We all have different ways of discovering new things that change the course of our lives. Simple or complicated, they arise and change our homeostasis. They drive us to become better, more diverse individuals. For me, I found passion in Pilates. Although my journey wasn’t direct, it’s led me to starting Waveforms Pilates. I hope this inspires you to follow your passions and those feelings that pull you towards change.
My first exposure to Pilates was back when I was twelve. As a dancer, I decided to take Pilates classes to help build my strength for the stage. After my first class, I knew this was something I wanted to pursue long-term. I loved movement from an early age and something about Pilates was not only satisfying for my body, but also my mind. In my high school entrepreneurship class I outlined a formal business plan for a Pilates studio. I tucked away my plan in a binder, and went on to college.
I pursued dance at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and grew even more fascinated by the body in motion. While in college, I continued my Pilates education and began the certification process through Balanced Body Education.
Class, rehearsals, Pilates student teaching, observation hours, performing, apprenticing at the Pilates studio, and then graduating. I was back and forth from the dance studio to Pilates studio. While still maintaining a passion for dance, I realized that it wasn’t dance that I was drawn to, but more so movement. I left the university passionate about movement and ready to use it to change lives.
Before leaving college, the head of the department helped us define the road ahead of us. She told us:
“As artists, dancers, movers, it will be easy to define yourself by the jobs that you work. Many of us will wait tables, bartend, and work odd jobs, but that does not mean that’s who we are. When someone asks you what you do, you have the choice in how you answer. You can say anything. You need not say that you are a waitress, but rather let them know you are a performing artist, you are a dancer, you are a choreographer, you are a Pilates instructor, you are a mover. We are not defined by our work, but by our being. Tell them who you are.”
And I did exactly that, I waited tables. I waited tables, but did not identify myself with waitressing. When asked, I told people I was passionate about changing lives through movement. That I was a performing artist, choreographer, and Pilates instructor. These jobs weren’t my primary source of income, but they were my being.
Trusting to Leap
Over the next two years, I slowly shifted from waiting less tables, to working more with movement. All along I was teaching Pilates and dance, but now the scale was shifting to this being a greater part of my workday. After landing a new job as a Pilates instructor, I turned in my apron and decided to take the leap. Establishing trust with myself, I decided I would only do work relevant to my passion—work with movement.
Waveforms Pilates is Born
Fast forward two more years, supportive husband alongside me, moving from an apartment to our new home…I find my high school entrepreneurship binder. I sensed a beauty of being on track. Though I forgot about this specific dream of mine from ten years prior, I subconsciously set myself on the path to achieving it. I completed the education, I gained the teaching experience, I strengthened my body, and I established a following. I was ready to expand my reach and open a Pilates studio. My loving husband Estin on board and excited, we started an LLC, and Waveforms Pilates was born.
Being a Modern-Day Entrepreneur
With the new fast-pace to society, change is our only constant, and being open to change is essential. When we trust in our purest passions and desires for our lives, we move towards change for the better. I challenge you to take a leap and trust the path towards change. Change that aligns you toward your passions.
I am grateful for the team of people around me who supported my passions, helped on my educational journey, and rallied behind me. Though being an entrepreneur may not be easy, there is ease in me. I am excited for the adventures on the road ahead for Waveforms Pilates.
Certified Pilates Instructor, Waveforms Pilates