The spotlight’s on LaSonya Jones!!
Being a California native, LaSonya knows all about sunny days and star-filled nights. Being a “Cali girl” not only meant being raised around natural beauty, a vibrant food culture, movies, and music, but it also meant being able to view fine vineyards and beautiful beaches. LaSonya took advantage of it all and knows her Golden State well!
LaSonya has one amazing son who is a college graduate. Her son also proudly and honorably served in the United States Navy.
LaSonya believes in purpose and that is part of her reason for joining Classy Living Society. On pages 10 and 11 of Rick Warren’s book The Purpose Driven Life, it all starts with God. Page 10 reads, Colossians 1:16, “For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible…everything got started in him and found its purpose in him. Page 11 reads, “It’s not about you. The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your own happiness. It is far greater than your family, your career, or even your wildest dreams and ambitions. If you want to know why you were placed on this planet, you must begin with God. You were born by his purpose and for his purpose.”
LaSonya firmly believes in these words and attributes them to helping her survive an almost fatal accident. In 1996, she almost lost her life in a car accident, and to this day, she still has ten screws and a plate in her left foot. After the accident, she read The Purpose Driven Life…again! LaSonya knew that God spared her life and allowed her to keep her left foot for a reason and his purpose.
In 2009, LaSonya found herself recently divorced. After working for the second-largest school district in the nation for over twenty-three years, she decided she also needed a change in her career. With the support and encouragement of her son, she relocated to Atlanta, Georgia. According to him, Atlanta was just the right place to be for upwardly mobile women of color, and he was definitely right on point with his recommendation. So in June of 2010, LaSonya hit the road…on a solo trip, with God, her clothes, and four boxes of shoes (all heels and one pair of sneakers).
In October of 2010, LaSonya met the love of her life…her awesome husband, who she met while working part-time selling furniture. LaSonya was bold and invited her soon-to-be husband on a date, and the rest is history. She and her husband are celebrating six years of marriage this year.
LaSonya’s blessings continued in January 2011 when she landed a job doing exactly what she had done for twenty-three years in California. LaSonya was a Transportation Manager for Cobb County Schools. After eight years of working for Cobb County, she decided to walk away from that job and pursue her long felt passion. LaSonya was serious about encouraging women to live fit and healthy lives. This is what she wanted to do full time, and she set out to do just that!
LaSonya says that she’s always enjoyed working out, and in September 2011, she stumbled upon a dance fitness class that she’d never heard of before. It was called Zumba, and she was instantly hooked! After speaking with the instructor after class, she went home and signed up for training that night. She found her niche!
After being licensed in November, LaSonya began teaching classes all around the city of Atlanta. Some of her venues were Hartsfield Atlanta (Delta Airlines), Coca-Cola, Home Depot Corporate Office, Rubbermaid Corporation, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and many more.
2011 also included another game-changer for LaSonya. She garnered a contract with Meals on Wheels of Atlanta Neighborhood Senior Centers, providing fitness classes for seniors in all seven locations across Metro and Southeast Atlanta. Yes, she knows she’s been blessed!
In 2012, LaSonya decided to launch her fabulous LL Dance and Fitness LLC. Between 2013 and 2019, she opened two boutique dance fitness studios while continuing to work full-time for the Cobb County School District supervising 150 school bus drivers and twenty-six schools in South Cobb. Also, during this time, LaSonya became licensed to teach several other fitness formats. She is proud to say that working with seniors is what brings her the most joy. One of her favorite and most memorable moments was when she walked into a senior center in Southeast Atlanta, where she met Ms. Ruby smiling with her one good tooth and calling her name. Ms. Ruby was a proud, old-school Sweet Auburn girl! She was so excited to see LaSonya and show her how the workout that they’d been doing was helping her raise her hand over her head. She couldn’t wait to tell LaSonya! LaSonya said her heart smiles every time she thinks of Ms. Ruby Pate and how she loved to listen to her favorite song…”Hole In The Wall.” LaSonya remembers not leaving until she played that song for Ms. Ruby at least two or three times.
Now in LaSonya’s studios, she’s hung X-Ray pictures of her ankle with the ten screws and a plate on her wall along with a note that reads, “I dance because I can.” Her hope is to encourage anyone and everyone who walks through those doors to keep pushing and never give up.
LaSonya has always trusted God to lead her on her journey and admits that it hasn’t always been an easy or perfect journey, but she would not change anything. All things have worked together to get her where she is today; she’s grateful to say.
The exact reasons for LaSonya’s existence and why she is a member of Classy Living Society are the same. It’s about The Purpose Driven Life…”It’s Not About You.”
Congratulations to you LaSonya, for never giving up on your passion and showing what it truly means to be committed to a cause.
LaSonya says she is “loving life one dance at a time”!!
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LaSonya Jones – Owner
LL Dance and Fitness LLC