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Saturday, December 22, 2012

So, I bought a franchise!

Yes! I'm so excited to finally be writing about this most thrilling and pressure-filled time in our lives! It's something that I've been working on for the past few months (since the end of August, to be exact), so to finally be chatting about it out in the open is both refreshing and quite overdue!

And because I really want to write about this but can never seem to find the time (as we speak I should be doing things for the GRAND OPENING!), I'm going to number it out:

1. I seriously NEEDED something to do with myself in the form of employment (or project-ment), and after a fabulous run-in with the people who own Stroller Strides of North Orange County and a few wonderful classes later, I decided that this is what I needed to make happen. Luckily Chad and I were moving out of Yorba Linda - where I initially fell in love with the company - which allowed me to explore my options in ownership for myself!

2. Originally, Chad and I were going to focus on the Inland Empire, as that's where we were going to move. When we found our current condo last second, Chad - hear that, lova?! I'm giving you the credit! - realized that there was an area which lacked the wonderful thing that is Stroller Strides, so we decided to redraft the contract and go for the Orange County location. 

3. I officially signed my contract with the franchisor on September 28! It was a glorious day, especially because 2 weeks later I knew I would be taking off to San Diego for 4 days (my first time away from the Little Miss!), to complete training and attend the national conference. Man, oh man, did I ever get lucky when it came to timing! Not only was I able to talk with TONS of other women who had been in business for years, but I made the final decision not to start my own until after the new year (it was either going to be IMMEDIATELY after conference so as not to run into the holiday season, or two-and-a-half months later, in January).

4. Now here I am, a little less than 2 weeks away from the Grand Opening of my first location - if you're local, it will be at FOOTHILL RANCH COMMUNITY PARK at 9:00, class will BEGIN at 9:15! - running all over town promoting, flyer-ing, chatting, meeting, wining and dining the mommy-folk of the area! It has been SUCH a perfect solution to everything I had been feeling over the last few months and I truly cannot WAIT to get started!

Anyway, it really is amazing what will come your way if you just pray on it! All those months of feeling horrendous due to do a lack of knowing what I was going to be doing . . . - ugh! More on the ole' divine intervention to come in regards to Stroller Strides to come!

AND IF YOU'RE INTERESTED, here is a little information:

Here is the website:

Here is the Facebook link, which you should totally LIKE if you LOVE it:
(But seriously, only if you really want to! I know how it is to have "liked" everything on the face of the earth, even when it has no relevance to my life!)

The GRAND OPENING is on Wednesday, January 2nd at 9:00, class will start at 9:15 at Foothill Ranch Community Park
There will be FABULOUS deals, prizes, raffles, fun things for the kids and OF COURSE a wonderful, FREE class!

If you are local and have ANY questions, feel free to email me on the address linked to this profile, or at

Anyhoo! I'm glad I finally got that out on the blog table! It feels good! 


  1. Congratulations!!! I own a dance studio and totally understand your excitement!!!!

    1. That's awesome!!! I grew up dancing and have often thought about how awesome it would be to open one!! It's nerve-racking but so much fun!

  2. Wow! Congrats, that is so great!! We have a stroller strides around here but I have never been. It is near impossible to keep my kids in the stroller. haha!

    1. That's what I originally thought, but the good news is the kids have just as much fun as you do! While you're working out they're usually singing ABC's or some other fun song for bambinos!

  3. Congrats!! I am an active member of SS in Anaheim Hills and Orange and it has changed my life!! Got me my pre-pregnancy body back and I have made wonderful, encouraging friends for life!! It has become our morning routine for the last 2 and half years and I honestly don't know what I will do when my almost 3 year old twins start school next year!! My instructor has become a very good friend of mine and has helped me reach so many of my fitness goals. Best of luck to you!

    1. Hi Lisett! Oh my gosh, we were neighbors! I found Stroller Strides in Yorba Linda!!! It totally changed my whole outlook on everything, hence moving forward with the franchise! I hope to meet you one day!

  4. So fun love this
    I am new to your blog and know I will be back so soon. I love everything you have going here keep up the AWESOME work!
    Happy New Year :)
    Your newest friend,


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