This past weekend I traveled to sunny Southern California to Crossfit Fly, an all-women’s gym, to present a Birth Basics seminar with Dr. Lindsey Mathews of BirthFit. This was my first time to travel out of state to present and it was a really amazing experience. It was a jam packed 3 days, I was sick the whole time, I had to drive in crazy L.A. traffic…. But I wouldn’t change a thing!
I tagged along with Logan Geilbrich, of #fakegym notoriety on Friday while Lindsey was at work. I got to get in a workout on the infamous “Bluffs” of Santa Monica- complete with a crazy photo at the end :) Logan and Dannie are hard at work opening their “real” gym in Venice called Deuce Gym and I got to take a tour while I was there. It reminds me of Red Black Gym here in Austin. It’s gonna be sick! They have a great thing going and will, undoubtedly be uber successful.
Saturday morning at Crossfit Fly we had a group of ladies from all different walks- which is exactly what we always hope will happen. We had
- 2 pregnant women
- 1 mom of two who wants to get into Birth work
- 3 coaches (2 were moms who work with women clients, 1 is trying to conceive)
- 2 of the coaches are also gym owners
- 1 woman is a gym owner AND involved in Birth work
- 1 has a child and is the owner of a business for Natural dental care and coaching- how cool is that?!
Lindsey and I have a vision of women helping women. Women being surrounded by other supportive women during pre-conception, pregnancy, and motherhood. It’s so important to build a community so you have people to lean on, ask questions, and learn from. Each workshop I do tends to be a little different, and this one was no exception. These ladies came with an open mind and an open heart. They asked questions, got to know each other, laughed, shared stories as well as heartbreak. That’s what it’s all about.
Yes, this is a seminar for learning how to keep healthy and fit during pregnancy. But Birth is not so cut and dry. That’s where we come in. Over the past 5 years that I have been working with Pregnant women, I have gained so much knowledge and experience from such a wide variety of sources- attending births (45 and counting!), seminars, real talk with mamas, teaching, and most importantly observation.
The biggest take-away from the weekend?
This is, undoubtedly, what I am supposed to be doing. This is my Path. This is my Passion. I can’t do anything else. All roads have led me to this and it’s only the beginning.