Always a Work in Progress
With Kate Mackie
Introduce yourself! Who are you?
I’m Kate! As a nurse and personal trainer, I am passionate about helping others live healthier lives. I enjoy spending time with my friends, family, and husband. I love being a dog mom to our 2 beagles, but am really excited to be a mom to our baby due this fall!
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
My mom gives the best pep talks. When I was younger and would get stressed over school, she always reminded me that the situation was temporary. Keeping that in mind has helped remind me that there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel when in a stressful situation. Knowing that helps get you through it.
What would you say to 16 year old you?
One day, I promise you that you won’t be so self conscious about not being “thin enough.” It’s ok and important to take up the space that you are worthy of just like everyone else! And also, you may not like exercise now, but you will eventually fall in love with lifting weights and make a career out of coaching others to be stronger both physically and mentally.
Have you ever had anyone doubt you? How did that make you feel?
I am probably my own worst enemy when it comes to this! Now that I have started my own personal training and health coaching business and am not affiliated with a facility for the first time in 7 years, the imposter syndrome runs deep. I always think “everything I want to do or say has been done already” or “yeah, I’m educated and have experience, but there are people out there way better than me so why would anyone listen to what I have to say?” Not the best mindset when starting a business! I’ve been seeking out podcasts on entrepreneurship and luckily, my family and husband always have my back. That’s a big help to try and conquer that doubt.
What message do you think every woman should hear?
You can do whatever you want in life. Don’t listen to the naysayers or the voice in your head that doubts you. If you have a passion, follow it.
How do you manage your work-life balance?
This is always a work in progress. Sometimes it means saying no to extra time at work and sometimes it means skipping out on events, neither of which are always fun or comfortable. Practice makes it easier, but saying no has always been hard for me. I’m getting a little better at not being such a people pleaser and slowly realizing that my time is just as valuable as everyone else’s. But it’s a work in progress for sure.
Where do you find inspiration?
I’m inspired by my clients and others I respect in the fitness/health industry. Seeing clients reach goals that they have worked hard to get to, by far is the most inspiring. It always makes me want to do better.
What are your biggest passions?
Health promotion and disease prevention. People think that being healthy is what you look like on the outside, but I want to change the narrative on that. Sure 6 pack abs look nice, but how’s your mental health? Your lab work? Are there areas in your body that you need to work on strength or mobility? How are you sleeping? What’s your stress level? Are you happy? All those things play into someone’s mental and physical health, which are equally important.
Do you remember a specific time you overcame adversity?
The last year and half was incredibly difficult. In that short time frame I lost several loved ones, one of our dogs, a pregnancy, and my full time job that I loved. Just getting out of bed was a challenge some days. Getting help was essential. Having a safety net of friends and family and a great therapist helped A LOT. They were there for my bad days and helped remind me to focus on taking care of myself. Finding things to be grateful for was hard at times, but that helped reframe my mindset after a while. Keeping the advice from my Mom I mentioned before about tough times being temporary helped my mindset as well. Just one day at a time and eventually you get through it.
What is your favorite thing about where you live?
As small as it is, I love Newark, Delaware. We’re 45 minutes from Philly where we watch our favorite sports teams. We’re an hour and a half from the beach, two hours from the mountains, only a train ride to New York City. When I feel the urge to escape from the suburbs, there are great local parks to get my nature fix. All of our family and friends are here or at least in neighboring states, which I love. And the idea of paying more than what’s on the price sticker of what you’re buying? Sales tax always confuses me haha. We don’t have that here!
More About Kate
Kate Mackie is a nurse and personal trainer. She is passionate about helping others live healthier lives. Kate enjoys spending her free time with my friends, family, her husband and their 2 beagles.