Who am I to talk about balance?
Let me tell you a little bit about myself.
I was two years old when my parents first enrolled me in gymnastics at Botetourt Gymnastics Academy. Little did they know that what started as a simple activity for children would become my passion and a lifelong career. I've enjoyed gymnastics for as long as I can remember. It later led to an interest in competitive gymnastics and on to competitive all-star cheerleading, I was all in!
At 14 I was offered my first job at Botetourt Gymnastics Academy, and that was a dream come true! I coached kids after school and hosted birthday parties on the weekends. Even though I was young I poured my heart and soul into coaching and was determined to be the best and beat the best.
A few years later, when I turned 16, my boss decided to move gym locations to a much smaller venue. I was sad to leave the building that I grew up in but I loved the idea of new beginnings. Even at such a young age I had a lot of responsibility and I worked every day after school. However, as a senior in high school I wasn’t planning to open a gym quite yet. I wanted to go to college, major in criminal justice, and think about gymnastics after I had the rest of my life figured out. God has a sense of humor!
A Curve-ball in my Life
Shortly before my high school graduation God sent me a little bit of a curve-ball. While gymnastics gyms typically close down from Christmas to New Years, in December of 2011 my boss called me about four days before Christmas. She informed me that she wouldn’t be re-opening after the New Year. I was absolutely crushed. I believed my whole life was over and I had no idea why this was happening or what I was going to do next. I had no plan, and if you know me, that was the scariest part of it all.
My boss soon reached out to me and offered the sale of her equipment. I would be buying her equipment but opening my own business in the same location that she had been using. This was crazy, right? I was 18, I lived at home, had no money, no business experience, no credit history and definitely no idea what I was doing. However, after hours of tears and prayers I said, "YES!"
WHAT? I’m a Business Owner!
I made it through Christmas and my parents, both previous business owners, agreed to help me and guide me until I could stand on my own two feet. If it were not for them, I would not be where I am today. In just over a week my superhero parents and I transformed Botetourt Gymnastics Academy, into Prestige Gymnastics Academy and we opened our doors on January 2, 2012 at 4:00 pm, with a very clueless, yet hopeful young business owner.
Since that day, my life has been a whirlwind. I did not finish college, and more than likely never will. Despite my lack of a paid-education, I am business owner and I’m still a dreamer. The saying, “thank God for unanswered prayers” was so true for my story. God said “no” to the thing I thought I wanted most, and because of it, I live a full and happy life that I LOVE. I’m 24 years old and Prestige is thriving. My mission is for Prestige to effectively teach gymnastics while we touch young lives, create a safe haven, a family, and most of all shine the light of Jesus to all that come through the doors.
It can be difficult to find the right balance to life as a young business owner, and I have made my fair share of mistakes. However, each time I dust myself off and learn from those mistakes because I know that this job IS the job for me. The most important lesson I’ve learned is: in the end it’s GOD’S plan that you should be following and HIS will that guides you, not your own. He has brought me this far and I know He will continue to lead me.