I was on the verge of opening my own studio space in Laguna Beach, off Canyon Road. It had been four months since I’d left CrossFit Second Chance to solely purse Femme Royale. I wanted to create my own space that I could privately train clients, work on Femme Royale projects, designs, and keep all my merchandise to display like a boutique. I spent weeks, getting the business plans in order, the business loan secured, and all the little details ironed out. This wasn’t my first rodeo, so I knew the ins and outs this time around. The lease was signed and deposit put down, until it all came crashing down.
The landlord was traveling out of town for two weeks, and I wanted to get the CUP finalized before she left. A CUP is a conditional use permit, needed when a business is going into a building that is zoned differently than what the actual business is. Ie — most CrossFit gyms are in industrial warehouses, having clients come in and out of your building one must obtain a CUP to warrant it safe and not to disrupt the other neighboring businesses.
I will be the first to admit I was being a bit pushy, as I knew that was the most perfect space for what I wanted to do. I got the feeling this landlord would be a handful, from the drawn out, pointless meetings and especially after she told me that Femme Royale Movement — reminded her of a bowel movement. You know the “Royale Movement”…. never heard that one before. Long and short of the situation she decided that it just wasn’t a good fit. I was wrecked. Disappointed was an understatement.
Within the next week, I decided to sublease my apartment for six months and go on the road. I needed to get out of Newport for a while. Clear my mind, do some traveling, and experience what else is out in the world. Most, if not all my spontaneous, irrational decisions have lead me to the next chapter of my life. At this point, I was working my butt off to pay rent, and get by. That isn’t a life I wanted to live any longer. I love the work that I do, but I knew that I needed to get more out of the money I was earning. I wanted to experience life and TRAVEL. I wanted to spread the good word of Femme Royale and have events set up in other cities across the nation. So I hit the road, with an open mind and a purpose not to just work but enjoy the endless possibilities.
Looking back, I’m glad the space didn’t work out. I’ve been down that road, spending hours and being “tied down”. I’m glad went with my gut feeling even if it was launching myself into the unknown. I don’t need to rush back into anything, just because I’m good at creating a community for others to increase their fitness and health. Having a gym doesn’t define my success, only I get to define what success looks like.
Throughout the last six months I’ve been working on getting my LifeCoaching degree. I can honestly if it wasn’t for having our peer groups and a life coach guidance I don’t know that I would’ve been able to continue on the journey. I love constantly expanding my knowledge, to better serve my clients. Over the years I’ve found the fitness industry is lacking in the mental/emotional side of training. The real results are found when clients/athletes can train their minds and their bodies will follow. I’ve decided I eventually want to be more than just a gym, workout program. But a studio or online course that works with all elements of wellness not just the physical component. Taking a time out of the hustle and bustle has opened my eyes on what the next chapter will look like.
Our journey and experiences is what shape who we are and what we become. Sometimes we need to live in the moment, and feel all the FEELS as they are. I’ve made a conscious effort to be present. Being able to reflect on the past, in a grateful mindset is vital to the next chapters of life. With that I am going to share some my experiences from the last six months. Over the next few weeks, I will be blogging about all the adventures, “wake up calls” or take aways from getting out of my comfort zone. It’s amazing what life can throw your way when you let go of the things that hold you down (ie. not having to pay $1500+ in rent a month, creates an insane amount of freedom and extra cash — which was a choice I made, because my current situation allowed it. I understand it’s not that easy for some). The lessons learned, and how to stay on course or at least verve back on it when there’s a gazllion distractions or excuses not to! I’m looking forward to sharing my story with you all.