I try and celebrate every milestone for the reason that life is just a compilation of all of those moments. Each success contributes to who we become and what “successful” path we build for ourselves. It's hard to write a story thats untold. Hell its hard to be an entrepreneur. You are alone in your fight. The only way to make it is to fear nothing. No fear of failure nor a fear of success. Yes, fear of actually succeeding is part of it as well. It means that you reached something or somewhere you've always wanted to be… and then what...
My concept behind Silver Lining by S was to help others find happiness in the little things. The daily wins that make us who we are and allow us to truly enjoy life. Through discovering those, I turned to fitness and health and my story became about that. With the evolution of me, so has come the evolution of SLBS to TFF. My goal has always been and will remain to be encouraging each of you to find happiness daily but this time through a healthy lifestyle. I am speaking to those driven, independent, hustling girl bosses who want to achieve and who believe they are capable and worthy of their full potential. They want to kick ass and look good doing it.
It's how I want to live my life. It's how I stay motivated. Its how I wake up. This is The Fit Fatale.
The Fit Fatale is that girl who can have it all and still works to be more, from health, family, career and social life. I've mentioned this to you all before but this brand is so far from being an intimidation, it's a realization that you're capable. It's to help YOU realize that YOU ARE capable. Because you are. I'm still a work in progress like all of us, but I've seen a lot this year. I've been sick from stress, a burn out I never really imagined possible at 25, only to dive my energy into the gym that brought me a life rocking injury, my concussion. Someone asked me the other day what I was afraid of. I said nothing, besides hitting my head. You know whats funny is I quit my corporate job, my stability, my identity for some, to kinda.... work out and write in the simplest of terms. Just when I did this I got my concussion from an accidental fall.... and that was one of the biggest life changing moments.
I was dedicating my energy to something else, something healthier, but my approach was still the same. Too stressed, making decisions FOR others and not myself. Yup it sucked, but I learned a lot about myself. I had already decided on the new website, the new name, the new feel. But because of that injury I learned to embody who that brand was to be.
"The Fit Fatale is flirty and witty. She is fitness obsessed. She would prefer to talk avocados than shit. She is always well dressed (even in yoga pants) and smiling. She's happy."
What's important here is that The Fit Fatale cares for herself first and foremost which allows her to go above and beyond for others. This is how she finds ultimate happiness.
When I was younger I used to write short books. Fictional stories of this girl who was "perfect". The perfect job. The perfect boyfriend. She wasn't so emotional and self-conscious as I was. She wasn't as unsure. She was certain of who she was being. She believed. So I wrote these books because it made me feel like I was her. It was a way to make my dreams reality. The Fit Fatale is that girl. That same experience of idealism. But through what I went through the past year, through the struggles of a changing body, mind, heart and soul, I can say I am that girl. As I write this I laugh because I'm so far from perfect. Thats half the fun. If the story was over I'd have nothing to say. My house is a mess right now, I have a ton of work to catch up on and lets be honest, I totally ate a pizza last night. But that doesn't change who I am. That doesn't make me less of The Fit Fatale. And the same goes for each of your stories. If you care about your health, your fitness and ultimately those around you, you too are her.
I started to slow down and love myself... Truly love myself... and part of this came from leaving the wrong work environment for me, part of this came from changing my mindset, part of this has come from my health coaching and learning to coach others along with myself, changing the words that poured out of my mouth.... If you think you're fat you will find a way to make yourself fat. You want what you believe to be true. When I started to believe I was capable and LOVE, I found the most incredible people around me. Some had been there but others started to come.
I still take a second everyday and think to myself how lucky I am to be surrounded by those people. They keep coming the more I love and care for my mind and body.
The Fit Fatale knows her worth. You need to believe in yourself to be this woman.
You need to decided you are going to be happy and healthy. Pick whats important for you. Not everyones happy will be on a spin bike, but the more you care and love your body the more you can find WHAT that happy is. Mentally and physically. Your body actually shows you and you become so in tune with listening to it you know what is right and wrong.
In fitness shoots it's kind of funny because every time I do a new shoot that I love, I feel like I can never post the old pictures. I feel like my body progresses and changes... That was a month ago, I don't look like that.... I SAY THIS ALL THE TIME. But this shoot featured here below was about two months ago and I love it. I went back on a spin bike for the first time in two months the day before this shoot. I WAS SMILING EAR TO EAR. No headache. If you've had a concussion you know how hard the recovery is and how hard getting back into cardio can be. I was lucky enough… no I was BLESSED, to have had that happen when I did leave my job and did get to recover properly. I made up my mind to take off that much time and care for myself… two months. I couldn't write, work out or travel. I just sat. I listening to pod casts and I turned on my phone to post once a day since I couldn't look at it. Oh, and I baked a lot.... But the glow in my skin and the smile from ear to ear in this picture, knowing I was back at it was everything. I decided I was going to be committed to happiness and being the absolute healthiest happiest ME. I was prepared to bring happy to my body, mind and soul and that was untouchable. It was my own decision to LIVE as The Fit Fatale. As that girl in the story.
So, with somewhat of sorrow I say goodbye to Silver Lining by S. Sometimes, you need to love the past and let it go to get to the next level of greatness. I will always tell the story of finding your silver lining in life, I just found mine and she is THE FIT FATALE.
Wearing Lole Women
Shot at Santos (one of my fave Montreal hangs!)