Ever since I was in high school I have always envisioned myself owning my own dance studio. I wanted nothing else in life. I only considered one college, one major, and one future. That was it for me. My dream. After graduating from college, I took a leap of faith and moved to Orlando, FL to pursue my other dream of dancing at Walt Disney World. Dancing at Disney was a highlight of my life and something I never will forget. Long days, tough hours, and extreme wear on my body but worth every single second of it.
While teaching at dance studios on the side, I started to see how the world of dance was changing, how owning a studio took a toll on the studio owners I worked for, and that maybe this wasn’t my dream anymore. Ultimately, I made the tough decision that this wasn’t the path I wanted to follow anymore and I wanted to pursue fitness, my new found passion.
Also throughout this time, I met my now husband, Justin, (as of January 2019!) and decided I was staying in Florida to be with him. (Of course that was after moving home to Chicago for a brief period of time to only move right back… but that’s a story for another time.) After struggling to find a job that I truly felt passionate for, I had finally found my DREAM job. I was going to open and manage two Orangetheory Fitness studios. It was like the stars aligned and I had made it. I was salaried, I had the freedom to build my own team, and this what it, what I was going do for the rest of my life.
After roughly a year an a half into this role, I quickly learned it was not my dream anymore. The stress is immeasurable, I dreaded opening my email, and I cried at the end of every weekend. Little did I know that soon enough, my worries about this job would be gone because I lost said job. So to sum it up, my dream, secure, salaried job, was not so dreamy or secure anymore and I had to figure out what I was going to do with my life again.
About one month after I lost my job, my husband and I got engaged. To say that put extra pressure on me was an understatement. The idea of paying for a wedding and starting a family when I did not have a job was terrifying and filled me with guilt, to say the least.
After a few trial and errors with jobs and other opportunities, I came across this thing called a “Virtual Assistant“. I had no idea what I was doing but knew that I could easily do what these other Virtual Assistants were doing and I took a leap. I enrolled in a $200 course online, built an online profile, and started to find clients. Within three months, I was bringing in an average of $1800 a month and by the nine-month mark, I was a full-time work at home Virtual Assistant, specializing in working with fitness and dance minded businesses. My dream clients!
Now, I feel a calling to help others who are in my same position. Others that feel you are made for so much more than you have at the moment. Others that feel lost and don’t know which direction to go in their career. Others that don’t want their own success to be reliant on anyone else but themselves. I want to help you do what I did. If I can do it, anyone can!
I absolutely love meeting new people and sharing stories, so drop me a note on social media and we can have a virtual coffee date (if you follow me on Instagram, you will see that I am obsessed with working out!). Hope to connect with you personally super soon!