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About Kylee Claxton

If you’re anything like me, you hate answering the question, “So, what else do you do?” My answer is always the same. My body language changes and I immediately feel like I have to explain the reason why I’m not so much further ahead in life. How silly is that? No one is putting that pressure on me. People are just simply curious and honestly a lot more encouraging and excited to hear what I have to say...some are even ready to offer wisdom and sound advice. Over the last 9 years, I’ve spent most of my time building relationships in the gym. A lot of people know that I used to compete, which was an amazing chapter in my life. These same people see me on most days either working out, training a client, or coaching a class and it’s safe to assume that’s “all I do.” To the ones that eventually ask me THAT question...my answer is always, “Well, I moved here from South Carolina to pursue a career in music. I’m a Singer/Songwriter and a self taught acoustic guitar player (which basically, for me, just means that I play well enough to write a song and let the real musicians actually play it!) Oh and I also do Voice Overs!” Everyone is always so surprised to hear about the other things that I do in my life. When I moved to New York, I started working with some great artists and musicians until Crossfit totally distracted me and I began competing. The time and sacrifice that goes into anything of a competitive nature is all-consuming and I slowly lost the drive for anything else that was in my heart. Even though I knew that I had a huge impact on the lives of those around me, their question made me really start to think about the talent that I might be wasting. So now, I just enjoy working out really hard for myself and finding a balance in the other areas of my life that inspire me. God has blessed me in ways that sometimes I can’t see or don’t immediately realize. But when someone else’s response to my answer is, “Wow, that’s so cool...I’d love to be able to do that”...it really makes me grateful for those things and I begin to understand that they are actually gifts. The point is, I’ve always felt like I was built for something more. I can’t tell you the amount of times my teammates would ask, “where were you?” when we were supposed to be lining up for an event at a competition. I was always in the nearest Porta-Potty praying for God to just let me disappear because I didn’t think I was good enough or that I’d be able to perform how anyone expected me to. And somehow, every single time, by God’s grace and nothing else...I’d get through it. At my last competition, I had a medical emergency that would have a huge impact on mine and my family’s lives. My Mom told me about a conversation that she had with someone who was standing at the foot of my bed while I was unconscious, but we would later learn that there was no one else in the room besides us and the person who was helping me. Mom described this person as wearing “a long gown that never ended” and she asked this person if I was going to be ok? When we were told that there was no doctor in the room, which is who my Mom thought she was talking to, we knew it was an angel watching over me. I believe that with my whole heart. I would go on to finish the competition that day and the rest of the weekend, but I always knew that it wasn’t because of my strength, but because of an immeasurable strength that was not my own. That’s where Isaiah 40:28-31 comes into play. That’s where the seed was planted and the passion for Uplift Clothing Crew began. No matter what we do...there’s more to it...there’s always more to the story. Find purpose in what you do based on the gifts that YOU have been given. We aren’t all given the same desires or strengths, but we can all use our beautiful talents to uplift others. Think about it, what is ability without purpose? The logo for Uplift Clothing Crew was designed to look like the word “Lift” because that’s what I spend a lot of my time doing and inspiring others to do. That’s what most of the people in my world connect me to. But the arrow attached is meant to read “Uplift” which means to strengthen, inspire, and restore. That’s a principal that I want to incorporate into every aspect of my life. The wings are a tribute to soaring high on eagle’s wings and finding strength and power outside of myself...just like the scripture mentions. We were all meant for something deeper. We all have a purpose! I’d be honored to have you in The Crew. After all, we are all Designed to {up-lift}