Spoiler alert: I do not do New Year’s Resolutions
I call B.S. on January as marking some magical shift into behavior change. In the winter, I want to reflect, I want to slow down. That’s what we are biologically programmed for in winter.
But last year I did choose for myself a theme word for the year. Taking the reflections of the prior calendar year into account, and thinking about how I wanted to show up in the next year felt like an empowering practice. I chose the word Mastery.
I was ready to shed the belief that I didn’t know enough for people to trust what I had to share (hi there, imposter syndrome!). I was ready to lean into my own knowledge, as well as continue to dive deeper into learning and investing in my personal and business development. For the first 2 1/2 months of the year, I was so pumped! 2020 was going to be the best business year yet! And then….well, you know.
Instead of Mastery, the words that started to usurp that vision, were words like
But the human spirit is strong.
In between bouts of being dragged down by the heaviness of our collective situation, I found myself and our team fighting hard to hold it down for our Bliss community. I witnessed our instructors and students coming together stronger than ever! Our bonds grew deeper as we had each other to connect with over the course of the pandemic, racist actions (and inactions) and implicit bias discoveries, dangerous wildfires, and an extremely stressful election year.
New words and revelations began to surface.
And to be honest, still some Netflix. (Thank you to Schitt’s Creek and The Good Place for being bright spots.)
None of us had expected or planned to include virtual instruction as part of our services. You know us, we take a very deliberate approach in cultivating a sense of connection and inclusiveness our community. So we adapted and found ways to extend that feeling in our classes. We also didn’t have the technology or experience in this arena, but thankfully we have such patient and compassionate clients that they stuck with us through all the challenges.
We stayed committed to finding ways to create engaged experiences. Teachers and students alike overcame obstacles of couches, beds, minimal floor space, pets, children, and roommates. We developed patience around technical glitches.
When every day felt like Blursday, our teachers showed up and created stability and predictability through our movement schedule.
We got creative about using household objects in our sessions: towels, pillows, couches, chairs, blankets, water bottles, rolled up balls of socks, tennis balls, broomsticks (yes, broomsticks.) That’s been fun and all, but I still miss all they toys in the studio.
Book club meetings also pivoted to virtual, and our discussions got deeply vulnerable. Our reading choices dove into social justice and body acceptance, in addition to our mind-body lessons. The relationships and self-discovery that has grown out of these monthly meetings has been nourishing for the soul.
So, this roller coaster of a year left the studio with a scrapped marketing calendar. Instead of what was planned, we came out of the year with these unexpected goodies:
- Brought in a few out-of-state guest instructors. Now we have Sarah Kate teaching a regular class from her home in Seattle! (Embodied Flow Wednesdays at 12:15)
- We have clients that join us for classes from all different areas of the country. We have a whole family vibe every Saturday for yoga at 10:15.
- We did a whole month of “Break Out of Your Chair-Body” theme in September
- Outdoor TRX class is a thing now
- Coming soon: Virtual library of classes and new membership options
I’d love to know, what are your words that summarize 2020? (Feel free to insert some profanity.)
Thank you to all of you who have stuck with us through everything
Whether that’s been by participating in classes or personal training sessions, or continuing to support us through your membership even though virtual is not your thing. Your commitment and generosity are the reasons we’re still hanging on!!