‘There are no mistakes in life, only lessons,’ my mom said as I got out of the car. I hadn’t made the soccer team. And I never wanted to go back.

‘God’s rejection is God’s protection,’ she said.

I felt like a total loser.

How could they not pick ME?, I was so good.

I realized soon after that instead of soccer, gymnastics would be my sport.

Soon after, it turned out that God’s rejection was his protection just like my mom said.

My first and last loves of life will be gymnastics. Even my husband knows it. The movement, the creative artistry, the dance the wild and free vibes – all were 100% up my alley. So much so in fact, that even to this day, I still dream of my bar routine every night before I go to bed. And it puts me to sleep like a baby.

There are few loves of my childhood that I have grasped onto as well. The sea, the ocean, the rocks, and the valleys all defined my childhood. The horseshoe crabs, the jelly fish and the minnows were all my friends.

The foxes and dogs were my confidants. I was a part of mother nature, one with her body, mind, and soul.

Somehow among the rush of life, I forgot that little girl running on the stones. And this year, I got her back.

I built a safe community around me that has me in mind. I did the hard work and managed the highs and lows. I took care of my body. I refrained from drinking. I managed my stress, all by managing myself.

Before this work, I felt alone. I didn’t know what was up and what was down and how I’d manage everything in between.

I had to stand still. And for a doer, I thought it was impossible. I listened. I listened to myself. I listened to my family. I listened to the people around me.

Paying attention to my needs clearly needed to come first.

Today, I slowly crawl out of my little cancer crab hole, and help me define myself. I am fixing myself one day at a time. And I am finding me.

The Pilates Pod in Culver City is the Industry Cafe + Jazz Cafe on steroids for those in search of inner peace and strength.

The outdoor community pilates classes take hold and give that much needed release to all of us needing to release the anguish and pain from the last year. We have all been through a lot but know that deep down, anything is possible. It is up to us to discover it.

If you are in the LA area, book your time at the Pilates Pod here, https://www.pilatespodla.com/.

Peace and blessings to you and yours, Stacy

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