OK Wait! Before I go any further, let me explain.
Last month I did "30 Days of Letting Go of things that no longer serve my Highest Good". During this time, I realized that it is time for me to let go of my "Pilates Instructor Identity". I’m not closing the studio and I'm STILL teaching Pilates, I just wanted to get your attention. Did I do a good job?
I’ve been teaching Pilates for 17 years now and it’s never been my “dream” to own a Pilates Studio, it just kind of happened. When I opened my studio, my goal was to make affordable, QUALITY, Pilates - utilizing Pilates equipment - available in Lawrence; and then go on to become a psychologist.
Six-months after I bought this equipment, I went to inpatient treatment for alcoholism and instead of staying sober, I began a six and a half year journey through the depths of addiction. Needless to say, I never became a psychologist. However, I was given the vision of opening an Inpatient Addictions Treatment Center a year into this journey. Although, it took another five years before my journey out of addiction began, this vision has never left me.
July, 11, 2011 - 5 years ago - I let go of alcohol.
Last month, 5 years later, I decided it was time for me to let go of my “Pilates Identity”.
I’ve decided it's time for me to create a Wholeness Center that has a Pilates Studio in it, versus a Pilates Studio that offers “other stuff”. Over the past 3 years I’ve created a Personal Power Retreat Program and a 12-Week Personal Power Evolution, finished my Bachelors Degree in Psychology, and began studying different forms of Breathwork and Healing Touch.
When I think about all of the things I’ve been doing and writing about in my newsletters, I can’t help but ask myself - “What about Pilates?”
Pilates is still here. Pilates will always be here. Pilates itself is the gift that has, inadvertently, allowed all of these “other things” to be possible. Pilates has given me the opportunity to expand, evolve, and grow. However, I finally realized that holding onto my identity as a “Pilates Instructor” has begun to hold me back in following my dream. So it’s time to let go of this identity and step into the identity of my Authentic Self ~ whatever that may be.
Every weekend, this past June I participated in a different sacred ceremony, from Sweat Lodges to Spiritual Initiation’s. It was a very deeply healing month for me on many levels. And then, on July 3, Tony Burroughs came to the studio to share his wisdom and hold an Intender’s Circle. This was an incredibly moving and amazingly powerful event. The studio (now Wholeness Center) was filled with around 30 people from Lawrence and surrounding areas, even my parents and brother came from Wichita to be a part of this event.
This gathering of wonderful people, along with the support from my family, was the catalyst that has sparked my movement forward. Pilates opened the doors to this personal evolution of mine. However, the reality is that NONE of this would be possible without the love and support I receive from my parents. Whenever anyone thanks me for the work I’m doing, I always tell them to thank my parents too, because they allow the work I’m doing to be possible.
Now I'm saying it here: "THANK-YOU MOM & DAD! I LOVE YOU!"
And Thank-You to everyone reading this. For without your love and support, none of this would be possible either.
Peace, Love, and Lots of Hugs!
The “We Don’t Give a Crap” Rule. ~ Judi G. & The Hippie
Nine months ago I did an experiment of “Doing things differently for 30 Days”. Yesterday I was thinking that it was time for me to do another “30 of Something”. I didn’t know what I wanted the “something” to be until I heard my friend talk about a rule her and her husband came up with called "The We Don't Give a %*@K (Crap) Rule" regarding an annual BBQ they've hosted for 14 years.
They found that over time, they started focusing more on things being "perfect" for their guests, worrying that their guests wouldn't have a good time if things weren't "perfect". My friend started taking an entire week off work to clean, cook, and basically fret over making sure everything was just right. She found that her and her hubby started bickering more and more each year as they prepared for the event and started to question if it was worth it. This year she decided to try something new. My friend and her hubby came up with the "We Don't Give a Crap Rule". They decided that rather than worrying about everything being "perfect" and not enjoying themselves, they would focus on enjoying themselves and not worry about anything being "perfect".
