Meet Michelle, our new weekly contributor.
Michelle is the writer behind This Whole Life, a blog about sharing stories and sharing life. She is married to Ray and is the proud mom of Sean, Patrick and Meaghan, and mother in law to Meaghan Mclauglin-Collins. She was a stay at home mom for many years and entered the workforce in 2001 as a support worker at Moncton Employment and Training Services. While working full time she took courses at night and by correspondence and graduated as a Human Services Counselor from NBCC. She worked as a counselor for several years until leaving her position in May 2015.
Michelle was never into athletics as a child, but decided to make a change in her life at age 40 when she started training in Tae Kwon Do, after seeing how it was benefiting her two youngest children. She faced many challenges and went way outside her comfort zone, but she never gave up and completed her testing for her Black Belt on December 6, 2009.
During this time, Michelle was introduced to the world of bodybuilding by a friend and attended seminars by Kai Greene and Flex Lewis. A month before her 50th birthday, Michelle decided to compete in the Atlantic Classic Bodybuilding show the following April. It was during this process that she learned the importance of proper nutrition and positive accountability in achieving one’s goals.
Michelle believes that learning is a lifelong process, and has certificates in Lay Ministry and Spirituality from St. Francis Xavier University. She feels that these courses, along with the skills she developed in her work as a Human Service Counselor and her life experience will enable her to work with the whole person in body, mind and spirit. It’s never too late to start.