A little background info…
My name is Carlene Speizer and I am 26 years old. I have a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. I took on an administrative position at a University right out of college, and decided I need to find something else that interests me to pursue a career. After looking around, the Master’s in Interactive Media program sparked my interest, and here I am! I am concentrating in UX, and hope to pursue a career in that field.
Aside from my day job, I am co-director of a dance studio, where we provide dance instruction in ballet, lyrical, tap, jazz, hip-hop, acrobatics, POM, and Zumba Fitness. We strive to teach confidence and positivity to each child. In addition to teaching dance, I also cut and mix the music for the dances, and design our ‘ad book’ which is passed out at our annual recital.
So… do I actually have a life?
When I’m not working or doing homework (which is almost never), I do spend my time on social media: Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat & my favorite, Pinterest. I enjoy cooking (but not cleaning up afterwards). Some of my favorite recipes include stuffed peppers, zucchini turkey burgers, and cauliflower fried rice with ground turkey. I also love shopping for clothes & make-up (it’s more like a good therapy session). But nothing beats watching “Friends with Benefits” with Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis on the couch with my husband & our dogs! (I’m not sure he loves the movie as much as I do, but he still puts up with watching it.)
Now to get serious…
It seems I have grown up to live this busy life of 2 jobs, grad school, a husband and 2 dogs (yes living with my husband and the dogs should be considered a job). I am certainly not the busiest girl in the world, but of all my friends I’d say I’m the one who has the most trouble saying “no”. I continuously put too much on my plate, and continue to juggle everything in life until it knocks me straight onto my ass. Trust me, it’s happened a few too many times.
Because of this I have run into many health risks, including caffeine overdoses and severe lack of sleeping. It was enough to send me to the hospital – scary stuff! This is when I got a reality check that I needed to make changes. If I was going to stay busy, then I had to figure out ways to nourish my body to be able to do everything I want to do, as well as prioritize. Since then I have cut back on some activities in life, but including a clean eating plan into my life helped a lot. This is when I changed my entire mentality changed about a healthy lifestyle. It wasn’t just about burning calories, it was taking care of my body inside and out, physically and mentally. It is so important to be educated on what a healthy lifestyle is, and that is how I became so passionate. Whether you need to eat healthier, work out more, or gain confidence, choose a goal and get going! I want to share my knowledge with others, and hopefully I can inspire or motivate people to live a healthier lifestyle.