We had the good fortune of connecting with Adina Beaudry legally (but soon to be Hornstra) and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adina, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Work life balance has always been something I need to work on the most. Before having my son, or husband and business, I had an easier time. It was pretty easy to just go to a job, come home and train at the gym and plan side gigs half heartedly. But when my coach became my boyfriend (now husband), I thought this would only improve my training. I now have a live in fighting coach heck yes! But this ended up completely changing our dynamic. We picked training over date nights, and UFC reruns instead of movies. It was fun at first (and great for my mma training) but we realized we needed to separate our coaching from our love life.
After we had our son things changed again and it still is a constant battle to find balance. Between mom life, relationship work, owning a landscaping business, starting an even design company, coaching and training, my life is a bit busy and crazy. Throw in a pandemic and you get disaster. But with some time and effort it will be even more balanced. I found the one part I neglect most is personal time for myself. Work and family are easy to prioritize, but I haven’t had a girls night or date night since September hah!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I think my biggest trait is that I really am a jack of all trades. I love learning new thigns and constnalty have side gigs and goals that are complete contradictions.
If I could pin point my two biggest passions they would be:
Fighting and martial arts / fitness.
Event Design and planning
I love fighting and working out. It quite literally saved me. I have a lengthy background with mental illness and eating disorders. If I never found karate at age 14, I would have probably found drugs instead. It changed me so much for the better. And when I took a break from fighting in college, I found lifting weights. And that lead me down a road of so much more bod love and happiness. I became competitive in those sports too. When I returned to my fighting I had even more experience and fitness ability. And now all I want to do is help other women find their passion in fitness. Not everyone wants to fight in a cage. But we can all use some heavy bag sessions. I love making people smile in that aspect.
Event stuff is my creative side. I have been an artist my whole life (which is also why I call myself a martial artist instead of fighter). I love the art world, and I also love a good party. Watching people express themselves and dance and talk is so amazing to me. And if I am the one that is hired to make an elaborate party come to fruition, it lights me up. I a only getting started in this adventure. I will say I am very talented when it comes to creating props and event decor. I can really transform a space, and make a theme come to life.
My challenges for both will always be my mental health. I have never viewed myself as worthy. So just as I am about to do some amazing things, I shut down. I also have a hard time with time management. Sometimes with myself spread so thin, I can’t focus on the task at hand. And then I end up just baking in the kitchen in a panic lol.
I want the world to know that I am not just a fighter. I am not just another event planner. I am creative and strong and super different. I am just me.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am in Hampton NH.
If we re talking about summer time. We are going to the beach for sure. I would take us to get acai bowls at Hampton Nutrition and show them my new training studio down stairs where I run women’s classes. Hampton beach has a ton of stuff. So if it’s an active visit maybe some surfing or paddle boarding. Or I would be the weird friend to bring kettlebells and bands to the beach and get a boss workout on the sand.
Drinks would be at Bernies or Instabar since they are really cute and fun places to be.
Food places I love to go are:
Hampton Nutrition for their awesome healthy things, KBs bagels right on the beach (they have ice cream too), Hampton Thai House restaurant, Santiagos (bomb upscale Mexican), Bernies has some really good food too.
If it is during Fall we are picking apples and pumpkins at Applecrest and then I am forcing Halloween adventures on you.
I would also say visiting Portsmouth is a great time. There are tons of cute shops and food. Like Pocos.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My many gyms would be a start. Nostos, Port City BJJ, Evolution Athletix
I have many mentors and people I look up to at these gyms.
Without them I wouldn’t be who I am or where I am.
I have been in the athletics world for over 15 years and it is the reason I am me.
My Husband Keegan Hornstra. He always believes in me when I do not. Even when we fight, he still has my back.
I honestly could list a thousand people for this. Every person has some sort of moment that made me, me. Fighters, friends, teammates, opponents. Everyone has given me a memory and piece of themselves that helped me become a better me.
Other: You can check out my event business here: themeitoutevents.com
Meghan Murphy Photography