 

Okay, back to my blog on the Oxyelite Pro. Anyone who has been in the bodybuilding “family” or has ever competed in a bodybuilding show has heard and has probably been told that this is a GREAT fat burner. I’ll be honest, in the past I have tried it, but, I discontinued use because I have Hashimoto’s (which I already get heart palpitations from) but after taking this I REALLY could feel my heart pounding and because I was concentrating on that, I actually thought I was going to have a panic attack. It just wasn’t cool for me to use.

Now, I’m not a chemist, not a dietician either. But I know many personal trainers (and  non certified coaches) who are telling their clients to take a fat burner without advising of possible side effects, then their clients go to the store, pick something off the shelf without knowing what chemicals they are now putting in their bodies, disregarding the (possible) side effects all in the name of burning fat! But what if you could do this naturally and without the potential side effects AND get proven results? Doesn’t that seem like a BETTER way of doing it? For my clients, if they ask me about wanting help while they are exercising and trying to lose weight, the very first thing I do is recommend Shakeology because it provides everything your body needs nutrition wise, to run like the smooth lean machine it was meant to run like, then I ask them to TRY something.. it’s “slimming formula” through Beachbody. Here is what they say about it, 

Naturally Potent Ingredients “Forget about ephedra. We DON’T use it in any of our products, period! If you want to lose weight the safe and natural way, you want the powerful combination of all-natural pyruvate and green tea extract. These proven ingredients will get you the slimming results you want, without jittery side effects.

Get Your Best Possible Results— 
Or Your Money Back!

Take Slimming Formula and know you’re losing more weight, burning more fat, and getting your best results possible—we guarantee it! If you’re not satisfied with the performance of this product, just return it within 30 days for a full refund of the purchase price, less shipping and handling.”


How awesome is that?! I’m pretty positive if you go to the store and buy off their shelves, they will not give you that guarantee and neither will the manufacturer! And HERE is a list of the very short ingredients. 

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Here’s to your health and fitness!
Jenni Whipple- Owner, Lovin’ Life Fitness and Wellness





“If you’re not sick yet, it’s not too late to get a shot.”


“If you’re not sick yet, it’s not too late to get a shot.” – Walter Gunn, Epidemiologist with the Federal Center for Disease Control, Atlanta.

I had to laugh when I read that the first time. 

I’m adding on to a previous blog I wrote a few weeks ago as soon as I heard the dreaded marketing message, “Get YOUR Flu Shot… TODAY!” Here is that original blog. You see, they are providing these flu vaccines at my work to the employees, free of monetary charge to the employee. A sign up sheet has been printed up with big, bold, beautiful rainbow colored, all capital letters, “Sign up for your Flue shot”. The sheet has been placed in an openly visible area where there is no way anyone who wanted to get the shot would miss it. It has been there for at least a week. On top of that and notice has also been put up on the company intranet to sign up, I have had no less than 4 Managers ask me if I’ve signed up yet or if I wanted to sign up for the shot. Almost like it’s a friggin lottery, GET YOUR FREE FLU SHOT TODAY! Then again, now that I think about it, it is sort of like a lottery in a few ways. None of which would mean you got a great reward for taking the risk however.

Yesterday ANOTHER manager came up to me, pinched my arm and asked, “Flue shot? Have you signed up for your flu shot yet?” I said, in a polite tone, “Nope. Not for me.” He pinched me again, “C’mon! You’re ‘Miss Healthy!’ Why aren’t you getting the flu shot?!” I said, “Well, there are several reasons. I began telling him why I, personally choose not to get YOUR flu shot..it really isn’t for me so it definitely isn’t MY flu shot!

The first reason I told him was THEY CONTAIN MERCURY. A Neurotoxin. He asked, “why do they contain mercury?” To which I stated, “good question!” here is the answer..

Organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control have told you mercury in the vaccines isn’t bad for us, but as a precaution, it will be taken out of the vaccines.

Now the same organizations are telling parents if mercury isn’t kept it in the vaccines, millions will suffer. Why? Removing the mercury from vaccines would cause a major disruption in the manufacturing and supply of vaccines.[2]

Much of the evidence on the toxicity of thimerosal was swept under the rug at a secret meeting held by the CDC in Simpsonwood, Georgia. Following are a few quotes from that meeting, I think you will see why the CDC wants to keep the lid on thimerosal.

