Hey loves!

Thanks for taking the time to read about me :) 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin is my hometown and I come from a big, loud Italian family. I am the oldest of 3 and am the stereotypical oldest child - bossy, full of ideas, and a goal crusher. My parents were on the strict side - we rarely had candy in the house, didn’t drink soda and I didn’t see anything on MTV until I was 15 (probably why I have a TV obsession now!)

As kids though, we definitely tried to sneak some of our favorite things - my sister and brother would eat fish crackers and gummies by the handful but for me - I was the “big” sibling, the one that got the “wrong” genes and had to be very, very careful about what I ate and was hyper aware of this BUT I was actually really confident in myself. I loved who I was and didn’t care what anyone else thought and it was really freaking freeing to just focus on what you wanted to - not thinking about how you looked or what others thought of you. 

College definitely changed that - the Freshman 15 is no joke, right? On top of that, I was definitely trying to figure out my place in the world - which is it’s own challenge. Jumping in to the “real world” was a bit of shock to me - throw in 3 life changing moves in 5 years, a long distance relationship and just the regular amount of bullship that comes from being a woman in corporate America (plus my victim mindset) and I found myself in a very negative space. I lost SO much of my confidence, I lost who I was and I gained over 30 pounds in the process. 

I’ll never forget the day in a fitting room when it all came to head. I was shopping for some new clothes for an upcoming trip to Jamaica. One of my girlfriends from college happened to be in Orlando (where I live now) at the time and she came with me. 

It wa a devastating trip. Nothing fit me the way I wanted it to - I couldn’t stand the way I looked in a bikini and felt completely disheartened. I was mortified when I ended up having to buy an all black tankini that I felt horrible in - but felt like I didn’t have any other choice. My friend was super loving and encouraging but she also said: “G, I don’t get it - this just isn’t you” and she was right. It wasn’t just the fact that I didn’t feel at home in my body because of my weight - it was also because I felt like I was a shell of myself - it was if I didn’t know who I was anymore. And that day was my rock bottom. 

I knew that day that I had to take my life BACK and I took drastic steps - spent a good chunk of money and even more time investing in myself. 

It took 4 months before I lost a single pound. It took almost a year to get to the weight that felt right for me. It took planning, dedication and an amazing support system to get there. 

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It took me longer to look in the mirror and love myself. I had some serious shame around allowing myself to “get lost”. I had to cry, I had to release and I had to look at myself in the mirror and learn to love what was looking back. I was strong, I had accomplished so much and I had found ME. 

Learning this about myself, shedding the layers to let loose the light I had inside - changed my entire life. My body changed - but most importantly, my mindset changed. So many other things fell in place from there, a new chapter in my relationship Jeff, I had the courage to leave a job I hated and finally do what I love. I was more open to the people around me and more trusting in my choices. 

By stepping in to my own power, I can now do anything I want. 

My mission in life is to help every, single woman feel this same way! (Yes, it is possible!)  

No matter what your stories is or where you are in life - you have SO MUCH to gain. You are more powerful than you know.

 

 

5 Fun

(&Very Random)

Facts About Me

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  1. My biggest food vice is vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup and M&M’s (oooh- I want some now!) and red wine. All the wine, please.

  2. I am TV obsessed - I used to keep a spreadsheet with TV Shows, Channels and Times. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alias and Gilmore Girls are shows that I still can’t get enough of.

  3. I am probably one of the most competitive people around - just ask my husband ;)

  4. My parents sent my siblings and I to a Spanish Immersion school and so all 3 of us are fluent in Spanish. When we were kids, we loved speaking to each other in Spanish because my parents didn’t understand!

  5. I have a complete, paralyzing fear of Sharks - I used to be deathly afraid of pools because of this fear and still don’t really know how to swim.

BONUS - I believe that you can always DANCE your way into a good day!!