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My first “Leader Profile” is of Jacqueline Tuffs who owns fitness studio, Get Jacqued (Jacqueline Tuffs Fitness). I remember hearing the story that when she first started out there was 1 person who showed up to her first class. Now as a wife, Mom, and full-time fitness professional, she is filling classes with clients. She’s has expanded her career as a fitness educator, being one of 6 Beachbody LIVE Master Trainers in Canada. But she had to start somewhere. Check out her story below to learn more about how Jacqueline created and is living this life that she loves.

"Creating the life I love was really about deciding what is important, looking ahead and filtering out the things that are going to come along the way. It was important to me to create a secure environment that felt inclusive for everyone, and that is one of the things I’m most proud of. I believed if people felt safe, they would buy into that, and then in return would buy into themselves. It’s easy to get lost in what you think you should be doing versus what’s important to do, but I have always lead with the heart and not with the business, and that’s why the business has continued to build. I want each person to feel successful, supported and trusting, and if they didn’t feel that, I don’t think they would come.

When I’m living the life that I love, I feel like I am making positive contributions of myself and my time in my family, business and community, and it is just a good flow. You have to put yourself first, and that is sometimes hard for women--Mom’s especially. If you fill yourself up first, you have just that much more to give to everyone else, and when you’re happy, everyone feels that positive effect, and that effect just keeps trickling down the line.

If I were to give advice to someone about creating a life that they love it would be to ask yourself, what is important to you? What are your core values? What do you envision for yourself in your life? If what you’re doing doesn’t excite or inspire you to continue to learn and do better and to encourage the next person to continue to learn and be better, then what can you do to make a change? The people that you choose to surround yourself with have a big impact on how you perceive yourself and your life. You need to surround yourself with people who have the same values as you, who are positive, and are happy for you when you are happy and are sad for you when you are sad. It’s about connection. When you can connect with people, there are endless possibilities for you.

Whatever you decide to do there’s always challenges, but the challenges are good. They help you decide “is this really worth it?”. It has to be something that you desire for yourself, I think everyone has that little fire inside, and it’s up to you to decide whether you tap in on that or not. Someone very wise once told me, if you don’t buy into yourself, how are you going to make anybody else buy into you? If you’re open to education, knowledge, feedback, guidance, then you can just keep going and going. Be open-minded, be willing to listen to others and to learn from them. You can learn something from every single person that you cross paths with. I know I have."

Do you know someone who is leading their way? Someone that is inspiring to you or others because they are living a life that they love? Please send your nominations or ideas for future profiles to paula@leadyourwaycoaching.ca. The only criteria is that they are living a life they love.