For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Shannon Golladay. I am a married mom of two little girls (4 and almost 2), and we live in a two-bedroom apartment in Arizona.
It has taken me almost a year to be able to share my story, but I’m ready to share it. They say when you accept your circumstances and embrace them, they begin to change or get better.
I’m ready for a change. I’m ready for a big change. So I need to come to terms with my situation.
Before I got married, I had a public relations / marketing career. I have a bachelor’s degree in public relations. I did some freelance work on the side, and I also had my own business teaching tumbling / gymnastics. I lived in a place that I owned in Utah. I traveled. I didn’t worry about money. I dressed nice, and I was successful. Life was pretty good.
I met an amazing guy, Patrick, when I was 25. We got married just over a year later. It was two weeks before I turned 27. Life just got better. We traveled and spent lots of time together during our first year of marriage. One of my roommates told me that we were a “power couple” because we were going to be really successful someday.
Patrick spent the first two years of our marriage finishing up his undergrad degree, and I worked one full-time job and two side jobs to support us (about 60-70 hrs. a week). I was pregnant with our first daughter when he graduated with his bachelor’s degree in International Finance from the Marriott School of Management at BYU. Things were looking up! We were so excited for Patrick to have his degree before our baby came.
We planned for Patrick to be the provider of our family and me to be able to stay at home with our baby. Unfortunately, in Dec. 2008 when he graduated, it was the worst time in the economy. So there weren’t any jobs available.
Patrick took a job at Wells Fargo as a banker. We were grateful for the job, but it was disappointing because he didn’t need a degree to have that job.
After our first baby was born I got really depressed. I gained a lot of weight when I was pregnant, and I didn’t feel like myself. I went back to work three weeks after I had our baby.
I loved my job, but it was so hard to leave my baby and go to work. My first day back I just looked at my computer and cried. I didn’t want to be there. I wanted to be with my baby so much, but knew I needed to work to support us.
After a few months, it started getting easier. We got in a good routine. I found a good nanny, and I started losing weight.
I continued to work up until our second baby was born. I didn’t want to work outside of our home after our second baby was born. We thought we could make it possible for me to stay at home, but unfortunately we couldn’t. So I went back to work. It was even harder leaving two babies at home this time.
I was determined not to get depressed so I started with Insanity as soon as I had the clear from my doctor to workout again. Working out helped a lot.
Four months after our second baby was born, I learned about Beachbody Coaching. I loved Beachbody workouts already and wanted to find a way to be able to stay at home with our girls. It was the perfect fit for me. I loved it from the beginning. I loved helping other people just like me feel good again. It also kept me on track with my goals because I was the example to other people.
I made $260 in my first month as a coach, and my income steadily grew. My goal was to make $1,000 a month so I could quit my part-time job at the time and be at home full-time with our girls. I reached that goal in about 8 months after I became a coach.
We decided to move to Arizona in August 2012. This was a very quick decision! We moved in about three weeks. My husband and I both quit our jobs in Utah, left our nice town home with an amazing view in Utah to come to Arizona so Patrick could go to MBA school at Arizona State University. Patrick said he would provide for us 100% if we moved to Arizona because I didn’t want to work outside my home anymore.
I didn’t want to move to Arizona, but I felt like it was the right decision. I didn’t know why, but it felt right no matter how much I fought it.
We thought Patrick had a job when we moved, but it fell through. He planned to work full-time and go to school at night. So we were jobless for months (almost 8 months without a steady income). I got depressed. I didn’t leave our apartment for the first two months. I hated everything about being in Arizona. It was hot. I didn’t know anyone. We didn’t have jobs.
I was so grateful for my Beachbody Coaching business at this time because it was the only income we had for a while. We started sinking financially. I wanted to go back to Utah.
One night when I was talking to my dad on the phone (about two months after we moved), he said I should make a goal. I told him my goal would be to go outside my apartment. This may seem small, but it was a big step for me. I felt so lost.
I decided to get ready for the first time in two months (besides going to church), and I went to get my hair cut. While I was there I talked to the owner (who was doing my hair), and we started talking about marketing (one of my favorite topics). We decided to do some health and beauty classes at his salon.
I was so excited! It got my motivated again to stop worrying about my own problems and focus on something else. It was great meeting and talking to people again. I met some great friends, and I forgot about myself.
The more I started focusing on helping others, the more I forgot about my own problems.
We were struggling so badly financially that I wanted to do everything I could to help. So I started two other businesses in addition to Beachbody Coaching. Doing this only held me back. I was spread so thin running three businesses that I wasn’t doing any of them well.
It was so frustrating to me that Patrick and I both had bachelor’s degrees, and we were struggling so much. I thought about finding a job outside our home and putting our girls in daycare, but it broke my heart to do that. I was so excited to be a mom, and it was hard to not be the one watching them during the day. I didn’t want to do that again.
In March of 2013, I quit two the other two businesses I was doing, and focused all my attention on Beachbody Coaching. Coby, from Beachbody Corporate, saw me tell my story at the Super Saturday in Phoenix and asked if he could work with me. I was so grateful that he offered to help me. Working with him has completely changed my business. I also started working with a marketing coach to be able to move my business forward.
In May, Patrick started getting paid his commissions from his job at Wells Fargo doing mortgages, and things started looking up.
The Future is Looking Bright
Patrick and I went to Beachbody’s Summit in June. It was so awesome to be there with Patrick and show him what Beachbody is all about. He wasn’t able to go last year. He was really impressed with the company and what it stood for.
Patrick and I have had a lot of talks since summit. We both want to see some big changes in the next year. We’ve been working on improving ourselves, our marriage and our financial situation.
There is a lot more to the story, but that is the jest of it. I’ve learned a lot this past year. I’ve never struggled financially before. It was very humbling. I grew up with a dad who is very successful financially. The best lesson he taught me was how to work hard and smart. Because of this, I’ve always had 1-3 jobs since I was 13. My dad taught me that if I wanted something bad enough, believed in it enough, and worked for it, it could happen. I know that’s true.
I always valued relationships and the people in my life, but now I value them even more. People and relationships are the most valuable asset you can have in your life. If everything material was taken from me (and it pretty much was!), I can still be happy because of the people in my life. I’m so grateful for the family and friends in my life who’ve been there for me no matter what. I’m also grateful for a loving Father in Heaven who has been with me every step of the way.
Change is Around the Corner
Change is just around the corner. I can feel it, and I’m excited! Our goal is to buy a house by Jan. 2014. Buying a house will a big milestone for us. It’s not just having a house, but it’s having stability. We’ve moved every 2 years since we were married six years ago. We haven’t been sure of where we are going or what we were doing with our lives until now.
Some people may have been wondering why I’m doing this Beachbody Coaching business. My reason for doing this has expanded since I started. I want to help others (specifically moms) not only lose weight, but feel amazing and confident even if they’ve had kids. I want to be able to stay at home with our girls and do something I love. I want to have a passion for something that just mine. I also want to raise enough money to put down on house by Jan. 2014. So far I’ve earned $24,368.19 in my business since I started in Dec. 2011. My goal is to double that by the end of the year.
I believe that things happen for a reason. We struggle so we can become strong and help others. It’s when things are the hardest that realize what is most important in life. I’m grateful for my struggles and for the people who’ve carried me through them.