Five minutes before recording this, I cornered my husband, Nick Ybanez, to make him do a podcast episode with me — it’s candid, it’s fun and we share all things life and business.
I’m an IT dude, so I definitely enjoy computers and video games. The kids are really enjoying the effects of my love for both of those things. Sometimes I play guitar. I’ve never been particularly good at it but it's enjoyable. I like playing around with car stuff too.
Before our kids I had very little experience with children, now they’re there all the time! You look after them a lot — especially my teenager. They’re cute and I love lounging around with them and looking after them.
It’s nice that they’re so close in age, so you don’t have to rely on the electronic babysitter. When the electronics are put away they can still do something with each other, which is nice to see.
It was pretty exhausting. There was a lot of go go go. I was working full time and then spending basically every night with her. She frequently woke me up at all hours of the night. (She did not go easy on him at all!)
It was interesting trying to juggle all that. But we hung in there and we bonded lots during that time, that’s for sure.
I learned that she’s a definitely a tough one. It's interesting the sort of things you wind up doing just because you have to do them. We had a lot of faith and a lot of things worked out really well. Obviously, everything's not ideal and we're working towards that, but if all of that didn’t happen, we wouldn’t be where we are right now.
You read about the stories about people that will jump on a lake because they saw somebody fall and they wanted to save them. Our time in hospital was kind of like that. We did what we needed to do to get through day by day. Sometimes it surprises people, especially when we talk about the some of the more gory experiences, the nurses would comment that a lot of people would not be down for dealing with a lot of those crappy and often confronting things.
Sometimes we just got our hands dirty and we go in there and do it.
We’ve both been part of Beachbody since 2011 and we;ve been to most of the summits together, so it's always kind of been there. It was nice to see you enjoying what you were doing. My stance has always been, if it does great — then great! If it doesn’t then, what else were we doing anyway?
Certainly on my salary I literally cannot pay the rent for where we live now, so I appreciate some of those drastic changes and responsibilities it’s allowed us to have.
It’s been going good, so I'm cool with it.
The money doesn’t land directly into my account, it all goes to the business. So it's just been its own separate thing that's been cool to have around. In that sense, I’m not obsessed with it and not offended by it.
We've definitely been through stages of financial struggle, so when we could pick up and move from a tiny condo into a house that just felt like a bonus.
Apart from being able to pay our bills, having you around all that time has been a real hassle — no, it's been cool to not have to stress about working lots of different jobs and it’s been really cool to have you around with the kids.
For the most part, it’s just a lot of hey we're here, we're on a fun ride — let's keep going with it. Traveling has been cool and doing a lot of new and fun things. I certainly appreciate not working from the the kitchen table anymore. Having an actual office is a great bonus.
That's a tough one because I'm not super involved. I know you have lots of little wins and sometimes it feels like I don’t care about them. But it just gets lost in my day, between my job 9-5 and looking after the kids and doing my own thing to wind down.
There’s so many moving parts to your business sometimes I just lose track of what’s going on.
Last October. I after I'd already committed to speaking at Pays to be Brave, the Comer 5 K approached us to be there. I said hey, I can’t, but my family would love to be there. They asked if you could do a little speech. So I wrote the speech and you got up on a stage in front of X number of people — there's pictures, there's evidence — you delivered the speech to this audience.
I was just so proud of you because you’re not the camera guy. You show up periodically but this is way outside of your comfort zone. That day, especially, I was so proud of you!