Hi! I’m Nicole.
I strived to understand self-awareness for many, many, many years. In the past, I considered my identity to be that of a quiet, shy, unobtrusive, and overly respectful young lady. There were no ripples that needed to be made or even to be considered. Staying under the radar, even in my own life, was a good enough place to be. But, truthfully, we weren’t designed… we weren’t given our wonderful minds with the power of choice… to just sit back and “let life happen.” Several years ago, I caught a glimpse of that tiny flame of curiosity and I stoked it and now it’s a silently raging, incandescent blue flame of energy, ambition, passion, love, and gratitude.
At first, I didn’t know I was looking for it or even comprehended what “wellbeing” was – I just knew I wasn’t happy with myself or the body I was in. My body was gaining weight, my lower back was starting to hurt every day, and at 27 years old my mind was screaming at me to do something about it. Though I avoided the thought for years, I secretly understood that reaching a happier place was going to take effort. It was going to require I venture into areas I was terrified of exploring because I was afraid of finding something unpleasant about myself. Facing “my demons,” if you will. My demons were very strong and very aggressive; therefore, my self-esteem was very low.
It’s rare to find people who loved “digging deep” and have done the real “soul-searching” required to truly be happy. They don’t seem to be real human beings, like they might be lying about being so happy. That kind of emotional and mental education and awareness isn’t taught in school. It should be. As we get older, life gets busy and we slip into reaction mode where we stand by awaiting circumstances that will direct our attention, our days, our thoughts, our years, and eventually, all of our time. We feel like we can’t break away from the “way things are” and suddenly we hit a mid-point in life wondering why the hell we didn’t do more or pursue more for our life. Some of us have so many demons, or fears, to face that the mere thought of facing them over an undetermined amount of time in order to get to the other side where our happiness resides is too daunting and too much trouble, especially for what life has put on our plate right now. Yet, we KNOW that we are strong enough to handle fears because we have already faced them before. Some demons, admittedly, are stronger than others, and that’s where I can be of service.
Fitness. Health. Wellbeing.
Fitness can give you the power to overcome fears. Our demons are only as strong as we let them be. You don’t have to be fit and trek to the top of Mt. Everest in order to “climb over fear” or seclude yourself in a village in the Himalayas dwelling in your own thoughts for years to “reach nirvana.” It took me many years of introspection to learn this. The truly best way to begin the path toward wellbeing is through movement and good food. That is, exercise and nutrition. Put simply, your body holds your life and taking care of it with exercise and nutrition will ensure you are living a truly fulfilling life. Some people have reached a level of wellbeing without taking care of their fitness and health, but that’s not how it worked for me.
We are capable of achieving more than we believe we can. Fitness provides indicators that you can visibly see to help you believe that you are on the right path towards better health and overall wellbeing.
Certified Personal Trainer via the National Council on Strength & Fitness (NCSF)
Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the U.S. Naval Academy (2009)
Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University (2014)
Future certification as a Sports Nutrition Specialist (NCSF) and Group Fitness Instructor (ACE)
Platinum Athlete with Team Bombshell (2013 – present)
Nationally Qualified National Physique Committee (NPC) Bikini Competitor
Recipient of Armed Forces Inspiration Award (NPC Shawn Ray Hawaiian Classic, November 2017)
MORE ABOUT NICOLE
Happily married to Alan Terwey since 2013
Former Active Duty U.S. Navy Intelligence Officer (2009 – 2017)
Personal Trainer at Next Level Fitness in Nashville, TN
Fitness Advisory Board member at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Fitness Center (2016-2017)