Saying Yes to Doing It All: Highlight Interview with Rebecca Cassens

"YOU CAN DO HARD THINGS": REBECCA CASSENS tALKS TO US ABOUT HOW TO PRIORITIZE SELF CARE WHILE RUNNING A FAMILY AND A DREAM COMPANY

Sitting in a university auditorium in Sheffield, UK, I could not have been more excited to hear that another American student had recently transferred to study abroad for the semester. Having been the only student from the US for several months, I was so excited to meet and show her around! Little did I know that she would continue to influence my life almost 8 years later.

The town of Sheffield, UK brought Rebecca Cassens and I together and I am so happy to be able to call her a friend and inspiration today. Rebecca is not only a co-CEO of her family, but she also runs her own business and inspires people everyday to take control of their health and get in shape through Team Beach Body. Just as eager as I was to meet her eight years ago, I was equally as eager to learn more about how she tackles everyday with excitement and energy!

(SS): Rebecca, it has been quite some time since we have caught up and I am so excited to learn more about how you found yourself in a position of owning your own company, motivating people to get healthy and being an overall amazing mommy and wife. Can you please tell me how you got to this point and how you keep the momentum?

(RC): I have always been a business minded person. Very strong-willed and stubborn. I was working at a dead-end, 9-5 job and HATED it. My husband and I have an old-car, hot rod obsession, so we thought we would open up an Auto Body Repair Shop, where we can not only repair wrecked cars, but also work on the stuff we like. Once that business got started, I started working on my 'side-gig', which is Lulu & Gunner. Lulu & Gunner is my clothing line for baby's and toddlers. I love being able to create something with my own 2 hands. It amazes me that "Hey, I made that!" Plus, I get to see cute babes rocking their L&G apparel. My most recent venture is coaching for Team Beachbody. Beachbody was there for me when I was down on myself, both physically and mentally. During my entire pregnancy with my son I was extremely ill and after I had him, my body was very weak as was my self-confidence. I joined BB to get my health back on track. I recently signed on as coach because I know that I cannot be the only mama out there who has been down. We all have goals and dreams and I want to show everyone that IT CAN BE DONE!

(SS): Wow, it just amazes me that you picked yourself up, saw what you are capable of and decided to be that motivator for others! Watching you has been such an inspiration…on both a personal and physical level since you also hold me accountable on my Team Beach Body goals! Is there a woman in your life that has been your inspiration through it all?

(RC): I don't think just one woman inspires me. There are several women who are inspiring. I am one to look at someone and go, "How does she do that?!" But I am also one to look and someone and say, "If she can do that, so can I." I think everyone has a niche and you can be some sort of inspiration to another woman.

(SS): I couldn’t agree more! It is wild what women can do when we stop comparing and start motivating instead! Has there been any particular moment in your career or personal life that stands out as being particularly empowering?

(RC): The most empowering moment for me with L&G was when I walked into a small shop and showed them some sample clothing and they said, "Oh my gosh, I want to carry all of this in my shop." My mind was blown, like, wow-they love my products just as much as I do. It was very rewarding to hear that. The most empowering moment with Team Beachbody was when I signed on as a coach and I got to meet this entire health/fitness community and the support they shower each and every person with is humbling. If I am every down, doubting myself, stressed, anything-I can turn to any of the amazing people at BB and they will listen and be there for you. As far as my personal journey, I can't believe how far I have come. From the quiet girl in high school, to the mother that I am now, I am amazed. I can't wait to see what is ahead for me!

(SS): We can’t either! Especially because I see how many women you have already inspired!

(SS): So lastly, I have to ask because this is a real-time concern for a lot of women out there…How do you balance it all? How do you find time to make a career out of your passions while still raising an incredible family?

(RC): The most challenging was after I had my second kid. Wow. My days are planned out. But, life throws curve balls and every now and then we have to switch things up. I have learned to go with the flow. Sometimes, work comes home with me and if it does, I make it a point to not work on work stuff until after the kids are in bed. On particularly draining days, you have to remember that you can do hard things. Push past the negative and you will see the positive.

Paola Berisso