Reflections on the past 11 months

I haven’t posted much in the last year.  My life has changed in ways I could not have imagined in November 2012.  And my focus shifted.

December 1, 2012, we signed a lease for 2,200 sq. ft. of warehouse space.

In the span of a week, I went from a stay-at-home mom doing engineering consulting on the side occasionally while my husband worked full time at an engineering firm to signing a lease, taking out a loan and building a dream business in a completely different industry.

At the end of February 2013, we opened Engineered Bodies Strength and Conditioning aka CrossFit Port Moody.

Since then, it’s been an amazing roller coaster.  While my husband looks after the training and coaching side of things (he’s not only a P.Eng. but also a CSCS and FMS practitioner) and most of the marketing, I am responsible for client care, front desk and really anything else that needs doing.  It’s pretty busy but we have a great community of clients that feel like family – this is what makes it so rewarding.

In September 2013, my life changed again: I went back to school to learn to be a health coach.  It’s distance education which works well for my life – balancing our business, family, consulting, life…

Health coaching is a good fit for me.  I want to help people.  I’m very interested in how food influences health.  I love to cook, bake and experiment.

And for a long time, I couldn’t figure out what to do with that, which is why I started this blog.  So here I am, learning to be a coach, and trying to figure out my niche.

This past Saturday, I began to get some more clarity.  My friend, who is learning to be a business coach, and I went to the mSummit presented by Reinventing M.  It was an opportunity to connect with other entrepreneurial moms and listen to some thought leaders in our community through attending workshops.  I attended “Speak Up Like An Expert” with Lucas Matellio and “Sell Like a Girl” with Shannon Ward.  Why these workshops? Well, I am very uncomfortable talking to large groups of unknown people and I also think that I am a terrible sales person, which when you have your own business is not the best idea to have in your head.

While those workshops were thought provoking and provided useful information that I can use to improve in both those areas, the highlights of my day were the keynote address by Arlene Dickinson (from Dragon’s Den) and chatting with Dai Manuel and Bosco Anthony at the wrap party.

Arlene’s story is touching and inspiring.  I’d love to spend a day with her – she’s fascinating and funny, and I know I could learn so much from her.  While spending a day with her is, in the near term at least, unlikely, I’m looking forward to finding and spending time with other women entrepreneurs in my area. (just putting that idea out there to the universe)

The chat with Dai and Bosco was great – ideas were flowing and they both provided insight into blogging, networking and a list of resources.  I’m looking forward to putting into practice some of their information and developing some of the ideas I had as a result of talking to them. And, funnily enough, networking doesn’t seem like such an intimidating idea anymore.  I guess it just takes practice to get comfortable…

I’m looking forward to continuing the adventure!

And yes, more recipes to come too!