Exactly one week ago from today I had the coolest, most surprising and fun-filled evening of 2013 so far! And to be honest, I’m not sure what else could top it. I’ve taken some time to reflect on my recent 50 on Fire win and wanted to share some of the highlights with you.
The day of the awards party I sort of pretended that I was getting ready for the MTV Music Awards, or something along those lines. I mean how often do you get to attend an event where you are a nominee for something? For me, well, never, so I tried to capitalize on the fact that I had the evening off from teaching and stripped out of my Lululemon and transformed into a more glamorous me.
The day before I treated myself to a manicure and pedicure and a spray tan from my go-to North End salon Natural Glow.
Leaving me to only have to worry about my hair on event day. Luckily I was in good hands with hair stylist Cat from Hairo on Newbury Street. She teased my hair into a genius fauxhawk that perfectly blended the pretty but edgy look I wanted. She also joked, “I know this is some time of ‘on fire’ event but I’d recommend keeping your hair away from any open flames if possible.” Um yeah, we used THAT much hairspray.
After that getting ready was easy and in no time Boomer and I were off to the Moakley Courthouse for the big party. That is after I “accidentally” ordered my first ever Uber taxi. It was pretty funny (not) getting a text from Uber making me realize it was waiting at our apt while we were on the other side of the neighborhood hailing a different cab. Oops. Rookie mistake. That’s okay though, Boomer got his exercise by sprinting down Charles Street to redirect the cab to where I was waiting. The driver was sweet and after talking about the evenings agenda he told me I “sure looked like I was on fire” as we exited the car.
I’d never been to an event at the Moakely Courthouse and I must say that the views and ambiance blew me away. I didn’t know what to expect but this was beyond what I had imagined.
I didn’t think I’d know too many people and I had joked with Boomer that it would be a fun date night for us. I promised I wouldn’t leave him hanging in the corner alone. My theory was proved SO wrong. From the minute we walked in until the end of the night, I did not stop talking to people. As I now look back on the evening this point signifies how far my little world of JPPilates has come. People I tweet with on a regular basis recognized me and we finally got to meet in person. Friends of friends came up to me and told me they’ve taken my class or they love following me on Facebook. Similar conversations came up all night long and I was in total shock that there were so many people in one room, some of whom I’ve never even met, but all had at least heard of me. This is mind blowing. Simply insane. Utterly incredible.
Then it was time for the big video show announcing the actual winners.
2,000 nominations … 200 Finalists … 50 Winners … People and companies “on fire” in Boston, game changers, innovators, disrupters…. spanning across a range of industries.
And I was one of them. Whattttttttttt?!?!?!
Ok, I’ll let you in on a little secret. About five minutes before the announcements a little birdie whispered in my ear that only the winners did a photo shoot with the super talented Michael Piazza Photography and that duh, I was a winner. I started having mild hot flashes as it all came together. Ahhh, I get it…. and just like that the lights dimmed and it was show time.
There were 600 people in the room gathered to watch an incredible photo/video slideshow announcing the winners on a huge screen TV. Music blared, people cheered and it was official!
The rest of night felt like a blur of smiling, hugs and more smiles. This award was validation. All the long hours and hard work. Emails, social media, the meetings on top of teaching 35+ hours every week and more. Free classes. No time off. Doing it all alone and sometimes feeling like I wanted to just stop. WELL, it came together. I know I shouldn’t need an award to tell me that I do have a little talent in my back pocket, but this was just what I needed. A spark telling me that right now is exactly my time. I’m where I should be, doing what I’m meant to do. And people notice…
“Being on fire is about being brave. It’s about pushing on the four walls of an industry, a city, a thought, until they expand to make room for an idea, a talent, a success that’s so much bigger than what was there before, and too incredible to be ignored. BostInno’s 50 on Fire finalists and winners are all doing something in their own right to change Boston for the better, and inspiring those around them to do the same.” – Bostinno.com
Everyone asked me if I had to give a speech. Thank goodness I didn’t because I would have been freaking out. But I’d like to think it would have gone something like this…
I’d like to thank every single one of the students who take my group classes each week. When Bostinno asked where I find my motivation, I told them it was from you. Without fail every time I walk into a room you guys always fill it with your energy and enthusiasm. There is one constant feeling I get every day and it’s an amazing surge of happiness after I teach one of my large group classes. I can count on that hour to change my mood, bring a room of strangers together and over time develop friendships with so many of you. Without students there is no teacher and without you all, JPPilates would never exisit. You motivate me to want to do more and together we’ll change Boston for the better.
To all of my private clients, thank you for trusting me with your most precious possession – your bodies and your most valuable commodity – your time. I’m lucky to say I’ve been working with most of you for years now and the relationships we’ve developed go far beyond the walls of a Pilates studio.
To all my family and friends, thank you for always listening to my crazy ideas and for believing in my passions. And for ‘volunteering’ to fill the spaces when I’m telling you I’m afraid that no one will show up for my classes or events, even though they do. Love you!
And to my husband Boomer. You see it all. You hear it all. And you still love me. How did I ever get so lucky?
Thank you to each and every one of you who took the time to nominate me. My fire shines brightly because of you and I have big plans to keep it ablaze for a good while longer. Watch out Boston, this girl is on fire.
Special Credits & Gratitude to the following people and vendors for helping me feel so glam!
Organic Spray Tan by Natural Glow, North End
Dress and shoes: Zara
Necklace: Twilight Boutique, North End
Bracelets: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Clutch: Vintage Grandma Mula