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You CAN Do It

How many of you have ever been afraid to try something new after having set backs in your life? You really want something but you're nervous you will fail or won't be strong enough.

I want to tell you about a student who truly inspired me last week and hopefully her story will inspire you too. Maia came into EDGE at the Beaverton location before we started Tru Hot Pilates and told me something profound. Four years ago she was hit by a car and survived but she was faced with brain damage. Before the accident she was a fitness queen and I'm talking about someone who is at the gym seven days a week. This accident was a huge turning point in her life because she had to learn a new way of living without her fitness.

When you have brain damage you are unable to move in the ways you could move before. Your brain is sensitive and can take along time to repair itself. After four years of recovery she has been longing to take a workout class but fear was getting in the way. Before walking into the studio she told me she waited a while sitting in her car trying to ease her anxiety and go into class alone to try something new. I assured her she will do incredible and we will modify anything she needs. We did just that and she had an incredible time. After class she told me I made her not feel intimidated anymore and she knows now she CAN do this now. We had a beautiful conversation and I told her I was subbing Barre in Tualatin the next morning.

Sure enough Maia came and joined me for Barre too. Again she crushed it and did amazing. I believe everything in life happens to us for a reason and what happened to Maia was a tragedy but now she can share her story and inspire others that if she can do it, so can YOU. Since then she has kept coming to classes and is feeling at her best right now moving her body. This taught her how to be creative in other ways and that you are capable of anything.

What I hope you get out of this is that life is short truly, we do not know what the next five minutes or five seconds brings. Do not let fear get in the way of stopping you from doing the things that light you up and excite you. If there is something you have been longing to do but you're nervous about it, go do it! You are capable of anything you put your mind to, you just have to believe it yourself.

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