Keeping yourself healthy and exercising is a good way for people to reduce their overall need to visit healthcare professionals. Working with trained professionals towards a wellness program and goals can be a great way for people to live a more fulfilling life, and helping people live these lives can also be a fulfilling career. Courtney Wyckoff talks about her career working for women’s wellness.

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What does your current job entail?  

“I feel that my scope of duties everyday perfectly embodies that which every successful CEO can claim in their early days: every aspect of operations.  For instance, everyday I create, film, edit, and upload a new workout; I provide customer service to our global member base; I oversee all website function and content; I engage and connect with our members; I speak and present at events; and I conjure up new ways to innovate women’s wellness within the MommaStrong mission.”

What is your favorite part of your daily duties?

“Connecting with our members and allowing MommaStrong to be a living, breathing organism that responds to their true needs.”

Do you feel your education prepared you for your current role? 

“While it certainly doesn’t appear on paper to have prepared me, it certainly did. Above all else, I am an activist for women’s wellness and my entire undergraduate program was designed around the study of activism, motivation, community engagement, and the effects of human beings ‘showing up’ in the world in every way they choose.  At this point in my career, I can look back and see that every corner and every turn was actually a very important stepping stone to what makes me able to do what I do today.  It’s all full circle and you cannot escape your gifts, as long as you are courageous enough to give them a shot without any expectation.”

Have you participated in any form of continuing education? 

“My position and my work in the world depends on continuing education, as I am required to complete a certain number of advanced CEUs each year in order to maintain my certifications. Along with that, the study of the human body and its gorgeous engineering is a lifelong chase. The moment I become stagnant in knowledge about the body is the moment that I run the risk of injuring people or not living up to my standard of care.”

Do you have any advice for people wanting to pursue a similar career?

“I would highly recommend two things: Becoming a fitness expert requires certifications, but those certifications can only take you so far. You have to be willing to think outside the box and remember that the human body and human wellness are not mechanical processes. Find a mentor who challenges you to take your education to the next level and become an unwavering detective in your field of interest. And, do not invest in enthusiasm, either your own or that of other people. Invest instead in hard work, integrity, and vulnerability.”

Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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