Today we’d like to introduce you to Rachel Butler-Green.
Rachel, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Originally form the Bay Area, I was born in a single family home in Richmond, California. My mother instilled a strong foundation in God, self-love, and love for others. Like all kids, I had a dream, which was to be to be a singer and a dancer. even though I was in the church choir and would belt out Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston songs in the shower, I had major stage fright for singing. I started focusing on my dance talent, which brought me to Los Angeles with scholarships and grants as a dance and performance major. I was truly able to hone in on my dance skills through Loyola Marymount University, Alvin Ailey, and Los Angeles based dance companies.
In order to continue to create on my own and be able to travel with dance companies, I decided to work for myself. I started a virtual fitness business to help people maintain a healthy lifestyle, and taught dance to kids to inspire them to follow their dreams. I was able to travel nationally and internationally and felt like I was on the proper track for my goals. Then, reality struck hard. My world was completely rocked on April 30th, 2016 when I suffered a massive stroke. Apparently, I was born with an AVM (Arterial Ventricular Malfunction) which caused a brain bleed while teaching a group exercise class in Beverly Hills.
This type of stroke is so rare that it affects less than 1% of the population. I watched my family and friends support me like never before. My system of friends of family, artist colleagues, and my faith in God is what has helped me get through. I was determined not to let this obstacle shatter all my hard work and kill my dreams. It’s not in my blood to let anything stop me, not even a stroke.
Has it been a smooth road?
For the longest, my life seemed like it was on a pretty smooth road. Pursuing your dreams is never easy, however. I had identified my dream, pursued it and intellectualized it, but I still had feared. To a certain extent, this fear paralyzed me. I was coming out of this paralysis when BOOM…. asleep! A stroke put me through 12 days of the most painful sleep of my life, which was in the intensive care unit at Cedars Sinai. I was in and out of consciousness and had head pain far beyond level 10.
This followed with 6 months of intense physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. I even developed post-stroke epilepsy. which put me back in the hospital. The dancer personal trainer had to learn to walk again, think again, and reclaim her life.
On my own, I used to dance, my business skills, my fitness expertise, meditation, and my pitbull all as therapy. My husband was by my side every step of the way, taking care of me, encouraging me, and pushing me. He used his expertise in business and psychology to help with the cognitive struggles I was going through. This actually leads to the birth of my company, Doggy Love. Funny how a series of life-threatening events can lead to a rebirth. I call this time in my life a Stroke of Divine Intervention.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Fit Mindful Body – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I’m a health entrepreneur. I find ways to help people maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. Health is not about having a six pack and a toned backside, it’s about preserving your heart, taking care of your brain, fueling your body with nutritious food choices, implementing mindful practices, and having quality people in your life for support and socialization. I’ve added stroke survivors to my list of personal training clients because I understand the struggle involved when easy things become difficult.
My dog was one of the tools I used to help keep me active. Doggy Love, a tech platform I started that allows people to earn rewards for doing things with a dog, happened when I was looking for ways to stay positive and motivated post stroke. The app keeps you motivated to do the tasks that you sometimes don’t want to do or tend to postpone when you have a dog. I’m extremely proud of this because of this app because it keeps people and dog healthy while teaching proper pet care. This never would have happened if I didn’t go through what I did with my stroke.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Where do I start! I’m a beach and city girl in one. LA has fulfilled me in that aspect. I love that it’s 75 degrees pretty much all year, the entertainment industry is here so I can still get my dance fix from some of the best choreographers in the nation, and Silicon Beach is in my backyard. People watching is pretty cool here too because you get to see a variety of fashion and culture.
Dislikes? The smog and the traffic.
- Website: www.fitmindfulbody.com
- Phone: 310 490 8067
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Rosanna Gamson/World Wide – photo from “Layla Means Night” dance piece