Photography by Robert Nelson
Occupation: Motivational and inspirational speaker, certified life coach, fitness mentor, accountability partner, wellness consultant
Beauty Factor: Adoring wife, triumphant survivor, women’s advocate
Why she loves her job: As a domestic violence survivor, a rape survivor and a woman who has struggled with obesity issues and more—I am my audience. The challenges and adversities I’ve experienced in my life have given me the ability to understand what many people are dealing with.
Proudest achievement: In January 2005, I made myself a priority for the first time in my life and removed all of the negative and toxic people from my life. Once I tapped into that strength and changed my mindset, the weight I had carried around my whole life began to melt off. I am living proof that it is possible to lose weight without resorting to drastic and life-altering weight-loss surgery, because I did it the good old-fashioned way: with focus, hard work and determination.
Favorite pastime: Powerlifting. In November 2014, I competed in the USA Powerlifting Florida Southeastern USA Regional Championships, and I set the record in Florida for women in my age and weight class in bench and deadlift.
Most influential person in her life: My husband, Richard, who supports me in all ways. He is my hero and biggest cheerleader.
Words she lives by: Find the positive in every day and don’t dwell on the negative. Make each step one towards where you want to be in life.
Guilty pleasure: Driving fast cars
What beauty means: Having a big heart and doing good things for others while being a strong, confident woman
Shot on location at The Addison, Boca Raton
Hair: Katrina Anderson, Deborah Koepper Beauty, Palm Beach
Makeup: Deborah Koepper, Deborah Koepper Beauty, Palm Beach