Living in the Moment
Although she has moved many times in her life, San Marcos resident Wendy Stull always gravitates back toward San Diego. She chose the San Elijo community because she feels it is such a great place to raise children (Wendy has two sons, ages 12 and 18 months), and because of the schools and its teachers, “I like the way the area feels like a small town,” she remarked. Wendy spent seven years in the corporate world as the events and travel department director of Callaway Golf, where she got to travel the world and learn so much about corporate life, but eventually she went to her background in the dance industry to learn Pilates and Personal Group Training.
She named her studio In The Moment Pilates and Personal Training, with the training goals for her clients being just that – being conscious, aware, and in the present with all their senses. The aim is to let go of the past and put faith in the future. “Most of the time, taking that extra breath and being present,” Wendy shared, “has guided me to better decisions.”
One of her great and healthy decisions was to follow the idea of one of her clients, Amy Falco, throwing ‘Salad Parties.’ Because everyone wants to eat healthy but has a hard time finding prep time for food, a salad party involves each guest bringing two different items to add to the salad bar, and leaving with five huge salads loaded with all types of healthy toppings and at least 15 ziploc healthy snack bags for the week. “We have taken away any excuses for them not to eat healthy!” Wendy said.
Wendy feels like her most important life roles right now are as mom and motivator. For the ‘mom’ side she concentrates on being present in all aspects of her sons’ lives – which for the elder means being present in his life through homework, games, conversing in the car and at the dinner table. For the younger it means enjoying all those toddler ‘firsts.’ The ‘motivator’ role means continuing at her studio and others, and keeping her fitness industry skills updated and fresh, with an eventual goal of a larger studio space to cultivate bigger group fitness classes. “I strive to portray positivity and optimism,” Wendy smiled. “I hope I can look back on my life and see that I have left a string of pay-it-forward moments.”
Name: Wendy Stull
Profession: Owner of In The Moment Pilates & Personal Training, professional group
Community: San Marcos since 2014
Hobbies & Interests: Motivating others to feel and think their best, anything active, anything with my sons – being a mom is the best hobby and interest I can think about doing right now!
Favorite Local Spots: Nekter, Stoked Café, Epoch, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s