This month, we’re celebrating the successes of savvy expatriates and Singaporeans, as well as the setbacks they overcame, to make life better in Singapore in our Expatpreneur Awards 2017.
“Being a life coach and personal trainer was far from being the lawyer I imagined I’d become when I was young,” says Karine Gauthier, Owner, Personal Trainer and Life Coach at Body Temple, an all-female health studio in Singapore.
But her can-do attitude and passion for her line of work is testament to the fact that she’s more than cut out for her job.
Find out more below (and find out how we picked the awardees here)!
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Karine, who studied law in Canada before moving to Sydney at age 20.
Nine years later, in 2004, she relocated to Singapore – this time with husband, Mike; started her first business, Complete Coaching.
While says this calling made her “so much happier,” she admits, “I felt a bit lonely and was craving some sort of partnership.”
Enter Suzanne Bocking, who founded women’s-only gym Body Temple in 2004. Suzanne agreed to mentor Karine while Karine studied to be a personal trainer at the Fitness Institute of Australia.
Fast forward to 2008: Suzanne returned to Oz, and Karine took over Body Temple.
The intimate studio, run by Karine and her team of 12 others, take a genuine interest in women’s well-being.
What she loves about her line of work: “I help women to transform themselves from the inside out.”
Of course, Karine confesses, running a business in Singapore is an ongoing challenge – a key aspect being the “transitional” nature of many expats’ time here.
“We have built a big Body Temple family, and the hardest part for me is having lost so many beautiful trainers and clients, and the holiday season can affect your business.”
Karine likes to see “challenges as an opportunity” to grow and learn. “There’s no such thing as failure.”
She says, “I am not going to pretend that I have the perfect life balance – I don’t think that there is such thing! I do the best I can every day.”
By Sara Lyle Bow, The Finder (Issue 280), March 2017
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