People often ask me why I don't blog more often. There is obviously the issue of time - I just don't have it. More importantly, I don't want to just blog to blog. I need to be inspired, otherwise it gets posted as just a bunch of useless ragtime that I see many other studio owners post just to say they post blogs every so often. I don't always have much to say, but when I am inspired, that is when I feel I have the ability to write and inspire others just the same.
It is probably safe to say that the first 31 days of 2017 have been, by far, my most inspirational month in as long a time as I can remember. It really doesn't have much to do with resolutions or goals, it is more the vibes that, for whatever reason, have completely taken over my life in many ways. If I am being honest, I feel terrible. I am a little over a month away from giving birth for the second time in 14 months. I am exhausted, my body is killing me, I have a hard time getting off the couch without assistance, and I have my 13-month son running around being a 1 year old. I haven't tried to sugarcoat it to anyone, I very much dislike being pregnant. The whole excitement of a new baby on the way aside - I simply cannot be the person I want to be, physically and mentally, when I am pregnant. This is true even moreso this time around. Despite this, the energy around me is beautiful and I can't help but rest my head every night with a smile. It starts with Studio Poise.
January is a month for resolutions - we are always busy in January, but none so much as 2017. Clients have been swarming the classes, the waitlsits, and social media trying to get their workouts in! The energy reminds me of the Fall of 2013 when we first expanded and opened SP2 and our new waiting room. I remember sitting at the desk for the first time with both studios full and hearing instructors other than myself teaching classes. I remember thinking to myself how happy I was that everything I had envisioned for Studio Poise had come true. Several years and major life events later - I sat in the waiting room last night with that exact same feeling. I overheard one woman say to her friend on their way out the door "you just can't get a workout like that anywhere else". If those words aren't a testament to what we are doing, I don't know what is, and I couldn't agree more! Still our same, tiny 2 studios in the basement, the same energy, and in some cases; the same voices. Expansion, franchising, and moving locations are all things that have been baited in front of me many times over the years. In some cases I have tested the waters, but found my love and enjoyment for what I do got lost. I never opened Studio Poise to reinvent the wheel. I opened Studio Poise as a place for women of ALL shapes, ages, sizes, colors, beliefs, and abilities to come and get away from life for a while. There will always be countless facilities for women to workout in, but I truly believe there is NO PLACE quite like SP. I have, at this point, fully invested in my staff. I trust, believe and have no question that they are going to do their job and do it well day in and day out. We are all on the same page, and I just LOVE that. Our nearly 5-year running 6 Weeks to Chic program is full of 13 women who are meshing like no group we have ever had. We finished up 1/2 way measurements this week and the results are astounding! Everyone is amped and can't wait to keep going! We haven't lost anyone along the way, which I must admit, is truly our first. The energy is contagious as soon as you walk in the door, and I have to admit - it has NOTHING to do with me. For the first time, I find myself going to the studio for the same reason all the other women do - to escape, find positivity, and simply forget about life for a while.
So what is going on other than pregnancy? Truthfully, all good things. I cannot complain, I simply wish I was a less hormonal, more functional version of myself through all of this. I can't ZUMBA currently, and it kills me - dance cardio is my heart and soul and without it I'm just bummed out - but I'll be back! Additionally, the ringing in of the new year has presented a lot of change in my life. Obviously, a new baby is on the way, new business opportunities are on the horizon, I am wrapping up the last few classes of my MBA, and still learning how to be a mother and wife. I am scheduled to run my first 1/2 marathon with lululemon in Vancouver this August and in the process of planning my first intensive 100-hour Instructress training this Spring (why? Because the world deserves more GOOD and EDUCATED instructors). I did a maternity photoshoot which was something I vowed I would NEVER do, but ya know what? I didn't regret it and can't wait to share the finished product! We are hoping to move in the Spring - and for anyone who has ever had to move, the idea of the process alone is enough to make your head spin.
Over the course of these past 31 days, I have realized something about life. We are constantly reinventing ourselves. Different life events force us to become different versions of ourselves whether we want to or not. That fall day in 2013 when I sat in the waiting room of Studio Poise for the first time, I was an empowered, single, nothing can stop me, girl boss. Last night, I sat there as an exhausted, depleted, what am I going to cook for dinner, mom, wife, and business woman. Sure, a lot has changed and I love both versions of myself for many different reasons. While the 2013 version sounds much more glamorous and fabulous, she was much more naive and blind to things. The older, less extravagant version, is much more careful, private, and simply smarter. Despite the differences, there is still one constant - Studio Poise.
As always, I thank you #poisenation. Thank you for getting me through this year's first 31 days; thank you for inspiring me; and thank you for the 28 days we are about to slay together!