I met Monique in August 2008 just a mere few weeks before Hurricane Ike hit Houston and Galveston coast – she and I were both in different jobs and not exactly happy, but we bonded over several months through our intense work ethic. Even after 6 years and both of us changing career paths, we are still bonded through our work ethic, but also now a strong friendship. As women entrepreneurs, the business world is a hard one to maneuver, even for the most strong-willed of females. Monique has taken her unstoppable attitude and turned rejections into positive accomplishments and in the process also attacked her health issues. In January of 2012, Monique saw a photograph that I had taken of her the prior month at her business launch party. It was a beautiful image, but she saw a person in that photograph that shook her to her core. It was soon after this “shock” that she began her exercise journey to a better life. This journey began with 5am cross training sessions and watching what she ate – in fact her trainer had her photograph every single thing she ate or drank each day and send to him at each meal or snack time. For this lady who never liked to exercise, she suddenly became obsessed with it. Along the way she encouraged others to join her (her kids and her father have even joined in) on this quest for a better life. In the beginning she just wanted to change how she looked and felt, but along the way she began empowering others to change their lives as well. Her business plan has changed also since 2011 and while it was not what she had originally imagined, in the end, it is what fits her and her life. Since Dec 2011, Monique has lost an amazing 65 lbs! This year she finished writing a book that she had been dreaming about for several years. I was there at her Houston book release party recently to see the amazing woman she has always been in action, but also to pay tribute to the amazing woman she has become.
Monique lives in Houston Texas with her husband, three children and her pup. “Live Your VIP Life” book is available for sale here
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