Ten years down the road, Absolute Pilates employs twenty-two trainers, has five locations, is branching their social media and welcomes new clients regularly. With this much growth, it’s easy to forget those initial roots. Not me – my roots are not left in the past but are continually spreading to impact what I do today.
Growing up, I remember my mom as my biggest cheerleader. She was always encouraging me to follow my passions and dream as big as the sky. She was the person I could call to talk to just so I could process my thoughts and figure out the right next move. It could have been something as small as a homework assignment in grade school or as big as starting a business as an adult. My mom was my rock and my launch pad. She believed in me and made me believe in myself, too.
In 2008, my husband and I moved back to our hometown aka Mechanicsburg. I was working a job that I only half enjoyed, and I knew then was the time to make a change. Without my husband knowing, I quit my job and followed my dream – I was starting my own Pilates studio. As the studio grew my mothers’ illness that was a large part of me moving home grew worse.
Having the studio in my own house was a good start – however, I quickly outgrew it, and by 2011 I had my own trainers whom I personally trained. I lost my mom in early December 2012. I continued the ambition, and on New Year’s Eve of 2013, I was six months pregnant moving into my first official Pilates studio. It was going to be a good year. It was possibly the most emotional month of my life.
My daughter arrived in April of 2013, so naturally, I opened another location on maternity leave. In 2014, I was working harder than ever, which brought its pros and cons. On the plus side, I opened three additional studios I six months! On the downside, I developed Guillain Barre Syndrome and spent four days in the Hershey Medical Center unable to walk.
This was one of the hardest times of my life. It was hard keeping things for the studios organized, hard not being able to be active, and hard keeping spirits high. But, I knew my daughter was watching. I wanted to show her that even though I was down, I wasn’t defeated. Even though I had an obstacle in front of me, it didn’t stop me from pursuing my dreams.
Ultimately, that is why I do what I do. My mother encouraged me and now it’s my turn to encourage my daughter, and all the Pilates lovers out there for that matter. I believe that everyone can move better, feel better, be healthier, and be happier, and I want to be the one to encourage that. I’m always telling myself that I want more! Now, that doesn’t mean I want more money or more fame, it means that I want more for my Pilates Studio; I want my teachers, trainers, and clients to find more happiness in themselves and what they are able to accomplish. My hope is that they will be encouraged by me and in turn, encourage others.