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Fast forward to October 1st 2013, I was 24, that Tuesday started off just like every Tuesday before it. I woke up, started getting ready for work when I heard the phone ring and that was the moment my entire life changed. I hurried out to the living-room to see what all of the commotion was about. The next words that came out of my parents’ mouths were, “Kari, your brother passed away.” I stood still, in complete shock. I couldn’t feel a thing. It was as if my soul had up and left. The hours, months, years following my brother’s passing were some of the darkest times I have ever experienced in my life.
Like most kids, I grew up turning to mom and dad for guidance during tough times. This time however, I couldn’t. My parents had just lost their son. They themselves were trying to figure out how to process it all. I turned to the only other thing that had always been there to comfort me, food. I lost myself the years following my brother’s death. I didn’t have any sense of who I was anymore, what I liked, what I wanted out of life. The only thing I looked forward to everyday was food and sleep. Then in June of 2016 I went for a checkup. Later, I got a letter notifying me that I was pre-diabetic and a warning that if I didn’t start changing some things I would be put on medication. My heart sunk because complications stemming from diabetes was what took my brother’s life way too soon. That still wasn’t enough of a wakeup call for me. I continued to seek comfort in food. My self-esteem had diminished so much over the years that at that point in my life I didn’t have any belief in myself. I didn’t believe that I was capable of change.
Now, I am living my healthiest life spiritually and physically down 50lbs. I wake up with purpose and beyond grateful that I didn’t give up on myself. I am confident in my own skin and feel empowered to help women get their shine back one day at a time. They are worth it; YOU ARE WORTH IT! The greatest lesson I learned through this long journey is that we are all capable of achieving so much more than what we give ourselves credit for. Take the first step. Give yourself the opportunity to go after what you most desire. Choose you.
More About Karina
Karina is a health and wellness coach who is passionate about helping women regain control of their health and gain their self-confidence back so they can live-out-loud their best life yet. She is also a film producer with features under her belt, has edited numerous Emmy nominated shows for legendary director Mel Brooks and is president of Crevice Entertainment Company LLC.
Karina enjoys staying active by taking shopping trips on the weekends, loves traveling and basks in the laugh out loud moments she gets to share with her loved ones.