Tell me your story:
We all have our life’s purpose and I feel I have now delved into discovering mine. Life up to this point has been about learning essential lessons and skills to be built upon over time. I have been an IT professional for the Federal Government for 19 years, and so much outside of work is driven by technology that gives me that special edge. For the past five years, I have focused on improving myself slowly by running and exercising. As a weekend hobby, I run in charity races and have earned over 100 gold, silver or bronze medals in the sport. This is my busiest and most successful year, gaining sports apparel provider and sponsor, SLS3 www.slstri.com for all my 2015 races. Also, I pursued pageantry as Mrs. Aventura International 2015 and competed for the Mrs. Florida International title in Orlando this past May. In the process, I created my niche combining beauty, sports, fitness and charity support with all my extra-curricular activities. I have also been utilizing my IT skills to create my pageant ads, online portfolios and building my website www.marshfeldman.com. I have received so much exposure from these personal endeavors that I decided to also return back to modeling.
What does beauty mean to you?
Beauty originates from within, and it starts with how a person loves and cares for himself/herself. Beauty radiates outward when full focus is on your body, mind and spirit. Treat yourself right through regular exercise, eating wholesome and natural foods with a well-balanced diet, and eliminate the intake of toxins and chemicals such as cigarettes, drugs and alcohol. Always think positive and focus only on what really exists. Live in every moment to soak up all the good life has to offer. Regularly rest your mind through mediation and promote yourself and your beliefs spiritually to levels you may have never imagined.
What do you love about yourself?
I love the fact that I am a creative being, taking on adventures in a succession pattern from great to grand to extraordinary. My sense of adventure is elevating myself to the next best thing for me. Life is never boring because I consistently challenge myself to greater accomplishments throughout my life.
What is the best and worst decision you’ve ever made? If you have to give any advice to your younger self what would that be?
The best decisions always originate from within my heart, as the answer is always in the heart place. I am well guided when decisions originate from a feeling within, and I have been fortunate to have made many great decisions for myself throughout most of my life. Consistently, following my heart has kept me on a positive path that has proven rewarding in many different ways. I honestly cannot weigh one great decision over another because I have so many great ones.
My worst decision is most remembered to be the greatest lesson of my life, and it happened at a very early age for me. I was a gymnast in high school, and I was influenced by a friend to take NO-DOZ. Knowing drugs of any kind are bad, I went against my better judgment and took those pills every few hours over a period of a few days. I thought the pills would make me feel awake, alive, and jumpy throughout my gymnastics competition. Instead, this drug took over my mind. My body was not as fast as my mind thought I could make it. It cost me the inconvenience and pain of a torn up knee that has never been the same again. It also cost me the future I preplanned for my college years, to showcase my strong gymnastics skills that I was no longer able to perform. From that point forward, I have listened to the inner guidance system built within me and followed it.
What does being a woman mean to you?
Being a woman includes everything from the physical feminine aspects visible on the outside, to their inner beauty, feelings and adventures that surface from within. These adventures include our stages of development, intimacy, pregnancy, natural child birth and breast feeding. Motherhood creates feelings of bonding, closeness and oneness with our children. These natural life experiences are meant for us and define us.
What woman inspires you and why?
I am inspired by woman that set extraordinary goals for themselves and achieve it. There are many women that have overcome major obstacles and barriers worth recognizing and remembering. Being a girl scout, I was originally inspired by Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts of America. After imagining the times Juliette lived, there was nothing stopping her from doing what she loved and believed in for herself and the lives of the young girls she touched. Wholeheartedly, she devoted her energies and soul to create healthy habits and improve the lives of girls present and future. I admire her for carrying out her soul’s purpose and achievements, which have successful passed on to future generations.
Tell me about a goal you are working on:
Lately, I have been working on extending the outer limits of my comfort zone, by taking small risks that could eventually lead to something greater in my life. I am focusing on keeping an open mind, experimenting in new areas and utilizing technologies that are making things easier to pursue than I ever imagined.
Marsha thank you so much for being part of the “31 Days of Awesomeness” and for allowing me to share your story, your inner and outer beauty shines through and I feel so blessed to meet strong and beautiful souls like yourself.
It is my hope to inspire and be inspired by other awesome women and tell their stories through my lens. They need to know how precious, beautiful and strong God created them.
Much love, Mayi