I’m getting so excited for the kickoff of #MindBodyMat next week. I hope you are too!
I’ve been working hard to create the best workouts and challenges to help you care for your body and mind over the next 3 weeks.
In the meantime, I have something on my heart that I want to share…
I want you to know how much I appreciate you.
I know there are thousands of other blogs out there and the fact that you show up here, read my posts, do my workouts, and join in this community means the world to me.
I’m not sure how many of you know that this is my full-time job. I teach classes and train clients in-person, but the majority of my time, energy and resources go into this website and my online programs.
I stay up late, I wake up early, I power through during nap time.
I spend hours upon hours creating programs, writing blogs, interacting on social media and coming up with new ideas to spread my passion for Pilates and living a guilt-free, balanced life.
And so when you show up, my heart is fills to the brim. I truly believe that this is what I was created to do, and I could not do it without you. So, thank you.
I am SO grateful that you are here. I am so grateful that you’ve chosen this path and chosen to support The Balanced Life when there are so many other options out there.
As The Balanced Life has grown over the past year, I’ve had my first taste of unfortunate business situations (ideas stolen, content copied, etc.), which has been quite disheartening. But when I think about this amazing, unique community and I am able to let it all go.
Because nothing compares to this group of Balanced Life Beauties, and you are the reason I do what I do.
I’m passionate about helping you stay healthy when you have a lot on your plate; about encouraging you (and me) to ditch the guilt and improve our self-talk.
I’m passionate about helping others build confidence and resist the pressure from culture to be skinny and “perfect.”
To be honest, it’s hard to make it big in this arena without hopping on the “get skinny fast” train. At every turn there is an opportunity to sell out – to promise you that you can “lose 10 lbs in 5 days,” or that you can look like Jennifer Aniston by doing one perfect exercise.
That stuff sells. But I’m not going to sell it.
And I will keep fighting this battle. I will keep going against the grain even if it means I won’t be published in People magazine with the “secret to a perfect body.”
I am grateful for each and every one of you. I read every comment here on the blog, on Facebook and on Instagram. I read every tweet and see every retweet. I see you, I appreciate you, and I want you to know that your support means more than you probably know.
As any blogger knows, when you put yourself out there and choose to be vulnerable, every piece of support feels like a giant bear hug and a chance to breathe again.
So before we head into this next online challenge, I just want you to know how grateful I am for you. I believe this community is special and has the opportunity to change the way women all over the world relate to their bodies and health & fitness as a whole.
Let’s keep fighting the good fight.
Together, we can change the conversation.
This isn’t about me, it’s about us.
Together we can change the incessant pressure to be perfect for ourselves and for the next generation that is growing up in a culture filled with unrealistic expectations and constant comparisons.
Thank you, beauties. You mean the world to me.