Friday, May 3, 2013
Giving Til It Hurts
Jennifer Lynn, Owner at Fit Philosophie, routinely tells her clients that "the pain they feel today will be the strength they feel tomorrow."
I may be paraphrasing her in a sense because when she utters these positive workout platitudes, I'm either wiping sweat from my eyes or trying my best to keep my legs from buckling.
Either way, she practices what she preaches.
Since opening her workout studio in the early part of this year Lynn has, without interruption, allocated 10% of her class pass sales to different charitable endeavors.
"I just have always felt that by doing good, good will come back to me," she said.
As a child, her Sunday School teacher had taught the class the importance of tithing. So each week, Jennifer would take whatever money she had, put it in an envelope, address that envelope to God and send it off to what she thought was heaven.
"I was devastated when I found out God wasn't getting the money I was sending him," she said, chuckling.
Whatever lesson her teacher imparted to the class that day, a portion must have stuck with Lynn. She plans on giving to charities months in advance, even without knowing how sales are going. You can tell her commitment to giving goes far beyond doing good for good's sake. When you talk to her about it, the giving becomes personal.
In February, she gave 10% to Hospice of Northern Kentucky because some of her long-term clients' family members had been residents there. There was a personal connection there.
In March, she continued giving. This time to The Brandon C. Gromada Head & Neck Cancer Foundation, whom she knew through a college connection.
Last month, she donated to Donate Life. Again, it was because a client's daughter had a direct connection to the charity as a result of having poor luck in the health department.
The pattern here is that she takes a personal interest into her client's lives and when there is an opportunity for her to do some good, she takes it.
It's no secret that I have been beating the SHOP LOCAL drum pretty heartily since the start of the year. This is one of the reasons why. Sure, you can go to Globo Gym in another city, sign an unholy contract, and pay money to a big corporation. Or you can workout locally, with someone who has invested in our city, lives in our city and keeps our money here.
And oh yeah, she uses her hard-earned money to create a positive change... even when it hurts.
Go see Jennifer at Fit Philosophie today. 911 N. Fort Thomas Ave.