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Conversations with Sheridan Godfrey

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sheridan Godfrey.

Hi Sheridan, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I was born and raised in centennial and grew up heavily involved in sports. I was a cheerleader at Arapahoe Highschool and eventually went on to cheer for CU. After college I was diagnosed with PTSD from the Arapahoe Shooting and without the structure of sports, I completely hit rock bottom. I started on Instagram as a way to build myself back up and hold myself accountable to staying healthy. I shared a lot of what I was going through mentally and how therapy and exercise saved my life. My message resonated with a lot of people and grew my account to where it is today. I have the opportunity to represent and work with some of my favorite brands, compete nationally in Olympic weightlifting, and run my own personal training business to empower women like me to heal their relationships with themselves and their bodies through exercise and mindset coaching.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Battling PTSD and anxiety has been the biggest struggle. Change from routine is a huge trigger for me so forcing myself outside my comfort zone and into therapy was the best decision I could have made. Even though I have a good handle on my mental health today, there are definitely still days where it’s hard to get out of bed. I’ve learned that being my own best friend and on my own team is the best thing I can do instead of fighting my own brain.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I work as an aerospace engineer for Lockheed Martin helping develop critical flight software for human spaceflight to the moon while also running my own coaching business and Instagram account and being a nationally competitive athlete. I’m proud of myself for not picking one thing. I think what makes me special is that I do it all and I hope I can inspire others to chase all of their dreams simultaneously.

Risk taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
“All you need is 20 seconds of insane courage and I promise you something great will come from it.”

I heard this quote from the movie “We Bought A Zoo” and it changed my life. There is absolutely no place in life free of fear. EVERYONE is scared. The difference is people who feel the fear and do it anyways.

Starting my Instagram was terrifying. I was scared of judgment from my peers and being made fun of for “influencing”. If I never started that account, I wouldn’t be an Olympic weightlifter or a business owner today.

Asking my manager at my engineering job to go part-time was scary. Losing income and being judged by my coworkers was a huge risk. But now, I have the time to pour into my passion for fitness without having to give up the side of myself that loves science and space.

Do it scared. Feel the fear and do it anyways. Life starts outside your comfort zone. You will NEVER be ready. You’ll never know what you’re getting yourself into. But you will ALWAYS learn something from it.


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