Hello sweet friends! It's been FOUR MONTHS to date that I have posted here...and I have missed it. There have been so many changes in our lives these past four months I feel like I haven't really gotten a chance to come up for air. But it feels good to be back here, in this space.
Most of you know that my dad passed very suddenly this past May and I'm not sure if I'll every heal completely from it and ever stop missing him. I was telling my husband the other night that trying to heal from losing someone so close to you seems almost impossible, because you desperately want to stop hurting, but at the same time continue to scratch the wound by looking at old pictures and reading old text messages and listening to old voicemails because everything in you is still hanging on. I don't have the answer, but I feel like my sister and my mom and I have had more better days than not lately. Still some very hard days thrown in there that catch you off guard, but mostly good days, which I am so thankful for.
I am also happy to announce that my husband and I are officially the owners of Lebon Chiropractic Health Center! My husband has been building this practice for about 5 years now and we finally took the leap of buying the practice a few months ago. My husband is a rockstar and so unbelievably capable, so watching him live his dream of owning the practice brings me more joy than I can explain. I will eventually be teaming with him and taking up a few office manager duties in the coming months, which I am very excited about. We are buds, so having a family business together is the biggest blessing.
Having said that, I decided to leave my corporate job about a month ago in order to be available to the needs of the practice, but to also pursue my own (long time coming!) personal dream of being a barre instructor with Pure Barre! I started taking barre classes about 5 years ago and it changed me. I fell in love immediately and always wanted to pursue being an instructor, but the timing was never really right. Then when our studio decided to open up a second location and hire more instructors, I was already thinking about transitioning out of my corporate job and thought, why not?! It was a HUGE change and a little scary at first, but once I took the leap I never looked back. Of course I immediately missed seeing my old coworkers every week, but from a work perspective it felt to natural and right.
The funny thing about change is that 99% of the time it's the scariest in your head. Then you do it and you kick yourself for waiting so long and being scared in the first place.
A huge desire of mine was also to be with my daughter more, and even though I was only working part time, being away from her was still too much for this momma to handle. She is my heartbeat and more imporant to me than all the money, titles, and corporate regonition in the world. When she looks back at her childhood, I want her to remember the memories we made together, not all the things that I bought her. Time with her is everything and I'm so thankful for the opportunity to still do something that I love but still be her momma first.
Now, of course with all good things comes hard work, and this change has not come without blood, LOTS of sweat, and a few tears.
Well, only blood because we trained in Colorado and the altitude sent my nose into a bleeding tailspin. Gross.
Anyway, I had NO IDEA how hard and how much went into becoming a Pure Barre instructor and have a whole new appreciation for my instructors. Our studio sent us to Denver to train for 5 days with the corporate team, then we returned home to continue training at our respective sutdios. I have put more hours into training for this than any other job, and have loved every single second of it. I am now a firm believer in "choose a job you love, and you'll never work a day in your life".
I could not be more thankful for coffee, too...holy smokes.
Between traveling, job changes, putting our house on the market, taking our house off the market, maintaining the house, and running around after a 15 month old, I have said more prayers and drank more coffee than ever before. So very thankful for coffee.
Happy Thursday, beautiful people. So many things are going on in this world that are HARD, so be bold, have faith, pray hard, and love others. Because life sometimes breaks your heart, and sometimes people can be really cruel.
Love them, anyway.
Be the good that this world so desperately needs.
I will be posting more than every four months, so stay with me! We are paddling out of the "my child only eats these things so therefore collectively as a family we only eat these things" stage, so you will definitely be seeing more recipes on here in the coming weeks.
You are loved!