We had the good fortune of connecting with Morgan Joy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Morgan, what do you want your legacy to be?
I want people to remember that I always did my best to help. For me, being a health and fitness coach isn’t just about the opportunity to work for myself, it’s about being a professional life changer. I want people to remember and carry on that my life was a life of service, working to improve other people’s quality of living so they could have fun adventures, feel confident, and never be held back because they weren’t fit enough.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
Wow, I’m sitting here in awe of this question and how to even begin. There are so many moments I’m proud of. I think what sets me apart is that my focus is my clients and my community. I’ve created an online space for my clients to find the support that makes them successful. There are plenty of studies that show that people are more successful in achieving their goals when they have a friend to hold them accountable, and not everyone has a friend they feel comfortable sharing that with. I want to be that friend, but I also want to give you a hundred other friends to cheer you on!
Creating this community took a long time and it was hard to find clients that wanted to work with someone who was just starting out. And to add to that, I haven’t lead a fitness focused life up to this point, I had just been in a car accident and was restarting in my own fitness journey, and I had a lot of self doubt around if I could even do it. Overcoming my own doubt, had to happen before I could create the community I knew would help my clients thrive in, but the more I shared my own results & improvement, the more I believed in me, and the more other people believed in me too.
The greatest lesson I’ve learned is that you have to have an ounce of belief in yourself. You don’t have to believe you’ll wake up tomorrow with chiseled abs, or a thriving business, but you do have to believe that one day, if you put the work in, you can wake up with your goals achieved. If you have an ounce of that belief and you add an ounce every day by putting in work, you also wake up each day believing that you can.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
AH! I love this question! Obviously we’d have to do one day in Sedona, I love doing Devil’s Bridge, Bell Rock Loop, and stopping at Agave for lunch. If it’s a warm day Wet Beaver Creek is also a good one with a watering hole at the end! Our days in Phoenix would include a workout at home before we head out to get ready for the day. I’m a big believer in conservation efforts, and would take them to the Phoenix Zoo, it was my very first job as a kid and holds a special place in my heart.
Another day, I’d take them up Camelback mountain to over view the whole city, and then to Two Hippies and A Beach House because tacos after that hike is a must!
Probably spend a day pool side just relaxing and staying off our feet after all the adventuring, and to prepare for more.
I love to do afternoon hikes in South Mountain on the Pima Canyon Trailhead. If you walk far enough (like an hour) you come to what looks like an old building that’s crumbled so most of it is gone, but I love seeing the chipmunks and squirrels that roam that area. Stopping to explore Downtown Mesa’s coffee shops and beautiful mural walls is a great way to cap off the day.
To wrap up the week and treat ourselves from all the adventuring, we’d go to Genbu Waffles in Mesa. If you have not had a bubble waffle, you are missing out!!
I do want to say, because I get asked a lot about why I’m a health and fitness coach that recommends ice cream & tacos and here’s the thing: being healthy includes being balanced. Diets suck because we feel we’re missing out on foods that we love, I don’t want you to be on a diet. I want you to be on a balanced meal plan that lets you feel good and know what to eat, but also lets you feel guilt free when you go get some bubble waffles.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutout goes to my internet best friends for always believing in me and being mentors in entrepreneurship. My clients for being amazing and giving their best every single day. I love seeing how you guys are falling in love with yourselves and taking care of you. And lastly my husband, for never doubting me, always being my biggest believer, and supporting me every step of the way.