How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve always been a really hard worker. I’ve had a job since I was 14 just because I enjoyed working. As I got older and experienced a variety of jobs ranging from a bar tender, sales, insurance, cycling instructor, a pilot….I knew at some point I needed to have my own business. I flirted with the idea a blow/braid bar, indoor playground, crossfit. I’ve always been obsessed with fitness so was hoping that God would lead me into that direction. My cousin Jamie and I were driving home from working out one night in January of 2013 and said Ft. Lauderdale desperately needs an indoor cycling studio. A really bad ass one! POOF….From that moment on we started working on it. We had every obstacle you could think of thrown at us but we never gave up and managed not to kill each other!! January 19th ,2015 we opened our doors! This is the most complete I have ever felt!
What is your elevator pitch on what you do?
We are Ft. Lauderdale’s first premier indoor cycling studio. We offer 50 performance tracked bikes with stadium seating, black light illumination and an enormous screen to keep your mind off the burning sensation in your legs! You’ll feel like you’re at your favorite night club while sweating, burning fat, and having a pretty damn good time doing so!
How do you define success? Do you consider yourself “successful”?
Yes I do! I measure success by the impact we have on our clients. There is nothing more rewarding than coming to work to see all those beautiful, sweaty, grateful, smiling faces!
What have been some of the most rewarding things in your career thus far?
Hearing a client tell me how Cycleward has changed their life for the better!
Seeing the pride in my parents, husband, and kids faces that all my hard work and obsession paid off!
What have been some of your mistakes? What have you learned from them?
Wow, where do I begin. I’d say my partner and cousin Jamie and I’s biggest mistake when we first opened was letting our staff see our indifferences. We grew up together so we are very close but very different personalities, so opening a business together was a challenge at first. Not being discrete about it definitely showed a weakness to our staff. We might of lost a little respect from some, some laughed about it, others took advantage of it.
I do believe that mistakes happen for a reason. They help you grow and make you stronger as a person, a team, a business. At the end of the day I believe our crew understands that we are human and we are going to make mistakes. Our love and dedication for each other and our business earns their respect.
What do you still want to achieve personally and/or professionally?
BALANCE! Accepting that I’m not always going to make the best decision, be the best proprietor, instructor, mom, wife, daughter, and friend. Doesn’t mean I still won’t try but it’s ok if I fall short once in a while.
Who has been your greatest inspiration?
I’d say my parents. My dad for his patience with following a dream and never giving up on something he put his mind to. My mom for her ability to see the good in everyone, and having a heart of gold!
When was the last time you were overwhelmed and cried from something provoked by work?
Um….all the time… Ha, I’m a baby! I am very hard on myself and I get overwhelmed very easily. We recently had to make a very tough business decision and it was very emotional for me. I know we did the right thing though and if I wasn’t sad about it I would have been disappointed in myself. See….I told you I was hard on myself!
How has your career affected your personal life/relationships?
It’s very easy to let Cycleward consume me. I believe it takes time to build a solid foundation, and I struggle with putting myself and family first. Last year I was in the hospital twice due to neglecting my body. There’s a reason why the safety intro on an airplane explains to put the oxygen mask on you first!
My kids are 4 and 8 and I wish I could freeze them. We are a very close family and I don’t want to miss out on a second of them growing up.
On a positive note I have developed so many new friends and met so many great people, so I have no complaints!
Have you ever thought about giving up? What provokes those thoughts?
No! Giving up is not in my vocabulary. I’ll fight to the very end. When times get tough I pray and trust that God has me where I am to serve a very good purpose.
What causes you anxiety/sleepless nights?
Leaving things undone. Guilt, that my kids are growing up so fast and one day I’m going to look back and wish I spent more time on the little things.
What makes you happy?
My family and seeing other people happy!
What advice would you tell your 21 year old self?
You can be anything you want to be, but don’t rush it! Time flies by so fast. It’s ok to just sit still for a while!
What is the biggest misconception about what you do?
That we are a bike shop, lol!
What is your favorite quote?
“She believed she could, so she did!”