Last week I interviewed my social advocate, Shedna. I found her on instagram through my trainers profile. She stood out to me because she was logging her journey training for the NPC Figure competition. In a lot of the pictures she posted about herself she captioned them with empowering quotes about progression, and also in a few she talked about being comfortable in your skin, “Don’t worry if you have muscles or DON’T!” I really was interested in what inspired/motivated her to start this. I sent her text and we set up a date to meet. When I met her in person it was completely different from online. She had such an uplifting energy and vibe that made me immediately smile. When we were talking for about 15 minutes the conversation started to actually get more interesting and different stories from her life came up. From this interview I learned how you can get a lot from actually meeting a person vs. seeing someone online. She was a women who had been through so many experiences, and different environments all her life. I learned how she lived in the East and not being involved in fitness at all, moving because she joined the navy, left and moved to San Diego and came to the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. When she started going to the gym she fell in love with training and powerlifting. Now, she even helps train some people and is an influencer on instagram, she sometimes gets 2 direct messages about people thanking her for inspiring them every day.
I think the boards we are making for our social advocate should have an “essay” or paper talking about them because I think it’s important for people to get to know these amazing local advocates. They deserve to be known and appreciated for whatever they do to make this world a better place with each slightest action.
Hi, my name is Anna Nicole.