Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristy Thibodeau.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Kristy. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My story begins as a Massachusetts native, born and raised. I attended Northeastern University, graduating with a doctorate in physical therapy and landing myself in South Boston. My specialty is outpatient sports orthopedics and has received additional certificates in Pilates, Personal Training, Sports Massage and Graston Technique. I worked my way up as a supervisor after 11 years experience before ultimately deciding to make a bold transition to move to Europe, specifically France because of my partner. With only high school level French, I’ve hit many barriers in continuing my professional career abroad and over the past three years have made more of a name for myself as a social media influencer and blogger with emphasis on health and wellness, motivation, and more specifically as a runner, with a track record of having completed 10 marathons and working on training for my 11th this year for the NYC Marathon in November.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The journey to where I am today is not exactly where I thought I would be 10 or even 5 years ago. When I achieved a management position in healthcare that I loved, I was really satisfied having increased the ranks due to all my hard work in schooling and clinicals. I was proud of the successes my career provided me in helping others live pain-free and improved quality of lives, and personally a level of financial independence with excellent benefits allowing for me to travel the world a couple times a year. But love is a funny thing and no matter how comfortable or stable you are, if you don’t take a leap of faith to try something new because of letting fears hold you back, you’ll never know what other talents you may learn you possess. Finding limitations in language and legislation are real obstructions, I’ve encountered with my move, but not impossible to navigate. In the meantime, I’ve learned I enjoy writing, traveling, and blogging about my experiences and knowledge on health and wellness. I’ve learned life throws at you ever-changing circumstances and to remain flexible, realistic, and roll with the punches is the name of the game.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into The Fit Wanderluster story. Tell us more about the business.
My professional career which has the most experience is being a doctorate of physical therapy with a specialty in outpatient sports orthopedics. With my move abroad, I’ve learned the transition is not easy due to legislation and language, but I am able to still use my hands as a sports masseur and have found additional talents and joys in writing and blogging about my journey and recent travels. Becoming a recent influencer in the running world for companies like Under Armour, Nordstrom, Boa Fit System, FRÈ Skincare, etc., has been a huge blessing as I am able to still connect with friends, family and new like-minded individuals from all over the world all because I am passionate about my health, wellness, fitness and I like to document it with stories and pictures most prominently on Instagram. It’s been a hobby that has led to so many new adventures and I couldn’t be more thrilled to see where it may take me in the future.
For good reason, society often focuses more on the problems rather than the opportunities that exist, because the problems need to be solved. However, we’d probably also benefit from looking for and recognizing the opportunities that women are better positioned to capitalize on. Have you discovered such opportunities?
Women have so many opportunities to make a name for themselves in hundreds of fields, and more so when their willpower and support system are strong. I was fortunate to have a family that backed my education and then my decision to ultimately leaves my profession within the clinics. Following my heart with a side of realism in order to maintain financial means, has been my new story for the past 3 years. Truthfully, this has been only successful because of my support system. I think the most important aspects a woman needs to push ahead in any career are optimism and self-belief in her abilities, remaining true to her character, and networking to be sure people put a name to the face.
- Sports Massage $90
- Personal Training $90
- Blogging $35
- Website: https://www.thefitwanderluster.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thefitwanderluster
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thefitwanderluster
- Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/fitwanderluster
- Other: https://www.runnerclick.com
Suzanna March Photography