As cliche as it may sound, we all wake in the mornings with one thing in common: we all have choices. We all have blessings, we all have struggles, and we’re all faced with decisions to make each day. We all have choices to make about how we handle, react and respond to daily situations.
My name is Sibyl Smith and I am a wife, a mother of 3, a graphic artist, a personal trainer, a self-professed foodie, a certified nutrition coach, a nature lover, an animal activist and a one-time golden retriever breeder. Over the past 10 years I’ve had 10 surgeries, 9 house floods and 3 babies. I tell you this not for sympahy, but to reiterate to everyone that we all have a backo-story, and this is a little bit of mine.
The Choice Umbrella was born in the spring of 2014 ~ but it was merely an idea: a placeholder for something much larger in my life. With so many ideas about how to share my passions, but not a lot of clarity on how to tie them together…and so the ideas just sat. I think I struggled because I realized I was trying to balance two passions that are very different ~ art and fitness ~ so i felt like I needed to supress one and only fulfill the other. In retrospect, I am realizing how much goes on in your mind and body when you’re resisting something that is part of who you are…and at times, it just ain’t pretty.
For some reason, in January 2015 I gained immense clarity. Cystal clear visions of how I wanted to execute the launch of The Choice Umbrella ~ and it no longer seemed strange to offer services that didn’t “mesh”. It felt freeing to realize that these are all passions that are part of my make-up, and there is no reason why they cannot all be included in one brand.
So…what is The Choice Umbrella?
As you can see, I love the word “choice”. I work hard every day to remind myself that I have choices about every decision that I make. Did you know that happiness is actually a choice? Being my authenic self is a chioce. What I choose to fuel my body with each day is a choice. Saying “no” is a choice. Saying “yes” is a choice. Sleeping in is a choice, and putting on my running shoes at 5 am is a choice. Consistently making great choices is not always easy, but it’s something for which i’m striving each day. Why? Because it makes me happy. And remember, happiness is a choice.
The Choice Umbrella is a conglomeration of my service-oriented passions into one business ~ a full-service graphic design, fitness and nutrition coaching studio. From business branding, website design, invitation design and specialty products to personal training house calls, online fitness programs and clean-eating recipes, it’s all covered..all under The Choice Umbrella.
Thank you for joining me, there’s plenty of room!