We had the good fortune of connecting with Mallory Fox and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mallory, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
“I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it.” —Maya Angelou I love this quote because I suffered a traumatic brain injury and vision loss in 2018 after a motor vehicle accident. My life changed suddenly, without my consent. I went from being fiercely independent to needing help with nearly everything. There is a lot of stigma around brain injury, disability, and mental health and I had to face those preconceptions in myself as well as others. I learned that I am so much stronger than I ever thought. I also learned that I will never judge myself or another person by what they have experienced.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I put myself through grad school working as a personal trainer. I started my business, Foxy Fitness, in 2013 and enjoyed the busy life of an entrepreneur until a car accident in 2018 left me with a traumatic brain injury and vision loss. After a lifetime of hustle and a “no pain no gain” attitude, I found that recovering from my injuries required a total mindset shift: I put my energy into learning how to rest, connect to my body, and use stress to my advantage. Now, I help others who have experienced life-changing events transform their mindsets through mindful movement. It has not been easy, but I am most proud of my resilience and ability to transform my self and my business.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
It is spring in Arizona, which is my favorite time of year! I would start with an early morning hike, then hit a coffee shop (Sip in Old Town is my favorite!). A socially-distanced lunch on a patio at a local eatery like Luci’s, followed by a spring training game and then head to Scottsdale Quarter to visit my favorite lululemon where I am an ambassador! Then I would treat my friend to a stretch session at my office in the Scottsdale Airpark, performed by me, and a chill dinner out at one of Kierland’s many restaurants. Followed by shopping! I’m a great tour guide!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to give a Shoutout to the Love Your Brain Foundation! They are a nonprofit organization that exists to foster resilience and build community in people affected by traumatic brain injury. They’re an organization that has supported me through the most difficult years of my life, and its been a privilege to support them in turn.
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