I have done many things in my life, I have worn many hats. I used to say that I was a jack of all trades, and a master of none. I always longed to have something in my life that I was so passionate about, I could get lost in it. Something I was so good at…that I would feel like a pro doing it. That there was no denying I was born to do it. I hungered for that feeling of satisfaction in the moment…like what you see on the faces of people in church singing and in their hearts knowing/believing truly they are saved.
I woke up this morning, body sore from the past few days of awesome workouts…and I thought to myself, “I can’t wait to workout today”. I laughed about a video on Facebook mocking overly enthusiastic muscle heads…because it reminded me of myself. And then I thought to myself about how I feel – happy.
I am where I am suppose to be.
Doing what I am suppose to be doing.
And I am really good at it. I get lost in my workouts. I am a walking example of my sport, my dedication and effective methods, my art piece. I was born to do this…my whole life of working out, being healthy and active…of eating right; my years of running and chasing happiness. I didn’t realize it until this moment – I have what I always wanted. I have had it for some time, it just took me becoming an IFBB Pro to realize it. So with complete and whole hearted commitment to myself and this sport, I say out loud and proud.
I AM A BODYBUILDER.
Team Universe, July 4-5, 2014. I may not have been sitting in a lawn chair watching fireworks in the sky…but you better believe I made some fireworks of my own on stage. I competed in the 40+, 35+, and open Figure Class A. I won my IFBB Pro card in the 35+ division. The entire trip was FABULOUS.
We drove to New Jersey from North Carolina, and in between my napping, Papi (my awesome Fireman Hubby) and I discussed the upcoming competition. I didn’t diet down as hard for this show, allowing me to come in a little fuller…which is what he said I needed to do to win, and he was right. I ate every 2 hrs when my alarm went off, despite not being hungry. I loved the road trip, with my 3 chihuahuas sleeping soundly on my lap, and my biggest fan at the wheel.
Prejudging on Friday went very well. I made 1st call outs in all 3 divisions. And I was in 2nd position for both masters divisions…with the same competitor in 1st. And it appeared I was in 4th for the open. I was super impressed with myself for that, because those young ladies were on fire! Stiff competition for sure. So anyone who competes knows how you play all this out in your head. It was my first 2 day show, so I had a whole evening, night, and morning to think about it. A pro card goes to 1st in each class…Melissa was 1st in 40+ and 35+…if I am in 2nd…she gets her pro card in 40+…I get my pro card in 35+. Papi did his best to keep me focused and happy.
The team meeting on Saturday wasn’t until 4pm. So there was no rush…woke up, ate, Papi tanned me, and I relaxed. As we drove to the competition, the excitement started to kick in. I’m not gonna lie…I could feel that it was my time. I had so much fun with the other competitors back stage. I even rapped my “get pumped” song to a room full of people…it made everyone laugh. So it was totally worth making a fool of myself. Then it was time for 40+ division. Standing on stage as they called out 5th, 4th, 3rd, and then in 2nd place – Jennifer Everson. It was at that moment I knew…in about 15 mins, I’m going to be an IFBB PRO!!! With the biggest smile ever, I walked to the back, put my trophy in my bag, and went back to get ready for 35+ division. And then they called top five winners, announcing your new IFBB Pro – Jennifer Everson. I was so excited I almost jumped up and down…but contained myself. As soon as we walked off stage, I ran out to find Papi. We embraced and he told me how proud he was of me…and then I had to get back in the line up for the Open Class A. I got 4th and was super happy with that…as I am old enough to have most of them call me MAMA.
As if becoming a pro was not enough, I got to meet my bodybuilding idol Bev Francis. And on Monday, we went to work out at her gym East Coast Mecca/Powerhouse Gym…and who was there? None other than the KIA GREENE!
— with Jon Everson.