Whittney Anela Soares 

Hilo, HI

"I’ve been a personal trainer for about 3 years solid now. Before that I bounced back and forth between my conventional career and the gym constantly doubting whether or not I had what it took to become a full time trainer. That self doubt consumed me until I had my 3rd child and realized postpartum depression was sinking in. I shouldn’t have been feeling so defeated when this should’ve been a joyous time in my life. The thought of returning to work in 4 weeks of my son birth worried me. I woke up one morning and decided I was gonna commit, take the leap and go all in. I wasn’t going back to work only to hate my work schedule, miss my kids and never feel like the work I was doing was meaningful. Long story short, I invested in my certifications, started taking in clients and teaching more classes at the gym I’ve been at, and started working it. I made my schedule fit my family’s needs and started building strength in my team. I train women, whom 95% are moms too. We train hard. My goal was to show these ladies that motherhood is a blessing that can give you clarity and sense of purpose. But you have to be willing to listen to your intuition and trust your own abilities. My clients go hard! They’re the strongest people I know. They lift heavy, push past limits and aren’t afraid to go all in. Seeing them gain and earn real confidence as women makes me feel like I made the right choice. Postpartum depression is real. So many suffer with it not even knowing they do. Guilt sinks in and women go on for decades not understanding why they feel so lost. But there’s a real way to manage and overcome it. I did it. And now my work is helping other women learn how they too can be powerful and make it happen for themselves. My kids have a happier mama. My mood is healthier and I believe I’m finally in my purpose. Life is good.

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