2014 was a year of reflection. 2015 is a year of action. In my year of reflection I thought a lot about “realness.” I work in an industry that has endless opinions, plenty of egos and an abundance of information that can be crippling rather than inspiring.
In my year of action I am determined to de-mystify the opinions, egos and over- information and share the real stuff from our wellness leaders. I am grateful to know many of these key influencers so it is my pleasure to share how they motivate, influence and encourage their communities to live happy and healthy lives.
The wellness industry is vast and has room for all of its leaders to be significant.
I say significant rather than successful because to be significant one needs to be real. When you are living, breathing, moving and speaking from a “real” space, there is a vibration that is felt that is loud and clear. This freedom frequency takes over and it is a unbroken flow of inspiration and authenticity.
The #MyRealStory series gives our community an exclusive peek to our leaders real thoughts on life, love and all things wellness. It is a funky mash up of Inside the Actor’s Studio, a Jimmy Fallon interview and a casual conversation All real. All day.
I am OVER THE MOON to activate the #MyRealStory series with one of the brightest, most beautiful and talented writers I know. She also happens to kick ass in the cycle studio as a top instructor at many Equinox locations and she has been known to wow members in savasana with her acapella singing. Katie Horwitch is salt of the earth kind of people. She is always so chipper and full of joy that you wonder…is that for real? It is, it is all real. With that said, she also opens up to the not so chipper parts of her journey and that is where she shines even brighter. Katie makes sense out of unreasonable and sees the silver lining in the lesson. Katie is wise beyond her years and I know that in years to come she will have an ever bigger audience to dazzle and inspire with her wisdom and words.
By: Katie Horwitch
I was born in…
…Los Angeles, CA – I grew up in Encino and Calabasas, so not only am I a proud LA native, but I am an actual, bona-fide Valley Girl.
My first kiss was….
…when I was 15, in a dark movie theater. First date with my first boyfriend. While seeing…wait for it…Monsters Inc.
The last time I cried was….
…December 13th. Sitting in central park on a bench looking out at the skyline. Coming to the realization that there is so. much. out there in the world, and I am so much bigger than the typical day-to-day I sometimes fall into. I had felt this expansiveness growing inside of me for about a year, and the universe put it right in my face that day – as if to say, You are ready. Here I am.
The movie that makes me laugh so hard my stomach hurts….
I work in the wellness industry because…
…it’s where I can be wholly myself, and use every tool I’ve been given to its fullest potential – in turn helping others do the same.
A quote that keeps me inspired when I feel depleted…
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in, no doubt. Forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
Right now, life is…
I want more….
Freedom. Chances to sing. Sleep. I am such a whore for sleep.
I want less….
Stagnation. Road blocks. Zits.
What moves me most about being a wellness leader is….
…when I see, hear, or read about others awakening into themselves – shifting from those casual negatives that can become part of our vernacular to pragmatic positivity. About their bodies, relationships, careers, communities. The most moving thing is seeing someone else own all of themselves, drop the pretenses, and approach the world with expansive love.
My heart opens widest when…
…I’m in unfiltered, uncensored, deep, authentic, courageously vulnerably nuanced conversations with others. And when I am creating something – something I know has major potential for greatness. Right now, that’s WANT. Just talking about it moves my soul.
My definition of soul mate is:
A person who opens you up to yourself and you do the same to them. Soulmates do not complete one another, they enhance one another. Soulmates are not just romantic, but family and friends as well – I feel blessed to have a few unbelievable soul mate friends, male and female.
The song that makes me tear up…
“If I Didn’t Believe In You” from The Last Five Years
The song that makes me run faster…
…Ugh – so many – probably something by Backstreet Boys, Brit-brit, or Ginuwine. (My best running tip is listen to your guilty pleasures and sing as loud as you want in your head…or out loud…)
The sound that soothes my soul is…
…Rain is so cliché, but it’s true. The silence in my home late at night that’s washed over with faint sounds of the city below. My own voice when I really choose to hear it and let it shake my soul. A sincere “I love you” or “I understand” – said to me or simply overheard. Those words could change the world.
My secret (or not so-secret) crush is…
…Sounds so shmoopy, but I still have a major crush on my guy even though we’ve been together a while now. (I think he knows, though.) Also, Paul Rudd is a major babe.
I am grateful for:
- My health and moreover, my investment in it.
- The love in my life, in all forms. Family, friends, romantic, universe-al.
- My drive and unwavering belief in myself to actually make things I believe in happen.
My commitment in 2015 is…
Create. Expand. Connect. Repeat.
My favorite curse word is…
…“shitton” or “crapton” – basically means “a whole lot.” I also have been known to use “fucktard” a lot.
My most memorable moment in the wellness industry is…
…probably being hired by Equinox. It’s what really began my commitment to the art of wellness and introduced me to my very best friends (those soulmates I spoke of earlier). I remember not being too nervous, thinking that I can only be myself; if they don’t like who I am, then I can do nothing to change. I auditioned for Keith, Paul Katami, and Justin Rubin – just me and them. I remember Keith stopped me five songs in, turned to Paul and said “She’s great. She’s ready.” It was the first time in my adult life I had someone really see who I was and say “Yes, I believe in you. Yes, I am willing and excited to take a chance on you, exactly as you are, right now.”
