I was asked to train people through the more challenging aspects of getting older. First there was a client battling breast cancer and the process of staying well during her chemo. Next came a delightful woman diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. I soon found a client base covering the spectrum of health and wellness to disease and death. An odd mix for a personal trainer but a mix that fits who we are as human beings.
The approach to all my clients is the same. Compassion with a strong dose of common sense. Each person is an individual, there is no cookie-cutter approach, but the basic guidelines are the same. The bottom line… be honest with yourself.
Everyone should have the benefit of an interesting life and I’ve certainly had mine.
A childhood ranging from a stable existence with a normal family in Vancouver and Calgary to early teen years of being chased by police and living in a car throughout the United States. Back to Vancouver to finish high school, then 10 years working as an engineer at a recording studio. Next came a welcome transition to a career at an advertising agency producing award winning radio and tv commercials that carried me through adulthood. What next? A personal trainer! (No one saw that coming)
Maybe even more unlikely was becoming an elected official, a Vancouver Park Board Commissioner to be exact. But my love for this city made the leap and the landing perfect. I’m lucky to be able to combine this work and continue with my day job.
Life lessons are huge and I’ve taken heed. My Buddhist beliefs beseech me to be kind and helpful to all. Personally, my goal is to make my father proud and to be the best god-mother possible to the three most important people in my life… the triplets.
If asked, I say I am a writer.