What is your name? Monique Havenga
Who is someone you admire and why? I admire a lot of people in my life. But do feel that every person I meet and work with has something worth admiring.
Do you have any pet peeves? Don’t get me started! The struggle is real! I hate when I can hear people eat, especially crunchy things. Don’t touch me with your feet…. That’s just gross. When people think I am a gym mommy, just because I get to go to work in gym clothes.
Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about? I’d like to see myself as an artist. I love taking old things and make them new again.
Finish this sentence. On Sunday morning you can usually find me…..out on a run with my bestie, or having coffee in bed catching up with my hubby.
What are you happiest doing, when you are not working? Spending time with my loved ones and going for a run or a workout.
What is your personal motto? Treat everyone with love, kindness and respect.
What is your spirit animal and why? Mmmm… let’s think about this for a second… A spider. When a spider slides in as a spirit animal, it’s time to weave your wishes into reality. You are the maker and the keeper of your own destiny. The spider helps you when you need balance to walk this world with ease.
Do you have any nicknames? My sister calls me Dude, My Hubby calls me Babe, Nix calls me Mon, My friend call me Moniqie, My clients, well…. The butcher, The masochist, The Torturer. (But to this day I really don’t know why? Hehehe!)
What is your definition of happiness? Love, Family, Friends, Doing what I love.
What is the most inspiring part of your job? The fact that I get so see the changes in my client’s life, body and mind. I get to be part of their healing, healthy journeys.
Why did you choose Pilates as a career? I’ve always loved movement. I love physically working with people. And it saved my life! In times of depression and stress it saves me.
Are you more a gatherer or a hunter? Neither, but I can tell you who is a gatherer! Nix! Have you seen that girl setting up for a class? The whole studio gets packed up and moved to her little corner of the world. She reminds me of a squirrel, getting ready for the winter.
Any advice for you previous bosses? …….:-) HAHAHA? Inspire, lead with compassion, encourage growth and just be kind.
What inspires you? I find inspiration in movement, in people, in live, in the unwanted and ugly things life gives. I find inspiration in the struggle.
How would you rate your memory? When it comes to the human body and my job, great! Life not so much. I left home the other morning to go to work, without shoes!
How would you convince someone, to do something you don’t want to do? I don’t know, but I do it for a living.
What is the nerdiest thing you do in your spare time? I read fantasy books, about love, werewolves, vampires, dragons and fairies.
If you had a chance to do a do- over in life, what would you do differently? Nothing everything in my life got me to where I am today. My challenges, my heartbreaks, the people in my life, the good, the bad, the ugly. The bullies broke me, but life moulded me to the strong ass woman I am now.
How did the two of you meet? At work haha, the we just clicked. I love that girl.
Name one thing about your partner, that you have in common? Oh my sooooooo, many things. We both have a passion for life, our careers and chocolate with orange.
What would you want your tombstone to say about you? I don’t want a tomb stone. Throw my ashes in the bin, let my life define me, not my tombstone.
What was one of the most defining moments in your life? Becoming a wife and a mother! Seeing your heart literally running around outside of your body. That is one scary but amazing moment.
What is your strongest personal quality? I don’t know! Sometimes my strengths feel like weaknesses and my weaknesses like strengths.