Big Changes, Big Intentions, Big Year – Happy 2013!

I know I’m a day early, but I wanted to take this opportunity to both wish you a year full of fitness, wellness and overall health, and to let you in on a big announcement.

2012 was a BIG year. A year of significant change.

BIG for many reasons. This time last year, I was contemplating taking “a few” Pilates training modules, and “maybe teaching mat classes in my spare time”. My lighthearted approach to teacher training left as quickly as it came, and I realized that I can’t do anything halfway, especially something that felt so close to my core.

Once I took my first Pilates mat training, I knew that I owe the Pilates method much more. I needed to understand the entire repertoire of the practice that I have been fond of for so many years.

Pilates enveloped me in many ways – for it’s ability to mold and strengthen the entire body without being forceful or obvious about it, for allowing us to feel greater ease in movement, and unlocking the potential of increased flexibility, which translates into overall strength because a flexible muscle has greater strength potential.

But let me back up.

For the past four years I have worked in the State Capitol, building on what I thought four years ago, could be, a lasting and fulfilling career. And it was, for those years.

Working in public policy has always been challenging, often rewarding, and occasionally fulfilling. But last year, I realized that I am no longer able to give it my all.

This is when I decided that I needed a BIG change.

BIG changes are never easy, so I know that 2013 will also be a BIG year.

Despite that I am a notorious list maker and planner, change is where I thrive.

At first, I was afraid to admit to myself that I need to leave my “regular job”, a place where I made many friends, a few mentors, and a couple of people who I believe will be a part of my life for a very long time. A place that I have been committed to for a significant part of my life. A place that justified to others and myself my degrees and my internships.

I worked hard, but I was no longer able to give it what I know it deserved.

I began to look at my life through an internal lens and started being honest with myself about what I want to offer to the world. That’s when the big world of opportunities and possibilities opened up in my heart! I decided that I can offer much more to the world if it aligns with who I am.

I believe that it’s essential to stay aligned, at least for me. But I do think that what a person is meant to do may change over time, and THAT’S OK.

Why shouldn’t it be?

Starting over should never be mistaken for giving up or quitting.

Changing course when you need to can save you.

Pride often gets in the way of starting over. Seeing that a change is necessary and making the change is worth it.

Of course I still have some fear about starting over. But fear let’s me know that I am alive. I’ll take that any day over being stagnant and unhappy.

Physical health, fitness, exercise, holistic health, whatever you want to call it, has been a love of mine as long as I can remember. Nutrition and fitness are the guiding core commitments in my life no matter where I am and what I do.

I have learned about and nurtured these loves for years, and I decided that it was time to share them with you in the most real way that I can. I also believe that I am an entrepreneur at heart. I have a vision of what I want to create for you and the way I that I want it to look. Maintaining this vision and seeing it come to life is the greatest gift that feel I can give to you and myself.

I am delighted to take on the new challenges of this year, in which I am sure there will be many. I will now be a full time fitness specialist  with emphasis on Pilates-based training. In the midst of that, plant-based nutrition for optimal health will find its way. I am really excited about starting a new fitness program called, Pilates HIIT, teaching more classes, teaching workshops, and sharing much more fitness content with you on Limetreelife and hopefully a new website (coming this year).

Here was my list of goals from 2012, I would say I did well.

  • receive the full Mat Pilates certificate (finished not only mat, but comprehensive training, including Reformer, Chair, Barrel, and Cadillac)
  • re-design my website (beautifully done, thank you, Eric)
  • go on more “dates” with Eric (not sure how to quantify that, but probably not enough)
  • run a marathon (check!)
  • grow Limetreelife (yes!)
  • figure out my niche (I think this one will never be checked off, but I am getting much closer)

For 2013, I want to focus on intentions rather than goals.

  •     grow our Pilates fitness community and have a deeply rooted network
  •     develop a personal website
  •     have Limetreelife become a hub of fitness and wellness activity and serve as resource to all of you
  •     creative projects with other bloggers and fitness professionals
  •     spend more time creating for no other reason but joy

I wish you all a year full of big intentions, wellness from the inside out and peace in your daily life. Cheers to a great year!

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  1. Jedidiah Soliz
    Posted December 30, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    That is wonderful and inspiring Maria! That’s so interesting because I was just watching my favorate inspirational/motivational documentary today called “Discover the Gift” and it falls directly in line with what you are talking about here! If you havn’t seen it, check it out!! It will help fuel and jumpstart you right into your new career and help show you that you made the right decision :) It is always better to do what you love and are passionate about! When you share your gift, true happiness will come!

    • Posted December 30, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

      Thank you, Jed! I really appreciate your comments. I definitely think that it’s important to do what you love because that’s how you can give the most. Also, life is too short to not to do what makes you happy daily. I will check out Discover the Gift, I still haven’t watched Thrive though (it wasn’t on iTunes). Happy (almost) New Year! I’m looking forward to all the runs with you.

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