Jay is one of the most motivated people we know. He goes for what he wants and he doesn’t stop until he achieves it. He will take you through both the amazing and confusing parts of his entrepreneurial journey and life itself!
What’s going well in your life?
At the end of 2018 I was blessed with a healthy baby boy and it's definitely been a ride. My initial thought was that I didn't know what I would do or how I'd even raise a kid at this age but the truth is, no one does. Your choice to step up to the responsibility is half of it, the other half is accepting that you can no longer wear fly clothes because you'll be getting thrown up on everyday (haha). All jokes aside, he's grounded me & has taught me that a lot of the little things I used to stress about are just that - little.
A big project that I plan on making a big impact with this year is going all in on creating an online platform to help an even larger audience. I plan to make some noise when it comes to creating content that matters; content that will last longer than my lifetime.
What are you currently doing?
Fitness/Wellness has always been a big part of my life, I just didn't know I'd consider making it a full time job this early on in my career. What a lot of people don't realize is that although the job may look 'sexy' and fun, it takes a toll on you physically and mentally. The work you put in is what you get out (literally) & if you're sick, can't attend an appointment or even on vacation, you don't get paid - this is the reason for the high turnover in our industry. Over the years, I made a commitment to myself to create a business that could essentially run itself - without opening a gym.
Everything for the past few years has been revolving around fitness, even my hobbies. I've picked up a consistent boxing routine, primal flow practice, & now that I have more time, I've been connecting with some amazing people in the city to train with them. Other than that, I've immersed myself in podcasts that deal with health and personal growth.
What are your daily habits that help keep you sane?
Eating great food is at the top of this list. And I'm not talking JUST healthy salads, let's be honest here. I love trying out new restaurants in the city and I'm pretty sure I deserve a lifetime discount from UberEats with the amount of money I've spent with them.
Next up is a great workout. For the past year I've found that working out in groups has been much more helpful and motivating, especially when I'm partnered up with a go-getter who doesn't want to just go through reps, but actually challenges themselves. So if you're reading this and want to get a dope workout in, I'm all in.
Curating playlists for my group classes is also pretty exciting/meditative. I've always loved music and making sure my participants enjoy their full experience with me matters. It's like you're that DJ at the party that doesn't get anyone coming up to you for requests because all of your tracks are poppin'.
I recently heard someone say 'Your dreams deserve 5 minutes in the morning' and now it's the first thing I think about every morning. I've been horrible at this in the past but revisiting my 19 goals for 2019 is something I'm trying to do daily. To have a list in front of me every morning reminding me that I have things I need to accomplish is empowering. Knowing that I'm responsible for my own success is its own driver; knowing that failure can also be at my fingertips is what lights a fire under my ass to actually act on it. Shoutout to Alena from Training 2XL for showing me the way!
How do you deal with the hard parts of life?
If you haven't dug into a book called 'The Daily Stoic' by Ryan Holliday, I would highly recommend it. It's compiled of over a years worth (you read 1 page every day) of wisdom and in short, it's the discipline of only giving a sh*t about the things you can control + don't be an asshole. This and making sure that I have a tight circle around me that supports me has gotten me through the lowest times.