On August 27, 2005 I boarded up my house and my business, Ultimate Fitness, and then loaded up the car with three days worth of clothes and headed north. Two days later in New Orleans the 17th Street Canal broke. My home of four months situated three blocks from the canal was under water. My business, five blocks from where the waters stopped rising, suffered minimal damage.
Six weeks later I returned to New Orleans with no place to live, stuck with a mortgage payment, renovation payments, and working in a business that was showing a negative cash flow. I decided to try to keep the first business going and explore that option of opening a second business, Kelly Personal Training, in another city that did not flood. I spent months scouting out locations in various cities in the South and decided on Austin.