After what I’ve dubbed “the class that didn’t happen“, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I was pretty terrified about the second class I had planned to teach in New York.
I don’t know which is worse… Trying to teach a class on a sunny, 60 degree Saturday evening, or trying to draw people in on a cold, rainy Sunday afternoon. I was pretty sure Twerk and Tone in the the city was officially a pipe dream.
But nevertheless, I woke up Sunday feeling excited about the possibility of a second chance to show New York a little snippet of what working out in paradise looks like. Meaning, they needed to see someone with a tan before Memorial Day dancing to gangsta music with a Southern accent. Everyone needs that in their life, right?
I won’t belabor the story, but I will add in this little detail… It was so cold and rainy on my walk to the studio! Rain boots, umbrella, scarf, lots of layers cold and rainy! I wondered if I lived in the city and if I had a choice, if there was any way in the world I would even consider dragging my butt outside and commuting by foot to a class I knew nothing about with an instructor who lived in the Virgin Islands. Doubtful.
When I arrived at the Athleta Flatiron store, I was shocked to hear that there had been a waitlist at one time for my class. People signed up, a few people canceled, a few more people signed up, and so forth. By 1:50, there were indeed ladies ready to Twerk and Tone with me!
By 2:00, we had a full studio with participants eager to learn the choreography and get a great workout. God bless them!
Around 3:05, I wrapped it up with a stretch to Empire State of Mind, which the New Yorkers no doubt thought was pretty cliché, but hey, I’m just doing me!
We took a pre-workout pic (because I always look pretty scary after an hour of Twerk and Tone) and a post-workout photo before everyone started piling on their layers to brave the conditions.
My friend Laney said they seemed really happy and there was lots of positive feedback. Sometimes after a class I’m so hyped up that I miss things, but I’m taking her word for it! Plus, I really had to tinkle!
What an amazing lesson this was in diversifying and not putting all my proverbial eggs in one basket. As a new business owner, and a super small one at that, I must remember to scatter my “eggs” all over and see where they are needed, accepted, appreciated.
If you are a small business owner hoping to spread positivity and healthy, happy energy into the world, I wish you the best of luck and would love to connect with you! Drop me a line, and in the meantime, be confident, and don’t let any one thing crash your positive party!
Ashley Cates, St. John USVI Blogger