When Sue Park invited me to take part of the Spring Equinox 108 Sun Salutation led by Tung Bui, I had no idea what the heck that meant but I knew it was yoga and figured I’d be just fine. However, this was not a yoga I had ever experienced before! Definitely something I should have gotten more information on before I jumped right in….On March 21st we met at Lifetime Fitness to celebrate the change in seasons and do some “spring cleaning” of the mind, body, and soul breaking from the darkness of winter. A process that apparently takes 1.5-2 hours to complete.
At first I actually liked it because after two rounds it became a dance. I knew the steps and simply got to enjoy the performing. The first 45 minutes flew as the chimes changed tempo and length. “This isn’t so bad”, I thought. I was sweating a ton and getting a massive full body workout with just a few simple moves. This was awesome! However, as I surpassed that hour mark I began to feel worse and worse. The room started to spin and I was getting the WORST headache! This was not only a powerful experience, but it was becoming truly physically challenging! I had to sit in child’s pose in order to make the room stop spinning.
When everyone was done I talked to Sue trying to figure out what I had possibly done wrong. It turned out that I was hanging my head down constantly causing all the blood to rush to my still healing concussioned head instead of tilting my head upward even when my body was bending down. Luckily the Equinox ritual is usually performed four times a year, however, I think I will work on building my stamina and keeping my head up before I attempt it again. It’s an amazing workout that is simplistic and will make you sweat like never before! Full of fluid movements, a cleansing feeling, peace and tranquility, and balance from head to toe; it was truly a spiritual experience even if I couldn’t finish it.
One of the best things about being single is that you can have friends of all kinds. Single. Married. Divorced. Insane. Creative. Inspirational. Well, you get the idea. So when someone reaches out to you after way too long of a break, you don’t hesitate to say YES! Because when you have really good friends you can leave where you left off without missing a beat. Or simply know everything already because it’s insanely simple to stalk people on Facebook. Either way, life is full of surprises and friendships that are worth holding on to no matter how long of a “break” you end up taking because of life’s craziness. You’ll be amazed at what you can get out of a single night!
Maybe you spend a whole car ride laughing so hard that you’re ready to pee your pants. Maybe you get the advice that you so desperately needed that you never thought someone had to give you in the first place. Maybe you try to knock something off your bucket list. Maybe you end up seeing the worst wanna be male review show that resembled more like really bad porn than anything else because someone unknowingly bought a Groupon with a very big misconception to what was in store. Maybe friends with humor, people watching, and MC’s that needed to put more clothes on than take them off makes the $20 ticket worth it in the end. Because when it comes down to it, friendship makes any situation worth it.
So don’t pass up a chance to hang out with a friend. Single. Divorced. Married. Remarried. Insane. Okay, if they’re insane just stick to the routine of always having bail money ready and then go have some fun…But good friends are hard to come by. And no matter how crazy life can get, you should always make time for those most special to you. Even if you only see them every once in a while. You're Single! You're not alone. Yes, there's a difference.
It’s not always easy to be single, let’s face it. You put yourself out there with hope and prayer that this time your heart won’t be shattered. So how can you possibly win this battle?! A good friend of mine posted the following on Facebook®…
Apparently I have GLCS. For those who don't know, this is Good Luck Chuck Syndrome.
Symptoms of GLCS: Dating the wrong person. Said wrong person meeting his right person shortly after or before our break-up. Then they get married and/or have babies! Meanwhile, you're still alone, staring into the dwindling pool full of douche-men that you have to select from for your possible next attempt at finding "love".
Side effects of GLCS: GLCS may cause confusion, feelings of inadequacy and/or not letting anyone else close because history has proven that you can't trust yourself to know if they are the right person or not - so why even try.
Living with GLCS: Hang on to the hope that there is actually someone that won't just be passing through. Until then keep being the badass boss-bitch that you are!
When I first read that I laughed, because I dearly love the girl who wrote it. Then shortly afterward, I found myself thinking, “Great. This is totally me!” I began to analyze the pool that most of us swim in. The ones who only stay with you to spend your money. The ones who can’t find their way out of the house, let alone the bottle. The ones who prefer you play mistress on the side. Or the ones who, despite being told otherwise, go back to their ex’s who continually break their hearts. We’re left to have our hearts shatter more each time. Do they even care what happens to us? Do they really have to have a “RUN!” tattoo on their foreheads for us to know better?
