“What’s one piece of advice you would give to people reading this?”
“Be amazing and kind to others. Treat everyone like they’re your best friend. I say that all the time. I say that to my son. I have one rule and that is that you be a good person, a nice person, a caring person. I feel like it diffuses everything. Even if you don’t know someone, you never know what they’re going through, so if you try and treat every single person you see like someone you care about, I think this world could be amazing.
We can get so wrapped up in our own stuff, that we forget that what makes this all work is community. It’s about helping each other, lifting each other up and making each other shine. And sometimes no one has ever shined before or realize that they can, and you can seriously impact their day or their life by being kind.”
“What would winning Top Tank Topeka do for you?”
Honestly, I feel like it’s about what it would do for the community. For me, it’s something that I love and I’m passionate about, but the biggest thing is helping people learn and helping them being confident in taking care of themselves. Nutrition in Topeka is geared toward fast food. It’s very Midwest, you know, buttery goodness, but that’s only good in moderation. We don’t have a place where you can truly go for a good meal that is healthy. I also want to have classes and educate people because I really care about teaching others what I know.
There’s nothing like someone telling me how they lost 30 pounds, and even if only a little of my advice helped them get there, that’s really awesome. Knowing that I helped to impact and change their life forever, that’s super cool. Topeka is the eight most obese city in the US. It’s a serious problem and we don’t have any alternatives here, so I think it’s more about what winning Top Tank can do for the community here.”