We had the good fortune of connecting with Cayla Nicely and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Cayla, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I believe that if you have an idea or passion that will bring positivity into the world, then you should start your own business. For me, I knew that I would be successful at starting NICELYFIT because I know my craft, and I love what I do as a personal trainer. This doesn’t feel like a job. While some are able to comply with the traditional 9-5, others need a creative outlet. If you have a good work ethic, starting your own business may give you that opportunity to express yourself creatively and allow you to work outside of the traditional timeframe.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
When I was I college, I knew I wanted to do something that was relative to the body, such as being athletic training, physical therapy, or coaching. After college, I got a job in physical therapy. I was elated about this position because I was about to use the knowledge I had learned in school. The job was fantastic until management changed. Fortunately, I was called for an interview for personal training shortly afterwards. I knew THIS was the job. After a few months had passed, the atmosphere had changed, the death of George Floyd happened and I was physically showing up to work, but mentally I was not there. I remember having a meeting with the owner of the studio and he just couldn’t comprehend why I was feeling so down. My perception of the job changed, and I left shortly afterwards. Of course I reached out to my clients and told them I would not be working at this location anymore. My intentions on telling my clients was not in hopes that they would follow me. I wanted to keep them informed. Fortunately, a few of them decided to say with me.

In the summer of 2020, we started training at Piedmont Park and I ran into this lovely young woman that told me about a location that was taking in trainers. I met Sookie and Soje White, the owners of HEAT ATL. I’ve been training at this location for 1 and a half years and life is grand.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
FRESH FROM EARTH TEA BAR: is an herb shop on the south side of Atlanta that offers high quality blends and great customer service.. PLANTS + COFFEE: a modern take on coffee and floral companions in Glenwood.
LITTLE 5 POINTS: a classic hangout spot off Moreland Ave.
FELLINI’S: a classic pizza joint off Peachtree Road in Buckhead.
BOTANICAL GARDEN: tourist attraction in Atlanta.
And to end the day, we would go to SUBLIME DOUGHNUTS in North Druid Hills. They have the best strawberry cream filled doughnuts in the city… hands down.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to give a huge shoutout to two of the most important people to me. My mom and granny are my biggest supporters. My mom always encourages me follow my dreams and not to follow people, while always staying humble. My granny taught me to always keep God first in everything that I do. Everything else will follow. These two women play a big part in my success, and I’m grateful for the two of them.

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Rydell Tomas Jr.

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