Thursday, August 14, 2014

Living My Dream

Living my dream. Just writing those words in the title of this blog brings tears to my eyes. The amount of passion, joy, and fulfillment I feel every time I reflect on my career and how my business has grown over the past few years, is indescribable. There are no words to express how it feels to wake each morning and get excited about going to work. Helping people strive to be the best they can be, and inspiring others to lead a healthy and active lifestyle, is what I love to do, and it is rewarding to say the least.

A few months ago I was presented with an opportunity that would change my career path entirely, for the better of course! When I was approached by the community manager of Kabbage, an online provider of small business loans, and asked to participate in their "Live Your Dream" campaign, I thought this would be the perfect way to reveal my new business venture! But before I delve into that let me give you a brief overview of my experience in my field thus far. 

I graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2008 with a Bachelor's of Arts in Kinesiology and Physical Education and a minor in Psychology. I then worked in a physiotherapy clinic in Stratford for the next 3 years and gained a huge amount of knowledge regarding the human body, chronic pain management, various injuries, and rehabilitation exercises for those injuries. I took this knowledge in 2012 and started my own personal training business working at Anytime Fitness and seeing clients privately in their homes. In January 2013 I realized my true passion was doing in-home sessions and so I left the gym and became registered with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario. 

My time is now spent as a Registered Kinesiologist travelling from house to house delivering therapeutic fitness programs and rehabilitation exercises. My clients are dedicated, motivated, reliable, and mean more than anything to me. They tell me on a regular basis that I am the highlight of their week, but may I say they are also the highlight of mine. :)

Current job title: "personal trainer with a kinesiological perspective". 

Ok so back to this career changing opportunity. Here it is:

In a matter of months I am going to be opening MY OWN private personal training and fitness studio!!!! This has been my lifelong dream and it's finally happening!! Introducing: FOREVER FIT HEALTH AND FITNESS STUDIO. The name implies that fitness and health should be a lifelong effort, not a short term "health kick" or "fad". This is a mentality that I instill in my clients on a daily basis. 

Am I terrified, nervous, and skeptical? Of course, but I have a motto that I stand by that says: "You can do anything you set your mind to". I know I can do this and am willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen. I am going to continue doing what I love to do, and will now have the luxury of having access to equipment, space, and will be able to see many more people each day!!

So now I know you're probably wondering about some details of this new business venture so here you go. The location will be in Petersburg, Ontario (just minutes from Kitchener-Waterloo) directly across from the historical Bluemoon Restaurant. The opening date is yet to be determined but it will be sooner than you think. The space I am renting consists of two rooms with a total size of 4500 sq/ft (way more than enough room to run, jump, skip, hop, get fit and have fun!!!). Oh and did I mention there will be a smoothie bar offering various types of healthy protein shakes!?

My services will include:
  • -          Private/semi-private/couples personal training sessions 
  • -          Small group training (6-8 people max)
  • -          Biomechanical assessments 
  • -          Specialty classes (low back pain, chronic injury management, pilates etc)
  • -          Therapeutic exercise program designs
  • -          Educational workshops and seminars 

Here is a sneak peak into what's to come in a matter of months! 
This vacant space is currently undergoing renovations and lots of changes!! 

The smoothie bar, change room, and waiting/consultation area
The main entrance/welcome area
Restroom/towel service 
The fitness area: where all the magic happens!! ;)
So there you have it. A dream turned into a reality. Proof that a thought or idea, placed into action, combined with a little planning, and lots of help from others (a huge thank you to my interior designer, financial adviser, graphic designer, landlord, friends, and family, for all the help you have given me so far!!) can quite possibly turn into an (almost) completed project!! 

My advice to you: stay positive, be proactive, set goals, dream big, and be an achiever!!! Again, tears coming to my eyes, and yup, are now rolling down my face. If I can do it, you can do it too. I believe in you just like I believe in myself. 

Thanks so much for reading and for all your support. xo

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