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Conversations with the Inspiring Amanda Seghetti

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amanda Seghetti.

Amanda, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My career started with teaching special education for 12 years, but as I grew and matured, I realized I wanted something more. I always wanted to reach more people and make a bigger impact. I wanted to continue educating, so I left the classroom and became a personal trainer and fitness instructor. I loved working with people (especially seniors) to educate them on ways to be healthy and how to have a better quality of life. After having two more children (I have 4 total), I decided I wanted to work from home so I could spend more time with my children. I had been blogging about health and fitness for a while, but I decided to add in more of our “real-life” stories to share as well. I wanted to show other busy moms that it’s possible to make small changes to help themselves and their families be healthier. I try to keep it real and relatable because parenting is hard enough as it is! But when I find things that work for us, I write about it. I’m still educating – both myself and others! I know there is at least one other mom out there who can benefit from what I have to share, and that’s what keeps me writing. Just knowing that one person can make a change or have some sort of improvement from my blog makes it worth it.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It definitely hasn’t been a smooth road. There have been many times when I wondered if I was really making a difference. If there was really anyone listening. I have almost quit a few times because I wondered if it was just a waste of time. I’ve also had family and friends scoff and laugh at what I do, thinking it’s silly or dumb. But then, I have people who reach out privately and thank me for things that I share or tell me that I’ve made an impact on their lives. And that means SO much to me! It just verifies that I’m doing this for a reason, and I need to keep going.

I think it’s really important to follow your heart. If you know deep inside that this is what you were meant to do, then go for it. Even if your family and friends don’t understand. In the end, you know what’s best.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Amanda Seghetti story. Tell us more about the business.
My blog started as a place for me to journal about my own health and fitness journey as I started to live a healthier life. I wanted to get rid of some health concerns, and I thought that it would be good to share what I was doing publicly. That way, others may be inspired to do the same.

While I still share about health and fitness (I am a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor, with a specialization in women’s fitness), I also share about regular parenting topics as well. I love to involve my family in creating healthy recipes and fun outdoor activities that get us moving, so we share those on the blog. I’ve also partnered with some health organizations to try to educate others about some common and not-so-common health topics (cancer, where to go for healthcare, vaping, etc.).

What you won’t find from me is super high-end luxury products or unrealistic body imagery. I have four kids, and while I like to exercise, I also love pizza! Our life is all about balance. I’m a relatable mom, one that most people can probably connect with.

Looking back on your childhood, what experiences do you feel played an important role in shaping the person you grew up to be?
Honestly, sometimes I wonder how I got from where I was as a child to where I am today. I was a very quiet and shy little girl, but also smart and independent. I was the oldest and I read a lot of books. I grew up with a pretty unstable mom who was an alcoholic. My dad was also an alcoholic and was in prison quite a bit when I was little. So, it was not what you would consider the typical, middle-class white family in South Georgia.

I think I was just determined to not let that be the path for my own life. I worked a full-time job after high school and put myself through college. I see myself as being someone who always wanted to help – which is why I became a teacher. Even now that I’m no longer in the classroom, I continue to have that drive to succeed and the desire to educate and help others.

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