We had the good fortune of connecting with Tiffany Mendelson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tiffany, career-wise, where do you want to be in the end?
If you asked me this 10 years ago I thought I would graduate college, settle down, find a “job” and be happy. If you came to me 5 years ago I would tell you that I only want to see how far I can go, which remains the same to this day. I have learned to live life as a journey. In the past 5 years I found my passion in, health, helping others and personal development to inspire others to unleash their potential. And as I progress through life, I only peel away the layers of who I once was in order to expose the deepest, truest part of me. I want to see how far I can go. I turn inward everyday and tune into my emotions, thoughts and feelings that guide my everyday choices to be the ultimate authority of my body and mind. I was once told that you can coach, lead and help others as far as you are willing to go. In my Health and Lifestyle Coaching Business, while maintaining my triathlon lifestyle and working my day job overseeing the state, I am pushed on a daily basis to be the best person I can be. So, what is my end goal? To push myself beyond the limits physically, mentally and emotionally so I can turn around and help others reach there own goals in life, inspire others to move onto the next level and be empowered to step into their personal power. Either it be through health, triathlon, career or relationship coaching, by the end of my career I want to be remembered as someone who made a difference.
What should our readers know about your business?
I am a Health and Lifestyle Coach. I coach men and women on how to create healthy sustainable habits by turning inward to tune in with their thoughts feelings and emotions that guide their everyday choices. I do this by helping others empower themself to be the leading authority in their health and body; and to feel more confident in making the right choices for their body and know how to provide it. Over my 30 plus years I found a way to put my passion in health and fitness to use by using my own experiences in life and schooling to help guide others to be the best version of themselves. As a child I was very fortunate to be a part of a lot of activities, as I was a very active. Swimming, theater and gymnastic was just a few of them. By middle school I was that kid that parents would love for me to come over, because they knew I would be encouraging my friends to workout with me. Quickly I was seen as someone who was a good support system and an accountability partner. (This was really the start of me coaching and didn’t even realize it.) I enjoyed being someone to help others feel better in their skin, be more confident and learn how to be in control of there body. Dealing with trauma from a young age did I started developing an unhealthy relationship to food and by high school I started using drugs. I started to live my life in compulsion and was never satisfied or fulfilled, I was always left with the feeling of wanting more. As a part of me wanted to be expressed and instead of recognizing the signals of my body of I viewed it as “hunger ”. When I met my now best friend, past ex fiancé did my life take a turn. She was the first person I was able to trust and listen to. She held me accountable for my actions and supported me as I did my best to be the best partner I could be, despite my inner battles. After the break up and to keep myself busy, I started running and was then introduced to triathlon and my life made another turn. I found something that pushed my mind and body to a place I never knew was possible. I was forced to start looking inward and tune into my own thoughts, feelings and emotions to kick bad habits to the kirb. I had to make a choice to continue on with triathlon or continue down a path of unhearthly relationships. I chose my mental, physical and spiritual health. Triathlon has become a part of my life now. I train 6 days a week, have an amazing supportive community of people around me and have learned more about myself than I ever thought in this sport. With my passion to grow, become a better human and help others be the best version of them, this sport has given me more life skills than I could of not gain without it. I still have some hiccups along the way, and I am not perfect, but after struggling in silence for more than half of my life, it feels good to be a person who can support and help others through similar journeys. Coaching others on how to step into there personal power by replace non-serving habits and create healthy sustainable o has helped many discover there potential inside and start celebrating to finally be able to reach there Health and Lifestyle goals. Launching my business April 2020, I have coached over 30 men and women in my 90 Day Program, Unleash Your Potential. I have also was invited to have a conversation with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health) on my views of mental health and my story. My passion to coach others on understanding who they are and how to reach there potential through my programs is my main goal in life.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Monday: Sometimes the best time with friends is right at home. We would start out my going to visit a local independent liquor store to snag some fine wines and shop at Whole Foods for some fresh fish and veggies to enjoy at home. Tuesday: Steak Night at Pearl Bar Houston, they offer vegan/vegetarian options as well! You must try the ice cream sundaes! They are a must try! Wednesday: Start the day with a swim and bike in City Center, Lifetime Fitness. Enjoy shopping and have a variety of restaurants to choose from that will satisfy any palate or budget. Thursday: Start the day with lunch at Lucilles in the museum district. Then take a short walk to Hermann park and get to choose to enjoy the zoo, museum or enjoy the casual walk through the park! Friday: I actually like to lay low on Fridays, swim a bit at the pool and bike. It really is day to reset myself for the following week. Saturday: Take a long run in Terry Hershey park and then a short drive afterwards to Lake 288 for an open water swim. You can bring food and friends with you to share food and drinks after a long day of swimming and running. Sunday: Take a long bike ride from Katy, TX all the way to Fulshear, TX and back again for a good 40-100 mile bicycle ride. Ending with brunch at Fadis off Katy freeway. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My father, for always answering my calls and being my foundation when I needed it the most. My ex fiancé, now best friend, for being the brave soul to talk to me at one of my low points in life how I was walking a path of destruction. She supported, guided and held me accountable in making sure I made the right steps in life to be a better overall human. My triathlon coaches for holding me accountable with my lifestyle goals and never giving up on me. They guide me down the right path to my goals and teach me how to step into my personal power.