This month I had the opportunity to attend a health and wellness expo featuring a workout session with Shaun T in Pittsburgh, PA. If you aren’t familiar with Shaun T, let me get you right! Shaun T is a motivational speaker, fitness trainer, author, and the list goes on and on. He is best known for his home fitness programs such as Insanity and Hip Hop Abs. His energy really keeps you engaged during workouts and motivates you to push yourself, go at your own pace, and most importantly to never give up! After the workout at the expo (I worked muscles out I didn’t know I had by the way) there was a Q & A session and I had opportunity to ask him a question! I was so ecstatic to be able to speak to someone who inspires me on my health and wellness journey and reminds me to make time for ME!
If you don’t take the time to take care of you, you’ll be no good to anyone. He reaffirmed the importance of being transparent and it spoke volumes, along with the importance of being true to who you are. Here’s a video of the Q&A and let me tell ya’ll I left that expo more inspired and motivated than when I walked in. I hope to interview him one day for ‘Soul Health Chronicles’, this Q&A was just our introduction, yes I am speaking this into existence okay!
Transparency and authenticity are major keys these days. In a time where anyone can put on a mask for social media platforms, it's so important to not get sucked into that wave and remain you at all times, even when it seems abnormal to do so. I want to be transparent and share my journey while also being authentic in my delivery and message. I have grown while on this journey of becoming the best version of myself, and have realized that what I think about myself, ideas, and my life are most important. I admit that in the past I would care about what people would think of me and would second guess myself and my ideas and become indecisive as a result.
Don't get me wrong, I do welcome suggestions, advice, resources, new ideas, and connections from others of course! But at the end of the day what matters most is what I think of myself and that I do what’s in my best interest. I know that I am sharing my journey authentically while being transparent with my message and passion, because I don't know any other way to be honestly.
I cannot be concerned or consumed with how others view my work, as long as I know at the end of the day that I am being real and authentic on my platform and to myself.
I used to be afraid to share my ideas out loud, would let fear of rejection or not being taken seriously take over, but no longer! I finally realized that people are drawn to me for a reason, they listen to what I have to say, value my insight, may have heard about me and are interested in learning more. To shy away from that would be an injustice to the world and myself (dramatic but true).
As long as I continue to be transparent and authentic with sharing my journey people will want to come along for the ride with me, because it is the real deal! There will be ups and downs, highs and lows, stumble of words, bloopers, not always saying the “right” thing but what I can promise you is Shawnte, the real, authentic, and transparent me.
I am continuing to grow and try new things, and encourage others to explore the things that scare them; those ideas and dreams that you can’t stop thinking about. Rather than wondering “what if” replace it with “I’ll try”. I truly love the phrase "If your dreams don't scare you then they aren't big enough", and I agree. Go after the things you want, push yourself, and most importantly be authentic and true to yourself and your vision.
As always, working on becoming the best version of yourself, you are your only competition!
Shawnte’, the creator of Soul Health Chronicles is a workout lover and blogger. She is inspired by health and wellness journeys and wanted to create a platform for them to be highlighted and celebrated. She encourages people to work on becoming the best version of yourself and serves as a reminder that you are your only competition!
Learn more and connect with Shawnte’ at www.soulhealthchronicles.com