As I sit here and reflect on a year of launching my business, it feels like its was a lifetime ago when I hit enter and my business became visible to the world. It was a vulnerable time for me, not knowing how people would respond, if they would even like it ( who is they anyway?) and if I would even get clients or better yet come across entrepreneurs that would hire me to help develop methods for their studios. It was scary to say the least.
I’ve always been an open person, trying to be vulnerable and transparent in my instructor trainings, showing to my instructors that there is more than meets the eye. I’ve been able to meet some incredible people, from so many walks of life, different personalities, hear and live through painful struggles with them and have helped guide them to be out of this world instructors. So many people think that teaching is just teaching, getting up there and leading a class, but I wanted to teach instructors that it is so much more than that. It's a time to dig deep into your soul, to find what sets you on fire and to motivate others through it. I was able to accomplished that. Over 150 instructors trained in a year. Coolest opportunities to visit other towns, have a say in peoples visions for their companies and lives and make an impact on their business.
I am so grateful to all the business owners and entrepreneurs that have taken a chance on me, some without even meeting me, to help them in the growth and success of their businesses. I appreciate all the clients who believe in my methods of nutrition & exercise, that have invested in their health and lives and have seen change, both in body and mind.
Needless to say, I've experienced super highs and super lows. I hit all my 1 year business goals, have been able to stay home full time with my daughter and create an impact on those around me. I've been able to travel, meet new people, try new restaurants and foods and make my own schedule. I've been able to make an income for my family, while still being able to be at home, which is one of my ultimate goals. It's been incredible but at the same time, one of the hardest years of my life.
Business and working wasn’t hard, it comes naturally to me but it was my personal life that was difficult. Call it ironic that I chose Balanced Body Systems as my business name and brand, when that is thing I struggle with the most. Its taken stress on my body, strain on my marriage, losing friendships and worst of all losing our son Jude , which completely has rocked me to the core, to realize that balance was what I need/needed. I needed organized over busy, relaxed over stressed, thick skinned over sensitive, proactive over reactive, compassion over judgement, say no instead of yes, patience over frustration, okay with missing out not fear of missing out and better yet I needed a balanced body, mind and soul, which was all in my control and my choice.
I don't know what this next year brings for me and Balanced Body Systems. I don’t know what opportunities will come my way and if I will even have any. But, for once, I am okay with that. I've always stood firm in letting my business grow organically and letting opportunities come my way instead of forcing them. I am excited over not knowing what's next, which is not something I would have ever said if I didn't have the year that I had.
So, when life throws you a curve ball. It will suck. But decide not to dodge it. It is meant to hit you and mould you into the person you are meant to be. As painful as it may be, learn from the impact. Be flexible. Feel all the feels. Don't stress over the small stuff. Do your best. It does get better. Be kind to yourself and others.and smile.
Lastly, when life gives you sour lemons, throw them out and go buy wine.
much love in balance & health,