Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I'm almost there...

I'm a few weeks away from filming my certification video.

After months of injuries and dealing with some setbacks which at the time I really considered throwing in the towel.

The pain in my legs has been gone for about a month. My fitness level is still on the increase. As of today I've taught 7 times. I've found that each time I'm getting stronger, and my confidence in myself and ability to lead a class properly is growing.

I'm now at the point where with a little more work, and my head down and tail up... I should get there by my deadline.

My body just has to hang in there. It's 7pm and I'm in bed already.

I'm officially elderly at 32.

Monday, May 19, 2014

It's been awhile since I've done an update to my blog - mainly because I've been so busy concentrating on getting my fitness back, learning choreography, attending various appointments about my shin splints, and now frantically practicing my technique. All in the name of BodyJam.

So, in the last few months since I've posted... I've attended my first super workshop (Filex) which was in Melbourne. The only word I can use to describe that experience was awe-inspiring. Not only did we get to participate in the upcoming releases for Les Mills, we got the opportunity to meet the program directors and ask them questions. I asked Gandalf "G" Archer for some advice that he had for new instructors and he had some really good advice - especially about finding "yourself" and your own essence within your program.

It was also really cool getting to spend some time in Melbourne not just with my gym/Les Mills crowd - but with my AXF Geeks. We had "dinner" together on the Friday night at Max Brenner of all places. Mmmm Waffles. Special thanks to the gorgeous Col who let me crash at her place on the Friday night.

Since then, I've been attending physiotherapy weekly - well, now it's down to fortnightly. I've been to the podiatrist and have orthotics for my Reebok High-tops. Everything I can do try and get these shins under control so I can get up and start teaching. Shortly after Filex I got up and shadowed BodyJam 68 with my mentor. My fitness level wasn't there, and my shins weren't ready, so I went back to training to get the fitness level back. It's now been 13 weeks since my original injury, and I have to say that only today am I starting to feel normal again - my muscles have been recovering quicker, and my shins aren't really painful after classes/drilling/mirror work. In the last two weeks I've had two pretty intense mirror work sessions (Thanks Niki, love your work) and I've recovered fairly well from them.

I think I'm finally getting somewhere.

I've been shadowing at Cleveland and Victoria Point while another trainee takes the mic and works towards certification on the same release that I'm training on. Feedback has been good, and we can only improve. I'm pretty daunted at the prospect of taking the mic again in a few weeks time, but at least I've got a few weeks on stage prior to that - and plenty of time to build my fitness so that I can really get to full "breakout".

I still have doubts every day. But those doubts are becoming less and less. It's slowly becoming "yes, I will get there."

Saturday, March 15, 2014

I had possibly my lowest day in awhile yesterday. Doubt sucks. As my injuries flaired again I sat on the couch and contemplated quitting something. I never quit.

Today, I must build my resolve back up and just keep reminding myself why I started... and remind myself that I can, and will.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Doubt sucks.

I'm injured.

The best thing I can do right now is chill out here at home and heal... but all I want to do right now is put my reeboks on, and go dance in BodyJam class. I want to apply everything I learned (and more) and get up and present my tracks to a class. I'm ready to continue on this journey I started a few weeks ago... alas, I'm sitting here with my trusty ice-packs and am lost in my thoughts.

This is where doubts start to sneak in. I'm not a trained dancer... my technique has to come a long way... and I can't practice while I'm injured so I feel like completely lame.

I need to be less hard on myself andnot push it, but doubt makes you do silly things. Head made the decision to take the weekend off... heart is really upset right now.

Not looking for sympathy or encouragement... just wanted to express what's going on.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Les Mills Tribe!

That was possibly one of the most challenging, yet inspiring weekends of my life.

Dancing on two injured legs, pushing myself to limits that I didn't know that I was capable of. Seeing six of us go through the initial module, and succeeding. I'm a little bit lost for words right now (that could also be the exhaustion talking) - but I am super excited to see where this journey takes me. I know that I've joined something that is going to be incredibly challenging, but amazingly rewarding at the same time - and I know that I'm going to have friends for life within the tribe. They are some of the most down to earth, friendly and inspirational people I have had the privilege to meet and will now get to work alongside.

Here's a few quick snaps of the journey. I kept my phone away for most of the day so I was pretty good.

Taken about 30 minutes before leaving for day one

Prior to day two - module book, mic belt, funky shoes

"Pass as a Trainee" 
Six trainees with our amazing trainers. Thanks Niki and Johnny. 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

What's 2014 got in store?

We're barely into 2014 and it's already been crazy busy. Six weeks in Canada and our wedding... to come home to witness our beautiful friends Dave and Jen get married. Now, in 9 days I will undertake BodyJam Initial Instructor Module Training... this will set me up to eventually become a qualified instructor. I'm very excited to start this journey and thank so many friends and professionals out there who have my back for what I'm told will be a life changing journey into the Les Mills Tribe.

