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

Hi Pearl, what do you want people to remember about you?
I would like for my legacy to remain positive and about the power of self love. I would love for people to remember my soul, how deeply I was rooted in spreading knowledge to all whom accepted and needed it. How I genuinely wished well onto others even if they didn’t wish me the same, how my heart remained pure through all of the trials and tribulations I overcame.

What should our readers know about your business?
Swolemate Lifestyle LLC holds such a great space in my heart, because it saved me. In 2018 when I decided to regain control of my weight loss journey I also regained control over my life. I hadn’t realized how much I had lost myself, I fought through many battles with depression and self doubt, but I never gave up on myself. I pushed myself to change what I didn’t like about myself. I taught myself about weight loss, did extensive research, much of which was trial and error but without failure there is no growth. Family and friends noticed my determination and started asking me for advice which in turn started the idea behind “Swolemates” because I felt I had a genuine connection to each and every person I offered advice to in regards to weight loss, or weight/strength training, and dietary changes/recommendations. It pushed me to enroll with ISSA and obtain my certifications as a nutritionist, recovery specialist and personal trainer because I fell in love with not only bettering myself but helping to make positive changes in others lives as well,

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Wow, where to start. I’m not from Virginia, but have been living here now for a little over a year and also am a foodie.. so, I enjoy trying new restaurants on the weekends with my family.

As far as food, I would recommend the boathouse, for good drinks and a fun time, the “Shockoe Bottom” area is a good time on the weekends with friends, for sweets, I love Sweet Spot Cafe in Richmond.

There are so many hidden gems in Richmond, you just have to be willing to find them.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My wife and kids. My wife has supported me in any vision, dream, idea.. in every shape and form. She has always pushed and motivated me to give 100% to my dreams, to push on even when I doubt myself, because I am capable of all that I set my mind to. I also owe a lot of credit to my children, I wanted to be my best self for them, to be around for them so I made changes to be better for not only myself, but them as well. I decided to make a lifestyle change, which changed my mindset, which helped my relationship with myself and others, allowing me to be the best mom and friend I could be to my children, without limitations or fear.

Website: www.swolematelifestyle.com

Instagram: @kingsteff & @swolematelifestyle

Facebook: Swolemates Lifestyle Fitness Journey’s https://www.facebook.com/groups/3518128411547418/?ref=share

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