Last Wednesday, Brittnei, founder of #itsalifestyle and I combined forces to bring to the community our body image and body positivity workshop creation - Love YoSelf. Although I have run a panel discussion on the topic, this was the first time that I was going to be hosting an interactive workshop where the attendees could reflect, share and learn throughout our two hours together.
Before putting anything out to the rest of the world, I am always a little nervous as to how it will be received. When you are the one creating the content, you always have a different perspective than those on the outside looking in. I am so thrilled with the feedback we received and Brittnei and I are excited to continue to offer this workshop in the future.
The underlying goals I have at any of my workshops, panels, events, or classes is the following:
- thank yourself for making time out of your schedule for you
- reflect on your strengths and understand how to tackle your weaknesses
- learn something new about yourself you didn’t know prior to attending
I want people to be better when they leave. Even if it is one small ounce of change, motivation, or inspiration, I want to ensure people have a take away to help them on their way once the event, workshop, or class is over. Especially after my classes, but this can be applied to anything I offer, remember the feeling you have and use it as motivation to help you create the change you are looking for.
This workshop in particular was a HUGE success. Not only was it the most well received workshop I have run from a client perspective, but I also think that it was the most impactful on myself as the facilitator. Maybe it was the combination of people, the content and activities, or my co-facilitator, but everything exceeded my expectations. It is something truly magical to bring women of all ages, sizes, experiences, perspectives all together in one place and realize that we aren’t all so different. We recognized that regardless of who we are, relationships with friends and family, our work environment, our nutrition and movement, our self care, and social media all reflect how we perceive ourselves.
Life will have its ups and downs - that is why it is often referred to as a roller coaster! The most important thing to do is to understand and surround yourself with the people and things that make you most happy and to eliminate or reduce the things that don’t fill you up inside. Positivity breeds more positivity and it all starts with you. When you can feel good on the inside it is then reflected on the outside not only through yourself but through the energy you give off to the world and the connections you can make with others.
Be fierce. Be strong. Be vibrant.
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