Meet the #motherhustlers: Kerri Grace
Kerri Grace is a wife, momma to a toddler, CrossFit Coach, Nutrition Coach, and the owner of Grace Fitness and Nutrition.
Kerri was a competitive cheerleader for many years and always loved being active and healthy. She found CrossFit in 2011 and instantly fell in love. She also became passionate about helping people find the same success in becoming fit and healthy, got certified, and has been coaching and learning about fitness and nutrition ever since. She is on a mission to help everyone become the best version of themselves that they can be.
After her first child, she ended up with a 3 finger diastasis and a possible umbilical hernia. Now she wants to share her knowledge with YOU, to prevent or lessen any current symptoms you may have. If you have pelvic floor issues (incontinence, prolapse, ab separation, pelvic pain etc.), she is here to help you work out functionally, while achieving your fitness goals. She wants to help YOU feel healthy again and to be able to do the things you love now and years down the road.
She can also do some fun tricks with her tongue like make a four leaf clover 🍀 And she can cross one eye at a time 🤪
Tell us about yourself, your business, and how you got started!
Hi! My name is Kerri Grace, owner of Grace Fitness and Nutrition. I have an amazing husband and equally amazing 19-month-old son.
I have been a CrossFit coach for 6 years, am Precision Nutrition Certified, an Online Certified Trainer, and specialize in Pregnancy and Postpartum populations.
All of that is to say that I am an Online Fitness and Nutrition coach that loves to continue learning 😉 I just started up my business in January of 2018.
After I had my son, the schedule of a Full-time CrossFit coach was just not going to work. Sometimes I would have left the house at 5 am and not come back until after 8 pm. The thought of coaching online was strange to me at first, but I’m finding that I can actually have MORE of an impact this way!
What inspired you to start your own business?
After I had my son and stayed home with him for about 10 months. I really started to miss coaching and helping people become healthier and happier.
I also had some issues after I gave birth getting back into my workouts, found out I had diastasis recti (separation of the abdominals) and realized there is almost NO support and science-based coaching for pregnant and postpartum women that want to continue safely working out through these periods. So I decided that person would be ME!
What struggles do you face when it comes to balancing your work and family and how do you deal with them?
It can be so incredibly hard to balance everything because I find that I always want to be with my family AND I always want to be working on my business.
There never seems to be enough time in the day, but I also realize that we all get the same 24 hours and it’s what YOU choose to do with them that matters.
What do you think is the secret to raising a healthy business and a healthy family?
You need to have a clear plan of when family time is, and when business time is.
Personally, I time block according to my son’s naps. When he is awake, that is strictly family time and I do not work at all. When he is asleep, I am working super hard to maximize that time by having no distractions.
What is one piece of advice you could give to help other mompreneurs out?
Set reasonable expectations.
A practice that has helped me out immensely has been the 3-a-day rule. Before bed, you write out (with physical pen and paper) 3 tasks to be done the next day. Only three and they are non-negotiable (barring any type of emergency). If, for whatever reason, one doesn’t get done it gets rolled onto the next day.
These tasks should not be things that you normally do every day, and should be manageable for the amount of time you have to devote. The whole point of this is to make it manageable and very much doable. If you get more than your three done, BONUS!
The flip side is the endless to-do list that leaves you feeling defeated at the end of the day when tasks are left undone.
What words of encouragement do you have for your fellow mompreneurs?
Just do it. Whatever it is that you are on the fence about, just do it. Plan out what you can and then take the leap.
Nothing is ever going to be perfect, and if something you try just doesn’t work out…well now you know what NOT to do and can try something else.
Do you have any great / inspiring stories from your own experience that you would like to share?
From the time I had the idea of my business, to the time I did my first launch was maybe 4 months. My first launch was done in only 5 days, no email list, no potential clients, nothing. I did a completely spontaneous series of 7 Facebook posts on my business page (which I also shared on my personal page) leading up to a sell and ended up getting 4 clients!
I honestly was barely hoping for just ONE client and got four! So always always just try, you might surprise yourself!
Where You Can Find Kerri
You can find more about Grace Fitness and Nutrition on their website, and find Kerri on Facebook, Instagram, and in her free Facebook group.
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