We had the good fortune of connecting with Abigail Gonzales and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Abigail, what’s the most important think you’ve done for your children?
My children have seen me walk through health challenges, mental health challenges, and work/life balance challenges. And what I have tried to exemplify and teach them is that we have the freedom to make empowered choices. With my health challenges I have the freedom and power to research, seek out answers, and even change my own diet. With mental health issues I can make healthy choices to slow down, fill my mind with God’s truth, and care for my body. And with work/life balance I have the freedom to take each season of life that comes and make shifts to keep the most important things, still the most important things. We have choices. But in order to be clear headed enough to make those choices we need to be rooted in God’s truth, ask good questions and be good learners. In our fast paced world, I hope to help my children to look critically at information coming at them and instead of accept it blindly, ask questions so they can make empowered choices.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My business started with teaching people about their bodies and health through Pilates and essential oil education. The business grew rapidly and I discovered I loved to help others understand how to be empowered in their health. Through the years my business has shifted and even has a new name: Think.Whole.Strong. As I listened to my clients and customers I saw a few themes occurring and felt called to speak into them. I saw a great need for women to think critically about their thoughts and bodies. I wanted to get to the root of issues, wether that was in your mind or physical health. The better you know your body the more empowered you are to make wise choices for yourself and your family. Being strong in mind, whole spiritually, and physically healthy are very important aspects of life. I wanted to create a community for women to be smart about making health choices, have real conversations about real life challenges, and find strength and longevity physically. I am most excited about offering free online Pilates and Barre classes, Book Clubs throughout the year to feed the mind, 21 day health challenges, and even a retreat in the works!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love the outdoors and being physically active. We would definitely plan trips to the many beautiful parks in the area ( Buroughs Park is a favorite ). Do some Rock Climbing at Inspire Rock. Go shopping and have tea in Old Town Spring. Walk through Market Street and eat at True Food. And walk or jog along the waterway.Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband has been a huge help in how I have grown in my business over the years. Bringing him home from the corporate world was a major goal I had many years ago when I first started building. I wanted to give him the freedom to do what he truly felt called to do. And now, he helps me do so much of what God is calling me to do. He challenges me to pray into my business and not run away from a calling even when it feels overwhelming. He helps me shift my focus and is a great sounding board for new ideas and implementation. I would also add that God has lead me through each phase, shift, and overhaul over the years.
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