Here are three important quotes from the Simpsonwood Document:

“…the number of dose related relationships [between mercury and autism] are linear and statistically significant. You can play with this all you want. They are linear. They are statistically significant. “- Dr. William Weil, American Academy of Pediatrics. Simpsonwood, GA, June 7, 2000 


“Forgive this personal comment, but I got called out at eight o’clock for an emergency call and my daughter-in-law delivered a son by c-section. Our first male in the line of the next generation and I do not want that grandson to get a Thimerosal containing vaccine until we know better what is going on. It will probably take a long time. In the meantime, and I know there are probably implications for this internationally, but in the meanwhile I think I want that grandson to only be given Thimerosal-free vaccines.” – Dr. Robert Johnson, Immunologist, University of Colorado, Simpsonwood, GA, June 7, 2000 


“But there is now the point at which the research results have to be handled, and even if this committee decides that there is no association and that information gets out, the work has been done and through the freedom of information that will be taken by others and will be used in other ways beyond the control of this group. And I am very concerned about that as I suspect that it is already too late to do anything regardless of any professional body and what they say…My mandate as I sit here in this group is to make sure at the end of the day that 100,000,000 are immunized with DTP, Hepatitis B and if possible Hib, this year, next year and for many years to come, and that will have to be with thimerosal containing vaccines unless a miracle occurs and an alternative is found quickly and is tried and found to be safe.” – Dr. John Clements, World Health Organization, Simpsonwood, GA, June 7, 2000 [3] – See more at: Vactruth

 Info can be found here: http://www.putchildrenfirst.org/chapter2.html



“Thimerosal, a mercury-containing preservative, has been the focus of intense scrutiny by the U.S. Congress and the news media. Thimerosal is no longer used as a preservative in any childhood vaccine with the exception of the influenza vaccine. Attention by the news media has caused some parents to fear that thimerosal contained in vaccines might have harmed their children.


Removal of thimerosal from vaccines was precipitated by an amendment to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Modernization Act that was signed into law on November 21, 1997. The amendment gave the FDA two years to “compile a list of drugs and foods that contain intentionally introduced mercury compounds and …[to] provide a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the mercury compounds in the list….” The amendment arose from a long-standing interest in lessening human exposure to mercury, a known neurotoxin and nephrotoxin.” via  Vaccine Education Center


Hmm. ” A long standing interest in lessening human exposure to mercury…removed from all other vaccines except the flu vaccine. This is a NEUROTOXIN people! You are poisoning your nervous system! Risking getting GBS? Why have the number of people being diagnosed with MS rising or let me rephrase that.. the number of people with “MS symptoms” but they can’t be diagnosed as having MS because they don’t have more than one lesion?

The second reason I told him was because the CDC admitted they have no evidence that getting the flu shot will actually prevent you from getting the flu! Why? The flu vaccine is based on “educated” guessing, not good science. Lawrence Schonberger, a CDC epidemiologist, ” We got the right antigens into the vaccine this year, ” he says. It’s something of a guessing game. “This year we guessed the Beijing. We’re now trying to make decisions on what goes into the vaccine for next year.” Schonberger says.

 In addition, these flu shots are created by mixing various flu virus strains, the top 3 flu virus strains prevalent in Asia in March of the same year the shot is to be given in the USA in the Fall (toxic germs) with formaldehyde, MSG, sodium chloride and mercury. They hurry and mass produce the vaccine so it will be available in the Fall in the USA. but by then the virus has moved, and mutated along the way. So even if it WERE one of the three suspected virus strains they thought would be one of the ones to “hit the USA” it has had the opportunity to mutate itself before it has even arrived!

Let’s just get on with the good stuff, shall we?! Taken from NaturalNews.com I give you all the reasons why I choose for myself, and my children NOT to venture down this road of uncertainty. Here is my disclaimer, if you are one of those who are in the “Severe Risk” groups (elderly who could potentially die from flu complications like pneumonia)…you need to determine if getting this shot could be the worse than if you got the flu. For everyone, the choice is yours and you don’t need to feel pressured or forced into putting this into your body. In my opinion, anyone who has an Auto-Immune issue, should stay away from this one! Again, with it containing a neurotoxin..well, you get it. I hope.

There are several varieties of the flu vaccine available today. Although each vaccine can contain different ingredients – here’s a list of the many possible toxic additives:

* Egg Protein.. not normally “bad” for you unless you have egg allergies. However, growing the virus to create the vaccine in chicken embryo’s and this would mean you are getting foreign DNA put into your system and from what I see, they ALL have that.

Influenza vaccine(Afluria–by Merck) Chicken embryo Beta-propiolactone, calcium chloride, dibasic sodium phosphate, egg protein, monobasic potassium phosphate, monobasic sodium phosphate, neomycin sulfate, polymyxin B, potassium chloride, sodium taurodeoxychoalate, thimerosal (multi-dose vials only)
Influenza vaccine (Fluarix- by GlaxoSmithKline) Chicken embryo Formaldehyde, gentamicin sulfate, hydrocortisone, octoxynol-10, á-tocopheryl hydrogen succinate, polysorbate 80, sodium deoxycholate, ovalbumin
Influenza vaccine (Flulaval- by GlaxoSmithKline) Chicken embryo Formaldehyde, á-tocopheryl hydrogen succinate, polysorbate 80, sodium deoxycholate, thimerosal, ovalbumin
Influenza vaccine (Fluvirin- by Novartis) Chicken embryo Beta-propiolactone, egg protein, neomycin, nonylphenol ethoxylate, polymyxin, thimerosal (multi-dose containers), thimerosal[2] (single-dose syringes)
Influenza vaccine (Fluzone- by Sanofi Pasteur) Chicken embryo Egg protein, formaldehyde, gelatin (standard formulation only), octylphenol ethoxylate (Triton X-100),sodium phosphate, thimerosal (multi-dose containers only)
Influenza vaccine (FluMist, live vaccine by MedImmune) Chicken kidney cells, chicken embryo Arginine, dibasic potassium phosphate, egg protein, ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid, gentamicin sulfate, hydrolyzed porcine gelatin, monobasic potassium phosphate monosodium glutamate, sucrose


