Each week we highlight a story from our community. They are not always going to be rosy and perfect stories since that’s not the real world. So, in this section we will feature real women and how they’ve overcome (or are still working through) some struggles and hope that this brings a bit of inspiration. We want to hear from you so please ask a question or share with us more about you here. Meet Karly, 36 of San Diego, CA. 2 boys ages 8 & 5 What occupies most of your time and/or what is your passion? I used my fitness background and childhood passion to create a career that would give me the flexibility to be present with my kids and have a meaningful purpose to help others. That’s how Gratitude Ropes was created. To give you a killer workout and serve as a reminder to be thankful for something big or small in your life. With that said, finding a balance of work and being a mom is always a struggle. I’ve learned to let go and accept that some days will just be more balanced than others. Nobody is perfect and knowing that keeps me balanced. Can you describe a challenging or hard time that you’ve experienced and share what helped you during that time? I started my business during the first month of lockdown when I lost my job, was going through a divorce, had to sell my house and find a new home for my boys and I. I was forced to use the pain as my power and launched Gratitude Ropes. What got me through all this was focusing on the tiny wins in my life. It’s the small things that add up and get you through the hard times. That’s how I can up with the name Gratitude ropes. To serve as a reminder to be thankful for something in your life big or small. What is your super power? This can be anything. My super power is Jumping Rope. I used to be a competitive jump roper and just like riding a bike, it all comes back. Others would say it’s my smile, for whatever reason…I’m always smiling. 🙂 What piece of advice would you have given yourself 10 years ago? Your life is a reflection of what you believe you can have. Change what you believe and you will change your life. It’s the small things that add up and can carry you through the hard times. When we can take a moment and appreciate the tiny wins around us, that’s when our world starts to change. You can follow Karly @jumprope_mom or Gratitude Ropes.