Hello friend, I’ve been putting off writing this post. It’s hard. I feel sad.
For nearly 4 years I’ve been operating the Om collective with my 3 amazing biz partners and we created a lovely space for independent health and wellness teachers to lead their students in yoga/fitness/meditation/martial arts classes.
I also used the space to lead my LVA Fitness students and it’s coming to an end. In less than 2 short weeks I will lead my last regularly scheduled class in the space.
The decision has been all mine and for that reason it doesn’t feel fair to be sad but I am. And yet at the same time I’m excited about new beginnings.
New beginnings for me mean 2 things:
- Stepping out of running a brick & mortar space to operate my fitness/nutrition teaching primarily online.
- Stepping to the edge and taking my dream of teaching girls self-love & self-defense into hyper drive, jumping off the edge, and having faith I’ll grow wings before I crash.
When I made the decision to end my fitness classes and my partnership in the Om studio it was heart-fully because #2 is where my passion, enthusiasm, and desire is hanging out these days.
I’m totally revved up by the work I’m doing with the I Am Initiative & I Am Girl. This summer I’ll be leading my first 4 day retreat, I’ve booked a long term contract with the YMCA, and my Girl Scout events are growing and becoming very popular since I’ve become a recommended resource of the Girl Scouts of America.
I have designs on leading mother/daughter petite retreats & self-love retreats for Girl Scout groups all over the United States. In fact, in my enthusiasm I’m working towards spending much of my winter months traveling the southern states so I can stay warm while encouraging and teaching girls in all parts of the country.
This is all in the grand scheme/dream of my life and I’m passionate and ready for all of this.
Today as I write this I’m not feeling the grand scheme but rather that this dream in the making couldn’t have happened without the support, commitment, and loyalty of you the last 4 years.
I’ve learned so much having you as my student and your absolute faith in my ability and talents has brought me to this place where I feel ready to take the jump. Because you showed every week (sometimes multiple times per week) and appreciated the classes I taught, how I taught them, and listened while I shared my burgeoning work with girls, and then told me how great it was, you gave me inspiration to continue and faith that I was on the right track. I mean. WOW!
I love you. I’m so grateful to you for being a part of my life and being a part of LVA fitness these last 4 years.
I’m happy to say I’m not dropping entirely off the radar. You know I’d love to have you in bootcamp this summer. Plus I will always be hanging out on the blog now and then bringing you fast workouts (the best kind) and other lovely and fun things I come up with that pertain to living your best life out loud.
You got this one life right? I’ve always wanted to do something great with mine and having you as my student has already allowed me to say I’ve succeeded.
Laura Houlding says
You have my heart Laura! I love you.
I’m so happy that you have the courage to follow your passions! You are such an inspiration to me and I know you will be an inspiration to all of the girls you will teach!
Drew, I LOVE you! Thanks for this beautiful comment.