About me….. Hmmm…. Well, not really sure where to start. Here it goes…. I opened a fitness studio in my hometown of Wallingford, CT in April of 2019 and it was AWESOME! I was located on the main street, I had fantastic instructors, my clients were amazing, I was having an absolute BLAST throwing fundraisers for the local community chapters, I was being interviewed by local newspapers and podcasters, I was throwing ROCKING fitness parties, oh and my studio was a finalist in the Reader’s Choice Awards. I mean the list goes on. I was CRUSHING it!! And then…. BAM, yup you guessed it, freakin’ Covid. I was only a few weeks away from throwing an EPIC one year anniversary party and people were SUPER excited about it, but POOF! Just like that, everything I had built was gone.
Fast forward to June 23rd 2021…. I’m still here, trying to rebuild my business, yet again. Haven’t even been able to get myself to sit down to write this damn bio. It’s been at least a month and a half now that I’ve been putting it off. I researched writing bios, read colleagues bios, even looked at my old bios but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. Just do it! I’d tell myself, but nope, always something better to do or something I had to do that took priority. Have to help the neighbor, have to pack, have to move stuff (AGAIN), have to go on a business trip, or hey it’s a sunny day I need to go outside and play. You name it I had an excuse. Writing about myself is the last piece of the puzzle and the last thing I want to do. Once I send this bio to my client, who I now consider a friend, seems to be par for the course with me and many of the amazing people I end up helping, I will be able to launch yet another NEW website. But then what? Will this new website become the be all and end all and make up for what I have lost? Will I be able to rebuild my business without a brick and mortar presence or working for someone else? It’s been a constant struggle. I know I am not the only one who has struggled. I know many small business owners are in similar positions. Lost, scared, scrambling to recreate their business, trying to hold it all together, wondering if it’s time to move on to Plan D since Plans A, B, and C haven’t panned out. So many people have lost so much. This pandemic affected EVERYONE. See, I can’t just focus on me…..
Update January 2022
After manifesting a wellness collaberation about 4 years ago with my current chiropracter Dr. Tracy Malton, she was able to purchase an old bank building in my hometown of Wallingford, CT and create the collaberative wellness facility we dreamed about!! It took about two years to get everything ready but The Health Bank is now open for business!! I was in the building temporarily from January-May of 2022 to help with the transition of opening my business in a physical location once again and to have the support of the Health Bank community, which has been amazing!
Now I am in my permanent location and it’s perfect! I’m only a mile from The Health Bank and in a space I can easily help my aging parents, which as many of you know is a concern as our parents get on in age. I am still training clients one-on-one but I have added pickleball and tennis lessons to the mix and started a DiversaFit activity club!! I am loving ALL of the interactions with my clients and feel very fortunate to be able to share my passion for movement with others.
So anyhoo..… About ME… I am resilient, I am kind, I am giving, I am loving, I am caring, I am open, I am honest, I am a ball of energy, I am a daughter, I am a sister, I am a niece, I am a granddaughter, I am a cousin, I am a friend, I am creative, I am sarcastic, I am generous, I am an educator, I am a lifelong learner, I am loyal, I am athletic, I am gay, I am a coach, I am funny, I am a traveler, I am a motivator, I am a mentor, I am a go getter, I am HUMAN. I am ME.
So this Bio thing, guess I kinda just did it my way, ya think?
Master of Arts in Education/Minor in Liberal Arts
St. Joseph’s College West Hartford, CT 2008
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/Minor in Criminal Justice
Southern Connecticut State University New Haven, CT 1997
Certified Connecticut Physical Education and Health Teacher K-12
Southern Connecticut State University New Haven, CT 2000
ISSA Certified Personal Trainer 2012
ISSA Certified BOSU/TRX Instructor 2014
ISSA Certified Yoga Instructor 2020
Certified Rock Climbing Belay 2000
Certified Pickleball and Tennis Instructor 2000
Certified CPR/First Aid/AED American Heart Association