We’re so excited to share with you the personal story about this months’ spotlight member of our tribe, Kayla Dufour. We love having her as apart of our tribe, her dedication with living a healthier lifestyle is encouraging! Here is our February 2019 Spotlight Tribe Member: Radiant, Inspiring, and Strong; Kayla Dufour!
“My name is Kayla Dufour and I was born and raised in Riverside, California. I am a graduate from Martin Luther King High School. I then attended UNLV as a Dance major. I returned home to pursue my passion of reading and writing at RCC then onto California State University, Fullerton. At CSUF I was a member of a national championship dance team. That year our team received a gold medal at UDA nationals in Orlando Florida. I graduated from CSUF with a bachelors in English with a focus in Linguistics and Composition.
Shortly after graduating CSUF, I attended University of Redlands where I earned my Masters in Learning and Teaching with a single subject credential in English. I currently am a tenth grade English teacher and assistant dance coach. My hobby of choice was and is dance. I picked up the hobby of blogging after ending my dance career. My blog, A Daily Cup of Sunshine is a series of day to day adventure I go through as I grow up and face new challenges, such as heart break, paying bills, fighting my love for Taco Bell, and everything in between. The power of writing is truly magical and provides a sense of mental relief.”Did you play any sports growing up?
“Dance has always been a passion of mine. I suffered multiple injuries growing up but always remained determine to improve my skills and stay as physically fit as possible. I was on my high school varsity dance team as well as a dancer for a private studio. Dance was all day everyday for me. I continued my dance career as long as i could in college before my Achilles injury became too severe. I then began to coach, which brought so much happiness.”
What is your motivation to work out/What made you decide to start your fitness career?
“My motivation to work out is to live a lifestyle I am proud of. My mother loved to work out and had the most contagious energy I have ever seen. She suffered from an auto immune disease called Scleroderma. This is a playing factor in why I took the opportunity to change my lifestyle. I saw how strong my mother was and knew I can be just as strong and positive as her. I want that for my life. An energy that leaves an impression on people I cross paths with.”
How does working out make you feel versus before you started?
“When I work out I have an energy that is untouchable throughout the day, my students even notice a difference. I know that after every work out I am training my body to be strong. I think people view fitness as losing weight and harshly judge the number once they step on that scale.”
What are your fitness goals now that you are familiar with your fitness ability?
“There is a difference between fit and strong. I want to be strong. I want to challenge my body to build muscle in places I never imagined could. My aim to grow as an individual includes working out on a daily basis. That requires a strict discipline. Time is the only thing that is non- stop throughout our days. YOU MUST MAKE TIME.”
What do you do to make sure you have time for your workouts?
“Signing up for classes holds me accountable for my fitness journey. If I fail to make it to the morning class because I snoozed one too many times, there is always the evening classes to attend. Even after a long day of inspiring the youth and working out is the last thing I want to do, I know that working out will make me stronger for the next day I tackle. It is a commitment to bettering your well-being.”
What is something positive you’ve learned about yourself since you started regularly exercising?
“A positive that I learned once I started this journey was that I CAN DO IT! It is possible. I have the support from my village and the determination to accomplish my goals. Just when that last rep hits and I don’t think I can do it, I have the village around me supporting me with their strength.”
What kind of milestones have you accomplished & what were the results?
“Some milestones that I accomplished was becoming aware at life events. I always thought if I am on this journey I can’t do this or I can’t do that. It is about BALANCE! It is being aware of the food your are fueling your body with. I am at the age where I have a wedding, bachelorette, bridal shower, baby shower, etc. almost every weekend. I have become aware of the food I choose to eat and I balance it with a work out. I am literally in a relationship with my fitness.”
What would you say to someone on the fence about joining the Village?
“Something I can say to future Village members would be the possibilities and opportunities are endless. Whether it is during a work out or planning your meal preps, the support is there. The support for mental, physical, and emotional wellness. I struggled everyday to find a program that worked for me. This is not a program… THIS IS A LIFESTYLE CHANGE. And it has been the best change.”
We LOVE you, Kayla! We’re so grateful to have you be apart of our tribe! Thank you for sharing your story with us all and inspiring others! Don’t forget to show Kayla some love by leaving a comment below!
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