Meet Marlo Brausse, this week's Woman of Ace, and the owner of Barre Body Studio. Marlo has an uncanny ability to inspire anyone she crosses paths with, and her infectious energy is sure to brighten up your day (if you've met her...you know). Leaving a career, taking a risk, and trusting in the process, Marlo encourages others to pursue their dreams and live their best life. Are you happy, are you good?
ACE: WHAT ARE YOU UP TO? ( YOUR CURRENT HUSTLE )
Marlo: My passion? That’s easy. My passion is empowering others to live their best lives. I am a full time barre boss at Barre Body Studio, as well as a mom to three amazing little people (aged 9, 7 and 3).
ACE: WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT TO YOU? ( WHERE DID THIS PASSION COME FROM? )
Marlo: Golly…where did it come from? Great question.
I have always been passionate about helping others see their light and live their best life. I remember my mom telling me at a very young age “Marlo, you can’t help everyone.” I guess you could say that I have had an innate desire to connect with others my entire life. I have the absolute honour of doing this when I teach barre fitness classes. I find so much joy connecting with others through movement - when we move our bodies we release emotion, create new energy and open ourselves up to new possibilities. Leading other people to create and feel this within themselves is one of the most rewarding things that I have been apart of.
ACE: WHAT WAS YOUR DREAM JOB GROWING UP? HOW DO YOU THINK THIS HAS INFLUENCED WHO YOU ARE TODAY?
Marlo: Looking back, I always knew that I wanted to work with people in some form or another. I wasn’t sure if that would be in a teaching, coaching, counselling or a mentorship role, but somehow along the way I found all four of those aspects in my role as the lead barre boss at BBS.
ACE: IF YOU COULD DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN ONLY THREE WORDS, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?
Marlo: Charismatic, compassionate, and an opportunist!
ACE: WHO’S YOUR BIGGEST INSPIRATION AND WHY?
Marlo: My husband and my kids. Being the best that I can be for my family is the ultimate gift both to myself and them. I feel my best when they feel their best.
ACE: WHAT DOES THE TERM “BOSS BABE” MEAN TO YOU?
Marlo: A woman who consistently shows up for herself and others even when faced with adversity. A woman who get’s sh*t done! A woman who follows their passion and won’t let anything or anyone stand in their way. A woman who inspires others to follow their dreams. A woman who shows up or cheers from the sidelines for other women.
ACE: HOW DO YOU EMPOWER OTHER WOMEN?
Marlo: I grew up in a middle class family, paid for the majority of my post secondary education while waiting tables on weekends, and worked hard to build enough confidence to leave my Government job and follow my dreams. My only hope is that I’ve set a good example for others along the way. If you work hard, be yourself, and treat others with kindness good things will come your way. This I know for certain.
ACE: WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED FROM ANOTHER WOMAN?
Marlo: The best advice I’ve received from another woman was to say thank you when you receive a compliment. Don’t follow it up by cutting yourself down, saying something funny or shying away from it. If someone gives you a compliment you should acknowledge it and say thank you. I was 9 years old and I remember it like it was yesterday.
ACE: CAN YOU SHARE THE BIGGEST LESSON YOU’VE LEARNED FROM A FAILURE?
Marlo: You are going to make mistakes along the way, that’s a given. Embrace when things go wrong. Don’t turn your back. Face the music. Learn from it and continue on. I know this sounds way easier than it is. Simply put, the less time you spend worrying about the should’ve, could’ve, would’ve, the more time you have to take action and try again, and that’s where the rewards happen. Growth in learning.
ACE: WHEN YOU ARE FEELING OVERWHELMED, WHAT DO YOU DO TO FIND PEACE?
Marlo: Sweat or sleep! Actually, all problems can be solved after a good nights sleep or a good sweat, ALL!
ACE: WHAT LEGACY DO YOU HOPE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR?
Marlo: Empowering others to live their best lives!
ACE: WHERE CAN WE FIND OUT MORE ABOUT YOU SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO SUPPORT YOU?
Marlo: You can find me at Barre Body Studio (either Calgary location) where I teach and take fitness classes throughout the week, or at the pool, dance studio, rink and park with my kiddies.