What?!  While reading through one of my absolute favorite websites, I saw a line that read, "You are your most important asset" and I stopped. You hear things like this all the time. "You have to put your oxygen mask on first.", "If you're not taking care of yourself how can you take care of others?", etc. All of those concepts resonate with me but there was something about Maries' phrasing of "You are your most important asset" that stopped me in my tracks. Then I got to thinking about how this could apply to my work and my life. What if I were my most important client or better yet, my favorite? I teach for about 5-6 hours a day. While most of that time is fully focused on Pilates, some of it is spent listening to what my clients are going through that has nothing to do with Pilates, and I believe that time is very important. While I'm a Pilates instructor first, I believe the moments and conversations had before and after (and sometimes during) each session are incredibly powerful and important. During these times, I always have kind and gentle suggestions to offer. I encourage self-care, short walks, not being so hard on yourself, knowing that you're doing the best that you can and more. My hope is that by the time their session is over their bodies feel better and perhaps their hearts do as well. I'm not just trying to make them feel better, though. I genuinely believe that they need to give themselves a break. If I can do that for almost 30 hours a week for everyone else then surely I can do that for myself too, right??? The idea that it's possible to be as kind, forgiving and gentle with myself as I am with all of my clients is kind of huge to me. Do any other instructors struggle with this too? What about other professions? Surely I'm not alone, right???

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