Lately, I have been feeling extremely inspired by the people around me in my life. From my coworkers & brides at Madeleine’s Daughter Bridal, my fellow teachers & clients at Pure Barre Portsmouth and to my dear friends and family – I am surrounded by strong people constantly! BOY do these people just make me want to be better everyday, in every way. It is so stupid cheesy but it is so stinkin’ true.
Let’s talk Pure Barre, my newest love! I have only been coming to PBP for a couple of months and since have become a teacher and am honored to have this position. Every single person that I have gotten to know has her very own story. I say HER because the clients at barre are women (typically). Each person has her own struggle, whether big or small. But no matter what, these people show up to LIFT TONE BURN (#LTB), giving everything they have. It literally gives me chills thinking about them. Some of these women are moms, some are pregnant too! By the way, taking Pure Barre classes while pregnant is said to help with pregnancy in general and also the process of giving birth. The types of exercises we do help with the pelvic floor strength…nice. The other day I found out that one of our clients is a mom of a 2 month old and I was shocked. She not only looks amazing, but I applaud her for taking the time out to focus on her own wellbeing. It is super hard as a mom to take the time out and away from babies and kids, but it is imperative to be the best YOU in order to be the best MOM or SISTER or AUNT or whatever. The stronger you are, not only physically but mentally especially, the stronger those that are looking up to you will be. NOT that I am a mom, but I have dozens of people in my life that are. I applaud ALL OF YOU!!! And to those that aren’t moms, you have so much going on with work, school, pets, relationships, etc. – but you set the time to be badasses and commit to pushing yourselves. You make me so damn proud (tear).
And as for my fellow teachers, you inspire me! Taking your classes has given me the confidence to pass along all of the inspiration and energy to our clients. Teaching gives me life and I couldn’t have done it without the help of the amazing owner, Anne, or the other incredible teachers at our studio. I bow down to you all! Teaching is definitely NOT easy, it takes so much hard work and dedication and I appreciate each and every one of you. I cannot say enough positive things about all of the women of Pure Barre Portsmouth. I love ya’ll! If you are looking to become a part of a community of positive and awe-inspiring women, come see us. I’d love to have you.
Okay now let’s talk MD. Madeleine’s Daughter has changed my life in the greatest ways. While I am “working” I am helping brides (and bridesmaids and moms) find their perfect dresses. The person I was before stepping foot into MD is completely different than the woman that I am today. I came into this job feeling defeated by my previous job, sort of looking for some light. And by golly, did I find that light. This definitely happened over time & through some challenges, but now looking back I see the clear shift that occurred through the past 3+ years. On the daily, I watch women looking at themselves in the mirror. It is rare to find a woman that is 100% confident in her own skin. So I am constantly telling my brides, “YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL! Just the way you are!” Everyone wants to tone up and lose weight for their big day, but it is so important to find your health, balance & happiness with yourself for LIFE, not just for the wedding day. These are the things I tell my brides, so overtime it has sunk into my own brain. I have found my very own confidence, no matter how much I weigh, no matter how many “flaws” I find – no one else is focusing on those silly things at all. It amazes me to see size 2 girls pick themselves apart. This goes to show that no matter how skinny you want to be, you have to be happy with yourself starting NOW. No one else is focusing on armpit fat, okay? Plus, it’s really just skin. You so pretty, just accept it.
Each bride has her very own story and I LOVE hearing about the engagements, looking at their rings and best of all how they meet their fiancés. It is so fun and I do live vicariously tehe. I had a bride who met her guy at a gas station. Another met her fiancé playing on a dodgeball team. Lots of brides nowadays meet their lovers online – ALL of the sites. Tinder, too. Yep. Lots through school and work and another big one is through mutual friends. I feel like I should keep stats, it is so interesting to hear – one of my very favorite parts of each appointment is asking about the bride’s story. SO FUN.
As for my boss(es) and coworkers, I love you all so much!
I love our family dynamic and I couldn’t picture it missing any one of us. The owner, Elizabeth and Store Manager, Juhree have been the best bosses a girl could ever hope for. Thank you for setting a prime example of leadership. To my fellow stylists, I appreciate our camaraderie and how much we push each other, whether it is at work or in real life. Some of the best advice I’ve gotten comes from these ladies and I would probably go insane without ya’ll. I would go insane. Well, I am still insane, but you know what I mean. Friendly competitions are always my favorite, too. Again, these are the women that push me to be better. I share my life with them and they share theirs with me, too. We not only see each other at work, but also choose to spend our time together sipping wine and enjoying each others company on our own time. I do happen to be moving in with our lovely front desk manager, LAUREN aka Lolly.
I met Lolly at my past shitty job, but now know I was meant to work there so I could meet her. She has changed my life and is my partner in crime. She, along with all of my friends, seem to know me way better than I know myself and sometimes it scares me. Thank you for keeping me in check. It’s appreciated.
