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Living a Healthy Lifestyle Has Been the Key to Success

Written by LeAnn Fordyce, Client Services Associate

As a full-time mom and full-time professional, I’m about as strapped for time as anyone. It’s so easy to start to cut corners and skip things like exercise or focusing on mental well-being for the short term gain of extra minutes in your day. But I’ve discovered investing in these activities is actually the key to a more robust and fulfilled life.

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Almost a year ago I was staring at a picture of myself that a friend had posted, and I absolutely HATED the way that I looked, which then caused me to stress about my appearance and what other people thought of me. That one photo started me on my journey of self-care and being healthy. And when I say healthy, I mean that I not only worked on my physical appearance but my mental state of mind because being mentally healthy is just as important as being physically healthier. I dove headfirst into self-development books and became a gym member.

I was determined to not only be a strong person in all aspects of my life, but I was determined to be a good role model for my daughter. As a mom, I want her to know that she is capable of great things beyond measure. I think it is crucial to instill in our children the importance of working hard for what you have and for what you want. I believe the only way to show kids this is to lead by example.

My mornings begin bright and early at 4:45 a.m. and my day doesn’t end until almost 9:30 p.m. This includes getting up, daycare drop off, gym, work, and then being a mom. I’ve discovered the key to making everything happen is physical fitness. I enjoy the opportunity to make myself a stronger person and really grow my capabilities every day.


Growing stronger has made me more confident in my personal life as well as my work life. I am influencing my family and friends by showing them that it only takes 45 minutes a day to make a difference, and demonstrating that you can do anything that you put your mind to. Hitting the gym has taught me that with patience and perseverance, I can accomplish great things. This heavily influences my work life because knowing that I can have the patience and dedication to work on my fitness means that I can transfer those virtues into my day-to-day work responsibilities.

Fitness has taught me that you have to work hard for what you want — it won’t just fall in your lap. It has taught me that being healthy isn’t just physical, but you really have to get your head in the game.

I’m inspired by the quote, “The man at the top of the mountain didn’t fall there.”

This reminded me that I am lucky enough to have a job where I love coming to work every day and reminded me that in order to get somewhere, I have to put the work and time in. I recently started helping support the Treasury Management team in their daily needs and tasks, and by no means was this an easy start. There have been plenty of shared frustrations and hurdles to jump through, but with the right mindset and support from the right people, I have learned many new things. I am also able to support others. I have learned that great things take time and patience and you don’t know how good you can be at something unless you dive head first into it.

Working on my health has been one of the most rewarding things that I have done for myself, and I want to encourage everyone to take time out of their day to stop and do something healthy. Every day you wake up and are presented with a choice: are you going to have an impactful day or are you going to have a mediocre day?

You are always going to be your biggest supporter or your biggest enemy; you get to decide which side of the court you are going to be on. You are the only person who can determine that. This personal development journey has not only aided me in becoming a stronger person physically and mentally, but has guided me to become a strong team member, respected leader, and be the best mom that I can be.

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