We had the good fortune of connecting with Whitney Taylor and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Whitney, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
This is such a good question, in my profession, the word balanced gets thrown around like confetti. ” You just need to find a balance between sleep and work, french fries and salads, working out, and rest and you will see transformation.”

It’s like trying to find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, you hear about it, you like the idea, but is it even real?

I chased the rainbow daily, I became an expert time blocker, I learned to set better boundaries to get things done yet every day I felt overwhelmed, exhausted, and unproductive. I was seeking excellence in my job, my business, my relationships, my health, my faith, and I kept coming up short.

The shift happened when a friend said, “there’s no such thing as balance.”

That statement hit me hard, I thought about it and realize she was right. I re-evaluated everything I had on my plate and realized, I was reaching for the gold in every aspect of my life, setting unreal expectations for what one human can do and feeling upset when those expectations weren’t met.

Instead, I shifted my mindset. Life isn’t about balance, it’s about priorities. Different seasons of our life will demand different responsibilities. You may be working on a big launch in your business, it’s better to accept that your sleep, relationships, and health may take the backseat for a while because this is important to you.

Or, you are working on building stronger relationships, coming home to eat dinner with the family every night, or showing up to that networking event so you may not accomplish as much at work, you have to be ok with that.

When you throw balance out the window, you can look at life from a big picture standpoint, and realize the different priorities for different seasons will help you achieve that big picture goal a few years down the road. You will find growth in all areas of your life if you allow yourself to focus on what’s important to you in this season rather than chase everything and end up feeling empty-handed.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I believe I have a unique relationship with the women I serve, I’ve experienced first hand, their fears, the resistance, the uncertainty of it all. This process doesn’t have a finish, it’s a lifelong journey, so in turn, they get to see me live out what I preach daily. It creates a bond, an unspoken understanding that we are in it together, we are actively making the choice to create the body and life we want.

Nothing lights me up more than when I see women transition from the mindset of eat less, do more where they are feeling completely defeated and depleted to a mindset of eat more, work smarter, where they feel confident and proud, taking ownership of their body. It’s not only a change in their physical appearance, it brings an internal joy, better mood and more energy.

How did you get to where you are today professionally? Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges?

I started my coaching business 2 years ago from an, aha! moment.

People kept approaching me at the gym, asking me to help them with their nutrition. I helped because I loved it with zero intention of doing this as a career. I remember saying to myself one day, ” What a dream it would be if I could do this full time.”

As more people kept asking, I said, why not try and make that dream a reality. The adventure began.

I was clueless about starting a business. It’s been one of the most challenging adventures yet and I’m learning to love the process. It’s taught me so much about life, growth, and purpose.

What do I want the world to know about my brand/ my story

I’ve gone from a tiny, “runner” girl who thought living healthy meant running all the time and eating all the colors in the rainbow, to a strong, confident woman who loves her training, a combination of heavy weights and endurance, and eats to support her body, muscle and all.

This transition did not happen overnight, it’s taken me over a decade of challenging life lessons, each lesson building on one another to become a catalyst for the perfect formula to help myself, and now other women achieve true results.

All of these lessons were in the form of failure; like the time I fractured my pelvis on an 18 mile training run, from running.
A diagnosis of osteopenia, the beginning stages of osteoporosis, at age 23.
My numerous attempts to gain muscle only to put on weight.
My stubborn mindset, I didn’t need to listen to my body; no sleep, long work hours, and more stress was something I thought I could overcome, until my hormones shut me down.

I chose to see each failure as an opportunity instead of a stopping point.
I took it upon myself to educate, experiment, and learn from the situation. In turn, I was able to reverse my diagnosis 4 years later. Since my pelvis fracture,I’ve run multiple trail races, including a trail marathon and a few off road triathlons. I am an avid mountain biker and I can squat almost double my body weight.

I’ve made it my mission to transform my body through food and movement. Now, my mission is to teach other women how to find the same exact results.

I feel like my health journey is so similar to business, or anything in life really, you’re going to fail, you’ll try something, it won’t work, you learn and grow until you figure it out. You’re going to be uncomfortable, you’re going to go through some serious change. You either quit because it’s hard or embrace it, have faith in the process and see where it leads you.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.

Day 1

Breakfast: Denver Biscuit, no exceptions, this is a must.
Hike: Elk Falls Overlook for a hike
Happy Hour: Any brewery
Dinner: Work & Class

Day 2

Breckenridge for the Day
Breakfast: Cool River Coffee, the best gluten-free bread
Mountain Bike: Epic trail system in Breckenridge, you can’t go wrong. Make sure you ride side door!
Late lunch and a bloody mary at Angel’s Hollow
Evening snack in Tennyson – High Point Creamery

Day 3
Breakfast at Home
Stroll around town, go to REI, check out some shops
Lunch: Avanti, make sure you get an arepa from Quiero Arepas ( gluten and dairy-free!)
Go back home for a little nap or lounge somewhere in the sunshine!
Dinner: Vital Root, sit outside! Allergy friendly.

Day 4
Take a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park, get up early.
Grab a coffee at Kind Coffee and a cinnamon roll from Cinammons bakery, get there early they sell out most mornings!
Go explore Rocky, Hike, drive around.
Lunch: Grab a quick bite to eat at Skratch bakery, delicious sandwiches, also has gluten-free option!
Dinner: Order takeout from Just Be Kitchen ( 100% gluten-free, 99% dairy-free!)

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would not be where I am today without the support and encouragement of so many people in my life. My husband, our church and church community, all of my clients, and the strong women in Colorado who are showing up and making an impact daily. I also credit the book ROAR, by Dr. Stacy Sims for giving women a voice in how to eat and train for their sport. It’s started a movement and I’m grateful to be a part of it.

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