In 2014 my husband and I took on the challenge to open up a CrossFit affiliate in Weymouth. With no business experience, and personally no coaching experience, we embarked on a journey which would shape our lives and ultimately change my future.
Fast forward 4 and a half years, the business has new owners and I’m due to step into that gym for the last time. There have been triumphs, laughs, heartaches, blood, sweat and tears and every other cliche you can throw at it. Never did we think that opening up a business which fundamentally was created to help people get fitter, could have such a big impact on me looking internally on a near daily basis to reflect on who I am as a person. I’m friendly, confident, stronger than I was – mentally and physically, but I’m also determined, emotional and vulnerable.
When people enter your lives, it’s not guaranteed they stay there forever, but some can leave a lasting mark. I have made true friends, who I know I could ring when in trouble and they would come running. I have made friends who will be lost to Facebook and Instagram, with the occasional like and comment, which is ok. I have also learnt that you can’t please everyone, and you can’t be everyone’s friend. Being exposed to people as a business owner highlights your main personality traits, and sometimes that’s not what people like and can get quite personal with their opinion. They feel they have made their mind up about you, from what they see in a business, and dislike you – telling others along the way!
But I learnt long ago that the opinion of others should not effect the way I conduct myself. You live and you learn. This is something I’ll take with me across the world and it’s time to move on.
The Hunt for Holly continues…