Even when I was a young girl, I always looked up to the NPC models. I always loved the way they looked; the muscular tone in their body and how fit they were always made me want to be one of them. I thought they were so beautiful. I know not many people think that women look good that way, but to each their own. I always had it in my mind that I wanted to achieve that body. I know that they worked hard to achieve that body and I’ve always admired people that worked hard to achieve their goals.
Through different situations in life, I believe that God puts us through random things and situations to show us where we belong. I was a new mom and I knew that I had to find a job in order to make money for my family. I went to cosmetology school for two years. It wasn’t where my heart was, but like I said I had to make a living somehow. I called 25 salons in my hometown and none of them had open spots. I kept persevering and got ahold of a salon in the next town over. It was inside of a gym and the salon itself was slow businesswise. The owner of the salon was also the owner of the gym. I remember she would walk around in heels with this rock-solid body. I thought she was so beautiful and you could tell she worked hard for her body. She was an NPC model and once she told me that she was my role model. There I was cutting hair just wishing I could do what she does.
One day I mustered up enough courage and told her that I was interested in NPC and wanted to create a name for myself in that industry. Through hard work and determination, I got my name into the NPC world. Now years later, I am currently training for my fourth show and the woman I looked up to helped me through the whole journey. Her name is Kris Smith and she is a very respectable lady. She took me under her wing and I have set goals for myself that I am now achieving. Never in my life did I think I could drink a gallon of water a day but now I drink two a day. Josh even created a pee cup for me in the car because on our way to rodeos I would have to pee so bad from how much water I would drink. Counting macros, weighing, food and realizing how difficult the diets were tricky to me at first, especially as a Type 1 Diabetic. However, I set a goal for myself and I plan to stick to it.
Now that I am training, I will practice my poses in the mirror and sometimes Josh and the kids will look at me like I’m crazy. But they know that mommy has worked hard and that this is a dream of mine. Being an NPC model is not easy. Sometimes I will literally look at myself in the mirror and wonder what part needs more work. I look at every square inch of my body. You can look fantastic if your makeup and hair and nails aren’t on point you’re not going to win. This is something where you have to be 100% with yourself in the training portion of it and in the competition portion of it. You have to have a positive mindset or you won’t do well.
I believed in myself to get to where I am. I knew that NPC modeling was something that I wanted to do. I set goals for myself and I achieved them. They weren’t easy goals by any means, but the journey has been worth it. If you have always dreamed of going for something that you have backed out on, I’m telling you to go for it! You never know where it might lead you!