This week's #BOSSBABE is Rebecca Perkins, founder of Perky Athletics, the fitness platform that connects freelancers with class participants. Read on to discover how she transitioned from working a corporate job to creating her wildly popular fitness start-up.
What inspired you to start Perky Athletics?
It started because I would always see workout classes happening in parks, and I wanted to join but didn’t know how. Why wasn’t there a schedule with all these great outdoor fitness classes going on in the city? Then I took it even further.. why isn’t there a schedule with all freelance classes in general, not just parks? There are so many awesome fitness entrepreneurs out there in Toronto, but it is hard to track down where they are happening and how to sign up for them. That is how Perky came to life! It grew not to just be a schedule, but a platform where participants could sign up and pay online, which takes a lot of the pain of class management off of the fitness entrepreneur.
I can truly say that everyday is different! Sometimes I have early tech calls I have to take first thing on my couch, sometimes I fit in a quick workout, or sometimes I come straight to the Make Lemonade office! Then my day is a mix of meetings, working out of Make Lemonade, and of course attending a variety of Perky workout classes.
What was the worst piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Haha to be honest I have the ability to not let bad advice sit with me. When I receive truly terrible advice I don’t let it sit in my brain for long, I think that is just part of who I am. So I couldn’t even tell you! Many people advised me not to leave my secure job at Labatt, to peruse Perky further.. I wouldn’t say that is bad advice. It is just advice from a different perspective. You need to differentiate between terrible advice and advice coming from a different perspective. Don’t waste your brain power with the terrible; reflect upon the advice from a different perspective. We take in so much advice throughout the day, from strangers, colleagues, trusted friends and family. I listen mostly to advice from the people who I want to become, or people that I respect.
"Success means keeping positive in times of adversity, enjoying my life throughout the process, and creating a positive impact in
What does success mean to you?
the lives of those around me."
I feel like this is where I should insert a cheesy quote or something! But success to me truly means waking up every day being excited and passionate about what I am working towards. Success means keeping positive in times of adversity, enjoying my life throughout the process, and creating a positive impact in the lives of those around me. I have a hefty list of goals that I am working towards, but to me goal achievement is separate from success.
In moments of self-doubt or adversity, how do you build yourself back up?
Personally, moments of self-doubt can generally be solved for me with an extreme endorphin rush. I kick on my running shoes and run until those feelings are gone.
If I can’t drop everything I am doing and go for a run, I remind myself that I am resilient! I know that no matter what happens with Perky I know that I am resilient enough to figure it out and keep going. Sometimes we forget our strengths and all we need is a little reminder to keep moving forward. What’s really the worst that can happen? I have so much in my life to be thankful for, we just need to remind ourselves sometimes.Do you have any morning routines or evening rituals to help you stay balanced?
I am going to be honest here, I am not a ritual person! I hear they foster productivity, maybe I should start. I have consciously trained myself into having some good habits. (and of course a few bad ones) However, all my days are different right now. My mornings are all different, my evenings are all different. I find the uncertainty helps me stay creative, and I am comfortable with uncertainty right now. I think rituals are a wonderful thing and can help many people find balance and comfort in the routine. I find balance through my family, friends and living a healthy lifestyle. I also find balance is having fun. No matter how much you are working, how busy you are, you need to find a way to have a little fun!