I have some exciting news to share...
I WORK FOR LES MILLS NOW!!! :) :) :)
No, seriously... I work for freaking Les Mills.
So, for those of you who have been living under a rock for the past 5 years or so, that's about how long I've known about Les Mills. I started taking their classes right after BODYATTACK 64 launched back in 2009. I went from zero to diehard in about 30 seconds and began begging the club that I used to work for to hire me as a GFM. Needless to say that didn't happen, and that's an entirely different post which will most likely never be written. But what I will say is that experience taught me how bad I wanted it, and also what "it" was. While I would've started out in that job with passion and enthusiasm, ultimately it would've ruined it for me. I would've been forced to enforce policies that I didn't agree with against my friends, who would've in turn been pissed off at me. I wouldn't have been able to teach as much... but more than any of that, I wouldn't have had that burning desire to get what I really wanted...
You know how sometimes you start out with 2 goals... well maybe even just 1. You have that 1 that's what you really want... we'll call that goal A. And then the other one is the one you decide to settle on wanting because you don't think that goal A is actually achievable? We'll call that goal B. That's how this became for me. Goal A was always to work for Les Mills, goal B was if I could work in a facility that carried Les Mills programs. It was a really long few years of trying and getting close, and then getting back to square one. I learned a lot along the way. During those times when I was feeling hopeless and wanted to give up, I remembered the 200 pounds I lost and how you find a way when you think there isn't one. You commit to making things happen and NEVER give up. And I didn't. And thanks to a very cool lady who is now my boss (hey Anne!), I was able to snag a totally awesome job that I'm now working.
This, of course, meant picking up and moving from Phoenix, AZ to Baltimore, MD. I have been here for about a month now and the dust is sort of finally settling. I just wanted to explain where I have been. Although this blog was started with the intention of writing from an instructor's eyes, I will hopefully now have a second perspective with which to write. I am excited to continue to spread the BODYATTACK love (I am finally starting to find some clubs to teach at), and also to have a platform to spread more love of all of our programs.
So that's my news, and where I've been the last few months. Getting hired is a big process, but dammit... never quit and you WILL get there.