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

Hi Sarah, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Thankfully we live in a time where we have certain resources that may allow some of us to create and succeed in our own businesses. The traditional and conventional meaning of “work life balance” always escaped me because being an entrepreneur who is passionate about her work means that my “work” and life co-exists as in and the same. I love what I do and so it doesn’t feel like “work”… it feels like play and that I am living the life I envisioned for myself.

If I wanted to see a certain level of success in my “work”, I couldn’t look at is as 2 separate entities. For me, my life is the work that I love to do! That said, I have prioritized certain things in my life on purpose. This may change overtime, especially if and when i decide to have a family. But for those starting out, and wanting to really grow their business from the ground up, the concept of work life balance may not apply to you – and I mean this in a good way.

Now, this is my personal experience and applies to me. I would suggest discovering what “work life balance means to you and how it exists in your life.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am the Creator of Performance Stretch System and I inspire fitness & wellness pros with how to stand out and be in demand through my assisted stretch therapy certification program.

After learning from industry experts and working with celebrity clients like Drake, Will Smith, Russell Wilson and many NFL, NBA players, I have finally found the perfect recipe for a successful fitness and wellness business!

As a competitive athlete, I sustained a number of injuries. After taking time off to research & study recovery from industry experts I finally found the perfect mix of treatments and exercises to get me stronger than ever before.

This gratitude propelled me to share and help others gain control of their life again. I have built a team surrounding the same philosophy whose goal is to give you the life you deserve.

Today, we, The Stretch Therapists Inc., a WOC-owned business is on a mission to help fitness professionals and body workers to fall in love with their business again and get booked up by becoming certified performance stretch therapists.

This has allowed hundreds of our clients to command higher rates and stand out in the competitive fitness industry services.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First things first – hit the gym to start the day off right: Performance 360, UFC Fit or Fit Club on Mission Beach. Breakfast: Caroline’s Seaside Cafe
Rent bikes from Pacific Beach Bikes and cruise around Mission Bay and Mission Beach
Great work space: Palmy’s or Mission Bay Beach Club
Check out beach: Solana beach
Then lunch at Claire’s on Cedros and walk around Cedros!
Kayak at La Jolla Shores or rock climb at Vertical Hold
Check out the sunset at Law st Palisades park and have a picnic there or do acro yoga
Church of Music Outdoor Dance Party
Yoga at Trilogy in La Jolla
Stand Up comedy at Laugh Factory
Fave dinner spots: Cesarina, Full Moon Sushi, Juniper & Ivy

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mentor Marc LeFleur who taught me how to persevere and go after what I want with confidence and kindness. He has been my mentor over the last 5 years, never really asking for anything in return except my best work. He’s my biggest cheerleader while also telling me like it is. He doesn’t let me get away with excuses and points out areas in which I need to take responsibility. If you are lucky enough to find the right mentor for sure, make sure they have your best interest at heart and believe in what you do!

Website: https://www.sarahmariano.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thestretchtherapist/

Linkedin: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/thestretchtherapist

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SarahMarianoTST/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheStretchTherapist?themeRefresh=1

Other: Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ca/thestretchtherapist/

Image Credits
Pao Sanchez Photography Ralph Mariano Productions

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