Here Comes the Rain Again…!

Well, last week my partner informed me that summer was officially over… and when I looked out my window this morning I clearly knew it was true!! Grey, rain and brrrrrr cold.  Yuck. I WISH I really WISH I wasn’t so sensitive to the weather… but I am. When it’s sunny and warm I practically jump out of bed to greet the day, but when the dark dreary days begin I’d just rather crawl under the blankets and stay in safe down-covered cave!rain_raindrop_interferencerain_raindrop_interference

But, as for most of us, that’s not an option.  So, how do I get my carcass up and at it with a spring in my step and a smile on my face?  Music. I stagger to the kitchen, turn on the kettle and proceed to the living room stereo.  With any luck or forethought I’ve got one of my favorite CDs set and ready to go.  Punch the play button and joyous noise starts to fill the room.  Jazz is of course my favorite but can often be ” a bit too much” first thing in the morning. I’m kind of old school in the sense that 80’s favorites still bring back great memories and to me Simply Red’s deep voice or Prince’s funky bass lines really do touch my soul.  I admire and attempt to sing along with Annie Lennox, Celine Dion and Whitney Houston, unsuccessfully mind you. But none the less…

And to tell you my deep down dirty little secret- it’s musicals that really do it for me! Shhhh. I can’t help it, it’s what I grew up with. And of course as a young dancer, I must have seen Fame at least 18 times at the movietheater as well as Hair and Cabaret and Footloose!  So now we’re in the realm of not just crooning along but we’re jumping and gyrating around the living room! Inevidebly my husband will come in just in time to catch me doing my best Kevin Bacon kick step or lounging over the sofa as Liza Minnelli or worse yet, busting eardrums with verses of ” Aquuuuarrriuuuus!!” so I blush, erect myself from whatever uncompromising position I had gotten into and coyly go make some coffee and tea.

But there is a little smirk on my face and a spring in my step… ready to greet the rest of the day.

What is your trick to brighten your days or spirit?  Share it with me/ us !!





Is it Worth it?

business organizationI don’t buy my clothes at the market anymore…when I first moved to Holland I was young, a dancer (a starving artist!!) and I loved the saturday market and the Waterlooplein for cool and kooky outfits for a really really reasonable price. But of course fashion changed frequently those days and Amsterdam was always a ” little grungy” or ” relaxed” as they call it!

I remember how nervous I was when I bought my first pair of trousers from a fancy little boutique  for 200 guilders!! That was a lot of money- and to this day I still head to the sales rack first! But those pants lasted at least a whole decade- never fading, keeping their shape, fit and perfect seams down the front until the very end! So really, that cost me 20 bucks a year when you look at it…and that was certainly worth it!

Now obviously people put their money in different places for different reasons and results but we all want good value and ” getting your money’s worth” is important.

I do buy healthy fresh food, which is more costly, but I value good nourishment and I feel better when I eat right.  massage copyI treat myself to a fabulous massage from beautiful, experienced Hungarian ladies at Massage Sense

I travel “all the way” to Den Haag and pay extra for train fair because it’s important for my body & health and feels so great! I could go to a cheaper local therapist but these girls are so intuitive and go straight to the ” knelpunten” that I feel fresh and revitalized for days, even weeks afterwards! Worth every penny.

Clearly, my body and my health is very important to me. To be able to still do what I love to do-teach, dance, jump around- without aches and pains, feeling strong, supple and self-confident, moving with grace, ease and energy … it’s fantastic!!

And I couldn’t have done this hadn’t Pilates come into my life!

Now that I get to share this with others- I am truly blessed! So grateful to have been able to make my little studio a warm, friendly and fun place to make training pleasurable and give serious personal attention to everyone individually within a small group setting or private sessions.

I didn’t want the sports school ” one-size-fits-all” formula anymore.  I want to offer something more, something better, something special! With all my experience and know how, I want to bring a higher level of personal education, mental and physical awareness that teaches people how to function optimally in their own bodies for maximum pleasure and results! I give my heart and soul to every person who walks through my door.

Therefore, I only work with clients that are ready and willing to commit to themselves, their lives and their future. My classes are in-depth (not monkey-see-monkey-do) re-programming for better functioning, no pain, stress-free lives. I don’t have mass ” doe maar wat” mentality, never did, and I genuinely care about my people! My goal is to make learning and training fun, safe and obtainable. The classes are cumulative and I constantly set and reach for higher goals to stimulate growing and achieving your personal best.

Yes, it’s a little bit more expensive, but you get more, learn more and achieve more.

As everyone, my time and money is precious and I am choosey who I entrust with my well-being.  I don’t put my faith or body into just anyone’s hands.  But when it’s safe and when it’s good, I feel that. I trust that. I like that. And it’s worth every penny.