Alyse O'Steen and Sidney Bunce with HIGH Fit Stafford
These passionate, determined and very driven ladies will be vendors at our February Galentine's event. We are excited to have them and wanted to hear more about what their "why" was for starting their business. Here's what they had to say...
Building this business has not and is not easy; anytime we hit a wall or run into an issue, how we overcome that issue is a huge achievement. Between the two of us we have 6 kids under 8 years old and two husbands that work very long and hard hours, so being able to resolve issues with our business and keep it moving forward with everything else we have going on is huge for us.
So how did it all start?? We found HIGH as a free workout class at Ebenezer United Methodist Church. We attended the class regularly and fell in love with it. Once we learned our HIGH instructor would be moving and HIGH would no longer be offered here, we decided to get certified as HIGH instructors so we could keep the class going at Ebenezer. Sidney and I didn't actually know each other before we got certified. I got certified in New York in January 2018 and met Sidney before she got certified in Boston, MA in February 2018. We honed our skills and kept teaching with the instructor at Ebenezer until she left in May 2018. By June of 2018, Sidney and I felt confident enough to launch HIGH Fit Stafford. We wanted to share the HIGH love and introduce more people to this amazing new workout that truly made working out fun. Plus, the more classes we taught the more time we got to enjoy together doing something we love. We are mothers and wives first and foremost, but HIGH is our escape - it's our me time. It's definitely a balancing act trying to learn routines, book classes, practice, etc, and be mom, but we keep pushing and trying to build our business because it's our passion. A huge question we had was how do they maintain good work/life balance? Coffee! Prayer! It's definitely hard but both of us have strong faiths and trust in God's plan for us and our business together. We pray about our big decisions and we have honestly given our business to Him - He'll let it grow on His time. We do a lot together - share a babysitter, babysit for each other, practice our routines where the kids can play safely - so being around each other helps us keep communication open and clear and we help each other balance life and all it throws at us.
I'm looking forward to meeting these superwomen at the event and I'll be you are too!