Starting my own business was scary and exciting for me all at the same time. At the age of 30, I was widowed with three young children. The love of my life died in a car accident and left me with a three year old and 15 month old twins. At this tragic time in my life I had to make the choice: do I survive or thrive. I decided to thrive. I decided to turn my mess into a message.
Over the next couple of years, I raised my babies the way Kyle and I would want them to be raised. I remarried a wonderful man named Tom Schreiber and he adopted my children to raise as his own. During this time I also started my business, Challenge To Change, Inc. I wanted to inspire people to be healthy, happy and live a positive life.
I named my business, Challenge To Change, because I wanted people to understand that the power to change and live a good life is within us. It does not come from outside of ourselves. Each choice we make leads us exactly where we need to be, and knowing that can be very powerful. My business slogan is “Think Positive and Positive Things Will Happen.” The power of positive actions and reactions can make our lives so much better.
Today, I continue to serve the Dubuque area with a drive to continue to spread wellness. I say everyday: I love my job. I love the variety it provides and the socialization I experience everyday. I am inspired by messages from parents of my yoga students when I hear they are applying their breathing techniques to their everyday life. I am so blessed to be able to live the life I am and be touched by the lives I am.