I used to wonder if making dreams come true really happened. I don’t know that I really thought achieving personal goals meant dreams coming true, but I now think that this is where the mindset changes and learning begins.
As you know, my friend is the reason I even considered going to a gym 2 years after my second child was born. There was no way that would have happened otherwise. She and her husband got me a membership without asking me, but maybe they knew me a little better than I knew myself because as much as I dreaded going, I didn’t want to let them down so I went. In terms of liking group fitness….the rest is history. I gave myself a 6 month goal to achieve in the gym and I did. Once I realized I could put my mind to something and achieve it, I began making new goals and achieving those. Not that my goal was to leave the HR world, I realized how important it was for me and my kids after I got divorced because we needed more time together. I decided I was going to leave, find a job in fitness and I would make it work no matter what it took. Guess what…..I did that. It was then, in 2015, that my dream of opening up a studio, creating the kind of atmosphere I wanted and enjoyed, began to start building. I continued to work for other gyms and corporations in fitness while putting together my ideas. I had great ideas. It was just a matter of being confident enough to take risks and just going for it. It takes some time for me to get there, but I always get there. I knew that about myself. I also knew that I needed patience. I’m one of those who likes results right away. I know, so unrealistic and eventually I do say that to myself out loud. That is still a daily reminder I give myself today. In 2018 I was ready to start my personal training business. My business began by training people in their homes and at one of the locations I taught classes. It was going well and I was content, still wanting my own place. About a year and a half later Covid hit and we closed down. As many of us had to do, we had to adjust and change our business plans. I don’t mind change and making mistakes along the way because I feel that's how we learn and grow. So, when this happened, there was no way I was going to sit still and wait. I started teaching and training online. That eventually led to outdoor classes when we were able to do so. Once gyms opened up again, I knew it was time to look for a studio. Ha! I thought that would be quick and easy. It wasn’t. Again, I had to really remember patience and keep my goal in the forefront so I didn’t get down by the disappointments. Well, it took about a year and a half and here we are today. In October of 2022 I found a space and began working on the set up. I consider myself fortunate to have found my studio to do Personal Training, Group Fitness Classes and Nutrition Counseling in such a great quaint town like Glen Rock. I am surrounded by incredible people, members and fellow business owners. The environment, the sense of community that I have dreamt of since 2015 is what RISE is. We support each other in all areas of the business, we laugh (and complain) about what we’re doing in classes and have developed relationships we never would have without a place to do so. So, what’s the takeaway from this? Have dreams and goals. Don’t let go of them in times of disappointment. Along this journey it is so important to have patience, focus, support and self compassion while getting to your end goal.