Behind The Scenes Update

Hi beauties!

Wow, what a crazy few months it’s been. I’ve been so busy creating and running programs that I haven’t had much time to share a personal update here on the blog.

So that’s the plan for today. 🙂

First off, I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who participated in 21 Days of Pilates and made it the incredible, big, and exciting event that it was. I was blown away by how many people joined and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!

And I want to extend a special welcome to all the new members of The Balanced Life Sisterhood. It’s been such a gift to continue this Pilates & balanced living journey with you. 

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March is ALWAYS a crazy month for me and my team. We start planning for it in January and spend a lot of hours working during the challenge to keep it running smoothly. We’re all getting back to our healthy place of work/life balance this month and it feels good.

This month I’m focusing on managing my time in very intentional ways and making sure that when I’m at work, I’m at work (even if I’m working from my bedroom) and when I’m with my kids, I’m with my kids.

I’ve also scheduled self-care into this month’s calendar to make sure that I enjoy down time before diving head first into the next project. Most notably: 2 massages and a family vacation. 🙂

One of the things that I’ve learned about finding a healthy work/life balance is that it’s important to embrace the idea of seasons. March is ALWAYS a crazy month for me. I need more childcare, I work every night on the couch after the kids go to bed, I’m on social media every day, multiple times per day, etc.

But I know it’s temporary, my husband knows it’s temporary…and we know that it’s a season. Keeping that in mind really helps to avoid overwhelm.


Because let’s be honest, there is no way I could keep up that kind of pace year round (nor would I want to). But I can for a month – and I wouldn’t change it for the world because I LOVE hosting free challenges and I love the way they introduce The Balanced Life to women who need this kind of thing in their life! It’s truly an honor. 

Now that the challenge has ended and we’ve temporarily closed enrollment for The Sisterhood, I’m entering a new season.

One that has a little more margin, a lot less urgency, and a little more sleep.

One that I’m intentionally protecting because a busy season will come again soon… (stay tuned and save the date for May/June!)

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And just for fun, here are a few more random things you may want to know:

  • I plan on doing more videos and vlogs here on the blog this year, so stay tuned!
  • My summer Pilates + nutrition program will be back due to popular demand so pencil it in for May/ June.
  • I’ve decided that Twitter isn’t my favorite. So I’m taking a break. But you can still find me on Instagram and Facebook. (Instagram’s my favorite by far).
  • My little guy’s eczema has gotten worse so we are changing up his diet and embarking on a bit of a “gut healing” journey. I plan to share more about what we’re doing soon.
  • For the first time 4.5 years I’m not pregnant or breastfeeding and it feels amazing. I loved breastfeeding, but man, it’s a lot of work. I feel one part free and one part sentimental.
  • I’ve FINALLY started meditating again. And it’s revealed just how badly I need it my life. My brain has too many tabs open. Meditation is helping. 🙂

If you’re still reading…bless you!

I’m so grateful for you guys and can’t wait to share more of what’s ahead with you soon!

xo,

25 Comments
  1. Sophia Ubrani 8 months ago

    Hi Robin!! 🙂 Just wanted to leave a note to say YOU ARE WONDERFUL!! Thank you so much for inspiring all of us and for keeping it real and always down to earth 😉 In every workout, you can sense your happy full of life energy and that is a big part to what makes starting the day with your workouts something so precious and fun to look forward to. After following the 21 Days of Pilates and continuing with this month’s workouts, you have helped me build confidence and consistency and slowly I’m starting to feel like I’m standing taller both with confidence and from an increasingly growing core strength! 🙂 Love your modifications in each workout and especially that you never make us feel bad that we can’t do a particular movement (yet!). I love how you say you have to see how your body feels today! Because that’s life, some days you are strong and others a little more muscle shaky haha but like you say always keeping that “grace over guilt” approach 🙂 Thank you for all that you have shared it is a total blast 🙂 – Sophia 🙂

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      Robin Long 8 months ago

      Wow, thank you Sophia! What a thoughtful and encouraging note! I’m SO happy to hear how great you’ve been feeling! Keep going! It will only get better and better. 🙂 xoxo

  2. Natalie Borton 8 months ago

    Loved reading this little check-in post! Glad you’re slowing things down and feeling good!

