#startupmom: Heather Hughes

What kind of mom are you?

I try to be an organized mom and do my best to keep it all straight for everyone...doesn't always happen, but I try! I also feel I am a motivated mom and I go above and beyond whenever possible, but sometimes the day-to-day tasks get overwhelming: teeth brushing, nail clipping, laundry, REPEAT! I try to stay on top of it all but it doesn't always happen. I try to also be a mom that gives each kid individual attention and to be loving, supportive and their biggest cheerleader!

Your booming biz is all anyone in Chicago can talk about. Tell us about it! 

Power Sculpt Fitness is a boutique exercise destination and we offer 85+ sessions a week within a variety of formats from kickboxing, BOSU, cycle, Tabata, barre, TRX, circuit and more. Our classes are intense, have amazing playlists and motivating instruction! The whole premise is based on the fact that every minute of your time is valuable, so we don't waste ANY of it during our workout. You will work hard beginning to end but the awesome energy will make class go by fast and the results will be rapid.

When and how did you launch?

My company launched in June 2011 with a series of outdoor sculpting 'bootcamps' and indoor sessions at a rented studio. Word travelled fast and our first PSF studio opened June 2012.  Our clientele continued to grow and expand so we decided to move into a larger, brand-new space January 2014.

What do you love most about being a #startupmom?

That I created this business out of something that I love doing and am passionate about it. It wasn't just a business idea or a thought of how I could make some income. I am truly invested in the workouts I deliver and to our clients!

How many kids do you have again? 

I have 4 kids: Hannah (March 2005), Aiden (March 2007 - same exact birthday as Hannah), Trevor (February 2010 ) and Brady (June 2014). I want 2 kids...just kidding...we didn't start off thinking we would have 4 kids but I cannot imagine my life without any of them! 

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Posted by Power Sculpt Fitness on Thursday, January 8, 2015

What was a time you felt like you were doing this mom thing really well?

I was at Target last Summer when my youngest was around 3 months old.  I had him in an infant carrier in the shopping basket, my two middle boys in the seats of that HUGE cart and my daughter was walking.  The baby was sleeping, the boys were sitting quietly and my daughter was being helpful. For a fleeting second, everything was peaceful, easy and as sleep-deprived as I was, I felt like I finally "had it together."

When and where do you get most of your work done?

In my bed on my laptop at night, early in the morning or when the kids are at school and the baby is sleeping (he is too big to keep out of my keyboard these days!). I also do a large amount of work on my iPhone. 

Did you take time off or scale back when you had your kids?

I took zero time off from my logistical (computer) work but did take 2 weeks off from teaching classes. 

What inspires you and your work?

Helping others to become healthier by giving them an amazing workout experience that truly respects their time and effort as well as gives them an outlet where they are doing something for themselves.

The one thing you won't leave home without?

My phone. Besides safety and entertainment reasons, I do a lot of my business over email and via my software...plus I need to keep my social media updated! I will multi-task and do such things as update my blog waiting for pick up at school, create an Instagram workout at the park or respond to client inquiries while my kids are at soccer. Oh and my wallet. Everything I forget at home I can stop at the store and buy...which frequently happens!

What is the best advice you ever received from another mom?

The best advice I got was when my daughter (my oldest) had baby acne. I was so stressed out about it. What about photos? Will it go away? I asked the mom teaching my baby and me yoga class for advice on what to put on it and she said to me "You know this moment is such a small sliver of time within a lifetime. Your daughter will never be this little again. The amount of time you have with her this little - it's so short - it honestly is. Please hold, hug and love her and do not stress about it. Oh and try vaseline." She said it in a loving way and it will resonated with me.  Now with my 4th, I really do appreciate everything so much more, even the middle of the night feedings, they aren't forever and I know all too well that some day they won't even need you to tuck them in.

We know it's gotta be crazy, can you walk us through your morning routine?

My morning routine is getting up around 5:30am and watching TV and working, or if the baby wakes early, I go feed him and put him back down (or try). Around 6:30am, after I am dressed and ready for the day, I get the kids' lunches, snacks, backpacks, etc. ready for the day and their clothes, shoes, coats, etc. all laid out. I then get them up. The boys are easy but my 10 year old daughter takes some major coaxing. I get them dressed, fed, teeth brushed and make sure their homework is all in order. Usually somewhere in there the baby wakes up, I change him and bring him down and start his breakfast. By 7:30am my sitter has arrived to care for the baby and by 7:40am I have the other 3 kids in the car, drop them at school and am at the studio by 7:50am. I teach 2-4 classes and then use the rest of my morning, while I have my sitter until 11:30am to run errands and work. 

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Who keeps you grounded and moving forward? 

Definitely my husband. He not only helps A LOT with our kids but also teaches at the studio (in addition to his "real job" that actually earns him money). He luckily works close to home so he is able to come home frequently for lunch as well as for last minute obligations.

What’s on your To Do List today? 

Time-sensitive tasks such as laundry, grocery shopping, answering emails and then things I might never get done like the baby book, photographing the kids school work (so I can 'recycle' it) and going through the kids' clothes and changing out sizes.

What’s the hardest part about being a #startupmom?

Making choices. I need to be constantly balancing work obligations and activities with my kids. I never, ever miss the most important events but luckily my husband can 'fill in' a lot of the time when I need to be at the studio teaching.

What do you do for “me time”?

My guilty pleasure is reality TV - it's so mindless and I love having it on in the background as I work...anything BRAVO. I also try to get my nails done weekly and get out with friends whenever possible.

What charitable cause are you passionate about?

Currently, CureBatten.org. My friend from high school received devastating news that BOTH her 4 year old and 2 year old daughters are stricken with this ultra-rare, incurable and untreatable disorder. It rapidly results in loss of motor functioning, causes blindness, loss of cognitive ability and eventually takes their life. It is always fatal. They have taken to their contacts and resources, including an onslaught of celebrities, and are fighting for their beautiful daughters and are determined to fund a cure. It's remarkable what they have done so far and the result could not only save their daughters and others affected by this rare disorder, but lead to a cure for many other similar diseases.

Your family in three words?

Active, outgoing, loving.

Heather is a amazing, right?! Keep up with her and the PSF crew (if you can!) on the PSF Blog, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and make sure you visit www.PowerSculptFitness.com to book your first class FREE with code 'BOOTCAMP.' Pow! 

Heather Hughes PSF

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