If resources, time and fear were irrelevant, I would ______________ to change the world?
Tour the world in a speaking-music-movement tour helping women crush their negative talk patterns and move forward into who they are meant to be, defining health, wellness, beauty and success on their own terms all the while. Think a lecture-slash-workshop-slash-spoken-word-jam-slash-fitness-break-slash. Check back with me in a few years.
I move because….
…it introduces me to who I am, in that moment, every moment I move.
I fuel my body with….
…kale, kettle corn, salsamole (my own personal invention – 3 parts salsa, 1 part guacamole), lots of homemade coffee and chlorophyll water.
…freedom in my life to move, work, love, and play in the places and with the people that allow me to shine as myself.
…those times I don’t have freedom in my life to move, work, love, and play in the places and with the people that allow me to shine as myself. They bruise me on a very deep level.
I am most passionate about…
…self-actualization and self-talk, forward-motion and entrepreneurial spirit, empathy and expression…and love.
A misstep in my career that I learned from…
Career-wise in the wellness industry, my biggest misstep was trying to be what my role models said I should be like for so long. How I should speak, how I should teach. How I should look. The second I started just being me, opportunity flooded in – in crazy amounts.
My biggest misstep, however, was actually when I was acting – fun fact, I went to school for Musical Theatre and had a few wonderful years in the acting/modeling biz before I realized my primary passion (and mode of expression) had moved elsewhere. I was auditioning for an honors award in college with a song from the musical Nine. My voice teacher/professor/mentor had told me to “really go for it” in all ways. I interpreted that as what turned out being basically a clothes-on striptease/sexydance for all three of my professors who were auditioning me. Plus the room-full of students waiting their turn.
Needless to say, I didn’t get the Honors – which devastated me, because I thought I had done what had been asked of me but had gotten it horrible wrong. It’s the most embarrassing moment of my life and it didn’t even happen until after the audition was over.
When I talked to my teacher afterwards, she told me something I will never forget: “You didn’t do anything wrong. You did it so right you actually made us uncomfortable! But I am so glad you did. You showed us that you are fearless. You make out so much better for risking so much than by risking nothing at all.” From that point on, I put myself out for all kinds of roles and opportunities, because I knew my natural inclination was towards fearlessness (even though I am very cautious). I learned to trust what I force I can be. For better or for sexydance.
I want to live in….
…the world as myself, not someone else’s idea of me.
My mentor/s are…
…some of my personal heroes. Everyone needs a mentor; a role model and advisor all at once – it doesn’t have to be someone you see often or even someone you know all that well – just someone who can offer insight and guidance along the path YOU are meant to lead. Guidance and mentorship are so very precious and I’m always profoundly humbled and grateful when someone opens up their world of wisdom to me. Jen Smith, my soul sister and the person who has from day one helped me define true wellness from the inside out. Keith Irace, who took a huge chance on hiring me as quickly as he did and, subsequently, changed my life. The voice teachers I’ve had throughout the years who helped me discover what it means to feel expansive. My boyfriend Jeremy, who works in branding and is pretty much the most perceptive and insightful man I’ve ever met. From afar, Marie Forleo and Danielle LaPorte…but hopefully one day I’ll at least be able to give them a hug and thank them for all the insight and advice I’ve gained from what they share with their respective communities.
My gift that I am meant to share with the world is…
…my ability to bring the best out of others due to my high sensitivity to all the nuances of world around me. I’ve learned my sensitivity is my best tool if I let it be.
…being ephemeral, never actualizing my potential, losing the people I love most (losing them either physically or emotionally), losing my sense of self.
…a force. For better or for sexydance.
…be exactly who I am meant to be in this lifetime. I will win and I will lose, and never for a second will I stop loving it all.
More about Katie
Katie Horwitch is the founder of WANT: Women Against Negative Talk, a website and initiative that helps women move forward in their lives by giving them tools, resources, and inspiration to crush their own negative talk patterns. A Los Angeles “lifer,” she is a founding team member and the current Fitness + Mind Body Editor of The Chalkboard Mag, a lifestyle wellness magazine by Pressed Juicery. She is also a certified fitness instructor and proud member of the Equinox group fitness teaching team, where she leads cycling classes across Los Angeles.
In addition to WANT and The Chalkboard Mag, Katie’s writing has been featured by Darling Magazine (print and online), Cameron Diaz’s Our Body Book, Venice Entrepreneur, LeadUp Magazine, and others. She is a leader in the upcoming Chrysalis 2015 Women’s Empowerment Program.
Katie is a writer, wellness activist, group fitness instructor, speaker, performer, and artist, as well as a lover of cinnamon, kale, frosting, and popcorn. She lives and breathes for the expression of love, in all forms.
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