There are many things about where I grew up that I love. A small coal mining town, historic in nature, and in the beautiful Pennsylvania mountains.
I'm a daughter of blue collar workers, and the granddaughter of a coal miner and a butcher.
I was raised to be thankful for a job, to keep my head down, and not make waves.
My hometown is intimate. Everyone knows everyone.
But it isn't the place where dreams are made.
It isn't the place where entrepreneurs are born.
I don't fault anyone for that. It's just a small town mentality.
Not a day goes by that I'm not thankful to my parents and the sacrifices they made. They did the best they could with what they had and there was never a day that as a child I didn't have what I needed.
I got an education, I was an athlete, and I cherish the time spent in a small town community.
But I knew I was meant for more.
Facebook can be a time waster, or a life-saver.
I love using it to connect with old friends, and to expand my network.
As an entrepreneur, I'm always looking to connect with other strong, driven, powerful women who are making a difference in this world.
Who knew that a childhood friend, was living the same dream, working hard, and changing lives too!
I kept seeing my old friend, Alicia, bopping around, leading Zumba. She then took her teaching to the next level and came up with her own boot camps and kids fitness in the New Jersey area.
In my heart I smiled, because I remember Alicia, as a cheerleader in high school, but she was an athlete too.
She is a little whip of a woman, but a fighter.
She has a heart of gold and a HUGE smile that makes you want to be around her. She has energy. I could see this was what she was meant to do.
We share so many similarities!
So how do two women, who work full time jobs, in a super competitive industries and areas, keep up?
Alicia said to me,
"You either survive, or you don't."
We embrace who we are. We embrace our strengths. We embrace where we came from. We take that intimate small town feel and use it in our classes. Everyone is important. Every customer matters.
We use the music to guide our movement!
It doesn't matter if you are an athlete, or a Baby Boomer; out of shape, young, old, retired, a new mom.
Coordinated, uncoordinated, a dancer, a hot little mess.
We all have a heart. We all feel. We all have a story.
Alicia shared with me that when she first started teaching Zumba, she went out to Latin clubs to LEARN the movements. She wasn't afraid to throw herself into a community and place that was foreign.
I can relate.
If I never took the leap to move to Canada to be with my husband, I may have never started my fitness business.
Before I opened my business doors, I started talking to other entrepreneurs. I dove into online trainings. I pursued new passions in fitness that made me an educator and leader. I dove deep into personal development and leadership books to help me find my voice.
I knew I had a gift, I just wasn't exactly sure how to use it.
I expanded my class offerings, coming up with new, unique branded programs that targeted all markers and all areas of fitness, from boot camps, to yoga, to kickboxing, to strength training. I created what spoke to me.
At one time I ever taught pool/aqua fit classes when I had access to a pool!
Alicia has started her own unique dance Zumba boot camps. THAT speaks to her.
Both Alicia and I dared to be different. We dared to break the mold.
Life is a path of constant learning.
There is nothing more rewarding than inspiring, teaching, and motivating others.
There is nothing more rewarding than being creative.
Fitness is the most beautiful vehicle to do it!
If you haven't taken a class with one of us, you should!
We may be small town girls, but our heart and passion, is BIG.