My name is Marianne Kane and this is my safe place where I share my experiences, lessons and fitness workouts: a journey to find my purpose and be fit for it.
A wee bit about me: I’m a Northern Irish home bird who somehow ended up travelling the world. Didn’t see that one coming!
Originally, I created myomytv to share my fitness journey and workouts with the world, but it kinda evolved into me sharing my fitness-for-life journey. I started realising that I can’t single out one area of life and expect happiness or contentment to grow from it. Quite frankly I find it hard to see meaning in anything until all of me is on board. I can’t be happy in my fitness training if I am not doing it for the “right” reasons; instead of training for some arbitrary number, for example, I want to train to celebrate and honour my body because I am grateful for who I am and what I can do. Do I get it right all the time? Nope! But that is part of the exploration of life. It is these ups and downs that I feel prompted to share, because talking about the things that challenge me in order to help someone else brings me a sense of purpose.
You might want to know a little more about my background, so let’s begin with my professional journey:
In terms of academic achievement, I received a First Class Honours BSc in Nursing and I am now a Registered Nurse. For 7 years I worked in Cardiac Surgery and I recently decided to resign from my post to pursue my passion for blogging, coaching, and seeing what life looks like when you take a few risks and step out of your comfort zone.
When I started myomytv (myo-mytv.com back then) I was pretty new to training and I just seemed to take to it. Of course at first I thought I knew more than I did, but the longer I did it, the more humbled I became by how much I had to learn! But I was good at it and my blog has allowed me to connect with people in a way I never thought possible. Over time I naturally gravitated toward Personal Training (with Certificates in Extreme Kettlebell Training and Olympic Weight-Lifting). I have been lucky enough to learn from some of the most renowned Trainers in the world, including the talented Kettlebell Master Steve Cotter (IKFF). Back in 2011, I was an original Co-Founder of the Female Fitness Authority, Girls Gone Strong and, also in 2011, I had the honour of seeing my work listed as one of the Top 10 Workout Videos on YouTube by SHAPE. And in 2013 I co-founded the awesome membership site Get Glutes where myself, Bret Contreras and Kellie Davis helped hundreds of women get strong and beautiful curves in all the right places, while gaining confidence in what they could do.
Early in 2014, after my wedding to Jonathan Fass, I went all out and invested my energy into myomytv full-time. Life, however, became more crazy as I moved to Saudi Arabia to be with my husband during 5th and final year there. And during that year I became ill and was unable to fulfil the dreams I had for my blog and online personal training.
In early 2015 we moved to New Jersey, USA. While it has taken us a long time to adjust to life in the USA (especially Jonathan having been in the middle east for 5 years) we are now settled and happy here with our 4 wonderful Fur-Rescues from Saudi. Our beautiful but emotionally challenged Canaan dog, Sandy, and our 3 amazing cats: Dusty, Mud and Sunny.
It is only now I feel the haze has cleared and I can finally refocus on my passion for sharing life’s ups and downs. It is now I realise why I do this: Over the years I stayed fit because I thought that in itself would add value to me and bring me happiness, approval, and significance. But now I feel somewhat differently: It’s about being fit for purpose. Knowing that your value is there no matter what, but your goal is to use your gifts to enrich the world. Taking care of your body helps facilitate that.
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