How often have you been asked if you are "ready" for Christmas? Is there more pressure, more rush, more frustration this time of year? Hopefully Christmas is a time to quiet, to love, to reflect. As my mom reminded me, Jesus did not come to whip us all into a frenzied pace of mass shopping, debt and excess. Jesus came to settle our hearts, to calm our spirits, to open our eyes to the wondrous gift which is life. We won't live it perfectly. There will be hurt, there will be sadness, there will be loss, there will be sin....but there will also be Christmas. A time of renewal, a time I celebrate that in spite of my imperfections there is one who redeems me from my human nature. I'm abundantly satisfied with the gift. His gift is more than I deserve but I gratefully accept. God's gift of grace is extreme. May we share extreme grace as a gift this Christmas. Who we are is enough because God made it so at Christmas. The pressure is removed thanks to His great love. Christmas does not have to be perfect...the perfect home, the perfect gift, the perfect meal. Christmas is perfect without all of our human accessories. CHRISTmas is perfect in nature already.. The day will come and go, enjoy it without expectation, the expectation is over, we know the GIFT. Honor the season, celebrate by being present. Know that you are loved. Let your love shine this holiday season and always.
Thank you for a wonderful year at Home Training Pilates. I so appreciate all your referrals, your enthusiasm, and your consistent practice and friendship. We have a wonderful sign-up underway for 2016. The Tuesday morning class at 8:30a.m. is full. I am always happy to add a 9:30a.m. class on Tuesdays, particularly for beginners, if there is interest. I am grateful to Erin Trainor and the wonderful women at My Personal Trainor for giving me the opportunity to teach Wednesday classes in their studio space. Wednesday class will continue at 8:30a.m. Please contact me if interested in participating, $85.00 for 10 weeks beginning the first week of January. Equipment training is always an option on the Pilates reformer, chair and tower. If this Christmas break week gives you a little extra time off from work and you want to explore the training options, send me an email and we can arrange a time. I received this extra special note from a client this week: "You've been a life changer for me, such a blessing so thank you for helping me find my "inner core" and so much more!" The work of Joe Pilates has changed my life and it is such an honor to share his training principles with the community. I continue to grow in my own practice and understanding of the awesome human body, together we strive to care for ourselves and one another, mind, body and spirit. Merry Christmas!