Juggling – No not really

So my kids often come to work with me. This is one of the main reasons that I started “Pilates and Play Dates”, so that I could build a business whilst the kids are accommodated.

Any of you out there who have been to one of my classes, on a day that my kids are there, will have met them.

Why?

Well, they aren’t always on the best behaviour.  They don’t always do as they are told. They often break out of the “Play Date”  and they do 100% think that everything in the studio is theirs and they don’t particularly want to share it with any one.

So yeh, sometimes they are tricky to manage, whilst I have a class full of paying customers moving on machines. 

The pic up the top of this page is during the very very first class that I ran back in 2018. On my left is my 2 year old.

Is she supposed to be right there. No.

Is she being helpful? No.

Was she being somewhat of a pest. Yes.

Did she know that she was supposed to be elsewhere? Yes.

Did she care? No.

How frustrating was it? I can’t eve begin to tell you!

I remember thinking in this very moment “well, this is it. Fail. No one is going to want to come back.”

I remember being a tiny bit cranky with Lilly for misbehaving, on my day, on my really important day!

And I also remember thinking – “if I don’t seem like I am clam in this situation this whole thing is going to turn to shhhiiiiittt.”

So that is what I did.

Faked being calm.

Put on my best calm “Lilly, can you please give me a minute” mum voice, carried on teaching the class, at times carrying her around yelling and not cooperating, and all the while thinking “calm, Jenna, calm” whilst mostly on the inside I was FREAKING THE HECK OUT.

The best news about that day? My other baby couldn’t crawl yet, and therefore stayed exactly where she was supposed to be. What a win!

So, the class went on. Lilly displayed a lot of pork chop behaviour, I fumbled through, we made it to the end.

Was it perfect?

No, I didn’t think so.

Did it work? Ahhh, weirdly it did.

By the time the class was over. My pent up frustration with Lilly had all but subsided.

My fake clam behaviour had, to an extent, worked.

However, it had little to no baring on Lilly. She literally could not have cared less that she had rail-roaded what I had hoped would be the perfect class.

But it did however have an impact on me. 

And this was my “ahh-ha” moment and maybe the my so called “secret” to the juggling thing.

So here is my theory.

Toddlers are the way they are. Often getting their one track mind of the one track thing is impossible. Nothing I say in that moment to them is going to change what they are doing.

So what can I control at that moment? Me. Only me. That is all I can do. And for my own good and for the good of my clients, and I guess ultimately the good of my kids. Calm is probably my best option. 

So, 9ish times out of 10, I take a deep breath, calmly intervene with my nutcase, and carry right a long.

That 1ish time out of 10 I do get super flustered. I do loose it at my kids. I loose track of the class. It all comes to a grinding halt for a few minutes, and then we carry right along.

We are only human right!!

So what am I getting at here?

I don’t think there is actually a knack for it. Remaining calm, carrying on. I don’t think there is a secret. It is something I have to consciously make myself do. It does not come naturally in that moment. But if I can, we are alllll so much better for it!

So, has anything changed since this photo? Yes it has!

Now my littlest baby can walk, so often she brakes into the classes and I have 2 of them all up in my face hahahhaa

Happy Wednesday every one!

1 month, $120 Unlimited Classes!

Your eyes do not deceive you!!

To celebrate the opening of the new studio and the induction of reformer classes to the program, we are offering one very awesome intro offer….

$120 – Unlimited classes AND this includes the cost of your Play Date!!

Yes, that is correct.

$120, all the classes, all of the Play Dates.

I want to share with as many of you as possible how great Pilates can be for you!!

How does it work?

All you need to do is follow the link below to the MindBody site/ app.

Once you have signed up to the 1 Month Intro offer, you will be able to login to MindBody and book as many classes as you like for the next 30 days.

How many classes should you book?

Well that is totally up to you! But I would recommend starting with 2 per week and building it up each week.

What if the times that I want aren’t available?

Pop your name on the wait-list! The wait-list is very active and changes are made all of the time so there is a high possibility that you will get the class you want.

What if I need to cancel?

Totally fine. We just ask that you give 90 mins notice. You can jump on the app and cancel if you need to. It is super easy!

Keen to give it a go???

Follow the buy now button bellow!

Lorna Jane are coming for a visit!

YES! This is true!

Lorna Jane – arguably the leader of the pack in active wear is coming to Ettalong beach, and they will be setting up in our new Studio!!

Our fit out will be just about complete and you will be able to have a sneaky look around the Studio AND if you are very keen, you will be able to book in for a FREE class!

Classes will be available on….

Friday 26th at 9:30am (with onsite Creche)

Saturday 27th at 9:00am

Saturday 28th at 10:00am

To book in, hit the “Book Now” Button, and click on the date you would like and the rest is easy!!

Don’t miss the chance to check out the space before we officially open the doors to our new studio!

Exciting!! We are opening a studio!

The dream for Belle Movement was to create a space where people can move. A space where people felt comfortable and confident to exercise. A space that was beautiful. A space with the power to created a sweet little community of like minded individuals.

AND

Last week, we signed a lease on a studio which we are currently preparing to do alllll of those things.

We will be opening 6 days per week, offing a variety of classes, including

  • Mat Pilates
  • HIIT/ Circuits
  • Yoga
  • and….. REFORMER PILATES

AND we will be creating a really special “play date” space for our little loves.

We are hoping to be opening in early May, but stay tuned for more information with regards to the time table, booking classes and memberships!!

Jenna xx