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About me, eh? Hmm...

THE SHORT VERSION

My name is Anna Gordon and I'm STRUT's "Master of Mojo" here in fan-ta-bu-lous Winnipeg. I'm also a Wellness Facilitator, Body-Positive Fitness Instructor and Motivational Speaker. My goal is to get you fired up and then empower you to make the changes necessary to live a confidently strong and successful life. Why? Because your health, your career, your relationships and your overall life satisfaction are at stake. Period.

ABOUT STRUTwellness

STRUTwellness is not just a business or a website, it's a community. A community built on healthy habits, daily movement and a whole lotta fun! (Oh ya...stirring it up is DEFINITELY on the menu!) With that in mind: no divas, no victims, no body-shamers, no food-obsessors please! Why? Because we prefer awesome over perfect. Awesome? Yup, awesome. Awesome is achieved through small changes, positive choices, mindful self care, uplifting interactions and having some big/fat/juicy/exciting goals to work on. Sound like fun? Of course it does!

Before we begin...

A BIT OF HISTORY

As a long-time Career Development Professional, I had the opportunity to help many people during times of challenge and change. It was work that I adored, was extremely proud of and feel very fortunate to have been a part of. Whether working with youth just starting out, helping newcomers navigate the Canadian labour market, or working with seasoned professionals who had been downsized or were in desperate need of something new, one theme has ruled them all:

If your mental game's not on, you're gonna struggle.

No matter how pretty the resume is, how expensive your new suit is, how many times you've practiced for the interview, you can't fake your way out of a heavy heart. If you don't believe you're capable of doing the job, worthy of the promotion, deserving of time for self care, etc., no one else will. It's the truth and it hurts - deeply.

On the bright side, there IS a light at the end of the tunnel.

ON A PERSONAL NOTE

I can remember the very moment I knew that change was no longer an option, but a certainty. After many years of sleepless nights due to severe carpal tunnel pain, I finally decided to take a short leave from work to have surgery on my hand. A few days after the surgery, swollen and bandaged up, I headed outside for a short walk to decompress. There, halfway down the street, I began to cry.  I was suddenly choked by the thought that my then current daily routine would roll on forever. In my quest to love, help and care for others I had somehow forgotten myself! Bruised and banged up, this was actually the most peaceful I had felt in years! In that moment I felt I might actually know what it was like to breath again, and the thought of giving that up was too much. I didn't know how or when, but I knew SOMETHING had to give and I needed to help facilitate this change sooner instead of later.  

At 38, I decided to give myself the ultimate gift - a blank slate. I shed it all - my home, my job, my large corner office and a whole whack of possessions. I started going for a walk every day. I ate more fruits and veggies and a hell-of-a-lot less "I'm too tired to give a crap" takeout. I started using my long-time skills as a Career Development Professional to help non-profit organizations recruit dynamic talent and to strengthen their teams and their missions. I celebrated the accomplishments of others. I bought coffee for strangers. I brought flowers to local business owners. I eventually swallowed my fear of being judged by buff 20 year olds, and became a Certified Fitness Instructor Specialist at the age of 40. (A goal, I may add, that I had been sitting on for 20 years!) 

YOU & ME - LET'S DO THIS!

Since that day in the rain, I've been on a journey of fun, fitness and ass-kicking. In fact, at this point in my life, I like to humbly (cough, cough) think of myself as the Pied Piper of Possibility. (Double Dog Dare: have some wine and say that 5x really fast!)

Was it easy? Hell, no! Some days were awesome, some were terrifying, some were deeply rewarding and others...well...just shitty with a side of shit. Would I do it again? MOST DEFINITELY. It was, without a doubt, one of the best things I've ever done. Let's be honest: real change requires change and change is never easy. It is, however, worth it if you have the courage to get on the path - one step at a time. That's where we begin...

I want to be your guide, your cheerleader, your champion of change. When you decide to give up on yourself, I'm going to lovingly THROW YOU BACK IN THE RING. I'm going to remind you that your mojo, your spark, your STRUT are essential and are to be fiercely protected without apology. Just when you think it's not worth it, I'm going to remind you that there are a ton of people waiting in the shadows, just hoping that you'll be the leader, the example they need. When you care for yourself, you give others permission to do the same. Help me to help you and the revolution begins.

YOUR WILD AND PRECIOUS LIFE

Why you? Why should you care? Because we're talking about your life. Your one wild and precious life (thank you, Mary Oliver). You are here, right now, on the ultimate one-time-only ride. Don't squander it on processed food, reality television, petty people and regret. Commit to squeezing every ounce of joy and possibility out of life and you'll be rewarded in ways you never imagined. Become a shining example and you become your very own hero in the process. May you have the courage to uncover your brilliance and share it with the world. If you don't believe it, then let me believe it for you until you're ready. 

When you are, I'll be waiting...

With respect, 

Anna