June AOM – Amanda Carroll

Our June 2016 Athlete of the Month was another easy choice. She was out of her comfort zone on the first day but worked hard and hasn’t looked back.

Through that hard work and dedication, she is down over 20 lb. and moving incredibly well. But most importantly, Mandy is incredibly positive and really truly brightens our day every time we see her.

We give you the June Athlete of the Month … Amanda Carroll.

What have you accomplished in your life that you’re most proud of?

Aside from the obvious answer, my kids and my family, I am extremely proud of my volunteer work as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate).  Long story short, whenever there are allegations of abuse or neglect against a child in Summit County, they are assigned a volunteer CASA to serve as their voice throughout their court case.  I have been involved with the organization for over 10 years. Most recently, I served on the board, chaired the fundraising committee, and created a fundraiser called #artypartyakron. It features art created by local students that is auctioned off to benefit the CASA Program of Summit County. It consumes my life, but I am very proud of what it has become. (If you are reading this feel free to buy tickets to the June 9 event at artypartyakron.com)

If you could take 3 months off and do whatever you wanted, what would that time look like?

I need to think about that one a little more.    

If you were in a band, what existing band/group do you see yourself in?

It is best that I don’t get involved in musical situations. I thought it would be cool to play the saxophone in the grade school band. I was in the band in grade school and my mom always asked why I was playing something different than everyone else. I never learned a single song, I was just pretending I was playing.

Favorite place to travel to?

Tortola

What do your kids remind you that it’s OK to do?

Don’t take life so seriously. My kids think burping and farting are the most hilarious things in the world … you can’t help but laugh when your 3-year-old burps and just starts cracking up! Or if I get mad about something stupid, they make fun of me for being mad and then we all laugh.

What personal failure has helped lead to your ultimate success?

It isn’t exactly a failure as much as it is a risk, but quitting my job after I had my first child and going to work for my husband’s company. It was a big risk for us at the time and our hard work has paid off. I can’t imagine doing anything differently.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen in the gym?

Really just all the things that hit Donna in the face … balls, bands, my foot.

What three people [living or dead] would you go camping with next weekend?

Camping? I don’t really want to go camping with anyone.

Which sport/activity would you love to do, but are afraid to?

Scuba diving. I panic under water.

Funniest things you’ve seen your kids do?

My son, Elliot, often breaks out his dance moves in public. It is one of my favorite things he does. I hope he does it forever.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Fake it ‘till you make it. Often in life and especially business, I have no idea what I am doing, but I try to give the impression I do.

At what age were you in the best shape of your life?

38. I am 36 now … I’ve got goals.

Goals … personal, professional, family?

  • Persona: Find better balance with everything I take on. I am really working on learning how to say NO. I know I can’t do everything and do it well, I just need to practice saying no and not doing things I really don’t want to do.
  • Professional: Keep working to grow our business.
  • Family: To raise kind children and spend more time with my husband.

What adventure do you to plan to have in the future?

Note to self: Plan amazing future adventure.

Favorite book and why?

“Raving Fans” and “Customers for Life” — we have built our business around these two books. All of our employees have to read these books when they start working for us.

Something interesting we don’t know about you?

I won a tractor pull at a fair when I was 3. I was the only girl and I was wearing a sundress and jelly shoes.

What do you like most about being a part of the TrAk Family?

Joining TrAk was completely out of my comfort zone, but I quickly got over that. From the very start, everyone was so welcoming and encouraging and eager to celebrate small successes. That is what kept me going. The workouts are tough, but that hour flies by because of the coaches and people in the gym. I’ve become friends with the people I work out with. It feels good to be around such a positive group of people.

Biggest accomplishment at the gym?

Becoming athlete of the month. Boom. 😉