Episode 11- Joanna Rohlf - Stronger Than My Struggles

What we talked about: 
-Why Joanna uses the “#StrongerThanMyStruggles” hashtag and how this continues to impact her today
-How she persevered through horrific bullying, low self-esteem, and depression
-The struggles of dealing with rejection and isolation from others when they don’t understand your purpose
-Finding confidence in your opinion (and why it takes time to do so) 
-The challenges of forgiving yourself for your past mistakes while also using them to inspire you to change the world
-What it means to Pursue a #StrongerSelf
Some amazing quotes that were said:

“The hardest steps she ever took was to blindly trust in who she was”

“My peers at school would torment me in a daily basis and it instilled in me from a young age the idea that your worth was based on how you look.... this really affected me throughout my whole life... and I really struggled with finding love for myself”

“My whole life I struggled with confidence... after all the years of having such a damaged relationship with myself I decided that fitness was what I needed to pursue to help better myself. For myself”

“Not everyone’s struggles are the same. But that being said, that doesn’t mean anyone struggles or worse.... we all deal with struggles and we all deal with them differently... and so its important that we try to reach out to as many people as we can to give them that hand to hold and to say that things are going to get better and that you are meant to do something greater than this”

“I am changing every single day.... trusting that everything you go through and all the experience that you have in life... that its all a part of one great purpose”

“Going into the gym and being able to have that opportunity to work on myself.... it has given me something that nobody can take away from me”

“When I first started posting on IG people said that it was self- conceded and didn’t give me the support that I needed... I knew this was something that I wanted to do and I needed this in my life to help me feel like I could do something more”

“You are allowed to scream, you are allowed to cry, but don’t give up”

“Just remembering in the past how long I allowed other people to influence how I felt about myself and the decisions I made... the fact that I have come so long to who I am today, to have the confidence and mental strength to pursue what I am pursuing... having that reminder of looking who you are now to the [person] you used to be... wishing that I had someone who helped me when I most needed it... this is what inspires me to want to be that person for somebody else”

“You aren’t the mistakes you have made. You aren’t your struggles. You are something much greater than what you can imagine” 
You can follow Joanna on IG @ohhhjojo
Join the Movement. 
And Together We Can Pursue Our #StrongerSelf 
Music by:  
BVRNOUT & KROMATIKS - Follow Your Heart ft. Cadence Ludden (WiDE AWAKE Remix)  
BVRNOUT & KROMATIKS - Follow Your Heart ft. Cadence Ludden

Caleb Spiro