Monday, May 6, 2013

Trapeze School

Have you ever done something you are soooo incredibly afraid of?!  Like, pee-your-pants, can't-imagine-ever, dear-God-please-help-me afraid of?!  That is me with heights.  So, I decided to face that fear and go to TSNY Los Angeles AKA trapeze school!!!

When I arrived for my first class, the AMAZING instructors started by strapping me into my safety belt, and with ground work -  how to hold the bar, how to set up my body to jump, what different "calls" or instructions mean, how to release, etc.  They also let me know expectations for my first class: at the end of the 2 hour class, not only should I be able to back flip out of a knee-hanging trick (don't worry, you'll see it!), but I should also be able to release and catch on to another person swinging (that person being a qualified trapeze teacher, of course!)

I took all the instructions on the ground and was sure once I was up on the platform, I would have it down. I mean, I teach fitness classes after all.  I am smart, strong, quick on my feet.  I can hop, point my toes, and swing in the air - duh!

Well, once I climbed the seemingly never ending ladder to the top of the platform (which is 23 feet high, perceived 28 feet with your own height) panic set in.  Not only were tears falling down my face, but I was trembling so much that I thought my knees would give out.  It didn't matter that I was strapped in to safety lines, and had three amazing coaches letting me know that climbing down the ladder was much harder than taking "just one swing and I would be done" down onto the net.

Nearly ready to vomit and wanting anything to save me from this insane anxiety, I decided on one jump.  With the assistance of Christina, my platform guru, and a few OMf***G hesitations (by a few I mean eight) off I went! Ready, hep, swing! Ready means bend your knees, hep means jump and release!!!

This is me screaming my head off while also feeling a sense of HUGE accomplishment!!! I actually had a great grip, awesome straight legs and pointed toes, and felt on top of the world. The safety net coach let me swing a few times to "get a feel for it" and then I heard "hep" to release.

And I'm freeeeeeee, freeeee fallen!!!

I proceeded to not only climb back up (8 more times!!!), but I nailed the knee hang trick, a back flip release and the catch with the instructor!!

The instructors kept calling me the "come back kid".  I somehow went from petrified to thrilled!

If you are EVER in a city with trapeze school - JUST DO IT! There is nothing like the feeling of freedom and strength that comes with the experience.  I loved it so much, I already bought two more classes and I plan to take Mr. Arotin with me to at least one!

What have you done recently to face your fears?



P.S. This is a video of my first knee hang with back flip!  I didn't get a shot of the catch, but it was amazing!!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Perks, Points + Challenges

Team exhale Santa Monica at our class challenge party!
Switching careers as taught me sooooo much about business outside of the 9-5 world.  I have found that the most important difference is that there is no sacred day off. No day free of sales, deals, specials, events etc.  Everyday is a day to meet a new client, gain customer loyalty, and let's get to the point - make money.  Mother's Day, Christmas, Turkey Day - doesn't matter, the whole objective is to increase new clients and reaffirm the loyalty of existing clients.

One thing that seems to work for us at exhale in attracting new clients and retaining old ones are frequency challenges.  We give our guests a goal of taking X classes or getting X therapies and they win X.  Its so AMAZING to me how people commit themselves to doing whatever it is you want, for a prize! (Even if its something small.)

When I think about it, I'm exactly the same way.  The day I become a Sephora VIB (After I bought The Buttercup - which is AMAZING!), I felt like I won the lottery!! One free makeover (after spending like a bazillion dollars in the store) made my entire day! I'm the same way with my UnitedPlus card.  I seriously get so pumped to spend money so I can get my points (and every 4th, 5th, 10th flight free)!

Last month at exhale Santa Monica we did an employee class challenge with the reward of being invited to an exclusive party for the winners. The picture above is of 14 of the 16 winners.  I have never seen my team so excited, motivated, or competitive - all over a party!

Are you motivated by perks, points or challenges when you shop, at your gym, etc.?  What makes us go bonkers for a free makeover....when we've obviously actually paid WAY MORE MONEY than a makeover should ever cost?!

A little bizznass food for thought for you lovelies today!


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Family + Technology

Being from Oklahoma and living in Santa Monica has its challenges, as I am sure any of you who live far from your family can relate too.  It seems sometimes like my heart stays divided in two places. The birth of my cute-as-pie niece, Dylan, has made the distance seem even further than it used too. 

In comes technology to the rescue!  Face timing with her sweet face makes the distance seem a little shorter.  She's nearly ten months now (how did that happen!) and she actually recognizes my voice and my face over the Iphone!  It warms my heart to know that technology will always keep us connected even when I have to wait months for my next visit.

Do you use technology to keep in touch with your distant family?  If not, you should!  Family dates over facetime are the best!


P.S. Please excuse my ridculous face in this picture. I was saying "Dyl-dyl, dyl-dyl" to get her attention. She was having to much fun splish-splashing, so she wouldn't look at me!