We are picking it back up with a very special Featured American Mule. We have found “The Mule Spirit Within” with our Miss February 2017. Meet Andrea Holland!
Her name is Andrea but she is known mostly by her friends and close community as Drea. She traded in rainy days in Portland, Oregon and now resides in sunny Arizona which we often call "The Copper State." When Drea is not spending time as an involved mother of two active boys, she works as a personal trainer and Specialist in Sports Nutrition helping others reach their personal fitness goals. She told us her favorite activities besides spending quality time with her two boys are hiking and “talking walks.”
We were impressed with Drea's vibrant and uplifting personality shown through her social media account on Instagram. We asked her why she believes people may be attracted to her talents or what she has to say online. She said, “I am still building my following and trying to find my voice here on social media, but I believe people are attracted to my talents because I don't hide my struggles. People can relate to the things I go through. I believe we find strength in struggle and we overcome to help guide others through. So I love being there for and helping others find their way!” Drea is one hard-working “mule-motha” with the desire and heart to put others first before herself. She believes in the importance of being a physically strong individual in order to help others. She inspires us because she puts in the work both in and out of the fitness room to show for it.
We asked Drea, “How did you get to where you are and what has made you successful in business and in your life?” She responded with, “My faith and personal relationship with Christ is the reason for any and all of my success. I grew up 3rd in a family of 11 children, so finding my place has always been tough. I moved out at 15 and worked while completing school. I am newly divorced and again finding my way. My desire to provide for my children and hope for them to see me successful drives me to do my best each day.” She is also inspired by her father who worked hard daily to provide for the family. Drea believes life is a gift and chooses to not let a single day be taken for granted.
Drea believes the American Dream exists more in society today than ever before. She believes there are opportunities all around to create your own life and future path. She tells us that the bare bones interpretation of the “American Dream” is the ability to dictate your own future and live however you choose. Drea also tells us that one way to head in a positive direct towards your goals may be to surround yourself daily with people who have-your-back! She suggests finding people who believe in your silliest, off-the-wall ideas and who love and support you no matter what.
We asked her what future plans she is working towards. She said, “I plan to compete in bodybuilding in attempt to become a pro. I am blessed with a coach who sees potential in me and I hope to use that as a podium to help others transform their lives and reach their health and wellness goals.”