I'm excited to share this week's (So)(Co) Sit Down guest contributor with you! Stacy Schwartz and I met while we were in high school when we both interned over the summer at Razor & Tie. Fast forward 10+ years, we reconnected as new business owners leaving the corporate 9-5 jobs behind us. I'm always so inspired and proud of the people I know when they take the plunge, Stacy included! It can be extremely terrifying to take the plunge out of a comfortable corporate job. I absolutely love what Stacy's doing with Ketanga Fitness and can't wait to get myself to one of her retreats and/or krawls around NYC.
JOIN ME ON THIS JOURNEY OF SHARING STORIES AND INSPIRING ONE ANOTHER TO BE THE BEST VERSION OF OURSELVES IN OUR EVERYDAY LIVES.
READ ON TO LEARN MORE ABOUT STACY SCHWARTZ.
How do you spend your days?
One of the most exciting draws of starting Ketanga Fitness Retreats, and no longer being in a corporate environment, was that I could be truly in control of my schedule and, more importantly, where I choose to work. My laptop and I enjoy visiting different coffee shops around the city, and even sitting in some of the wifi-connected outdoor spaces like the tables outside of the Flatiron building.
My favorite parts of the day are when I get to close the laptop and sit down with partners like trainers and gyms to talk about hosting a fitness retreat. These trips are great opportunities for fitness professionals to strengthen relationships with clients, meet new clients, and have a healthy vacation, so I love seeing their excitement and brainstorming with them on how to make their trip stand out!
What are three things you are grateful for?
1) My business mentors and support system.
2) Horses/horseback riding.
3) Perfect sunny days when everyone is happy.
Explain your lifestyle in 5 words or less.
Fitness. Travel. Hustle. Passion. Dedication.
If you were to attend a potluck dinner, what would you bring?
My favorite appetizer that is SO easy to make: Caprese skewers. Just slice grape or cherry tomatoes and alternate them on a skewer (even a toothpick!) alongside a basil leaf and a slice of fresh mozzarella. Then drizzle a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar and voila! Easy, delicious, and light (and it looks so fancy!).
If you could gift everyone you meet with one book, what would it be and why?
A notebook. I know I am probably in the minority when I say I love to-do lists, but having a notebook with me at all times encourages me to be creative, take notes, and prioritize my list of things to do. So, I would want to pass that along.
What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
Read through emails and review my schedule for the day - not very exciting, but very important!
If you could change one thing in your daily routine, what would it be? What would it take to make that change?
I would like to learn to meditate and incorporate that into my routine. My mind is always running full speed ahead, so having the tools to slow that down and just relax could be beneficial!
What does being healthy mean to you?
Health can be mental, emotional, and physical, so having positive elements of all three is the formula I stand by. Working in the fitness industry, exercise is extremely important to me, but there is a lot more to being healthy than hitting the gym. It is a balance between fitness, smart eating, and doing the things that make you happy each day.
Have you ever been faced with health concerns that pushed you to change your lifestyle?
I recently suffered a shoulder injury that prevented me from exercising the way I am used to, and more specifically, it prevented me from boxing (my favorite type of workout and stress reliever). It may not seem like much, but for me, not being able to box or take classes at the gym (one of the main ways I meet new trainers for Ketanga Fitness Retreats) was extremely difficult on both a personal and professional level. Luckily there was no serious damage and physical therapy has worked wonders, but I am now MUCH more aware of the movements I do and the need for proper strengthening and stretching in my personal life as well as on each Ketanga Fitness Retreat.
What song can immediately change your mood in the best way possibly?
Bailando by Enrique Iglesias (the Spanish version).
What is one piece of advice someone has given you that shifted your way of thinking?
Be nice to strangers. You never know who that person is, what they can offer you or what you can offer them.
What article of clothing/outfit do you feel most empowered wearing?
I spend most of my time in workout clothes, so I guess finding the right pair of spandex pants or flattering top is always nice. It helps encourage me to push myself harder when I'm at the gym, too!
Complete this sentence: "In order to be happy, I need to..."
I need to be outside on a sunny day.
What do you have doing on in your life that you'd like to share with the (So)(Co) Community?
Upcoming Ketanga Fitness Retreats:
*Running Workshop (August 7-9) Poconos, PA
*Yoga & Wellness (August 14-16) Poconos, PA
*Boxing Boot Camp & Salsa (September 4-7) Puerto Rico
*Pilates on the Beach (September 11-13) Hamptons, NY
*Educated Running (September 18-20) Poconos, PA
*Tone House (September 25-27) Hamptons, NY
Visit Ketanga Fitness to sign up for any or all of these retreats!
Hi, I’m Stacy, a born-and-raised Manhattanite who has always had a love for seeing the world and keeping active. I studied marketing and communications at NYU’s Gallatin School, and then I dove into corporate America working in publishing and digital media.
After years at a desk job, I made the life-changing decision to quit and travel the world beyond NYC for 100 days! After visiting 11 countries and trying local sports and activities wherever I went, I realized it was time to build my passions for traveling and fitness into a career… and here I am!
My favorite destinations: Mallorca, Turkey, and Costa Rica
My favorite ways to stay fit: Boxing, horseback riding, and Pilates
Fun fact: I was the captain of the NYU Equestrian Team (and no, we did not ride in Central Park!)