WHAT'S MY NAME? ALEX GALLARDO ORTIZ
HEALTH & WELLNESS PROFESSIONAL
I feel like this journey into true womanhood began in college, so I’ll start there.
To make a long story short, I fell in love with the field of Sports Medicine after already being in college for 3 years. I worked towards becoming certified and went to a school where I felt I sacrificed the “normal” college experience to do clinical hours, spent weekends traveling with teams, and worked full time on top of that.
It was a constant juggling act--I didn’t want to give up my fun for work or my school work for real work--Needless to say, I was overworked but still felt like I could do it all (cause I’m a woman & stuff ya know).
Right before graduating I accepted a huge position to complete my masters while working with teams at school and then, I got soul crushing news... I failed my board exams. *insert all negative thoughts that I will not repeat here*
This meant I had to say goodbye to that graduate position that I had already accepted and slowly tell everyone that not only had I failed... the whole plan was ruined.
I was freaking CRUSHED.
I felt like a failure, I lost all confidence and motivation and on top of that, I wasted sooo much money and time and ultimately so much of my life that I’d never get back. As a child of parents that came to American to create a life better than what they had, I felt like I failed.
I remember thinking, "This isn’t how it’s supposed to be, this isn’t part of the plan." I mos def’ went through a period of time that I label as 2017 where I felt lost.
Truthfully, I can’t remember a distinctive turning point but I remember one day waking up and thinking, “let’s take this one day at a time and figure it out” and that’s exactly what I did.
I had to think about what made ME happy rather than who I was trying to make happy.
I now work with the largest non-profit health and exercise certification company in the world and I’ve made it my mission to help get people certified as health, exercise, and wellness professionals all around the world. Every day I get to speak with people around the world who were just like me--lost, confused, but have now found something to create--something to be, and that’s life changing!
I want to share that health and finding your true self comes in so many different forms. It’s not this cookie cutter image you see plastered on social media. It’s super messy and sometimes involves ugly crying in your one bedroom apartment with your roommate but here I am 3 years later and I can easily say this is exactly where I’m meant to be.