Melissa Wood-Tepperberg Shares Empowering Message About Her Impressive Career Journey

The wellness leader has some insights to share regarding pursuing your passions.
Melissa Wood-Tepperberg

Melissa Wood-Tepperberg.

Melissa Wood-Tepperberg is a powerhouse. There’s no denying it. Not only is she the founder of her own wellness platform, Melissa Wood Health, but she’s the creator of a podcast, Move With Heart, and the mother of two young children. 

She moved to New York City 18 years ago and never would have anticipated then exactly how her career and personal life would play out. Now, almost two decades later, she’s taking the time to reflect—and acknowledge her accomplishments.

Eighteen years ago, freshly moved to the city, “I was fearful of my own shadow and life in general just scared me. I was riddled with anxiety, living on a hamster wheel of shoulds and had no clear direction in my life,” the wellness and fitness leader wrote in an Instagram post Thursday morning. “But something, some fire inside of me led me here.”

The fact that Wood-Tepperberg has not only survived, but thrived, in the city serves as a source of motivation for her.

“Whenever I start to doubt myself, I think back to this version of myself who slept on a mattress in a mice infested closet sized apt for months because I didn’t have enough money for a bed, and it makes that fire inside of [me] light up like it’s the first time I stepped foot on these city streets. And now, almost 20 years later I’m going for things that have been burning inside of me for far too long that I’ve been afraid of facing head on.”

Her mantra is this: “If not now, When?” Through her own career journey—and her own success—she has found the motivation to pursue her goals, and she wants her followers to find that, too.

“I know with everything inside of me that we can achieve far beyond our wildest dreams when we are aligned in our lives and wake up everyday as if it’s our last,” she wrote. “Here’s to going for it, choosing yourself every single day and moving through that damn fear that has held so many of us back for far too long.”

Martha Zaytoun


Martha Zaytoun is a Lifestyle & Trending News writer for SI Swimsuit. Before joining the team, Martha worked on the editorial board of the University of Notre Dame’s student magazine and on the editorial team at Chapel Hill, Durham and Chatham Magazines in North Carolina. When not working, Martha loves to watercolor and oil paint, run or water ski. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a huge Fighting Irish fan.