Hi all! I am utterly humbled and honored to be writing my story to share with all of you. I never imagined that I would be asked to share my story with the world wide web on a blog where women of such caliber have shared before me. So, here I am sharing my story in hopes to inspire you. In hopes that you can relate to my journey in some way. And that by the time you are finished reading this that you have the motivation, drive and self-confidence to go after your dream.  

First I'd like to introduce myself. My name is Nicolle Arkell, I am 26 years old, I live in a very small town in Minnesota with my husband Chris and my two fur babes; a husky/lab mix named Finley and a sassy kitty named Benelli. You can find me on Facebook or Instagram at ShortSassyStrong if you'd like to see more fitness, nutrition and self-love inspiration. I began following my dream as Virtual Health Coach in February 2016 and as I am coming up on my one-year anniversary of virtual health coaching, I can honestly say I never thought this is what my life would look like.  

See, I grew up in a trailer park in Saginaw, Michigan with my grandparents. I was born to a teen mom and my parents were married and divorced by time I was 5 years old. We didn't have a whole lot of money and I was surrounded by not the greatest of examples. My family did their very best in trying to raise my brother and I, but the path that was outlined for us was very similar to the ones before us. At the age 12, I knew that something had to change. My mother had moved to Minnesota to be with my step-father a few years before and since my father had primary custody of us, we spent the entire summer in Minnesota with my mom, stepdad and siblings. When I would visit, I felt like this is what life should feel like and at 12 years old I decided to take the custody battle into my own hands. I know that I am extremely blessed to have had a way out of a not so ideal situation. And I thank God every single day for putting that opportunity in front of me. So, as a 12-year-old girl I decided for myself to move to Minnesota to live with my mom. Leaving my grandparents that had raised me and my brother behind.  

Moving to Minnesota, was the best decisions of my life. I attended a charter middle school, went to high school and then off to college. It all seemed very normal, which is exactly what I wanted. So, I thought. During college, I met some of my best friends, my now husband and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Health Sciences. I thought I wanted to work in a lab and do cool experiments all day, but I realized as I was being offered a job as microbiologist that what I really enjoyed was helping people.

At this point in my life, the normal now didn't seem good enough. Even though I had made it through a very rough childhood that could have led me to being knocked up and strung out on drugs, I was now living a life just like everyone else. I thought I found my calling when my husband became a police officer. Even though, being a Police Officer's wife is a large part of who I am, it doesn't define all of me. I realized that I needed to find what filled my bucket, personally. One day I was scrolling through Instagram and saw a woman posting about her incredible life as a virtual health coach through a company called Beachbody. She made an income by helping others not only become physically fit, but mentally and emotionally fit as well. I automatically felt a connection. Emotions came flooding in as I began to think about what my future could hold. 6 months into my journey, I actually shared the biggest dream I have ever had, out loud with my husband and that woman that is now my coach and mentor. I want to be a stay at home Mom.  

I have seen this career transform lives of many people physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually and financially. It has given me the will to DREAM BIGGER. So, over the last 6 months as I've created my bigger dreams I have overcome many obstacles. With my past experiences you would think that it would have come easy for me, but it hasn't. I have had self-doubt, crippling anxiety, extreme amounts of stress and my self-love meter has been chattered. When you push for a big dream, these feelings will happen, but you cannot let those moments or those feelings define you. I've learned through personal development books such as Mastering You Mean Girl by Melissa Ambrosini and The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst that your most powerful relationship you should have is with yourself – imperfections and all. I like to say the BIGGER the DREAM the BIGGER the REWARD!  

Here is how we can achieve our goals and dreams. First, we are going to believe that we can do it. We are going to feel like we deserve it and recognize that God has a bigger plan and a BIGGER DREAM than we can even dream of right now. Second, we will stop the comparison game. Understand that dreams and goals do not take a certain type of person, it takes certain type determination. Whoever is going to want it more, is who is going to get it! Third, continue to be grateful for your past experiences that have led you to where you are today. Every situation in your life was for a reason. And we might not understand it right now, but it will eventually come full circle.

My goal today was to give you a little bit of inspiration and will to make your dreams a little bigger. There is room for everyone to be successful!

More About Nicolle

Nicolle Arkell is a simple, faith-filled, Midwest girl that stands only 4 foot 11 inches tall, but still beams with confidence. Married to her best friend, who wears a uniform every day and pursues his passion to protect and serve. But, she also wears her badge of Law Enforcement Wife very proudly.
Nicolle loves her fur babes, but has always dreamed of being a stay at home (human) Mom! Her passions include empowering, supporting and motivating as many women as possible to be the very best version of themselves!

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