ADVICE FROM A SUPERMOM
Meet Marcy! Entrepreneur, Health and Fitness Expert, and SUPERMOM! She starts her day at 4:30 am, takes her daughter to school, runs multiple businesses, and still makes time for herself. Please keep reading to learn more about Marcy's story and how she balances everything.
Y&T: What is your story?
MARCY: My love for health and fitness started during my childhood. I grew up playing basketball, soccer, and softball in elementary and high school. Then, in my senior year, I was in a terrible car accident and suffered from a knee injury. Suddenly my world was flipped upside down because I could no longer play sports. My doctor told me that I had to do low-impact exercises instead. So I started to implement strength training and low-impact cardio exercises into my workout routine. After that, I knew I would fall in love with going to the gym. Although dealing with my knee injury was difficult, I realized my passion for helping others through health and fitness. My first job in high school and college was working in retail as a salesperson. Even though I was promoted several times from store manager to then a buyer, I realized I wanted something more that would impact people's lives. So I decided to pursue my passion for helping others through massage therapy and personal training. I learned many business skills from working in retail, which pushed me to start my own business.
Y&T: What is your favorite part about being a business owner?
MARCY: There are so many aspects that I love about being self-employed. But I'd have to say my favorite part is the idea that I get to build my own dream instead of someone else's. Having your own business can be very rewarding despite the ups and downs. There is nothing that I love more than helping people have better overall health and well-being. I also love working on my own goals and feel that I have more of a purpose. I am excited and thankful to see all of my happy clients leave reviews on Google and nominate me in SRQ Magazine for the "Best Massage Therapist for 2022" and awarded the bronze winner.
Y&T: What is the typical day in the life of being a 'Supermom'?
MARCY: I start my day at 4:30 am. Monday through Friday, I like to be at the gym by 5:30 am. After my workout, I take my daughter to school, then come home and prepare for work. I typically finish my workday around 5 pm or 6 pm. When I get home, I'll make dinner and help my daughter with homework. After that, I'll make time for phone calls at night, get things done around the house, or work on my Juice Plus+ business.
Y&T: Do you have any tips or advice for moms to stay organized and balanced?
MARCY: I have a daily 'method of operation' to stay organized. I have a special notepad where I keep my priorities list that keeps me on top of my tasks. Moms are unique because they tend to be such giving individuals. However, they need to make sure that they still make time for themselves. The best way to do this is by; if you are feeling overwhelmed, it may be a sign you need to decompress and do something for yourself. Everyone is different, but I love going to the beach, watching the sunset, and taking walks to ease my mind. Sometimes moms need to learn to say "No" to people; I can't have one more task to do today.
Y&T: What is your advice for someone starting their health and fitness journey?
MARCY: It can feel overwhelming when starting your health and fitness journey because you don't know where to begin. My best advice is not to overdo it and to start small. For example, start by scheduling time to work out just three days a week. Make sure you find a style of exercise you enjoy so it's easier to maintain. Once you get into a comfortable rhythm, you can implement more workouts into your routine. Remember to set realistic goals and make sure your plan works with your family's schedule.
When it comes to nutrition, I always recommend that you don't cut everything out at once. Instead, it's best to focus on implementing more 'fresh' produce and trashing any processed items in your pantry. If you want to treat yourself, I suggest going out to a restaurant rather than keeping it at your house.
Y&T: What words do you live by?
MARCY: I'm a firm believer that balance, patience, integrity, respect, and being kind is so important. Just simple acts of kindness like holding a door open for someone can go a long way and make someone else's day.
Y&T: Do you have any last words of wisdom for aspiring entrepreneurs?
MARCY: Find your "power partners"! In a nutshell, make sure you have a network of people for referrals. It's essential to have a group of like-minded people to turn to when you go through the challenges of owning a business.
As an entrepreneur, there will always be ups and downs. Sometimes, you need to talk to another business owner to pull you out of any rut mentally. Don't let the negativity get to you. When I started my business, so many people told me I was too short, too young, and that I would never make it. If I had listened to them, I wouldn't be where I am today.
I also recommend having a backup plan or another stream of income. I've personally experienced the benefit of having an extra stream of income through my side business with Juice Plus+. Sometimes life can have unexpected things occur that are not in your control, and it's better to have other streams of income in case you can't work due to an injury or for health reasons.
A few years ago, I had a terrible spider bite on my hand, and I couldn't do my massage therapy for two months and worked part-time for four months. I was so grateful I had my Juice Plus+ business that I could help people get healthier and still have a stream of income.
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