Over the past 2 years, I have come back into the social media world after getting off of it more 8 years ago. To be truthful I was going through a very difficult time in my life back then, and even though I was 30 years old and the mother of 2 kids, I simply wasn't mature enough to handle it. It's completely embarrassing to share this but one of the biggest things I struggled with was feeling left out. Seeing posts of friends going to a lunch without me would make me feel like I wasn't cool enough to be invited. Did I mention I was going through a tough time??? I would also find myself disliking (Okay hating) people who I very much liked in person because of a post they did. I made the decision to get off social media and declared I'd NEVER do it again.
Fast forward to 2015. One of my friends kept sending me screenshots of cool Pilates posts from people she followed on Instagram. She kept insisting that Instagram was different than other social media platforms and encouraged me to join, so I very reluctantly did so. I immediately loved it! I was blown-away when I saw well-respected instructors doing Pilates a bit differently (and sometimes not classically!). Their posts helped me feel the freedom and confidence to break the rules that were so ingrained in me from my training. I timidly began to teach creative variations on the classical work and was amazed when the Pilates Police didn't storm through my studio door. Is it crazy that a part of me honestly thought that could happen? Watching very reputable instructors put themselves out there and take the risk of being judged by the haters of the Pilates world was so awesome. I started to feel a new enthusiasm for my future as a Pilates instructor, and it was all because of Instagram.
I have been doing daily video posts for more than a year now. I felt compelled to contribute to the community of Pilates instructors on Instagram who had inspired me and I'm so glad I did. My posts have also, and very unexpectedly, empowered me. They've helped me to see myself in a much more positive way and hearing the kind words and grateful comments for a post I did makes me feel like I'm part of something that matters to people. I've made great friends with Pilates instructors all over the world, and I message them with questions and support when I need it. Posting on Instagram has honestly been life changing for me so I hope you'll join me! You may be surprised what you'll get out of it.