In this episode, I chat with missionary Gia Lucy, creator of Fitness Vacation Exchange and Aqua Strong. Gia her husband Eric uprooted their family from a small Californian county and found their home and missions in Cozumel, Mexico. The current flow of their lives includes working with an orphanage while running two fitness businesses -- Fitness Vacation Exchange which sends fitness instructors to resorts for teaching vacations and Aqua Strong which puts fitness classes on the water with specially-created fitness boards.
Today Gia takes on a mini-tour of her life, sharing:
what it’s like to give up everything you have to get everything you want,
some difficult lessons her adolescent learned between California and Cozumel,
how tomatoes can highlight cultural differences, and
how a butterfly sanctuary can be a back-up plan.
On her purpose:
For me, my faith in God and Christianity has really propelled me and given me so much confidence.
We wanted to move out of that one county bubble and raise our daughter in a different culture and a different pace of life.
We saw that there was a need in aquatic fitness so we created a stand up paddle board…in the shape of a yoga mat. It tethers to pool lane lines so that you can take your yoga, pilates, and boot camp classes and perform them on the water. That’s a brand new fitness modality.
You don’t want to be accustomed to it. You don’t want to let that sink in. Sometimes, I think I see people that, they have been so used to being scared that they’re comfortable with that feeling.
To stay put because of fear is a tragedy.
When I’m scared, I think back that I am the child of the creator of the universe and what do I have to be scared of? That helps me with my confidence and moving forward as well.
My very first move was to another country. And, not only that, we sold our house, we sold our business, we sold everything we owned and just came down on faith. At first, it was scary.
The world is so huge. You have every opportunity in the world to do whatever it is that you want to do and you believe that you should be doing.
On taking ownership:
I would say just change your perspective. Do something that might not necessarily be in your comfort zone. If you need to start small, just do a small thing that’s outside of your comfort zone. And then you’ll continue to grow and grow and grow.
I realized life is way too short to not be doing what you were designed to do. That was my aha moment that really pushed me to give everything up that I had worked for before and to change course.
I think if you just look forward and see what you are supposed to do in your life, what you feel that God’s prepared you for, and that when you step forward to go out and do it, he’s going to be with you all the way.
I do work to learn Spanish because I believe that it’s just respectful. If we’re in Mexico, we should know how to speak the language. And also, it just opens more doors for us.
The idea of Fitness Vacation Exchange, it just came to me like the lightbulb just turned on. That was in February of 2013 and by April 1st, I had my first fitness vacation exchange. It was amazing.
I believe that in life, we’ve got to learn how to get along with all different types of people.
If you’re unhappy where you’re at, step out of where you’re at and change your life because you can. It’s just stepping out on faith.
On being an entrepreneur:
My advice is always to go for it. Whatever is calling you. Whatever you feel that you are designed to do and you have a desire to do, to go for it because life is too short and there’s so much opportunity in this world.
Keep in touch with Gia Lucy:
FitnessVacationExchange.com – sends fitness instructors to resorts for teaching vacations.
AquaStrong.com – yoga, HIIT, and fusion fitness classes on the water with a water fitness board.
7dayheromexico.com – Christian missionaries Eric and Gia Lucy on their mission in Cozumel, Mexico.