When I opened Thrive’s doors almost four years ago, it was a small operation. It was just me teaching the 3 classes on the schedule to the 3 students who attended. I loved knowing all of the students, being able connect with them, share my love of Pilates, health and fitness with them, and learn about their individual goals and personal needs. Now that we have almost 50 classes, 12 teachers, private sessions going on all day, and so much more, I’ve struggled to connect with all of the students we have walking through the doors.
I’m thrilled that we are reaching more and more students. My goal has always been to share fitness and wellness with as many people as I could possibly reach. However, the more students (and readers) I reach, the less I’m able to connect with each and every one of you on the intimate level I wish I could.
That’s where this blog comes into play. As an effort to connect, allow you to get to know me and help me get to know you, I will share with you and ask that you share with me too. Please let me know which topics you’re interested in, what you like and dislike. I’m big on feedback and I want to hear it all, albeit constructively please—I’m uber-sensitive :)
Although connecting in cyber space is not quite the same as the real thing, I find reading someone’s work opens doors of intimacy that would remain locked under different circumstances. I personally feel more comfortable revealing about myself when I can go back and delete before publishing (something that is unfortunately impossible in conversation).
Perhaps in some ways this blog can help me connect with you even better than the passing hellos and small talk in person. I don’t know if this blog can ever replace the intimate relationships I cherish with my students. However, I do know that research on happiness has revealed that we are social creatures and that we need others to be well and to THRIVE.
Can you think of any relationships where you’re missing out on connecting? Perhaps you have friendships that have faded into the background, family members you only see on holidays, colleagues that you don’t bond with outside of the office. Whether it’s someone you see everyday or someone you haven’t seen in years, take a moment today to reach out and connect with someone in your life. Pick up the phone, write an old-fashioned letter, make plans and let me know how it goes. I hope you find joy in connecting with that person and connecting with me.