Life Doesn’t Turn out the Way we Plan… It Turns out Better

This is my Story

I dreamt of becoming a mom ever since I was a little girl. I remember lining my dolls up at night, fixing their hair, changing their clothes and then taking their pictures. I couldn’t wait to have my own kids “someday.”

The funny part is, I always dreamt of having little girls, and now I have three.

Our family Spring 2016

Our family Spring 2016

It took me a while to find my “Mr. Right”. I was even considered “old,” since I lived in Utah at the time, when I got married just two weeks before I turned 27.

I worked full-time when we got married as a Public Relations Director at a candle manufacturer in Utah. I traveled to Georgia and Florida for trade shows to meet with the magazine editors and other national media who were interested in featuring our candles.

I also ran my own business teaching little girls basic dance and tumbling skills. In addition to that, I had a freelance public relations job. I also volunteered my time doing public relations for a non profit company that helped little kinds in other countries with physical deformities like cleft pallet, etc. Some weeks I worked 80 hours a week!

I wanted to have kids, but I didn’t know how I would be able to have a family if I quit my jobs since my husband still had years left of school to complete his undergrad and graduate studies. I’m four years older than my husband so I knew it would be a while before he would be able to start his career. I felt stressed and discouraged. Being a stay-at-home just didn’t seem possible.

We decided to have kids anyway and see if we could make it work. I cut back my hours, but I still needed to go into the office and someone else needed to watch her while I was gone.

I remember going back to work just two weeks after our first baby was born, and starring at the computer with tears down my face. I didn’t want to be there. I wanted to be home with our baby. It broke my heart.

This went on for a couple years. I was determined to stop working before we had another baby, but that didn’t happen. I was still working after our second was born. I worked less hours, but I was still working, and since I worked less hours, we earned less money.

It was stressful.

When Everything Changed

One day I  came across a video of a guy (Brendon Burchard, American author on motivation, high performance, and online marketing) talking about how you could take what you are passionate about and package it up and sell it. You could do something you love from home, and it wouldn’t seem like work because you were doing something you loved. It sounded like a great idea to me! Then I could work from home, set my own hours and be with our kids.

Our girls were four months and two years old at the time. All I wanted to do was be fully present in their lives and be there for all of their “firsts.”

The ideas were spinning after I watched that video! I thought about opening up a public relations agency or a marketing firm from home. I remembered what I learned from my friend in New York during my internship after college who did that from her home. I thought it would be awesome!

Around this same time, I got message from someone on Team Beachbody’s website about being able to help people with their health and fitness goals using Beachbody workouts and get paid to do it. I loved Beachbody’s workouts! I used them to get in shape after our babies were born. I didn’t realize I could coach others and get paid to do it! It seemed too good to be true.

I talked to a personal trainer on the phone from Chicago for about 10 minutes on the phone about this, and decided to jump all in in December 2011. I had no idea what I was getting into at the time, but it seemed perfect since I loved Beachbody workouts, health and fitness, and I wanted to start a business from home so I could stay home with our girls.

I felt excited, overwhelmed, nervous and everything in between all at the same time!

My Fears and Doubts Crept in

At first it was exciting, and easy. I was on my own health and fitness journey after our second baby was born. I lost 25 lbs., but I still had about 25 lbs. to go. I shared my story everyday on a blog and social media, and people started following me and cheering me on. Some people probably thought I was crazy since it was a lot different than what I was doing before in my corporate career!

After about five months, fears and doubts crept in. I let things that other people told me get in my way of succeeding. I started believing that I wasn’t good enough. I would never be successful. I didn’t deserve to live a life like I wanted to live. Things like that kept coming, and I let them.

I slowed down for about nine months after that and lost sight of my big goals.

Meeting my Mentor(s)

About 18 months after I started my business, I met one of my first business mentors. I was in Arizona then (we moved there so my husband could go to graduate school).

We were struggling financially. It was the hardest time of my life financially. When we left Utah, we left our home, furniture, family and friends and moved into a small, two-bedroom apartment. My husband and I had both quit our jobs and planned on my husband having a job when we got to Arizona. Unfortunately it didn’t turn out that way.

After about 8 months of struggling, I decided to go “all in” with my Beachbody business. I didn’t know how I was going to do it, but I knew that it was possible, and so I decided to have faith that I could do it and find people to help me along the way.

I went to an event in Arizona and told my story there. A guy named, Colby, was in the back of the room from Beachbody’s Corporate Office. After the meeting he said he wanted to work with me.

We started working together, and my income doubled in six months.

I also met another mentor during that time named Bob. Bob was a lawyer for 20 years, and then decided to quit his law career and become a Beachbody Coach. He took me under his wing and taught me how to be a leader.

Later that year, I started working with a business coach, Kim Flynn. We ended up working for a year. That’s when I learned how to run a business.

Since then I’ve also worked with several others from Beachbody’s Corporate office, Sandi Krawkowski, Results 513, and most recently, Jill Christensen. I’ve learned from some of the best.

All of these mentors gave me confidence that I could run a successful business and lead a team.

Tests and Challenges

Being an entrepreneur is like going on a roller coaster! It is not a smooth sailing ride to success. There have been several tests and challenges along the way.

Since we (I say “we” because my husband has been a huge help along the way) started our business in December 2011, these things have happened:

– My dad was in the hospital for about 23 days and almost died

– We moved between three different states (Utah, Arizona and California)

– We lived in six different homes (mostly apartments) leaving our things behind most of the time

– We had a baby. It was tough exercising and staying healthy during pregnancy.

– My husband was gone for work in another state for about two months

– I felt very alone some days

– I missed my family and friends when we moved

– My husband and I almost got a divorce because it was such a stressful time

Some days were extremely difficult to stay positive and keep going. I thought about quitting several times, but deep down felt I should keep going because it would be worth it in the end.

My Biggest Fear

I didn’t realize all of the fears I had until I started facing them. I was afraid of being deserving of success. I didn’t feel good enough. That was a big one. I was afraid of not being able to lead a team.

Despite my fears, my faith was even bigger. I knew that it would pay off if I kept going, and it has paid off.

Changing from the Inside Out

I believe that success is rented, and the rent is due everyday. I have completely changed from the inside out since I started my business in December 2011. I am a completely different person.

It’s so much more than my outward appearance (losing over 50 lbs.). I changed inside. I became a stronger, more confident person. I became a better leader and person.

I reached my goal of doing something I love from home so I could be home with our girls. That is my biggest success.

Getting paid to do this is just a bonus for me. The time I’ve been able to spend with our girls and the memories we’ve made together over the past four and a half years is priceless.

The Best Part

The best part is the people I’ve met along the way. I’ve met some remarkable people who have changed my life for the better. I have been inspired to become a better person, push myself to do more and be more than I would have done.

I’ve become a stronger, better person because of this journey, and it’s just getting started. The best is yet to come.

About The Author


Hi! My name is Shannon Golladay! I'm married and have three little girls. I am passionate about helping moms feel and look amazing! I struggled with my weight during and after my pregnancies. I found a way to workout at home and get in awesome shape! Now I'm paying it forward and helping other moms like me reach their goals.

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