M3 Collective WHEN: Tuesday May 21 TIME: 7-9pm WHERE: Spiritual Alchemy Wellness Farm Join Ashley of Painted Lady Fitness & Raj Akal (Lisa Marie) of Spiritual Alchemy for this exciting new initiative! We...Read More
My mission with Painted Lady has always been simple. To help people better their lives and live everyday as the best version of themselves. I don’t believe we can be put into a box when it comes to our exploration of wellness and it is about discovering what works for you.
I want people to know that wellness is different for everyone. I am devoted to enhancing your body, mind and soul by setting realistic fitness expectations and providing education and feedback on your overall wellness. I am here to provide a safe place to explore all aspects of movement while helping you overcome personal boundaries, motivating and inspiring you to use healthy choices to change your life.
Why Painted Lady Fitness?
Perhaps it is wrong to highlight, but accurate to state that we have all felt like we don’t belong at some point in our life. I feel like I am at this point everyday. That lack of belonging is something I’ve learned to embrace as my beauty and my light. It is a feeling that has spilled over into the fitness and wellness world for me and it is where my wellness started. My journey began from feeling like I just didn’t fit in anywhere.
Every one of us battles something no one knows about. Something we keep close, in fear we made be shamed for it. I don’t want to be that person. I have been through the ups and downs. I have been through the loss, battles with addiction, depression, anxiety, body issues, lack of self-confidence and EVERYTHING else in between. I have made questionable choices and I have experienced the greatest successes throughout my life. Today I am proud of the woman I am. I accept responsibility for my life and I am ready to let go of what no longer serves me while looking into my bright future. I have forgiven myself, and choose love. That is what I want to share with all of you, spreading the knowledge that we can all turn ourselves and our world around. We are capable of change on all levels, in all aspects of our life. You are worth it and I know that for sure.
My journey into wellness didn’t come from the want to be fit and strong with defined muscles. It came from being a shamble of a human who was battling a fierce war with depression, mental health and addiction. I already felt like I didn’t belong and I was trying to walk into a world I knew nothing about. But for some reason I knew wellness would help me (or at least I convinced myself it was my last lifeline). I floundered around for a few years trying everything that crossed my path in the fitness world.
Everything worked for a moment but nothing screamed LIFE CHANGE! In strength training, Pilates, yoga and every movement in-between I found I still I wasn’t completely sold, but I was starting to feel better. Everyday I was feeling more myself, so there had to be something to this wellness thing, but I just hadn’t found what that meant to me. I floundered around for a few years trying everything that crossed my path in the fitness world.
After a Personal Training certification and Yoga Training certification, I still hadn’t found me. I felt as though I was trying to fit other people’s molds. I was trying to fit into to “gym” lifestyle, the “yoga” lifestyle and just trying to continually find myself in there somewhere. Others were turning to me for wellness but honestly I felt so lost. So after a hiatus, I found my way back. I found my way back by laughing through my workouts, dancing through my yoga practices and looking for like-minded people to share it all with. As a Personal Trainer and Yoga Teacher, I began to bring my comedic routine to the sessions (I understand that not everyone thinks I am as hilarious as I think I am). But to bring a smile or laugh to the person who is already working hard on themselves is the most rewarding thing I could experience.
Life can be amazing and life can be challenging, so I wanted to spend every second laughing and feeling carefree, all while taking care of the vessel I live in. Maybe I sound like a complete basket case, but it worked for me and still is. Laughter and movement are a daily practice that saved me. I want to share that with you.