Meet Octavia Thompson - Our February Chompian of the Month! Octavia is a recent heart transplant patient. Although she has faced hardships in her life, she believes happiness is a personal responsibility. A "game changer" to Octavia is someone who is not afraid to take risks, test limits, and make difficult changes to improve themselves and the lives of others around them. We couldn't agree more! Octavia embodies all the characteristics of a very brave and honorable game changer!
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What’s your best tip on how to stay positive?
We can stay positive if we understand this one concept: Happiness is a personal responsibility. We decide whether or not happiness is a part of our lives. If we look to other things or people, we’ll be disappointed every time. However, if we make the decision to choose happiness everyday, then we’ll always have a positive outlook on life. It does not mean you won’t have troubles, but it means that the few bad things that happen do not have the power to dictate who you are and what you are capable of.
What’s your workout routine?
I work out 5 times a week for 30 minutes. Although I’ve been working out consistently for awhile now, I still consider myself a beginner. I do walking exercises 3x a week with Leslie Sansone on YouTube. I also do strengthening exercises for my core, arms, legs, and glutes.
How do you consider yourself a “game changer?” This is 100% open to your interpretation!
A game changer is someone who is not afraid to take a risk, test the limits, and make difficult changes to improve their lives and the lives of others around them. A game changer is not ruled by fear or consumed by doubt. I believe I embody each of these characteristics. Every day I push myself to go further than what I think I can handle. Throughout my life, I’ve faced many challenges, but pushing past what I see in front of me to get to something greater has always benefitted me. I am always in pursuit of learning new ways to uplift, build, and empower others. I am certainly not afraid to take risks in the process. I took the biggest risk last year by starting a tutoring service “I Can Tutoring Services LLC” in the MIDDLE of a pandemic. It was risky BUT it was worth it. I did not allow doubt, fear, or insecurity to stop me from pursuing what I love to do. That’s what game changing is all about.
What’s the best thing you do for your personal health everyday (mental or physical)?
Every day, I pray to God and read my Bible. It’s my form of meditation, yoga, affirmation, and therapy. I’m also an avid writer so starting the day off with praying, reading the Bible, and writing helps me to get ready to take on the day!
What is your favorite Chomps product?
I love the chomps original (turkey).
How does Chomps fuel your lifestyle?
Chomps allows me to enjoy a great snack while also being healthy. It’s VERY hard to find snacks that taste delicious AND are healthy. Not only that, but I can take it out and eat it anywhere. LITERALLY. I love that it’s small enough to fit in my purse and whenever I’m feeling hungry, I can take it out and chomp on it.