So what does this mean for any events or whatever else is coming up? I'm going to need a lot of notice to attend things... because when I'm not doing my instructor training, I suspect I'll be sleeping. LOL --- That, and we are paying off our wedding, and still have another three weddings to go this year - two of which we have to travel quite substantial distances to (including Hawaii!!) so please don't be offended if we just can't make events like we used to.  One or both of us will try to make it, but we may not be able to stay long.

I'm also traveling to Melbourne for the first weekend in April to attend "Dance-A-Palooza" (Part of the Filex Convention).  So to my Melbourne friends (or anyone else that would like to travel!) - if you wanna see me, I suggest you put on your high-tops (or any other comfortable shoes) and come and join me on the dance floor at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on April 5th at 6.30pm. Anyone can attend "Dance-A-Palooza" and it will be amazing! 

That's it for now. I'm struggling to get my fitness level back after so much time off - but no excuses... it's time to learn chorey and queuing for module training!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

A Post-Wedding Blog

So, for those who haven't been following our Canadian Trip Blog - Craig and I are now married. :)

After two years of planning from Australia, I was so excited to finally get on the plane and arrive in Canada and meet the gorgeous wedding vendors that we had decided to use for our big day. Planning a destination wedding that is on the other side of the world is not an easy feat... but I have to say that the team we selected really made our day about as special as it could have been.

Bliss Event + Design - Marcie (Planner) - Marcie couldn't do enough for us to ensure that our day ran smoothly. We went with the 30 day package... so we had done the hard yards, and Marcie executed everything for us and took care of anything that was outstanding or needed chasing up. We also used her services for our florals and decor. Everything was perfect. Just perfect. Marcie did everything in her power to make sure that we were as cool, calm and collected as we could be and really helped make sure the day ran to schedule. My advice for brides to be... hire a planner.

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler - We used The Grand Fireplace in "The Grill Room" for our ceremony location. It was picture perfect and I'm so glad we went with this. Thank you so much to Julie for her months of communication and ensuring that all our needs were met.

Anastasia Photography - I went through dozens of Photography portfolios, all of which were gorgeous - but every single time I came back to Anastasia Chomlack's gorgeous 'out of the box' photography style - it captures the moments as they happen, as well as lots of amazing quirky shots - it wasn't a hard decision. Anastasia is a gorgeous human being who made sure we were comfortable in everything that we did for our photos - and even helped us take a few risks too - can't wait to see the photos. Craig and I did a "first look" photo - and I truly believe doing this took so much pressure off for the ceremony. The most nervous I felt was walking down the pathway to the bridge to meet Craig.

Cinnamon Bear Bar and Grill (Hilton) -  Flawless. The food and beverage package that we selected at the Hilton was so good. So good. I don't think there was anyone that left hungry. The wedding cake was out of this world. We selected a Pumpkin Philly Cream cheese cake and it was so delicious a lot of people wanted seconds and thirds. Thank you so much to Wendy and the team.

Young Hip and Married - Shawn (Officient) - Thank you so much to Shawn (and Erica). When I found their website, I knew that I had found our celebrant. These guys create a fully personalised ceremony and include anything and everything you want to make it 100% your day. We had so many comments from our guests about how amazing and personal and inclusive our ceremony was - and that Shawn was just so wonderful. These guys have a way of taking your words and story and make it sound like a best seller. We are so happy that we used these guys and know that our day will be remembered for not just the food and the drinks, but for the ceremony.

Other side notes - We used The Loft Salon  for hair and makeup styling. The ladies made sure that we didn't leave unless we were 100% happy - and we were. Our wedding bomboniere came from the "Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory" - caramel apples of goodness. They were so amazing.

The day that I finally got to wear my wedding dress.
A combination of Elizabeth DeVarga and WilliamVintage!

Thank you so much to my maid of honour (and gorgeous sister) Sam, and my beautiful bridesmaid (and friend) Anna. You two are the best and kept me 100% calm and I was so proud to have you standing alongside Craig and I. And thank you so much to Craig's best man Justin, and groomsman Dave. We love you guys. Lamees, thank you so much for singing in our ceremony (it was beautiful and made everyone cry) and thank you for also being "the voice" of our reception. To my brother Ken, thank you for being in charge of holding our "Skype" phone. Thank you to mum and dad for flying all this way to walk me down the aisle.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all our friends and family who traveled from the other side of the world to be here for our special day... we hope that Whistler was as magical for you as it has been for us over the years, and an extra special thank you to our Canadian friends Leigh and Cory who really helped solidify our love of Whistler. We promise we'll keep getting on the plane. 

Florals By Marcie - Bliss Event + Design
Photography - Anastasia Chomlack - Anastasia Photography

Photo - Nicole Lynch