We had the good fortune of connecting with Mistie Psaledas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mistie, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
As a trainer and small business owner, I love helping people feel good and feel better. I challenge my clients and also create an experience of inclusivity and acceptance. The social aspect is just as important as the physical aspect (mental AND physical) and the words “I’m sorry” are not allowed in my gym. I tell them, “Some days you feel like a superhero and somedays you feel like the villain that the superhero just crushed, BUT you are here and you are moving your body.” Never apologize for how you are feeling, if you need a different move/ motion, or just forget the circuit, I am here to educate and accept. That is truly how I believe my business, Fit Force, socially impacts the community in which I live.
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.
My art and creativity comes through in my everyday endeavors. I am an artist (paint, draw, and write) and I also infuse creativity in everything I do.
I am most proud of two specific projects:
First, my children’s book, The Truth About the Tooth, and my Wiggle Tooth Fairy kits. I created them both from my own mind and with my own hands. Easy? No, but, like the book Atomic Habits, I put one piece into motion each day. The ancient poet Hesiod stated, “If you add only a little to a little and do this often, soon that little will become great.”
Second, the work I did for Hinsdale Humane Society as their Special Events Director. I worked with a team for the annual Pet Walk and the annual fall fundraiser. I used creativity to come up with themes, social media and how those ideas were woven throughout the event. When I restructured the Pet Walk and added a “hero” theme, a 5k timed race and kids dashes, the local headline the next read, “A runaway success.” Raising money for homeless animals is always a success in my book!
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?
Selfishly planning for a June visit 🙂
Sunday: Friend arrives and we toast a glass of bubbly upon arrival at my house in Downers Grove. We then walk the one mile into downtown to check out the wine bar and have dinner al fresco, then talk next to the fire in my backyard and watch the fireflies.
Monday: Load up the bikes on my Jeep and head to Waterfall Glen to bike 10 miles, then grab lunch. An afternoon at The Forge: Lemont Quarries for zip lining and a ropes course is next, then cook dinner and sit outside.
Tuesday: Rest day, we train together in my garage, walk and get a massage, and meet up with friends for dinner and enjoy the outdoor local concert.
Wednesday: We head into the city of Chicago to the art museum, have a late lunch, and come back for more fire chats.
Thursday: Head to the local Downers Grove pool to rest. Then meet up with friends at Uniquely Thursday for an outdoor concert and pizza.
Friday: Drive out to Starved Rock State park for hiking with a picnic lunch.
Saturday: Go out to an amazing brunch, then drop my friend off at the airport after a perfect week.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My Shoutouts go to: 1. My friends who believe and trust in me to train 5 days a week. They built me up and gave me the confidence that I was worthy and talented, even after receiving my training certification at the age of 40.
2. Wake Up Wednesday by the Chicago based group Live Better. It is all about having “your best day ever” and what the specific ways to accomplish that via their weekly newsletters.
3. The book and weekly newsletter by James Clear called Atomic Habits. It is all about small changes, setting yourself up for success, and never giving up. That really speaks to me and gives me motivation.
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