Joyful Vitality

I put a quote up on the wipe board in my studio the other day: The goal must be JOYFUL VITALITY.  I’m sure I’m not the first one to say that, but I credit myself with this quote (I’ll take what I can get some days).

It has been seven months since I opened my own studio. I wasn’t sure how my idea would go over so I prepared for it to take a long time until clients started finding me. But that’s not what happened. Almost immediately my client load was a two-thirds of my one year goal. I have clients who have been with me since the beginning and will be for the foreseeable future.  

I was thinking about this the day I put that quote on the board. What is this all about? Why am I doing this? Some days, it feels impossible to juggle the kids, the house, marriage with trying to build this studio. Why do it? 

When I began dreaming of opening this studio, I saw it as not only a way to help other people get fit, but as a way to help keep my own body strong. The thought of sitting at a desk for hours a day made my stomach churn.  So I wrapped all my skills into one big package and out came PlayFit AVL. 

At the heart of what I do is a deep desire to help people feel better in their bodies so they can do the things that make them happy. 

Joyful Vitality. The state of being strong and active. Having energy. Feeling joy.

I help people get strong in their bodies and minds so they can go on that hike, run that race, travel, grocery shop without pain, pick-up their grandchildren, ride a bike, overcome the emotional scars of injury and surgery, go fishing, sit for two hours in the movies. However they define joy.  

I desire to improve happiness, to spread it. Now. My favorite bumper sticker is a quote from Laurey Masterson: Don’t Postpone Joy. 

So that’s what I do. I make my clients laugh. We play games. They move their bodies in ways they didn’t think possible. With me, they learn to love their bodies just as they are. They learn to love their bodies for what they can already do and for all the possibilities that come with choosing movement. In turn, I feel happy working with my clients.

This clarity of purpose makes it all worth it. On the days it feels hard, I remember my purpose, take a deep breath and dig in. 

Joyful Vitality. 

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