And last but DEFINITELY not least, my friends and family. It is super hard to watch when my friends or family are going through a tough time. I feel for all of them, and I wish I could be by my Mom‘s side when she needs, but she is all the way in New York. I must say, my mother is unlike any other mother out there. I am very lucky to call her my best friend. Even though there is distance between us, mom, I am so happy that our relationship is super strong and I can always rely on you if I need to talk. Thank you for all that you do on the daily, and all that you have done for Hannah, Ant and I (and continue to do). You mean the world to us and cannot even put into words how amazing you are. You are a shining light and seriously make me laugh.
Thank you for giving my my humor, laughing with you is one of my favorite things EVER. And there are SO MANY times when I have to stop myself and be like, wow I just sounded like Mom. It is happening, I am turning into you. And that’s a really good thing. Love you more than you will ever know.
Same goes for all of my other family members in NY and everywhere else – I want to be there for you and just be with you physically but I hope that you do know, I am just one call away! Through all of the struggles that we have all been through – we are coming out stronger and better!
Josh was the best. We were so annoying to work with, thanks for dealing with us. These tats will always keep us together! Us 3 have to much fun together ❤
We have thick skin and can get through anything, I am proud to be a DeSarro. Dad – no matter WHAT I feel like doing with my life, I always have your support 100%. I so appreciate that and love you oh so much! Hannah – I CANNOT wait to see what you do in Florida and I COULD NOT BE prouder. Watching you grow and become the woman you are is so amazing and I love being your big sister. Cody is lucky to have you. And you are lucky to have him. I am here for you always, as you know. I wish we lived closer but I cannot wait to visit. Ant – I always tell people with pride that you are a NY State Trooper and you are doing big things, living the life with Sarah, your perfect match, and your new kitty and new house. New York Mills ain’t ready.
All of my cousins and their kids, etc. – my goodness! I can’t believe my little baby cousin Angela (who I remember holding way back when) now has a gorgeous daughter, Santina. And Missy – your family inspires me. You are stunning, as are your kids. Lamar is an amazing father. I am so proud of you for the life you have created for yourself – like, you seriously are such a strong person and inspire the hell out of me. To each and every one of my friends and fam – love you so much.
Aunt Mary – you are one of a kind. I want to tear up right now thinking about how much of a fighter you are. My Aunt Mary has been diagnosed with MS. A diagnosis that no one wants to hear. When life throws you curveballs, you swing super hard and crush those balls. Lol.
You motivate me to live a healthy lifestyle, pushing myself to do things I might not necessarily want to do. Why?? Because even though you were dealt a shitty card, you have decided to do everything in your power to not allow MS to define you. You work hard at your health, mentally and physically and it shows, even from hundreds of miles away. I believe that my creativity has stemmed from you, I love your writing and that you have your own community online with likeminded folks. I am proud to call you my aunt. Love you!
My friends that live nearby, who I consider my actual family, mean the absolute world to me, The Gallison’s. Jess, Jay, Hudson, Delaney & Tom Brady Cat – I would definitely not be here (in New Hampshire) without you.
Jess has been my bestie since 5th grade and moved me out to Portsmouth after I graduated college (almost FIVE years now?!). She pushes me to do what is best for ME and I honestly have no idea where the heck I would be without my Jacinta. You keep my head on straight (or at least try to), thanks pal. I would also like to point out the fact that Jess puts everyone before herself. No matter what issues she is dealing with, especially recent health problems, she powers through fiercely and is seriously a SUPERMOM. I have NO idea how you do it. Praise you!
I am SO HAPPY that I was there when you met Jay for the very first time, he is now one of my very best friends. Jay, you are seriously one of my favorite people in the entire world and I hope you know how incredible you are. God this is so cheesy, sorry! I mean it, though.
These two have made the most gorgeous kids, Hudson Chase and Delaney Kay. Huddy is my godson and is 4 years old. He is also one of my best friends.
We have so much fun running around together and playing. He keeps me young and I appreciate this kid so much. And he has just declared himself a vegetarian (HAHA, he kills me). Good for him. Smart dude! He is also starting a new school super soon – ya make me proud, kiddo. And to little DKG who is ALMOST A ONE YEAR OLD, you are a princess and your constant smiles give me so much joy in my heart. I can’t wait to take you shopping someday. Thank you, Gallison’s, for including me in your family. LOVE YOU!!!!!!! ❤
This post totally took a turn and I really didn’t mean to do that, but glad it did. Everyone should know how much they mean to me, even though this is all so mushy and gushy. Sorry not sorry!
Also – shoutout to Stella (my kitty) who has so graciously brought me another live mouse this morning. Thanks, girlfriend. Mama loves you.
I hope that you take the time to appreciate all of the people in your very own lives that have gotten you where you are today. If you are feeling sad, write a note to a loved one. It will make you happier. The people that mean the most to you should know how much they mean to you. This life is too short to focus on the shitty shit & negative people. The more love we spread, the better this world will be! Let’s make this earth a better place.
I’d like to end by saying that my thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey. My heart aches for you all. The rest of the country has your back and we will do everything we can to get you your lives back. If you are able to donate, please do so. Every dollar counts.
Thanks 🙂 🙂 🙂