We recently had Callie Gullickson lead a community event at The William Vale and instantly knew we had to have her on The Balancing Act. She radiates positivity and makes you break a sweat in such a fun way you don’t even focus on the burn. Callie takes us through what balance means to her while doing so with Grit&Grace.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am originally from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. My family was quite the family of athletes- my dad was a professional baseball player, one sister won the US open for doubles, another won college NCAAS for tennis and the other three siblings went on to play sports at D1 colleges. Then there was me! I was the artsy one. I grew up a dancer which led me to NYC to graduate with a BFA in dance. Movement had been a big part of my life so naturally I was drawn to the fitness scene. I got my certifications and was a trainer at Tone House, FitHouse and now Rumble Boxing earning me a spot as a Puma sponsored trainer. Aside from training I am signed with STATE management and have worked big name brands. My most recent accomplishment was in the June issue of v\Vogue Italia- still very surreal.
What is balance to you?
To me balance means finding your most centered self. It's easy, especially living in NYC, to be thrown every which direction when it comes to work, relationships, morals etc..but I believe as you get older the easier it is to find your balance and keep your balance- making you the happiest and healthiest version of yourself.
How do you achieve it?
Balance is obviously a mix of everything. It means waking up early to teach a class or train a client. Then off to scheduling, programming and organizing some additional work needed to be conquered that day. It's definitely a plus my work and health go hand in hand. I always find the time to do something for myself and my mental space- whether it's working out, reading a book, watching a Netflix show, going to yoga or taking a ballet class. After everything gets checked off the list I sometimes have time to get out and be social, that is if a nap isn't calling my name! haha, SLEEP is definitely something I need to keep me in balance. So on my early mornings, I must schedule a time during my day for a good nap.
What advice do you have for someone struggling to find work/life balance?
Schedule out your time and know your priorities. I work a lot but I also know there are more important things in life than my job. I believe if you work hard the opportunities meant for you WILL find you. But there is a difference between working hard and working so hard you overdo it which in turn can produce what I like to call burnout. When this happens your creativity is blocked and your mind becomes cloudy. You don't have to do it all. But the little that you do better be good. Work hard but also have a social life. By prioritizing my time I know that during the time I'm blocking off to work I have to be efficient with zero distractions.
I always keep in mind success is happiness NOT the other way around.
Do you have any go-to resources or rituals that help you find balance?
Working out, specifically with a podcast in my ear always makes me feel in balance. I'm listening to music every single day while training and sometimes it's nice to hear someone else talk. The ones I usually listen to are the Tony Robbins Podcast (duh), How I Built this and Rise Podcast. Something about hearing the success stories of all the guests that really gets me in the right headspace and makes me forget about how I may faint on my next set of pull-ups, haha.
Now let’s have some fun, what are some random things we don’t know about you?
I love Trader Joe's, I take naps, I love pugs. All my siblings' names start with a 'C' and there are six of us!
To learn more about Callie, follow her on Instagram @calliegullickson