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Carla Webster-Reid – Fitness Director Healthworks Community Fitness Center, Boston
Sometimes the first and most important step of living with purpose is to be visible to the people you are trying to impact positively:
“This journey that I’m on was not an easy journey. I think that because other women see me they’re able to say. ‘Hey, how did you do it, Carla? What did you do? What’s your secret?’ There’s no secret. Just getting out and saying, ‘I need to go out and exercise. I need to take care of me.”
Carla found that just by being present in her community she was able to start making a difference:
“I live in a community now where I see nobody outside running. I start running. Then you see neighbors saying, ‘Hey, good job. Good job.’ I’m like, ‘Come join me.’ Instead of patting me on the back, come join me. I think being out in the open and exposed in the community has helped people come to the understanding that it’s not a secret, it’s just about me taking care of myself.”