Again, your health is YOUR responsibility. Eat healthy, live healthy habits by getting enough whole dense nutrition and vitamins, wash your hands, get enough sleep, exercise, and get outside for fresh air. You still may get the flu (my husband hasn’t gotten the flu shot since he HAD to in the military when he was 23 years old and has never gotten the flu, he’s now 42) but for myself, this is an easy choice. There is a lot of money invested in these for-profit pharmaceutical companies so the more they can get you to buy into what they are selling, the better their profits are and they are making money and two things work well, scare tactics and the false implication that you and your loved ones are being protected.

Please take the time to watch this- Flu and Flu Vaccines: What’s coming through that needle DVD at http://youtu.be/mpx8-Rmf8bc

Yours is health, fitness, and wellness,

Jenni Whipple owner- Lovin’ Life Fitness and Wellness


Don’t you DARE tell me, “13 is too young” to be an Entrepreneur”!

ImageMy daughter who just turned 13 came up to me a while ago and stated she was ready to make money. Our neighborhood is small in size, surrounded by commercial and retail stores, and doesn’t have many kids left in it..they’ve all moved up to High School or recently graduated.

We went through various ideas on ways a young girl could  start her own business, dog walking service, babysitting,..in the area where we live it seems about the extent of services she could provide but, there isn’t a market for it.

She is very independent, a self starter, passionate and dedicated. A leader without a doubt. She’s good with saving money, and she is ambitious, some pretty awesome qualities for a young lady! She’s explored several different ideas and I have no doubt in my mind that this girl will eventually think of the right idea for her and will do very well.

I, myself, have spoken to a few people about her aspirations to become an Engineer and her hard work ethic, as well as her incredible desire to be accepted into IMSA (Illinois Math and Science Academy). She’s hopeful she has a chance as a student who is has been accepted for the past 3 years into the IMSA Fusion Program as well as the Gifted Science program and we have been trying to find something she can do, as a 13 year year old girl that is her “own” and may help her with her future plans and goals.

You may be curious how Entrepreneurship and Engineering go together, or at least I was. I found several articles written about how Engineers can be great entrepreneurs. Proof of great companies that were led by engineers..Bill Gates of Microsoft, Larry Ellison of Oracle, Larry Page from Google, just to name a few! I was very impressed with the story of Matt Wilson who
an active member of the IET, working on local committees and mentoring a number of new engineers in his area. He is an IET Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Ambassador, going to schools to get children interested in STEM subjects. You can read more about him on businesscasestudies.co.uk

We were also able to find out about these young successful Entrepreneurs:


Check out some of these “Big Thinkers“..all teenage Entrepreneurs who are doing business and making some big money! They all made a fortune before they were 18!

There were the two 13 year old boys, Jordan Casey and Puck Meerburg who seemed to really WOW those who attended The Next Web Conference Europe 2013

Another young Entrepreneur you may have heard of is Lane Sutton. He became an entrepreneur at the young age of 5! Yes, I said 5 years old! Now at the age of 16, he has an impressive history of speaking and working with some top name companies and agencies!

And we certainly can’t leave out Catherine and David Cook! As it expanded, myYearbook left the high school realm and was ultimately sold to social networking site Quepasa for $100 million in cash and stock and renamed MeetMe, a site that attracts advertisers including Neutrogena, ABC and Walt Disney.

So why would I post something like this on the “Lovin’ Life Fitness and Wellness” blog. I hope you aren’t really asking that. But, if you are, it’s because we all need to have dreams. BIG dreams. We need to know that it’s possible to make those dreams come true and how to go about achieving them. If you aren’t growing, you’re dying. We all have to have SOMETHING to go after or we can’t be happy. Growth and Contribution. Two of the human needs.

The daughter I am speaking about, some…MANY have heard me refer to her as “my firecracker” because she is THAT passionate. When people have dreams, especially our children, we should listen to them. Investigate with them..and maybe, just maybe GROW with them.

“Since new developments are the products of a creative mind, we must therefore stimulate and encourage that type of mind in every way possible.” – George Washington Carver


So, here’s to the dreamers! The ones who haven’t heard, “That’s impossible!” enough times they’ve started to believe it, yet. The ones who haven’t developed the fears some of the adults have, and to the ones who BELIEVE and WILL make it happen…because they can!