HOW IT ALL BEGAN
What started out as something I did for myself, grew into a love for helping others and a career that completely changed my life. I had no idea how much this community would mean to me until our lives were flipped upside down in 2016. My husband and I were newlyweds who just welcomed our first baby girl into our family when we got the chilling news that he had stage four cancer. Say what?! Trust me, it still feels surreal and sends shivers down my spine when I think about that moment and the rough road that followed.
During a time that felt so overwhelming and scary we realized there was only one way to beat it - with a positive mind, a strong support system and a healthy lifestyle. So, in my attempt to control an uncontrollable situation, I made it my mission to learn everything I could about clean eating, exercise and living a well-balanced life. This is how Hustle & Heart was born. It is a reflection of passion, gratitude, friendship, knowledge and a will to be the best person I can be for myself and my family. After a year of treatment, my hubby is now cancer-free (!!!) and my love for empowering others has evolved into an awesome network of like-minded women who support, inspire, and push each other daily to create their best life.
Hi, I'm Sandi! Thanks for dropping by to read my bio. I'm an everyday mom and wife living in the mellow Southern California coastal town of Hermosa Beach. I was born and raised in Northern California just south of San Francisco (Go Warriors) and I moved to Los Angeles after graduating from The University of Arizona to pursue a career in fashion. I spent over eight years climbing the corporate ladder for an International fashion brand until I decided to trade it in for a career that allowed me to be home with my family.
Health and fitness was not a gene I was gifted with, it was a lifestyle that I had to learn, mainly because I realized how important it was for my own well-being, as well as my families. However, deciding to get healthy was one thing, actually doing it was another. I tried taking classes but couldn't seem to make it a consistent thing and I wasn’t really a "gym person". I needed a solution that was convenient and fun, otherwise I knew that it would be short-lived. This is when I began researching different options and came across workout programs that I could do from home - I liked that it was affordable and convenient. After completing a 60-day online program, I hit my goal weight and began to realize that I actually enjoyed it, especially the friendships.