This year my friend didn't take any time off work. She didn't stress about the cleanliness of her home or amount of food being served (by the way, this is party that is on the porch AND it's a potluck), there was no bickering with her hubby, AND she had a FABULOUS time!
I think we can all learn a little something from the "We Don't Give a Crap Rule". It isn’t about not giving a crap about anything. It’s about not giving a crap about being perfect. It’s about letting go of the old stories we tell ourselves about what we “should” be doing in order to win the approval of others. Or even that we need the approval of others in order to be happy with ourselves. It’s about not giving a crap about things that we hold onto even if their not for our Highest Good.
This whole "giving a crap" about what others think has been an issue for me for a long time. When I heard this story I thought I'd try “Not Giving a Crap for 30 Days”. My spiritual advisor, Jackie, suggested I try “Letting Go for 30 Days”. I think that fits much better. There are so many little things that would benefit me to "let go" of. From behaviors and actions to thoughts and emotions that no longer serve my Highest Good, as well as physical clutter in my home and studio. I have no idea what this "30 Day Challenge" is going to look like, however I'll let you know next month.
What are things that you could let go of today? What thoughts, beliefs, or old stories are you still holding on to that no longer serve your Highest Good? Is there any physical clutter that you could get rid of?
I've heard that once we let go of the things that no longer serve our Highest Good, we feel as though a heavy weight has been lifted off our shoulders. I wish it were that easy. Since I know that I could use a little assistance, I'm putting out an Intention Statement and I invite you to do so as well.
“For the next 30 Days, I intend that I let go of at least one thing everyday that no longer serves my Highest Good. I ask that the things I let go of are for the Highest & Greatest Good of all ~ The Universe, Myself, and anyone else concerned.”
So Be It & So It Is!
And As Always,
Peace, Love, & Lots of Hugs!
Wow! I can’t believe it’s the last day of May!!
This month has come and gone in what seems like a blink of an eye. My trip to Italy was amazing (above is a picture of Florence from Boboli Gardens) and getting back to the “real world” has been some what of an adventure. However, I’m trucking along and remembering to be patient with myself and continuing my commitment to consistently write AND SEND newsletters each month, even if it’s on the last day…
The “unofficial” start of summer was this weekend. The hot sun, gardening, pool time, lake time, vacations, and more are in the air now. There’s something about this time of year, when school is out of session, that seems to impact us whether we have kids, work in the education field, or not. Anytime there is a shift of energy, it is a great time to think about what we want to shift within ourselves.
This summer there will be several opportunities at Personal Power Pilates & Wholeness to support any sort of shift or change you would like to make within yourself. I will be having two Personal Power Retreats at The Light Center. The first one is this weekend and the next is August 5 - 7.
I will also be holding two Embracing Your Personal Power workshops. One on Thursday, June 8 from 5:45 - 9:00 pm, and one Sunday, June 12 from 3 - 6 pm. June 13 will be the start of the next new 12-week Personal Power Evolution Journey.
And then….on JULY 3 at 4:00 pm, TONY BURROUGHS, author of The Intender’s Handbook, will be at the studio for a short workshop and an Intender’s Circle led by him, himself. My Intention is that he will be the first of many more nationally known authors to hold workshops at P3W.
Pre-registration is not necessary for this gathering. However if you know you’re going to come, please let me know so I can have an idea of how many people to expect. A suggested Love Offering of $15 is requested, and as always not required.
What about PILATES???
Right now I am offering two Combo Classes - classes that are a combination of Reformer & Mat Exercises, plus more...
Private, Duet, and Trio Lessons are always available as well.
I am also offering Personalized Pilates Group Classes. If you have a small group of friends who would like to take a class together, this can be set up to meet your groups needs. Please call me for details.
Here's to a GREAT start to an AWESOME SUMMER!
Peace, Love, & Lots of Hugs!
KC Bushnell has been teaching Pilates for 17 years and has unknowingly been on a path of self-discovery just as long. The last decade of her life, self-empowerment has been at the forefront of her life everyday.