At the age of 13, native New Yorker, Kelli Calabrese wrote in her journal that she wanted to be an exercise therapist. Although she didn’t have an exact idea what that meant, she did know that with a strong family history of heart disease, cancer, obesity, cigarette smoking and alcoholism, she wanted to be far removed from it. She also loved being active and grew up participating in dance, softball, cheerleading and swimming.
By age 22, she had her MS Degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation. She went on to own and operate a chain of successful fitness clubs in New Jersey, manage corporate fitness centers for companies like Calvin Klein and founded a school where she helped to prepare over 3,000 candidates to become certified fitness professionals.
By 30-years-old, she had been married to her husband, Anthony, for seven years, had her son, Nicholas, and was pregnant with her daughter, Melina. She knew the lifestyle of a health club owner would not allow for the kind of mom she wanted to be.
Thankfully, Calabrese’s partner was able to buy her out and she came home with a baby in the bassinet and one on her way; and, began to figure it out.
She started writing for magazines, edited her industry’s-leading magazine, Wellness & Fitness Entrepreneur, spoke at industry conferences, was the lead fitness expert for eDiets, worked with Montel Williams and was interviewed for Jillian Michaels’ position on NBC’s the Biggest Loser.
Following the family’s move to Flower Mound 11-years-ago, Calabrese opened the successful Argyle Adventure Bootcamp, now under the direction of Norma Zitterkopf. She became the international master trainer for Adventure Boot Camp. Her goal was always to work from home to be available for her family, to contribute to her industry on a high level, to help masses of people be healthy and, also earn executive pay; which is rare for fitness professionals.
Four-years-ago, Calabrese was introduced to a nutrition company and it was the missing piece for both her clients’ desired results and also helping others have physical and financial freedom from home. She became a top-achiever in her company and has helped over ten thousand people improve their health and wealth from home.
She and her husband both work from home and love the lifestyle it offers. She is committed to helping others see how this lifestyle of freedom and following your passion is possible. It’s what created the concept of her newest book, “Mom & Dadpreneurs: Stories, Strategies and Tips from Super Achievers in Family & Business.”
Calabrese, with Kyle Wilson of Southlake (the 18-year business partner of Jim Rohn, considered as America’s foremost business philosopher), plus a group of 25 more super-achiever moms and dads, present personal stories from a wide-variety of work-at-home professionals. Included in the contributors are entertainers, realtors, trainers, military, restaurateurs, security, technology, counseling, corporate and other industries. The co-authors also represent traditional, single, blended and adoptive families.
“This book gives hope to both moms and dads in that they have options to work from home and have the ability to develop deep connections with family,” said Calabrese. “It helps show ways parents how they can get creative, turn a hobby into a business, all without having their family getting lost.”
She added that it also means that simple family routines, like sharing meals, are possible. It also lets kids see what their parents do, see ups and downs and encourages kids to take chances.
The book is endorsed by top personal development experts including Brian Tracy, Mark Victor Hansen and Tony Jeary with the forward written by Zig Ziglar’s son Tom.
“Mom & Dadpreneurs” was written to inspire the moms and dads who know there is a better way and who have yet to take that step of faith. Each story includes courage, personal development, hardship, growth and reward. It includes not only feel-good stories, but also stories of addiction, lawsuits, abuse, language barriers, debt, illness, death, difficult international adoptions, messy divorces and the victories that were fought to be earned.
The book went best-seller in 10-categories its first day on Amazon.
In keeping with her commitment, “to help others be their best every single day enjoying faith, family, financial freedom fitness and fun,” she welcomes people to contact her at [email protected].
She also donates one-half of the proceeds from book signings to The Make-A-Wish Foundation.