In our Q&A series, we like to get to know our #FlyberyWomen. From brand owners and designers, to health and fitness instructors; we love to hear about the hopes, dreams and inspirations behind the labels and the lifestyles.
This week, we caught up with Who Am I? competition winner and dancer Emily Monk aka itsapetitelife. We were blown away by Emily's story and inspired by her grit and determination to make it in a competitive industry. We chat all things dancing and breakfast with the girl who never stops!
Hey Emily! Can you tell us a little bit about you and what you do?
Hello, i’m Emily. I’m 24 years old and a born and bred Yorkshire girl who now lives in London. I’ve been dancing since the age of 1 and I’m pretty sure I could dance before I could walk! I moved to London at the age of 17 to pursue a career in performing where I trained for 3 years in Musical Theatre. Since graduating in 2014 i’ve been fortunate enough to have travelled the world performing onboard cruise ships & pantomimes throughout the UK. I’m also a barre instructor at Barrecore and run my blog itsapetitelife.co.uk alongside this where I discuss all things fitness, beauty & lifestyle.
What's your favourite sport?
I think this may be an obvious one, but dance! Some say dancing isn't necessarily classed as a sport but I believe all dancers are athletes. I did also used to love running! I was a super fast sprinter & held the record for 7 years when I was at high school for both girls & boys in the 100m race.
Tell us a bit about your journey to where you are today?
As I said previous i’ve been fortunate enough to have worked in the performing industry on and off since graduating but it hasn’t all been quite so smooth. All industrys are difficult in their own right, but I feel the performing industry is in a league of it’s own. You’re constantly moved from contract to contract, sometimes with long periods in-between. During those periods you need to keep yourself busy and active, which is when I discovered my love for fitness and wellness, and when itsapetitelife came about. I started sharing content on instagram of workouts I’d be doing in my living room, tips and tricks I’d picked up though performing of how to keep yourself feeling fit and healthy. I soon realised I really enjoyed doing this so decided to create my ‘official’ blog. It was through instagram that I realised a transition from performing into fitness would be a perfect career change as unfortunately you can’t be a dancer forever. I then discovered Barrecore, auditioned to become an instructor and I truly believe that this was the best thing that could have happened to me and i’m so excited to see where this will take me in the future.
So why It's a Petite Life?
When I decided I wanted to start my 'instablog' if you like, I knew I wanted to talk about fitness and health but I also wanted to share my day to day life which would have classed be more as a lifestyle blogger as I didn't then have my niche. So quite simply I just thought "It's about my life, i'm petite, it's a petite life!" And that's how I came up with the name and it's stuck ever since. In the future I'm hoping though my blog, to create more of an awareness around petite women as I still feel we're overlooked in the performing and modelling industry. I'm hoping I can change that.
What inspires you to be the best version of you?
It’s difficult to say what inspires me. There has never been an individual who I felt inspired to be like. For me, as a child, I would watch the older girls dancing and I would think “I want to be that good, I want to do what they do”. I was never one to just sit and watch, I would always want to be up on the stage dancing and performing. The buzz and the love that I feel each time i’m on a stage or performing is all the inspiration I need. And now i’m also inspired by all the wonderful bloggers out there who create such wonderful content whether it through a written post or YouTube. Seeing others create such amazing work inspires me to keep pushing and keep doing what I do.
What motivates you?
What motivates me is the fact that the feeling that inspired me all those years ago, is still very much with me. The fact that i’ve been doing what I do for 23 years but I still get just as excited as I used too. But now it isn’t just in performing, that love has spread across to when i’m creating blog posts or teaching my clients in the studio. I still have that same buzz and love it so much. The added bonus now is seeing the results, whether they be in myself, the audience or in the faces of my clients.
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What does a typical day for you look like?
A typical day when i’m not on a train to work at 7am, would begin at around 7:30. Both my fiancé & I wake up at around the same time so we’ll just lie for a while & discuss the day ahead. I’ll then go & do my morning beauty routine which I have to do as soon as I wake up. I always start my day with a pint of water, a vitamin C, a big mug of tea (coffee if I really need it). My fiancé & I are obsessed with Orange Theory at the moment which is a fitness studio connected to the David Lloyd gym we go too, so we head there for 9am & do their 60 minute class to start our day off on the right foot. We’ll then head back home & have a big hearty breakfast. The rest of the day is always different. Because I get to make my own hours at the moment, I have a few days a week where I only need to leave the house if i’m going for a workout or meeting a friend. Otherwise my days are spent teach at Barrecore, creating content for my blog, shooting for instagram, going along to classes & then of course auditioning when they come along. I like to head back to the gym in an evening to slowly wind down by using the steam room & sauna. I like to be in bed for 10pm ready to sleep at 10:30 as my life is super active & I perform my best when i’ve had a decent sleep.
Coffee or tea?
Tea, without question. I’ve only really started to enjoy coffee over the past year or so but with being a Yorkshire girl, I stay true to my Yorkshire tea.
If you're not working out what are you doing?
I’m either sat in bed catching up on YouTube & writing blog posts, or i’m cleaning. A bag full of Dettol wipes would be the perfect gift for me! I’m obsessed with keeping the kitchen units crumb free & hoovering the floor. I’m pretty sure I hover at least 6 times a week. Is that crazy?!
Tell us something about you we don't know…
I haven’t done it in a few months but I can walk on my hands from one end of a studio and back again!
What's your favourite breakfast?
Ah breakfast! Breakfast is without a doubt my favourite meal of the day. I’m constantly mixing between two which is either porridge topped with raspberries & blueberries, sprinkled in flax seeds and drizzled in honey or, mashed avocado and spinach on Warburton thins, seasoned with pepper, two poached eggs and topped with chilli flakes. Ultimate blogger breakfast right there!