My Pilates career started because of a crisis -I was turning 30! Two days before my 30th birthday, I was up late one night watching TV and saw an infomercial with Mari Winsor Pilates. I saw the strength, beauty, and flexibility of Pilates bodies and I really wanted that for myself. By fate or accident, I met a Pilates instructor and she asked me to show her a short demonstration class leading to me becoming certified to teach at her studio. Living in San Diego, I realized that Mari Winsor had a studio in Hollywood and so I started training with her whenever I could as I fell more in love with the practice. I loved feeling and seeing my body get longer, leaner, and stronger and quickly the little doses of pain and soreness disappeared. I trained in New York, Denver, and Miami and found that being consistent with my own mat practice at home kept me in love and kept me strong. I continued teaching mat Pilates in group and private sessions for the next 15 years for fun as a supplement to my career. Two years ago, I discovered Club Pilates and recently made the good faith leap of making this my sole profession. Every class I find new inspiration in watching a student “get it”, seeing them do something that they didn't think they could ever have done. A student in the middle of my class recently made an announcement that it was her 50th birthday and she felt stronger and in better shape than she ever had. As the class roared with applause, she shed some tears of joy!!! That’s all I need to keep on going.