We made it to the end of 2020.
Normally, getting to the end of the year is a fairly routine event. This year, getting here feels like a feat.
I remember hearing a rumor from a client in mid-March that the governor of California was planning to shut down every non-essential business in the state overnight.
What? Is that even a thing?
Ten months later, it’s so standard, it doesn’t even phase us.
We’ve been through a collective journey, a fight, a team effort. It’s often been hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Pre-covid, I liked to think I was well equipped for uncertainty. During most years of my rowing career, I lived in uncertainty about what the future held (would I train all year and not even qualify for the World Championships? Would I train for 4 years and not qualify for the Olympics?). I also learned to switch gears on a dime, whether in the middle of a race or that time my rowing partner got emergency intestinal surgery a month before the racing season started (that’s a story for another day).
Despite this confidence, 2020 threw me for a loop.
And yet, I’m grateful. Massively grateful. 2020 has taught me - taught us all - about what’s important. It’s forced us to change in ways we weren’t anticipating. It made us grow.
Here’s how I spent 2020, by the numbers.
2020 By the Numbers
78: Women served through personal training, the fitness + wellness community I run, or mentoring junior rowers.
318: Live group workouts I wrote and taught as part of my community
3: New weekly workout classes I added to my fitness and wellness community this year
2: Types of workouts we have in this community: strength and HIIT
22: Women currently part of this community
59: Percentage of women who’ve been in the community for at least a year
414: Personal training workouts I led
70: Buddy training workouts I led
164: High Performance Mentoring sessions with junior rowers
(These include in-person workouts pre-Covid and Zoom workouts during Covid!)
23: Blog posts written
...And countless pounds lost, habits changed for the better, and days spent hydrated, nourished, energized, and in control.
Why I love my job
A By the Numbers recap tells the overall story, but it doesn't reflect the meaningful moments and powerful impact.
Just this morning, I was recapping a major milestone with a client on Zoom. As of this morning, she’s officially lost over 20 pounds from when she started the year. She didn’t do it all at once; rather, we focused on her habits and let the weight loss come as a result.
“I’m so confident that I’m never going to go back to my old weight. This process has given me a truly sustainable solution.
Sure, I could’ve gone out and lost 10 pounds in a month through some other program, but I wouldn’t have ingrained the habits to work out regularly, manage my meals when I eat out, and change so many other parts of my life for the better.”
Whenever I share reflection moments like this with clients, I get fuzzy inside. I feel such an immense pride in the people I work with, because I witness them at their best and at moments when they think they can’t do it. Their achievement is the culmination of thousands of daily choices and true hard work, but the rewards last a lifetime. I’m unbelievably honored to be part of their journey.
What’s Ahead in 2021
The one essential lesson 2020 taught me is the power of COMMUNITY.
If social distancing has made us feel isolated, community has made us feel connected.
The team of 22 women I lead through weekly workouts, monthly wellness challenges, and our private Facebook group have been a perfect example of this.
Despite everything that came our way this year, these women stuck together, showed up every week from their living rooms, and worked together to get stronger. Along the way, they built each other up, celebrated each others’ wins, and challenged each other to be better.
This...this is powerful. It’s what the world needs more of.
For a long time, I’ve had the dream of changing the lives of 1,000 women through fitness, health, and wellness.
Up until now, I’ve impacted the women I’ve worked with one by one or in small groups. In 2021, I want to build on what I’ve created in this community to serve more women.
I want this journey towards fitness and wellness to be available to anyone, no matter where in the country they are.
I know there’s an immense need for it. Every day, I talk with women who feel burned out, tired, and heavy. It’s not that they don’t know how to change this, it’s that they need a structure and a community of like-minded women to start living healthier and truly thrive.
I’m working hard behind the scenes to build an online community filled with daily live workouts, meal plans, and resources. Best of all? It’ll be a positive and supportive community of women going through the same journey as you.
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2020 has transformed us in unimaginable ways.
And while there’s obvious tragedy and life disruption, maybe it’s not all bad. Maybe in five years, we’ll all look back on this year and see that it gave us a chance to grow. To pivot. To reimagine what’s possible.
As we stand before 2021, remember that anything is possible. For me, community tops the list. Here we go. Cheers to new beginnings!