  3. Katie Haines 8 months ago

    Hi Robin! This concept of seasons in our lives totally resonates with me.

    Over the past couple years, I’ve really embraced the natural ebbs and flows of working out and eating well. It’s so not about being perfect! And, when we let go of trying to get it ‘just right,’ we can find our flow and move forward (faster, sometimes).

    There are times when I’m rocking meal planning and prepping and eating well. And, there are other times when I’m busy and it just doesn’t get done and I eat more frozen pizza than I’d like.

    But, it’s all good. It’s all a part of it. We take a deep breath, embrace the season we’re in and do what we can, right? 🙂

    Loving the Sisterhood and the workouts!

  4. Camille English 8 months ago

    You have had a lot on your plate lately Robin. Being a Mom is a job in itself so adding an actual job in the mix stretches us out too thin at times. I know this from my own experience. I am working full-time and would much to rather be at work only part-time too have more time to be Mom and wife. I love my job as a Physical Therapist Assistant but I feel stretched too thin. Yet, even in this blog post you are still inspiring me. I love where you said you have “too many tabs open”. That is exactly how I feel. Nice to know I am not the only one! I will have to find some time to meditate. My favorite meditation is studying God’s Word. Thanks for all you do. It is worth all your hard work. As a side note, good luck with the eczema. My 10 yo has suffered with it since she was 3 mos old.

  5. Rachel Showers 8 months ago

    I saw you Instagram story about self-care and made the decision to indulge in a day of self-care while in Thailand. Morning was for my mind and soul…volunteering at an elephant sanctuary. The afternoon was physical care. I hate, HATE, pedicures! But I did it. My mind may have been unhappy but my feet were grateful. Then to an herbal steam room and detoxification body scrub and aromatherapy massage. My therapist even did my hair afterward! A cup of relaxing ginger tea was also provided for detoxify me internally. Then I treated myself to a drink and appetizers. It was a perfect way to end the 21 Days of Pilates and a rough 10 days serving in sweltering heat and humidity.
    Thank you for encouraging women around the world to care for themselves. We don’t do it as often as we should or deserve.
    Hope you have a wonderful, restful, fun filled family vacation.

    • Sarah Stoll 8 months ago

      What a wonderful way to end the 21 Days of Pilates challenge, Rachel – sounds lovely! 🙂

  6. Sara Masura 8 months ago

    I love that you’ll be posting more on the blog….love all you post for us! And I love the idea of ‘seasons’, totally fits and is a perfect way to either manage some temporary stress or whatever may be going on. I truly appreciate all you and your team have put together on this site. As a newcomer I’m soaking it all in and absolutely loving it. I’m very excited for May/June and what you have in store for us. I too am inclung some self-care in my life and have a facial and pedicure this weekend….yay! Enjoy your massages, I need another one myself sometime soon, and wish you all the rest and fun for your family vaca. 🙂

    • Sarah Stoll 8 months ago

      Enjoy your facial and pedicure, Sara! We are so glad to have you here! 🙂

  7. China 8 months ago

    I’m so grateful for the sisterhood and for the encouragement and balance I feel each time I open a post or complete a workout. I too feel like I have WAY too many tabs open in my brain. I hope you will share a bit more about meditation.

  8. Jenny Hellman 8 months ago

    Too many tabs open!! I totally know that feeling! And honestly doing pilates is a little like closing a bunch of the tabs for me since I have to focus on making sure I’m doing the moves right, so thanks for the break from the rushing mind :).