Who says we have to stay in this pool of unworthiness? I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of trying not to drown. It’s exhausting; both mentally and physically! It’s time to get back on land. To find peace, tranquility, and pure happiness while lying on the beach soaking up the sun. I’m not saying stay out of the water forever. There are good ones out there even if they seem impossible to find. So why not let them find you instead? Either way, there’s nothing wrong with taking a break. There will be people in your life who will lecture you and tell you to jump back in and get wet, to which you can simply state, “No thanks. I’m working on my tan right now.” Ha! Don’t feel you have to keep fighting to keep your head above water, let alone swim for the sake of anyone else. So grab your towel and your sunglasses, find a great place on the sand, and relax. Get as deep of a tan that you need in order to recharge your batteries and take on the world, because love….You’re going to do just that!
When I needed current photos, I knew just who to call. I contacted my good friend at Laughter Loves Photography, setting a date for a nice sunny afternoon. Then, wanting to be more glamorous than usual, I enlisted the help from my acquaintance, Kat. She would know just what I needed to get my glam on.
First, she curled my hair to perfection. Then we headed off to the mall in search of the “perfect outfit.” We avoided the shops that specialize in petite sizes. Memories of my super fit days surfaced. It’s discouraging when nothing fits properly on your skinny frame, but it’s a lot more psychologically painful when the largest size in a shop is size 9. But we were still trying to be fashionable, so we started to hit some stores with which I wasn’t familiar.
After visiting three stores where absolutely nothing fit, I sat in the chair of the dressing room and began to silently cry. It had been a long time since I was this depressed. I hated myself at that point. My self-confidence was shattered. Then the anger kicked in. This wasn’t right. I had nothing to be ashamed of. I left the dressing room resolved to head to the Limited where I knew I was safe. At this store, my size is considered merely average. I had plenty of attractive options from which to choose. After finding a flattering outfit, I headed home to finish getting ready. The real question was whether or not that smile that I’m so well known for would come back in time. I guess we were going to find out.
To say it was windy would be an understatement. I told a friend that I was, “eating my hair more often than not.” She joked, “You’re going to get a hairball.” The question still remained…would I be able to recover and regroup after my earlier struggles?
I quickly got my answer the minute I stepped out of my car and was greeted with a huge hug from Sharyl, owner of Laughter Loves Photography. My mood lifted immediately, knowing just how much fun we were about to have!
I began to relax and smile once again. This girl never disappoints. With her unsuspecting intern, Breanna, in tow, Sharyl’s hug of reassurance signaled that it was time to get back to being me. Especially, since there is absolutely nothing wrong with being an average size. In fact, my Twiggy’s twin look didn’t hold a candle to my curvy, average shape.
Self-confidence grew as I did what I do best….being the biggest nerd ever. Laughing, shoulder rolling and frantically trying to keep my hair out of my eyes and mouth was just the beginning. Yes, this was just what I needed.
My favorite part of Laughter Loves Photography is they are never shy about getting that perfect shot. Whatever crazy pose strike, or however hard you are laughing, this company lives up to its name. You can’t be around those women ten minutes before you find yourself doubled-over and giggling. Laughter Loves Photography is truly run by some of my favorite people.
The day might have started off a little rough. It had me questioning my self-worth. However, Laughter Loves Photography quickly reminded me who I really know myself to be. As always, I was anxious to see the final results of all their fun shots, and I was not disappointed!
Sally doesn’t just manage and teach classes at Studio on Main in Independence, MO, she offers them with a unique twist as well. These include a “Girl’s Night Out” doing yoga, Pilates, piloxing, or a combination of them. From bachelorette parties to simply having a great night out with your gal pals, there really is no better way to spend an evening together while getting a great workout. If you are looking for a unique, personalized, fun way to celebrate you and all your friends, contact Sally and get your groove on today!
When my high school friend, Sally Whitaker, invited me to do Piloxing with her, my first response was “sure!” My second response was, “Would love to! You’ll have to tell me what the heck that is…” Piloxing turns out to be a combination of boxing, dance, and standing Pilates. This style of exercise was developed by Swedish dancer and celebrity trainer, Viveca Jensen.
I was totally intrigued, and couldn’t wait to find out more. I invited my friend, Aerial, to come along and get challenged, too.
Sally remembered the fit dancer version of me, and didn’t know the current out-of-shape, struggling-to-have-stamina-and-not-pass-out version. However, I have never had so much fun getting my butt kicked! She was honestly amazing. Sally kept us motivated, made us laugh, helped us when we struggled, and performed each and every move right along with us the whole time! Between Sally and Aerial, my abs were dying from laughing so hard.
A girl just trying to find her way, stepping outside of her comfort zone, trying new things, and making new friends along the way!