I started in the fitness industry while I was in high school. This early start gave me a significant jump on what would become my professional career. By the time I finished my kinesiology degree I already had 8 years of experience in the fitness industry when most of my classmates were looking for their first job.
As a competitive athlete, and perfectionist, I learned early on how to take on a lot and keep all the balls in the air. I lived my life at a feverish pace for the better part of 10 years before finally hitting the wall. In those 10 years I finished my degree, started my master’s degree, became a certified Life Coach, ran a provincial fitness organization, chaired a national fitness leadership committee and ran the third largest fitness centre in Canada. As many of you can probably relate to, you can only go at that pace for so long….
Add to that:
- feeling like if you asked for help people would question your ability to do your job
- living in fear of making a mistake, doubting yourself and your choices constantly
- feeling isolated and alone
It’s no wonder I hit the wall.
Hitting the wall was the best thing that ever happened. It forced me to look at what was really important. What was the contribution I wanted to make, what was the legacy I wanted to leave behind, what did I want to be remembered for? It was in answering those questions that I saw that my true passion, my true calling, is to support, motivate and inspire other fitness professionals who work in an industry that often leaves us drained and burned out.
I believe that when we work together we all achieve more. My entire career is a model of how well that belief system works when it’s truly at the core of what you do. In everything I do I look to collaborate and build community so that fitness professionals have the absolute best opportunities to positively impact the lives of others.