  9. Mary Rogovin 8 months ago

    I just did the April towel workout for the first time – love it! So grateful to have found you through last month’s challenge and very happy to be part of The Sisterhood. I didn’t think I could work (almost) daily Pilates into my life, but you’ve made it doable – and fun! Glad you’re finding your balance again – it’s important for you and your family (and for us 🙂

  10. Chantel Kindblade 8 months ago

    I’m excited to hear more about “gut healing” and eczema. I (out of nowhere it seems) have got in on my face about a month ago and I can’t get it to go away. It’s really embarrassing being that it’s on my face. My 10 month gets in on his cheeks here and there but aquaphor usually helps his heal.

    • Betsey Smeenge 8 months ago

      Robin & Chantel – I too am so excited to hear about your eczema healing journey with your little guy! I struggled with eczema as a child and it made a comeback in college, during a particularly stressful semester. Mine is limited to behind the ears and around my eyes, which is embarrassing during a flare up. I have tried just about every topical therapy with little success and finally have it under control (at least for now) after fighting the last 5 years. After using steroid therapy for way too long, the only thing I’ve found that truly takes it away is “Yes to Coconut – Hydrate and Restore Ultra Hydrating Facial Mask.” I use a variety of other facial moisturizers on a daily basis, but none of them truly reverse the eczema. Because my flare ups mainly occur in the dry, cold Michigan winters, I also sleep with a humidifier. I have strongly considered the ‘gut healing’ method, so I eagerly await hearing how it works for your family! Hoping to learn some new strategies for whole body health. Best wishes!

  11. cej 8 months ago

    Having had full body eczema as a baby and curing it with a formula change, I would point you in the direction of food with one caveat: an elimination diet will help heal but the ever changing face of an overly active immune system will leave a person feeling like they are playing wack-a-mole at an amusement park. The major offenders are usually consistent and worth attending to/eliminating. But at some point, it gets crazy and consuming to chase down everything. Especially when ‘everything’ fluctuates.

    A combination of antihistamines and mast cell stabilizers is supportive. Even a little topical steroid (can give it the final extinguishing “thrust”) Gut health is important for everyone and worth pursuing.

    A solid naturopath (in a state that licenses them & with good credentials) could create some options, especially natural alternative to prescribed options, and is worth the investment to get the above done without creating the stress with trying things and maintenance.

    In the end, kids usually out grow out of excema in their teens. Many see a return to it in the 2nd, 3rd decade.. There is a risk of allergies and asthma development. All the more reason to get on top of it earlier.

    Lastly, Vit D: adequate sunshine during UVB rays BEFORE sunscreen does wonders for the skin. Vit D supplementation takes out the processes that happen in the skin AND it’s level in the blood stream is half the time of when produced by the sun.

    • Sarah Stoll 8 months ago

      Thank you for these wonderful recommendations, Cej!

  12. Aleesha Voight 8 months ago

    A big thank you or being so real! I can really relate to you and your guidance 🙂

  13. Sandra 8 months ago

    I’m bummed about twitter as I am trying to stay off of Facebook but it sounds like you have your priorities in order 🙂 Just reading this post brought me calm (and reminded me to stop and take self care and meditate).

  14. Nicky Pender 8 months ago

    Robin, I love your workouts, even if I don’t actually manage to do all of them all the time! Thank you so much for the clarity you bring to your video sessions – they are extremely helpful x

  15. Ashley E.M. 8 months ago

    Very much needed to hear this and feel very honoured to hear your story, Robin. Thank you for being a support and role model to us. We’re as much here for you as we are for each other in the Sisterhood. xo

  16. Elisabeth Callahan 8 months ago

    Thanks so much for this check-in Robin!
    I hear you on ending breastfeeding. It is both so freeing AND a bit sad!!!

    I am a new member here (since the last 21 days of Pilates) and am enjoying myself so far! Thanks for these great workouts, especially the short ones that I have no problem fitting into my busy days.

    Enjoy your well-deserved margin. 🙂

  17. Lauren 7 months ago

    I feel like my brain also has too many tabs open! I would be interested in what you do for meditation? Not quite sure where to start…

    • Sarah Stoll 7 months ago

      Hi Lauren! Robin recommends the Head Space app for those looking in to starting meditation! 🙂

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