Young Morris entrepreneurs Cate and Tony embrace Empowered Living
“I am truly living my best life in this town.” - Cate Schultz
Cate and Tony Schultz recently celebrated year two of Empowered Living Company (ELC), the CrossFit, yoga and Therapeutic Coaching business they started in Morris.
Considering prior business experience – Cate says “None. Zip. Zero.” – you might say this couple’s journey has been an empowering experience.
Cate went to the University of Minnesota-Morris and never thought she would stay in town. Tony grew up in Morris, went to St. Cloud State University, but always knew he wanted to move back.
“My dad is a business owner,” Tony said, “and I grew up working for him and his partner.” Tony liked how that business was “in charge of their own destiny.” His home town opportunity came shortly before college graduation when a relative wanted someone to take over a local real estate appraising business.
“I had never done anything real estate related, so I met with him to see what it was all about,” Tony said. It didn’t take long to discover his passion for real estate.
Cate grew up in nearby Alexandria. She and Tony met in 2013, were married in 2017. Cate was working part-time at the Morris Chiropractic Clinic when she envisioned a community need: a place for Yoga and CrossFit. But where?
“Tony had purchased a building on Atlantic Ave. for his real estate appraisal business and said he had extra space for my vision. With a little TLC, hard work and motivation, ELC was born.”
Tony says he gets to meet great people with his real estate business who have help mentor them along the way, and Cate has worked with the schools, Community Ed and different fundraisers to become more connected to the community.
“Helping people understand what CrossFit is was a challenge at first,” Cate said. “The community has done a great job of supporting and welcoming me into their circles.”
“Moving to Morris was a blessing in disguise,” Cate continued. “I never thought I would stay here after college. ELC has made me very connected to this community and I have no intention of ever leaving. I found my purpose and my people. There isn’t much more I could ask for!”
“Moving back to Morris has been the best decision I have made,” Tony said. “It has allowed me to stay close with family and friends but has also let to many new friendships.”
Live Wide Open means endless possibilities, Cate said. “Keep your heart and mind open to all that is waiting for you. You do not need perfect circumstances to make a dream happen and you are only limited if you allow yourself to be limited.”
Tony says the phrase to him means to “live each day as if it was your last and do the things in life that excite you.”
If someone is considering a move to Morris, Cate says the town has way more to offer than the population sign shows. “We are a unique community with lots of opportunities for growth and progress,” Cate said. “We are always evolving and creating more. I am truly living my best life in this town.”
Tony agrees. “Morris is a great town with great people,” he said. “There is something here for everyone.”