Getting to Know Joelle Gosda

CARING | HONEST | DRVEN
These are the core values that we hold as a staff and coaching team.

Joelle is incredibly passionate about taking care of people. She is willing to learn and open to anything that will improve her current skill set.

“Not only is Joelle the one who has dramatically stepped up the social media game at The Hill but she is also the smiling face who greets everyone each night. I have had the absolute joy of getting to know Joelle and her family over the last year plus at The Hill.

I have also witnessed Joelle’s care and compassion for people shine through in quiet moments when our members need a sympathetic ear after a hard day, a hard week or even a hard year. We are incredibly grateful to have Joelle as a member of our fitfam and we are very excited for her to welcome the newest member of her fitfam.”

-Matt

Let’s get to know Joelle…
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
All I wanted to be was a mom and a singer.

Where did you grow up? I was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin.

Favorite class or activity in high school? I was surprised to win the Fine Arts Award for my class. If it was music related I did it all. Musicals, plays, played the trombone in jazz band, pep & marching band, and french horn in concert band. Competed at all the state singing competitions, madrigal choir and plays, and show choir. I was even in the A/V club with all the greasy awkward boys, running cameras and teleprompter. And sometimes they’d let me fill in to report the daily school announcements.



In high school known for? I was known for playing the Innkeeper’s wife in Les Miserable my Junior year. I played opposite one of my best friends and we were disgusting. It was so much fun.

Most interesting part time job? My first real job was at a Movie Magic video rental store. VHS & DVDs for rent when that was a thing.

Movie you can quote? Don’t sit next to me while watching My Big Fat Greek Wedding unless you want a quote-along. One of my favorite lines is, “Keep your mother off my lawn, out of my basement and away from my roof!!”


Got any hidden talents? I’ve been practicing the baritone uke for a few years. And I have a handful of original songs that I’m always working on. Also I know way too much about Star Trek, Harry Potter, and I’m ashamed to admit…Twilight.

What do you like about KC? I like how the history of KC has shaped the present. It was the gateway to the West.. and ever since moving here in 2012 I feel the “land of opportunity” spirit in the air.

Your Job Title at The Hill: Social Media Curator & Front Desk Lady
How & when did you get connected to The Hill? Caitlin is a friend and told me about the front desk job. She encouraged me to put in my resume and I was lucky enough to join the team in November of 2017.

How long have you been the Social Media Curator?
I’ve been running the social media for The Hill since January of 2018. Matt saw my potential and created the role for me.

How do you approach creating content for Social Media @thehillkc? It’s all about our Athletes. You guys are so much fun to celebrate! When I look around the gym I see so many stories of ordinary people overcoming challenges and improving their lives. It’s continually inspiring. I see them helping and encouraging each other every day.

What do you love about your job?
I love our team.
We are growing together and it is so much fun to see how each one brings their talents and shares their struggles. We support each other. We learn from each other and are free to try new things. Plus I just like each of them a lot.


I love our members.
I love how our community has proven over and over that they are so willing to serve others and give back to Kansas City. When we ask, you show up and it makes a difference for real people.


I love CrossFit.
I am a socially motivated athlete. In highschool the most active I was while playing on the volleyball team. I loved that it required us to play as a team (bump, set, spike!) and being a setter was so fun. But I dropped it when it started to conflict with musicals. CrossFit at The Hill feels like a team sport. You never workout alone and the Coach is right there setting the goal and helping you win. This is the most I’ve ever worked out in my life. I am proud of how consistent I’ve been and the skills (and muscles ha)  I’ve gained. 

When I took the front desk job, I had never touched a barbell and had to google what a ‘WOD’ was. All the coaches were so patient and encouraging to me as, not just a new member of the team, but a brand new CrossFitter too.

What’s something you wish everyone knew about health and fitness? You don’t have to feel stuck. You don’t have to run in circles. You can see your body and your view of yourself change. And you don’t have to figure it out alone.
What is something you are working on improving as an athlete personally?
Now that I am pregnant and my body is changing, I’m working on being confident that no matter what the workout says, there will be a modification that I can do with the class. I don’t have to do the same thing as everyone else. I just have to keep moving and listen to my body (and to the baby’s kicks!).
What are you looking forward to? I’m looking forward to meeting the new little person that I’m growing, this summer. And I’m looking forward to seeing who I’ll be next year. I can’t imagine her or her life no matter how hard I try. Life in general and especially parenthood, is an act of surrender and sacrifice that requires you to live and do your best with the 5 minutes you’re in. 
Anything else you would like to share with The Hill family? When I think of you, I am filled with gratitude and joy. I love you all. And having the honor of celebrating you is one of the best jobs I’ve ever had.





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