For years I lived my life according to what (or whom) I thought could make me happy. And it wasn’t working out. The day I started living my life authentically, standing up for myself, speaking out about what I believed in without looking over my shoulder at who was talking about me and what they thought of me, was the day my life truly began and had immense meaning. Today I make no apologies for who I am. I write about and talk about my own struggles with body image, disordered eating and exercise, relationships and self esteem. We all have our shit, and if I can help one person, the ripple effect that I will never know of, makes it worth while ten times over. I don’t like to sugar coat things. I had only a few people in my life who gave it to me straight, and the impact was profound.
I know in my heart and soul I was put on this earth to help women live their best life. It makes me blissfully happy to see a woman step into the life she was meant to live. To see her take action on things she’s been afraid to do. To see her step out of the box. To see her learn to manage her self-limiting beliefs. To realize she is worth it. We all deserve this. YOU deserve this.
I am also a mom of two amazing babies, my daughter is 3 and my son is 5. Oh, and my husband rocks too.
So, my life pretty much kicks ass, but it didn’t just fall into my lap. I worked for it, and still work on it every single day. I do my absolute best to walk my talk. I don’t believe I can rightfully help you if I’m not continuously working on my own stuff too.
You can read the story of when I had my “wtf moment” and decided to change my life, here.
Some other interesting facts about me:
- I am recovered from Anxiety and Panic Disorder. Although it still rears it’s ugly head every once in a great while.
- I am recovered from EDNOS (Eating disorder not otherwise specified). Basically, I had a pretty messed up and dysfunctional relationship with food, exercise and my body. To be free from this has been one of my greatest accomplishments to date.
- I have a terrifying drain phobia (shut up).
- I’m educated and I sometimes use foul language.
- I laugh REALLY loud.
- I hold a degree in fashion merchandising and worked for years in the industry which included dressing mannequins and windows.
- I have been called: Sassy, feisty, loud-mouthed, too-smart-for-your-own-good, renegade, bitch, tough and badass. All amazing compliments and attributes I hope my children inherit.
- I got my heart broken and was divorced when I was 30 and truly think it was the best thing that ever happened to me.
- I’m a runner and triathlete. I grew up watching my parents be active and love being the same role model for my kids.
- My son was born via cesarean section and 2 years later my daughter was born vaginally, which made me passionate about VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean).
- I consider myself a personal growth and development junkie.
- No matter what nationality, religion or language we speak, I truly believe all of us on this planet all want the same thing: Love.
The “Do-You-Look-Good-On-Paper” Professional Bio:
Andrea Owen is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) from The Coaches Training Institute. She holds a Bachelor of Science from California State University in Kinesiology, specializing in Health Science, as well as a personal training certification from the American Council on Exercise since 2005. She was selected by the Kinesiology faculty for outstanding achievement in the Kinesiology degree program in 2009. She has also worked for the American Council on Exercise on the corporate level.
Andrea’s forthcoming book (title TBA) is due to be released by Adams Media in January, 2014.
She has facilitated many workshops for girls hosted by Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty and is an active member of the Actionist Community(R) led by Jessica Weiner, a special aggregate of women whose efforts inspire and empower women and girls to live confidently and change the world around them.
She has done volunteer work for the Special Olympics, Best Buddies and Rady’s Children’s Hospital.
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