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

Hi Andrea, do you disagree with some advice that is more or less universally accepted?
“God will never give you something you’re not strong enough to handle.” God allows us to go through hard things that we couldn’t possibly handle ourselves so we have to rely on Him for strength. God is always wanting us to surrender, pray and lean on Him for guidance – especially when we are going through a dark season or one with little hope. It’s so natural for us to try to carry our burden on our own but He challenges us to leave it at the feet of Jesus. Our faith gives us hope, even in the times that seem impossible to look for the bright side.

What should our readers know about your business?
Oh my goodness, no it was not easy! To start, just like anyone else, I had no idea what 2020 would look like as we started our faith & fitness subscription company in the beginning of Covid. We also had been trying to conceive since the year before and I found out I was pregnant at the exact same time! We looked at each other with such joy when we realized we were going to have our first child and launch a start-up in the same year…. but also wondered if it was possible. We agreed that we just needed to trust this was the way God was going to write our story. I never would have guessed the complications that the pandemic would have on both the pregnancy, hiring employees, meeting virtually with our team; we jumped through so many hoops to collaborate and make it work. On the flip side there was also an increasing demand for at-home workouts, which was good news for us. The whole thing was a whirlwind. Speed the story up to now, we have a digital media company that produces 20 faith devotional videos a month, 20 unique workout videos per month, and 40+ written posts to encourage, support and educate our current members. Imagine this big of a life transition coming alongside daily photos and updates at 7, 8, 9 months pregnant, not to mention the postpartum process and actually becoming a mom! As I sit here, my son James just turned 3 months old and the business is thriving. We are filming episodes for our new podcast and interviewing strong movers and shakers in the faith. I’m enjoying adding them as the daily faith talks in bite-sized pieces and uploading full conversations with authors, pastors and friends onto the podcast. What a journey it’s been – I’m learning so much about hard work, running a business with my husband and following my dreams. We are putting every spare moment into it!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If I had a friend in town and they were visiting New York City for the first time, I’d definitely bring them to where I live in Astoria, Queens! We are known for our restaurants, local boutiques, and the ‘end of the subway line’ neighborhood vibe that is rare to find in the big city. I’d take that friend to “The Bonnie” for brunch, a long walk through Astoria Park under the big Triborough Bridge that weaves over the track, pool and basketball courts. I’d next hop on the ferry to take a scenic Citi Bike ride around Roosevelt Island. You’ve got to see the lighthouse on the north end and the concrete south side perfectly lined with trees and statues. Take the tram into the city! Since this is an epic day trip we’re on the move so I assume we need to stop for coffees and snacks at some places but we have to make a pitstop in Long Island City to take pictures with the epic waterfront view of Manhattan. We’d have Pauly Gees Pizza and salads in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and ride our bikes over the Brooklyn Bridge to get the scenic view heading into downtown. The most important thing while exploring the city is having a charged bluetooth speaker to blast Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” to ride over the bridge as you get closer and closer – the view is just absolutely insane! I guarantee that we could fit all these things into one day but if ,my friend wanted to relax and use some time to shop and hang out more I’d make it into a weekend trip and add in a breakfast or lunch at Two Hands Cafe on Mott Street. For a local I totally take advantage of where I live and what there is to do here in New York!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many people that have helped draw out the details and the now reality of Embrace MVMNT. As a dreamer, a doer, and entrepreneur, I’ve always been willing to take big risks and shoot for the stars. I confided in my local church community that I felt like there was a lack of relevant faith and fitness programs on the market. I had a dream of combining online discipleship and Bible Study videos, a “sitting down for coffee” feel; along with daily workout videos that were instructional, beginner friendly and fun! My friends and other leaders in the community asked the right questions, gave me advice and cautioned me in certain areas. My husband has been my biggest support and hype man all along. He was on-board from the beginning to start a company that would fill a void and provide a service we felt so many women could use and grow from. For me, having a daily routine that involved both my faith and fitness has helped me be healthier spiritually and physically – and now I am guiding others to do the same!

Website: www.embracemvmnt.com

Instagram: @ager_bomb @embracemvmnt

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andrea.ager.73/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheAndreaAger

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