We had the good fortune of connecting with Kelley Wojcik and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kelley, why did you pursue a creative career?
Having a successful career was a goal that every high school student was striving for, right? But not for all of us and definitely not for me. Just the thought of working five days a week at a cold, gloomy boring office felt really wrong to me. Looking back on things, I think, never really knowing exactly what I wanted to do when I grew up landed me exactly where I was supposed to be! Back in high school I remember liking specific job traits but never found an actual career path I wanted to follow. After finishing most of my general degree classes at a Junior College, I decided to take a break. I didn’t know what to study next. I felt like my career path was blocked. I moved to a different state and somehow by the grace of God landed an opportunity to work in a retail pharmacy as a technician, which would then later grandfather over in to the state of California as a Certified Pharmacy Technician License! My “career” kind of just fell into my lap. I worked in many different pharmacies for over a period of 16 years. My job paid well for a single person, but I realized this career path wasn’t at all what I had imagined. But the bigger questions were, what exactly had I imagined myself doing? Why wasn’t I career driven? Why was I not money driven?? I don’t remember feeling that “being an artist” was an option for me. Personal experiences drive you on your career path. So, I looked back to my memories from my childhood to help me find the answer. My mom was a Stay-at-home mom for most of my childhood. I felt this was a blessing in my life and I knew I wanted to follow in her footsteps. I got married at age 26, kid #1 at 27 and kid #2 at 30. By this time in my life, I realized that with my husband deployed in the military and with 2 kids, it was best to quit my pharmacy job and raise my kids instead. Then the feeling of fear came over me like a huge thunderstorm. The feelings of not having a job anymore. The feelings of thinking I lost a part of me. We had a secure financial future with my husband’s military career. My fear was never about money, it was more about never finding out what my real career path was. What was I destined for? While my children continued to grow and learn about themselves, I kept digging from my past to find myself. It was clear to me that I was a “creator” from the beginning. 5yr old memories of painting rocks and trying to sell them. 8yr old memories of wrapping my old books as Christmas presents just to stage our Christmas tree area. 10yr old memories of dressing up in costumes to put on 80’s concerts in my front driveway. I loved a crowd! I could never speak well in front of large crowd, but I knew I could dance or act in front of them. My later years were filled with talent competitions, performances, designing art, painting & sewing. So how did I miss these huge signals pointing me in the right direction the whole time? Fast forward to today… I am blessed to still be a Stay-at-Home Mother of two tween/teen boys who still need me at home very much. Although I am still a registered pharmacy technician, my heart beats as a Certified Zumba Fitness Instructor. The passion that I feel while teaching my students is what I had long been searching for. I am so intrinsically motivated to teach that it just pours out from me. My students drive my passion. I was born to help others thrive and live healthy lives. During this tragic pandemic we’ve all endured for the last 9 months, it is more important than Since my previous place of employment has had to close down, I’ve been helping to bring Flash Mob Zumba Fitness to Dunes Park in Beautiful Imperial Beach, CA. (most) Saturday’s at 8:15am. It’s a Fun, & Safe way to get a breath of fresh air while exercising during the pandemic. Classes are free, however donations are gladly appreciated. I also have a passion for flipping old boring clothing into something new and fantastic. My creative side is called #FlipYourTee. I will flip your old boring old t-shirts into something new and fun! Re-vamp, re-create, turn something old into something new is what I do. Some might argue that my artistic/creative career seems maybe more like a hobby. But I disagree, this was my path and I am so glad I am able to walk it! Thank you for letting me share my story.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My creative side is called #FlipYourTee. I will flip your old boring old t-shirts into something new and fun! Re-vamp, re-create, turn something old into something new is what I do. I also create costumes and props! http://sdvoyager.com/interview/conversations-inspiring-kelley-wojcik/?fbclid=IwAR1_1xmIDE3RRDUDYFDsBuaQGDhpdG0-gWsRaRMnuH0jT9WgwRtEARzWyOk
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite place to eat is The Brigatine in Imperial Beach. The fish tacos along with a dirty martini is the BEST! Family favorite. Take my friends and family to a Zumba Class and stop at a Jamba Juice right after! I’m a pretty simple girl
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?
A huge shout out to Amy Zabrowski for helping put together our Imperial Beach Flash Mob Zumba @ Dunes Park, I.B, CA. I couldn’t have down it without you! Thank you! Also, a shout out to all of my Zumba Students who have always been there with their love & support! And one more big shout out to my loving husband John Wojcik for loving & supporting me always in our pathway of life together! Love you!
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kelley.wojcik/, https://www.facebook.com/groups/228030242119457
Other: Flip Your Tee – https://www.facebook.com/flipyourtee http://sdvoyager.com/interview/conversations-inspiring-kelley-wojcik/?fbclid=IwAR1_1xmIDE3RRDUDYFDsBuaQGDhpdG0-gWsRaRMnuH0jT9WgwRtEARzWyOk