How I MAPed in Arizona…
The calling to go to Arizona was mind blowing to me. The Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) was scheduled for October in Phoenix but I was not planning on going since I had so many other things going on. I was not sure if I would go but I called my girlfriend Heidi and said we should go. She agreed and off we went! We were to start our adventures in Sedona with our good friends and then to Phoenix for the conference.
I kept an open mind and heart knowing that our first destination was Sedona. I had visited there before and spent the week writing my first book. It was magical and so spiritual. Everything just flowed perfectly so I could not wait to get back there. This time I was visiting friends with no agenda and it was so amazing. We were non-stop laughing, eating, connecting and purging our inner most insecurities. We also went hiking and climbing and ended up in grand moments of meditation and a total mind reset. Nourishment for the soul…again it was magical. Next stop Phoenix…
On the schedule at the conference was a red carpet event that was a Halloween costume party. I chose Marilyn Monroe. WOW! Did I channel my inner Marilyn! Once I put on my wig, dress and my girlfriends fixed my hair and makeup, I was in the role of one of the most iconic women in the world. I chose Marilyn as my costume because I felt that as much as she had endured in her short life, she was beautiful, talented, smart and super sexy. She pushed through the turmoil, depression, insecurity and through it all, she kept her head up, stayed focused and ultimately prevailed. Even though her death was tragic, we really don’t know what happened. There are many theories and it remains a mystery. I wanted to honor her strength and courage to continue in her creativity and her desire to be loved. And she was loved, maybe not in the way she wanted. I wonder if she is one of my angels guiding me to stay in my power and strength as a woman; guiding me in my path towards love. Of course, the path to love starts with me…
When I arrived at the party, I noticed the attention I was getting from men, people stopped me for a picture, the constant flash of lights from iPhones, and the video cameras on me. I did not catch what was happening in the moment until I realized that I was acting as Marilyn. I started to wonder if this is the magic that she felt when she walked into the room. And then it dawned on me. This is me! I am experiencing the magic of being seen and stepping into my own power and strength. Even though I thought I was Marilyn, I was really me. For a night I was having fun, not feeling insecure, did not have a care in the world, just dancing and connecting to my peers, colleagues and just being my authentic self dressed as Marilyn. Now how can I take this with me once the dress and wig come off? It is a memory I carry with me to remind me that I can step into any room, be my authentic self and be present with the people surrounding me. A true affirmation of loving myself!
At the conference, I spent time taking classes, catching up with colleagues and networking. A well overdue trip! What came of this time at the conference was connectivity and how important it is to stay connected. We have all grown and evolved so much in the practice of Pilates. There are some great cutting edge work coming to this community and I am so honored to be a part of this movement. My Pilates tribe, community and dear friends are what keeps me in check, and my MAPing keeps me in mind, spirit and body.
You can MAP anywhere and anytime even if you have a big agenda planned for a trip. It is helpful to stay in the zone of MAPing whether you are in your normal routine of the day or traveling. Stay centered with meditation, say loving things to yourself with affirmations and move your body with Pilates or whatever moves you. Just stay connected and love yourself in any setting and you will stay in your power and strength no matter what obstacles get in the way. I had a challenging week after this trip. It was very emotionally driven but I stayed in my MAPing practice, and even though it took about a week to pick myself up and dust myself off, I am back on track and not looking back. Keep on MAPing! It works!