Last Wednesday, I made the trip to Nashville for the annual Pure Barre conference. The conference is attended by (almost) all of the current franchisees across the country. To say things have been busy lately would be a huge understatement, but then I am quickly reminded how blessed I am.
The ride out to Nashville was quite picturesque, which made the drive go much quicker than five and a half hours. Once we arrived, there was lots to do before all of the owners started to arrive the next day.
On Friday, quite the large group headed to take Pure Barre together. It was definitely the biggest Pure Barre class I had ever been a part of…
We made it a little more than halfway through class, when Mother Nature decided to turn our sunny skies into a down pour. I think the best part of the class was when it started raining…we definitely could’ve done with out the complete downpour, but hey, a handful of us stayed all the way through!
Over the years, I’ve met some amazing women at countless classes and trainings. These two lovely lil ladies will always hold a special place in my heart since Pure Barre Charleston is where I got my start…
“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.” – Oprah Winfrey
Ahhh, more talk about Pure Barre?! Sorry (sort of). There are other things that matter to me too — don’t you see all my fattening food pics?! I am definitely aware that my job does consume a lot of my time. Like with any job, there’s going to be ups and downs. Good and bad. Hopefully more good than bad. Most importantly, hopefully at the end of the day it is all worth it. I love the positive moments that happen throughout the week that help cancel out some of the not so positive moments.
This past Saturday morning was one of those FOR SURE. After a long week (what week isn’t long), I was a little nervous as I set my alarm for 4am as I went to bed on Friday night. I’m sure it was after midnight, but we can pretend that it was Friday night. I actually woke up wide awake at 3:45am and was torn between falling back to sleep for another 15 minutes or just getting up. You know how awful you usually feel if you just fall asleep for a short amount of time. I didn’t know if I could risk it. Honestly, I don’t even remember what I ended up doing.
Anyways, I grabbed a LaraBar and my room temperature Red Bull and started to get myself together. A normal person would’ve had their Red Bull in the fridge, but I refused the keys to the Mini Fridge. I can’t have that kind of temptation in my life. After getting myself together, I made my way to Pure Barre White Bridge where I would be teaching 18 owners from across the country. I always love teaching a class to all teachers. Mainly because you’re in a room with people who are just as obsessed as you are. This was the first time I taught to all owners. This was even more exciting. Not to mention it was a class that they have never taken before (more on Pure Barre Platform soon).
“I get nervous when I don’t get nervous. If I’m nervous I know I’m going to have a good show.” – Beyonce Knowles
One of my favorite things about teaching, is that 99% of the time I still get this nervous feeling before I go into teach. My heart rate goes up. I’m talking quicker (is that possible?). I have 80 things running through my head. I head into the room, put the headset on, make sure the music is on…and then get the party started. Even after over four years, this feeling still hasn’t gone away…and I hope it never does.
You know the moments in life that make you feel so A-L-I-V-E? It may be one sentence that someone says to you. A commercial that changes your life. A really big moment that is just so unforgettable. Whatever it is…and whenever they happen…it’s so important to just stop for a moment or two and be truly grateful for what just happened.
I’m sure 0 out of the 18 women that were in that class on Saturday morning will read this, but I am shouting it out to you all — THANK YOU!!! I would say that class gave me chills, but I was too busy sweating the whole time. After teaching, I decided to take and I’m not sure that I ever tried harder in a class than I did. I was just SO pumped up. After teaching and taking, I didn’t want to leave. I lingered around for a while and finally just went and sat in my car. I felt like I could run a marathon. Instead, I called my Mom (who didn’t answer) and headed to get avocado toast and a smoothie…
Smoothie not pictured. 😦
I kept thinking, I want to relive Saturday morning again and again. And, there’s no reason I can’t. Just let the positive outweigh the negative. I saw this the other day on my friend’s Instagram and literally laughed out loud:
Speaking of Instagram, I saw another post that captured my Sunday night perfectly. After the Pure Barre class in the park, Pure Barre Platform class and then getting a little too serious on a mechanical bull, I left Nashville feeling like I entered a MMA ring.
So after another whirlwind week that would go right into the next, I headed back to Greenville to spend the last little bit of the weekend with my man.
“Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.” – Lady Gaga
Fortunately, I’m lucky enough to follow my dreams and have the love of my life by my side.