As many of you know I do Bellyfit and I also work with them as director of social marketing. But this is more than just a work for me. I pretty much worship the creator of Bellyfit, Alice Bracegirdle. She is my inspiration, she has such charisma and I LURVE her.
Bellyfit is a workout for women. It’s a fusion exercise of aerobics, yoga, pilates, with lots of influence of Bollywood and Bellydance.
Classes are offered at Base Lounge in downtown Victoria, but if you want to experience real Bellyfit, you must come to the Bellyfit Live class on Saturday mornings at 10:15. We have live music by very talented DJ Rowan, and the energy is always A-MAZING.
I love Bellyfit because it’s not just another workout to get skinny, it’s more focused on inspiring and empowering women. I have mentioned this before, but I loved to be inspired, and Alice always delivers what I am going to the class for. I mean, we are all so busy and stressed out; I need to exercise, de-stress and ground myself. I need to do Bellyfit to keep me sane. It has almost become a spiritual practice for me.
We also have awesome music to dance to. Every Saturday morning we have the best dance party in all of Victoria! Currently our favourite is this tune ;
Last night, we had a promo video and photo shoot and again it was a blast. There were probably about 20-25 women there, we all had our hair and makeup done, everybody looked ridiculously gorgeous. We all got our photos taken, and after that we shot a video doing Bellyfit.
Amazing thing is, these women weren’t just pretty models, they were all strong, talented women, all part of the Bellyfit family, and man, I was so honored to be included. By the time we started the video shoot it was around 8:30 and I am sure everybody was tired, but nobody complained. We all loved Alice and we were happy to be there….when we finally finished around 10:30 we watched the video on the camera…and OMG, we looked so hot! I can’t wait to see the finished video.
We are currently working on launching Bellyfit in Japan….we’re planning to offer Bellyfit class in Japanese as well, so stay tuned!
This is going to be somewhat personal post. It might be a bit too much information and I apologize for that in advance.
Recently I found out my friend B is going through a tough time in her relationship with her partner. She disclosed that she was single again on Facebook, and my heart sank. I immediately sent her a message to say that I’m sorry to hear about it and if she ever wanted to talk, that I would be there for her.
After sending the message, I was surprised to feel so upset over her breakup. B is a relatively new friend, we met earlier this year at an event and she has been doing the waxing for me every month. I actually met her only 3-4 times.
I had to think about it for a bit and remembered what I read in Mariko Hayashi (Popular Japanese writer)’s book-she analyzed the reason often models, singers and actresses marry a makeup artist or hair stylist is because they spend time when these celebrities are often most vulnerable-with no makeup and no audience around- and that is when most personal conversations happen. Before you know it, you’re pouring your heart out about the stresses of the day, things you love and difficulties and goals of your life….
I totally feel the same way about B. Of course, in this case I am (unfortunately) not talking about romantic relationship, but every time I was there to see B for my monthly visit, we talked about kids, work, friends, relationships-everything. We are in her tiny room behind the closed door, and I am always in VERY vulnerable state, if you know what I mean. Then I feel like what the heck, now that she’s seen everything, I can tell her everything.
On my last visit I was telling her about my separation from my husband of 13 years (Note: Those who didn’t know about this can spare the “I’m so sorry to hear that” speech because frankly, I am not) and we also chuckled about the fact us Tauruses(Our birthdays are one day apart) tend to be domineering in a relationship. These are pretty intimate conversations and I usually don’t like to share so much about myself, so I am sure this has something to do with the fact she performs very private practice-literally.
As I write this I am again thinking about her-seems to me so many people are going through big changes in their lives and I do sincerely wish her peace and happiness. She is truly an amazing woman.