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Check Out Melissa (aka Mel) Algoso’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Melissa (aka Mel) Algoso.

Hi Melissa (aka Mel), please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I found my true calling after a very difficult divorce, financially ruined, and having a young child to raise. It took all the strength I had both emotionally and physically to get to where I am today with the help of my loving family and my deep faith in God. After much soul-searching and evaluating my options, I turned to what I knew best–dancing and life coaching. I was a natural dancer from the time I could remember and so I pursued a dance career early on.

But after years of performing, I felt the need to serve and share the years of training and give back to my community. So teaching became my passion later on in my career. During my divorce, I needed an outlet, and Zumba was there for me. It took very little time for me to realize that I should be the one on stage teaching rather than being a participant. Soon after, I was also reminded that my talent went beyond the dancing world. I never thought of myself as a certified personal life coach as I’ve always been there for others whenever I could offer my time to listen. Little did I know that I can also make it as part of my profession. Through adversity, I rediscovered the talents that I abandoned right after I got married. All those years, I neglected my personal growth as a woman and was consumed by being a perfect wife and a mother. Today, I continue to thrive as a wellness/fitness/health coach helping and guiding women to find their inner voice amid their personal and/or professional life.

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?
Any personal growth requires a dose or two of life struggles. And in my case, I have had a few stumbles along the way. Rebuilding oneself is an understatement. The grind and sweat of believing and trusting myself were very humbling. It also reminded me that not everything will come easy. As a workaholic, my career always came first so I married late and had my first and only child at the age of 40. Never having been married before and never had to give birth a child was a life-changing experience for me. But I somehow managed and learned and did the best I can while juggling the many businesses and properties we owned during our marriage. But with the market crash in 2008 and marriage crumbling, I found myself alone and completely broke.  

In my career choices, being a life coach has its share of challenges as it is strictly between my client and myself, and the subject matters are more life-changing as opposed to being a fitness group instructor where we all meet to get an hour’s worth of exercise and fun every week.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I always hoped and prayed that I would get to fulfill my fullest potential before my time is up. I’ve come to realize that I have been living them and never recognized them for what they are now.

As an artist and a businesswoman, I often make fun of myself if somebody were to do a split face photo of me – one-half is my serious side with reading glasses and hair smooth and business-like, while the other half is my free-spirited me, wearing a baseball cap and with my hair down worn loosely and naturally. I am very active in promoting and marketing myself so I am more recognized as a Zumba Fitness Instructor in my community than a Life Coach. Although I have built myself up as a Certified Personal Life Coach in social media as well, being a Zumba Fitness Instructor has allowed me to be more visible with a bigger audience than doing private personal life coaching. I am truly proud of the work I do as they are both very rewarding in so many ways. I can’t choose one from the other. The work I do fulfills me beyond belief. Both are God’s gifts for me to help others find their joy, peace, and happiness.

Alright, so to wrap up, is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
I’m finally finishing up my first children’s book. I also am currently writing my memoir as I have been encouraged by many to tell my story for some time now. I have a son who is studying to be a film director. I have two fluffy, rescue dogs. With all that said, I can’t wait for the next chapter of my life! 

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