We had the good fortune of connecting with Melissa Ebling and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Melissa, how do you think about risk?
I think calculated risk is necessary. It will always be scary but oftentimes fear can be used as our guide: whatever we’re afraid of is exactly what we should be doing! I’ve taken plenty of risks throughout my life/career, including my decision against taking the bar exam after graduating from law school to instead pursue building my own business. That’s definitely the biggest “risk” I’ve taken from an outsider’s perspective but I never doubted my ability to make it work. In terms of financial risk, I invested a sizeable amount into a personal development coach over the last 6 months. When I signed up, I didn’t know how I was going to pay for more than the first month but I was determined to make it happen – and I did. Not to mention my life is exponentially better after working through a lot of internal trauma.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am the co-founder of Alignment Athletics, where we help women look and feel their best, find balance, and live with confidence. Through fitness and mindset coaching, we teach our clients how to make progress toward their fitness goals while still enjoying the process along the way – a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be miserable or extreme! After living together for almost a year, my roommate Lexi DeYoung and I decided to merge our coaching businesses into something bigger, but our vision for Alignment goes far beyond just fitness coaching. We aren’t even 3 months old yet and are already bringing on our first assistant coach, which is super exciting! We are the most excited about continuing to bring our vision to life. Our plan is to create a comprehensive hub with all the necessary resources for women to learn what it feels like to live in alignment, whether that be in their fitness journey, personal development, or career position.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
We would definitely go to Pacific Beach during the daytime to get our feet wet and soak up the rays. For the sunset, we would make our way over to Sunset Cliffs. As for food, we have several stops. We definitely have to take advantage of the seafood here and hit up my favorite poké spot: Poki One n Half in North Park. While we’re up there, we’d also stroll into Shadow Era Spirit Beauty, the cutest little place for spirituality, facials, lashes, and all the works! We would also have to grab Mexican food in Old Town, and as for dessert… my absolute favorite guilty pleasure is Paradise Yogurt in Mission Valley. For night life, we’d definitely spend some time downtown as well as the Gas Lamp district. During the day, we couldn’t miss the Farmer’s Market in Little Italy.. and of course we’d go see the seals in La Jolla Cove.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Of course! I am very grateful to have such a rock solid support system, including my family, friends, and my epic soul sister of a roommate Lexi DeYoung. I want to give a special shoutout to my personal development coach Jake Kauffman – I wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am today without his guidance. He is truly changing lives and doing what he was born to do. I’m also huge on book recommendations so I’ll share a few of my faves here: A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson, The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson, and Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Dr. Joe Dispenza.
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