Meet Annie Leigh
You may have randomly stumbled across my page, and I am so glad that you did! I wanted to take a minute and introduce myself. First and foremost, I am “mommy” to three crazy, witty, and fun kiddos (8, 7 and 5). Our family believes that kitchen’s (no matter how messy) are made for dancing! Because sometimes you just need to dance it out. I have been married 11 years to my handsome, hardworking, country-music-loving husband, Jamus Edwards. Being a wife and a mom has not been easy, but it has been worth it.
Let me also mention, He is my pastor.
I grew up with a little sister who spent the first few years of her life battling cancer. I give all thanks to God for healing her. I also thank Him because as a 5 year old, I was able to see how fragile and fleeting this life actually is. As a result, it gave me a passion to live my life with purpose. I want to make this life count! You too? I thought I would make an impact in the world through being a performer because I loved to dance, sing, and make others laugh. As a young girl I dreamed about the lights of Broadway and singing at Carnegie Hall. I was in the high school “glee” club, musicals, thespian club, voice lessons with Beyonce’s vocal coach and pageants – all in hopes that one day my name would be in the lights. I was sorely disappointed when my dreams came to a crashing halt, and I married a pastor who moved us to Kentucky.
I love being a pastor’s wife! Don’t get me wrong. It has its difficulties, like sharing your husband with hundreds of people. People often ask what it is like living in a “fish tank” where everyone can watch your every move; I tell them it’s great because everyone can see our “junk.” Then, people see that the pastor and his family need a Savior in Jesus just like everyone else. Trust me, I’ve got plenty of issues. I was invited to join a bible study called “Hot Mess Ministries” for a reason.
But if I can be real with you for a moment…I was angry at the Lord for giving me such an ordinary life.
Have you ever felt like God was this “cosmic kill joy” who delighted in crushing all of your hopes and dreams? Yeah, me too! It is like He didn’t get the memo the world should revolve around us. But over the years, I have learned to trust His ways. His “no,” is always a big “YES” to MORE of HIM! Looking back over my life, I see that I based my worth as an individual according to my performance on and off of the stage. However, I wrongly assumed that in order to make my life count, I had to be perfect, look
perfect and do everything right. I was constantly hustling to prove my worth or protect my image; this vain pursuit only led to struggles with anxiety and depression. This mindset became a real joy-kill when in my adult years, I packed on 60 pounds after having three babies. My body looked like something off of the Discovery Channel . . . can we say TRIBAL?! Hello GRAVITY! I looked in the mirror and did not recognize the person staring back at me. For the first time in my life, I didn’t know how to dream. I didn’t have the energy to do anything to take a shower much less DREAM. I quickly learned that much like unicorns, the perfect mom, wife, body, house, etc., does not exist. I still like to make people laugh and sing, but my primary focus is helping others find meaning and purpose by becoming the incredible person God has designed them to be. I want to help women live the inside out life by doing what matters most!: How do I do this:
• Online health and fitness coaching.
• Gospel Centered Goal Setting
• Online bible studies (coming soon!)
• Online health and fitness coaching!