Name: Kirsten Carruthers
City: Calgary, Alberta
Main Hustle: Registered Nurse in a busy metropolitan Emergency Department
Side Hustle: A Personal Trainer and Pregnancy and Postpartum Athleticism Coach.
How did you get started?: After the birth of my son, I experienced pelvic floor dysfunction and was later diagnosed with pelvic organ prolapse. This experience, combined with my existing passion, steered me toward the path I’m on now. I learned so much about navigating fitness through pregnancy & postpartum while living with pelvic floor dysfunction, and I wanted to share it with other women to help remove the taboo around the changes that come with this chapter in our lives.
When/where do you work on your Side Hustle?: At my kitchen table during nap time! I have a 2 1/2 year old and a 6 month old and am currently on maternity leave from my RN job, so it’s grind time on the side hustle while the kids are snoozing!
What are the challenges of your Side Hustle?: Balancing work and family time. With a lot of it to do with online presence and social media, it’s hard to learn to disconnect when it is family time because you have such limited time to do work as it is with two young children!
What are the rewards of your Side Hustle?: Helping other women feel strong and empowered in their bodies! So often women are told that discomforts they have after childbirth are normal and to just push through or ignore them, when often that is not the case! The majority of problems women face in their bodies postpartum are fixable or manageable with the right tools and guidance.
Who is your greatest supporter?: My mom friends! They all come out when I hold classes and workshops and support me in every endeavor I take along this journey!
Who/what is your greatest source of inspiration?: My online community.
The following I’ve built, especially on Instagram, has become like a second family to me. We connect daily, and I feel they know me on a deeper level than some of my in-person friends because of our shared experiences. It’s amazing that the Internet and social media allow us to develop these intimate relationships with people we’ve never met in person who may live world’s away!
What is your dream for your Side Hustle?: To progress to an online platform where I can help even more women than I do currently in person and via social media.
Do you have any advice for others working on a Side Hustle?:
Keep at it. Choose something you’re passionate about, because if you love it you will be able to find time to make it work. Don’t be discouraged by comparison with other hustlers; just do you and your message will resonate with those who need to hear it.