Mom of 6

by Tonya Dixon | July 21st, 2016
Thaitianna Price (Photos by Howard Gaither)

Thaitianna Price (Photos by Howard Gaither)

Not long after Thaitianna Price and her family moved to North Carolina to help care for her ailing grandmother she began to realize that the comfortable standard of living she was used to maintaining in Landover, Maryland wouldn’t be as easy to obtain in her new location.

The culprit was the startling difference in the rate of pay that she and her husband were accustomed to. On top of that, Price was several months pregnant with twins and due to certain health issues, was limited, by doctors’ orders, to what she could and couldn’t do, forcing the family of six to be solely reliant upon one income. “My grandmother got sick so we moved here. However, we had no idea the pay would be significantly lower than in Maryland. We had a five-bedroom home there and we basically left everything to care for her,” said Price.

No matter how hard he tried, Price’s husband simply couldn’t obtain a position that paid the wage necessary for the family to stay afloat. After getting evicted from at least three homes, Price said the family hit rock bottom when they were forced to live in a shelter. It was something she never imagined she would ever have to do. A licensed cosmetologist, Price said the financial problems, combined with her impending pregnancy and associated health issues quickly began to negatively affect the stability of her family as well as her marriage.

“While I was pregnant with the twins my husband couldn’t take on another job because I couldn’t take care of the four kids we already had because I was basically bedridden. He had to come home and do everything. It caused a rift,” said Price. “At first I played the blame game and said things like, ‘The man is supposed to provide’ or ‘I used to have this and that.’ It caused a great deal of friction. My husband could have said ‘the woman is supposed to do this and that.’ I had to get away from saying what I used to have and accept the reality of what we have and deal with it. Once I let that go things got better. I realized that we had to stick together. We started praying together and sticking by each other more and that helped us get through it.” Within a few weeks the family was able to secure permanent housing and try to move forward.

Their rock-bottom experience surely drew them closer together, but the pressure and weight of getting the household back on its feet and caring for six children took a toll on Price that she couldn’t easily shake. She was diagnosed with postpartum depression. Often finding herself looking at her friends and people she went to school with on social media, she became somewhat desirous of the freedom and forward movement she saw them experiencing. Although she understood that a great deal of what she saw wasn’t always reality, it had Price believing that she was stuck and should be in a different place.

Depression and the false sense of other people’s reality didn’t linger too long for Price. She decided she was in the exact place that God had intended her to be. From that point forward, Price forged her own path to freedom and built an inner confidence along the way.

“I began to see my freedom in fitness. I got my confidence back and stopped dwelling on what could have been and what should have been,” said Price. “I didn’t really know anything about fitness, but I felt I was getting out of shape and gaining weight and I needed to do something about it. I realized that just because I had several children didn’t mean I had to be overweight. I got really motivated and started doing something about it.”
From that point forward, Price found herself in all things fitness and nutrition. Hitting the gym at least five to six times a week and meal planning nearly every day, she began transforming her body and life to the point of surprising not only herself but also others she came in contact with. Her transformed life became a source of motivation for many others.

Price is utilizing her new found passion as a spring board to what she believes is her life’s purpose. Having recently completed the training necessary to be a certified personal trainer, she has her sights set on becoming a life coach and motivational speaker. But she isn’t just adding the titles without the education. In fact, she is already enrolled in speaking classes and takes her dream very serious.

“Being in the shelter gave me a passion for families. I feel like I can take some of the things I have personally been through to help others so they can know that even though you may be at your lowest you don’t have to look like what you have been through,” said Price. “People are often motivated when they see me. They ask, ‘how do you have six kids and you look like that?’ I feel that’s what I’m supposed to be doing in life. I just want to inspire people to do better.” Currently taking on new clients, Price offers free consultations and makes sure to understand the goals of each individual before devising a regimen that can include fitness and/or nutrition.

For all those that are awed by Price’s transformation and dedication she says, “I fought to be where I am today. If you want to look a certain way you can do it through eating right and exercising. If you have a goal, focus on it, set your mind to it, don’t make excuses. Everything is mental. If you can get over your mind and yourself then you can do anything.”

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