I am so proud to share our student spotlight today. It is moments like this that I cherish; for I remember the very first call I received from this now strong.fit.confident Aradia Goddess. In her voice I knew with certainity that she was clear about what she needed to do for her mind and body. I was equally aware of the slight fear of the unknown. I remember her first Intro to pole dance class with me, and how she waited with patience to get all her fears and questions answered. Every time I see her at the studio I feel a joy in my heart, I have seen her grow in her strength and confidence right before my eyes. She walks taller with proud shoulders, carries her body’s strength and embraces its sensuality with beauty, grace, and acceptance.
Here is her experience in her words,
1/20/19 marked my 1 year anniversary stepping through the red door of Aradia Fitness Loudoun. After very little hesitation and an amazing phone call with Neelam (which i can remember vividly today), I strolled in excited to start and slightly nervous. What I’ve gained in the last year was much more than I ever imagined it to be; new sense of self love, empowerment, strength (that i never thought I’d get), and most importantly, the friendship with each of the ladies! Regardless of level, talent, size, or strength, everyone I’ve met has been unbelievably supportive and there is an out pour of love that fills the heart and soul. They are family to me! I’ve always wanted to be a dancer and Aradia Fitness Loudoun has brought that into fruition. I thank and love you all for helping me be a better me everyday!!
Words from Maya Angelou’s Poem come to my mind
It is in the reach of my Arms
The span of my hips
The stride of my step
The curve of my lips
I am a woman
Love and Light Always
How to be Happy 🙂
Happiness seems so unattainable, something to be found at the end of a rainbow. It would seem that we are chasing it forever quantifying it by “if I have this car” or “when I have this house.”
Have you considered: What is happiness? Go back in your memories and visit the time when you were happy. Is it just a fleeting moment of a sunset, or a cool breeze through your hair.
One of the surest way however to hijack happiness is when we compare ourselves to others. It is one of the easiest ways to feel bad about ourselves regardless of the parameter of comparison. Needless to say social media has made it too easy for comparisons to set in.
Comparison is the thief of Joy as Teddy Roosevelt said, whenever you feel the tentacles of comparison creeping closer think of all that you have accomplished. Be kind to yourself.
You are you that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.
Dr. Seuss 🙂
As women I believe we are too hard on ourselves and so unforgiving of ourselves, We are too busy either seeing our own faults or comparing ourselves to others. Every once in a while we tend to fall in the same comparison trap while working on our skills at the studio.
Be mindful! When comparison starts rising, at that moment I want you to visit the very first time you walked around the pole, revisit that moment and acknowledge how far you have arrived since. Do not compare your current pole journey to someone else’s. All Aradia Goddesses need to be mindful of not attaching their self worth to anything or anyone, the moment we do that it ceases to be ours. Happiness is found when you stop comparing yourself to others. Choose to be happy. Focus on creating and being yourself, you are your own masterpiece.
Comparison is an act of violence against the self~ Iyanla Vanzant
BE A GODDESS
Inspiring story at Tiny Buddha
Here is another wonderful article on Happiness