Yesterday marked my 400th barre class at Xtend Barre By the Sea. This gem of a studio has been the place that transformed my body, my stress reliever, my friend, and honestly a second home. It’s the place where I was able to get out of my comfort zone, meet some amazing people in the community and develop long lasting friendships. Now it’s time to say goodbye.
One of the best and worst parts of military life for me is moving. While it was adventurous and exciting in the first few years, you begin to develop roots everywhere you go and in this moment, this move will be the hardest yet for me. I’ve met so many great people, had so many laughs, and sweated along side with my friends, all thanks to this studio. It was our common ground that allowed us to develop relationships beyond just working out.
So now, 2 years later, 400 classes down, I must close this chapter in my book. Thank you for all the plies, planks, and fold overs, encouragement, and laughs, it truly has transformed my body mind and soul. Those of you know, you will always have a special place in my heart. Who knew that the first day I walked into the studio it would be the place that made me feel at home, made me belong, and made me happy. Cheers to the best little studio in town and off to the next great adventure!
It’s that time of year again, a time where we celebrate a special person, on a very special day; mother’s day. When I think back on mother’s day growing up, I remember making my mom home made cards and making her breakfast in bed. Fast forward all these years later, and now I am a mom; a mom to 2 beautiful kids. The homemade cards have started, though the breakfast in bed may have to wait a few more years till they can operate a stove by themselves! Lol.
Mother’s day has so many different meanings to everyone, but to me, on this day, I feel pride, I feel joy, I feel accomplishment, and I feel fulfilled, all because of my kids, who made me a mother and able to celebrate this day. I never thought motherhood would bring me down this path, a path to where I am able to stay home with them and be there for them whenever they need. It’s not what I had envisioned before becoming a mother, but now I can’t see it any other way since becoming a mother, and I’m proud of that.
Whether we are working moms, stay at home moms, part time moms, or single parent moms; I think we can all agree that whatever struggles, joys, tears, or fear we deal with in our daily lives; it’s worth it. Worth it to see our kid’s everyday, to see them smile and to hear those magical words ‘I love you mom’.
Happy Mother’s Day!!