We had the good fortune of connecting with Michelle Buyer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michelle, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Between moving to Seattle barely knowing anyone, sharing my deepest insecurities on my blog (and Instagram), and starting a health and fitness business, most people would say I’ve taken my fair share risks in my career so far. However, the idea of “risk” never crosses my mind. Rather, I see each endeavor as as a new opportunity.
When I find something I’m passionate about, I dive in so quickly that I don’t have time to consider the possibility of failure. When I’m successful in any endeavor, I get the same adrenaline rush that you might get from skiing or bungee jumping. It sounds reckless as I talk about it now, but it keeps me excited about life. I could never imagine myself living in Seattle, writing a blog or as a health coach before the pandemic, but that’s part of the fun.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve had several health and fitness coaches over the years. They were all knowledgeable, but I didn’t need this type of knowledge. I knew what I should be doing to achieve my goals, but I didn’t know how to create and maintain new habits in a sustainable way and couldn’t figure out why. I kept healthy options in the fridge to increase the likelihood of making an intelligent choice after a long day of work, but I couldn’t get myself to execute consistently and had no idea of the underlying causes of this pattern.
My blog evolved (unintentionally) into “therapy” for myself. By clearly expressing the challenges I’m facing, I’m able to dissect the underlying cause and create a sustainable solution. This lead me to design my psych based health and fitness coaching program. I provide more than knowledge. I’m a support system for my clients as they face challenges, because that’s what I needed in a coach and couldn’t find. If my client experiences lack of motivation to hit the gym after a busy day or wants to reach for a cookie when they know they shouldn’t, I’m a phone call or a text away to determine the root cause of the roadblock and create an alternate solution.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’ve been lucky enough to travel to Phoenix several times in the last year, but I currently live in Seattle. In Phoenix, I highly recommend the Herd museum– It’s incredible no matter how much you know about art. (That’s coming from someone who knows very little.)
If you like hiking, I recommend Camelback and Piestewa peak. They’re both challenging, but within 30 minutes of the city. If you hike Camelback, wear proper shoes! I wore running shoes and slipped, so I’ll have a scar on my arm for the rest of my life to commemorate the experience. Mancuso’s Italian was the best Italian food I’ve had.
If anyone needs recommendations for Seattle, feel free to contact me. I have SO many!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This is an easy one. Hands down, I attribute my success to my family. Each person in my family is a role model to me in a unique way. My Grandma “Gammie” taught me interpersonal skills, including how to be empathetic and outgoing. My Grandma “Mimi” taught me to go after what I want no matter what. My grandpa “Popper” taught me work ethic (and not to pick my nose). My Grandpa “Yeye” taught me how to determine what’s important and have a sense of humor. My Dad taught to have an entrepreneurial spirit, discipline, and integrity. My Mom taught me independence, the importance of a great attitude, and everything in between. My younger sister makes sure I don’t go insane or embarrass myself.
Each person in my family has worked incredibly hard to create opportunities for me and my sister. I especially appreciate my parents for always putting us first and knowing what I need before I know I need it.