Company: Orangetheory Fitness
Position: Charlotte Area Marketing & Events
WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
Rockwell, North Carolina.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN CHARLOTTE AREA?
TELL US A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT YOU?
I am from a tiny town about an hour outside of Charlotte named Rockwell, NC. It is the type of city that has more barbeque restaurants than stoplights and I am totally okay with that. Family is my everything. I have an older brother who also lives in Charlotte, Scott, and sadly, lost my oldest brother, Keith, to Cerebral Palsy in 2013. I started playing basketball when I was 7 years old and was fortunate enough to play in college where I earned All-Conference honors, Female Athlete of the Year, 1000+ point career marker, and served as Captain my junior and senior year. My passion for athletics and fitness comes from my dad who has been a cyclist for 40+ years and a grandfather who played quarterback at Vanderbilt. I also have a passion for fashion and love finding fun, unique pieces to put together. I love to live an active lifestyle and do anything I can outdoors. The beach is my happy place. I would choose watching Sportscenter over The Bachelor but not BRAVO. And last but not least, I am a DIE HARD Carolina Tarheels fan.
DURING YOUR TIME VOLUNTEERING FOR A COMMUNITY ACTIVITY OR PROJECT, WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORIAL MOMENT?
My most memorable moment volunteering was when I coached a 9 & 10-year-old girls basketball team for two seasons at the Cornwell Center, part of Myers Park Baptist Church. We ended up winning the championship my first season coaching with a dear friend! This was such an amazing opportunity because I felt like I was coaching my younger self and wanted to be an example for the girls to look up to. Little did they know, they were an example for me and helped me escape to a happy place after long work days and hard personal days. It meant the world for me to be able to teach my passion to young women and not just the fundamentals of the game but also the fundamentals of life. I wanted to teach them that it is not just about the person you are on the court but more importantly the person you are when the game buzzer goes off.
IN YOUR OPINION, HOW DO YOU CONTRIBUTE TO THE COMMUNITY?
I believe I contribute to the community in a couple different ways. First off, I have become a voice for mental health awareness in the community and my personal battle with an eating disorder that has lasted nearly half my life. A year and a half ago I started a blog about my journey with an ED and letting the world know my deepest darkest secret. You can read my continued story here at: tlcunmasked.blogspot.com. One of the most impactful things that have come from this blog are people who have introduced themselves to me who have read my blog and how it inspired them in some way. I have also been fortunate enough to tell my story to UNCC women’s athletic teams and as well as my hometown high school women’s basketball team. My hopes are, as I continue to live my truth, to break the mold of what eating disorders are and how we as individuals cope with this disease daily. I strive to be a continual voice in the community for ED and mental health awareness as well as an inspiration to everyone in living their life “unmasked”.
Secondly, Orangetheory has also given me the platform to inspire the community by raising mental and health awareness to numerous individuals in Charlotte. I have partnered with many local and national charities to host fundraisers at Orangetheory as well as attend 5k races and other fitness events. One of my proudest accomplishments is watching an idea come to life called Burn & Brew. I came up with the idea of having a bootcamp at Triple C Brewery in South End during our pre-sales to promote our opening and brand recognition. I called it “Burn & Brew” as “Keep Burning” is Orangetheory Fitness’ tag line. I was anxious to see how the first event would come together and to my surprise, there would be a line out the door and 170+ in attendance. We executed 4 Burn & Brew’s with an average of 120+ participants. This once small idea has motivated others to promote fitness+community related ideas. In turn, Burn & Brew is now a part of the OTF National “Pre-Sale Document” that is sent to all Franchise owners for successful studio-opening ideas across the country.
WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OR INTEREST?
Writing, drawing (try to draw) fashion illustrations, long walks around the city, playing sand volleyball, hiking, shopping.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE THAT YOU STAND BY?
“Choose discomfort over regret” – Brene Brown.
I would rather be uncomfortable for a short amount of time than regret something for a lifetime.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS?
I see myself being more of an experienced world traveler and using my passport more often than I do now. A dream of mine is to own my own company/brand so, in 5 years I hope I can say I finally executed some of the ideas I have had brewing in my head. I would also love to be a motivational speaker for mental health, specifically for E.D. in hopes to one-day travel around the country for it as I stay strong in recovery. I still see myself with Orangetheory Fitness and help continue to promote healthy living and open studios all along the East Coast. Lastly, I can see myself married. Big plans for the future!
CAN YOUR SHARE ONE THING THAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?
How about two:
- Staying in a glass igloo in Finland under the Northern Lights.
- Do a Triathlon.
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU USED YOUR PASSPORT?
2013, for a Cruise around the Caribbean. I’d say it is time to whip that puppy back out.
WHAT IS A FUN FACT ABOUT YOURSELF THAT NO ONE KNOWS?
This may not come as a shock to those who know my accent but I learned how to drive on a tractor when I was 8 years old.
WHO IS YOUR HERO?
My parents. There isn’t enough space for me to list all the reasons but I wouldn’t nearly be the person I am today without having them lead the way. They are filled with so much love, passion, strength, and inspiration that has taught me to never give up and to chase after all of my dreams with their full support behind me.
WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ?
Not a big book reader. I like to listen to podcast and can read motivational/inspirational quotes for hours.
WHAT WAS THE LAST MOVIE YOU SAW?
Pitch Perfect, aca-believe it.
WHAT WAS THE LAST CONCERT YOU SAW?