I’ve been wanting to sit down and write this post for weeks now but life has seemingly got in the way. Of course the intention was to send this out with our 5 year anniversary email but I was probably off cleaning a toilet in some studio, manhandling a piece of furniture or subbing a class with day old underwear. It’s a miracle if I can brush my hair (side note: I recently had a birthday party to attend and my husband watched as I meticulously and painstakingly applied foundation and mascara, combed and curled my hair while complaining the whole time, “I don’t know how women do this.”) Working ladies, I commend you for doing this every damn day, I don’t know how you put pants on, yet alone apply a full face of makeup. Throw kids into the mix and I can’t even...Moms--you are unsung superheroes that deserve a freaking medal for holding your shit together. Girl Power.
People say to me all the time, “I don’t know how you do it, run three businesses with all you have going on?” Usually I brush it off and say thank you but the truth is, I don’t do it alone and it’s important that you know that. Allow me to explain.
For those who don’t know our story, it’s important that you do. A about six years ago right before I had the idea to start this crazy venture, I was sitting at a desk job miserable in my life. I had overdosed on one too many unhealthy relationships, I was feeling stuck financially-living paycheck to paycheck and emotionally I was all over the place. I remember calling my mom ugly crying every morning on the way to work because my body would physically revolt. Today I couldn’t be more thankful for the shitty relationship, the “okay” job and the fact that I could barely buy groceries because they pushed me to explore the deeper parts of myself.
I started to teaching fitness classes at a local dance studio to help keep my mind (and body) moving. This is where it’s important that you understand that the universe is mysterious and brings very important people into our lives even when we don’t know just how much they will play a key role in our life. That local dance studio happened to be owned by Ms. Angela Beyer, our now Lead Instructor/Master Trainer. Little did I know that 5 years later she would play such a key role in the success of our studios.
As my classes grew at the studio, it was one of the only things that brought me joy during such a tumultuous time in my life. I decided I had nothing to lose and opened our first studio in a sweet little town called Rehoboth. It’s also important that you know I had no idea what I was doing, like at all. Life has a funny way of helping you create what you want, even if you don’t know what you want. As ridiculous as this is going to sound, there were no business plans--only the ones felt deeply inside my being.
Over the next two years I began to see the magic that surrounds us IF WE CHOOSE to rise to the occasion of stepping into one’s own power. I’ve seen an environment of carefully cultivated women express and empower themselves physically, emotionally, mentally and most important spiritually. I’ve met incredible people with stories that need to be shared. Your story is never too boring, too crazy, too unthinkable to be told--you are a brilliant piece of the universe’s creation and your experiences are worth sharing. I’ve been fascinated by countless women who continue to inspire me every single day.
So, if we make it look easy and or glamorous it’s important that you know it’s mostly smoke and mirrors and there are countless players in our game that keep the show running even when things get rough.
To my mom, I am forever grateful of how you raised Kayla and I. Without your knowledge and encouragement we wouldn’t be where we are today. You’ve inspired me to live my life into the unknown and appreciate the gifts and magick of the universe.
To my sister Kayla, my biz partner in crime-you mean the absolute world to me (and you drive me insane too haha) but I couldn’t imagine MBB without you. Thank you for helping me keep it all together when I can’t get my head out of my ass. Your badassery is unrivaled and you are an essential piece of our puzzle and better half of MBB. Your gifts and talents shine loud and hard. I can’t wait to see where they lead you.
To my Dad, I’m so much like you it scares me (and mom too haha) but I am grateful that I somehow got your “go-get-em”. Thank you for sharing your genes with me.
To my husband Shawn, you are an absolute rock in my life and I am so grateful for your support and encouragement. Thank you for understanding my late nights and for being the cook. Thank you for being my on call handyman and psychologist.
To Ms. Angela Beyer, thank you for leading our team of instructors with compassion, kindness and the firmness we all need from time to time. Thank you for giving my silly little barre class a chance.
To Ms. Chantelle Davis-Gray, our marketing guru extraordinaire. Thank you for texting me even when I don’t text you back, whether it’s to check on me and make sure I’m alive or if I need to smarten up and complete a marketing email by its due date. You help keep me on my toes. I’m so proud of all you have accomplished with your Coaching Business and your leap of faith from corporate to freedom.
To Ms. Katrina Idreos, watching you grow as an instructor has been such a beautiful experience for Kayla and I. I am SO proud of you and look forward to your continued success at MBB.
To all my ladies having babies, Tania, Kaci, Kendalyn, Chelsea, Jenny, Meaghan & Jacquie (don’t drink the water around here guys) Thank you for teaching until you are about to literally pop. You inspire us to be healthy mind, body & spirit while you cultivate life inside of you. You ladies are much appreciated and we can’t wait to meet your little ones.
To our entire staff: You are the heartbeat of our studios. Your enthusiasm, dedication, willingness to learn and be open is what makes Mind Body Barre the place that it has become. I am forever grateful for all that you do for us. Watching you live with passion, integrity and excitement for your teaching while deepening your spiritual practice is an absolute honor.
To every single person that may have gone unmentioned, to all the women who inspire me in their fitness studio ventures (Tanya, Julia, Jenny --there are so many of us I want to name you all) to the Patriots Cheerleaders Coach Ms. Tracy Sormanti for teaching me that being on time is late, To the POUND HQ for believing in us as Master Pros, Tony D. for helping a cute little Staples girl make an effing kick ass logo, and to Inspired Technology for letting me call you when there is a problem (guys I don’t recommend trying to install your own sound equipment--I have had sleepless nights over this). To BUTI Yoga for opening our eyes to the world of Yoga and inspiring us into the practice. To Betty & Kevan and everyone at STIL Yoga, thank you for your mentorship.
And lastly, to all of our clients: THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for choosing us. Thank you for your support and for the community you have created within each of our studios. Thank you for your compassion and kindness to each and every one of our instructors and to one another. Thank you for knowing that Kayla and I are crazy enough to run through class in an ice-cream truck or show up wearing sombreros with margaritas and you just go with it. Your sense of humor and openness has allowed us to share in all the gifts you have created in our space.
I can’t believe it’s been 5 years. As we continue to grow, evolve and expand I don’t know what the future will hold but I do know that it was important that you know we didn’t do it alone.
So Much Love,
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