Last year my goals were pretty simple, but hard to execute. I vowed to do more Pilates…I know, I know how original! It’s true. The year before, I felt like the shoe cobbler with no shoes. As the studio owner, there is always something to do. A broken air conditioner, a community partner meeting, a teacher training seminar…eventually, my Pilates practice was last in line. As many of you may have experienced during busy times when exercise takes the backseat, I started feeling aches and pains that I had never experienced. I knew it was time to make a change.
I began adding more Pilates back into my life at the beginning of 2017. But, it still wasn’t enough. It wasn’t until July when I went to New York for a Teacher Training enhancement that I realized exactly how much I was falling apart and missing my practice. I made a pact with a fellow studio owner colleague that upon returning to Dallas I would not just continue my practice, but I would make sure to book my own private sessions with my instructors at least twice a week. I am happy to report that since July I have not missed a week! This year, I am vowing to add a third day!
My other goal last year was to support local, organic farmers and see how far I could get in my cooking with as few processed, grocery store items as possible. To my pleasant surprise I found out others had been having this same idea, and a small but robust community is already in the works. I found a small stand alone brick and mortar shop called Burgundy Farm with farm-to-table and local items, like grass fed beef and lamb, pasture-raised pork and chicken, raw milk cheeses, free range eggs and more. Even better for me, it’s located at Hall and Ross Ave. So easy and perfect!
Next, I ventured out to an incredibly meaningful place called Bonton Farms. This experience was almost life changing. You can read more about them here. I cannot even begin to say how much I love this place! Then I started truly exploring the Dallas Farmers Market for my Sunday shopping. I found some great farmers and bread makers! The crescendo for me was Thanksgiving. Almost everything I cooked, sauced, or roasted came from my new found local, organic sources and it was easily the best Thanksgiving meal ever! This path lead me to find more places in Dallas that I didn’t even know existed. It was a very rewarding experience and one that I have no intention of ever stopping!
To summarize, in 2018, I plan to add another Pilates workout to my regular routine, find even more local hidden gems, and grow a robust garden in my backyard. If I could keep my dog and cat from thinking backyard chickens are NOT for them, I might go there, too!
What are your goals? We would love to hear them. In fact, we’ll be giving you an opportunity to share your 2018 Pilates goals with your instructors in writing! We’ll keep them on file and check on your progress throughout the year. Stay tuned!
Here is to a NEW year of nourishing our bodies from the inside out! In good health, light and love Happy NEW Year!
P.S. Check out my goals below. I figure if I put them in writing for you all to see, it holds me pretty accountable