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Published Thursday Mar 05, 2020 by Sara Lesher

Career Advice from 8 Female Bar Method Studio Owners

Motivation
Personal Growth
Expert Advice
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Your energy matters.

Beth Hutchison, The Bar Method Lake Oswego Studio Owner

Three words: your energy matters. I'm not necessarily talking about whether or not you're tired and need to make a second Starbucks run today. I'm talking about the energy you bring into a space and how you conduct yourself with others. Each and every one of us has the very real ability to elevate or detract from a situation, not to mention the power to either make someone's day or ruin it. As a studio owner that interacts with hundreds of people in my community, I brush up against varying moods, attitudes and feelings on a daily basis—some positive, some negative, and everything in between. If I allowed my energy to be dictated by others, it would not only be an emotional whirlwind, but I would also risk potentially becoming a negative force in someone else's day. That's not a good look as a business owner. In order to be successful in whatever you do, you must intentionally decide how you're going to show up in the world each day. You never know whose day you could make or who you might inspire to be a better version of themselves.

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Beth Hutchinson headshot
Your energy matters.

Beth Hutchison, The Bar Method Lake Oswego Studio Owner

Three words: your energy matters. I'm not necessarily talking about whether or not you're tired and need to make a second Starbucks run today. I'm talking about the energy you bring into a space and how you conduct yourself with others. Each and every one of us has the very real ability to elevate or detract from a situation, not to mention the power to either make someone's day or ruin it. As a studio owner that interacts with hundreds of people in my community, I brush up against varying moods, attitudes and feelings on a daily basis—some positive, some negative, and everything in between. If I allowed my energy to be dictated by others, it would not only be an emotional whirlwind, but I would also risk potentially becoming a negative force in someone else's day. That's not a good look as a business owner. In order to be successful in whatever you do, you must intentionally decide how you're going to show up in the world each day. You never know whose day you could make or who you might inspire to be a better version of themselves.

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Always remember your "why."

Amy Chesterson, The Bar Method Boulder Studio Owner 
 
My "why" has always been the empowerment that Bar Method has allowed me to proliferate amongst my students, my staff, and my community.  I am deeply committed to sparking change and empowering anyone open to it in my circle. So when the day-to-day hiccups of running a small business start to bog me down, I take a deep breath (or 10!) and remind myself of my "why." 

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Amy Chesterson headshot
Always remember your "why."

Amy Chesterson, The Bar Method Boulder Studio Owner 
 
My "why" has always been the empowerment that Bar Method has allowed me to proliferate amongst my students, my staff, and my community.  I am deeply committed to sparking change and empowering anyone open to it in my circle. So when the day-to-day hiccups of running a small business start to bog me down, I take a deep breath (or 10!) and remind myself of my "why." 

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Fake it 'til you think it.

Joanna West, The Bar Method Long Beach Studio Owner 
 
In my heart, I loved Bar, but could I really become a teacher? When I trained with Burr Leonard, the founder of the Bar Method, I admitted my fear, but she gave me the sage advice to “fake it ‘til you make it.”  From owning and running a successful business to raising little humans, as long as your heart is in it, go for it because you may never “think” you are ready. Our minds can change our bodies so, therefore, our bodies can change our minds. And that’s the magic of Bar. The confidence and grit you successfully build in class will help create big changes outside of class and in your life. 

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Joanna West Headshot
Fake it 'til you think it.

Joanna West, The Bar Method Long Beach Studio Owner 
 
In my heart, I loved Bar, but could I really become a teacher? When I trained with Burr Leonard, the founder of the Bar Method, I admitted my fear, but she gave me the sage advice to “fake it ‘til you make it.”  From owning and running a successful business to raising little humans, as long as your heart is in it, go for it because you may never “think” you are ready. Our minds can change our bodies so, therefore, our bodies can change our minds. And that’s the magic of Bar. The confidence and grit you successfully build in class will help create big changes outside of class and in your life. 

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Be courageous to do what works, and be brave to change what doesn't.

Carrie Goodwin, The Bar Method Salt Lake City Studio Owner 
 
I consider it successful to say, "I gave that idea my best shot, and it didn't work. I'll stop doing it." Or, "that  idea worked! I'll keep doing it, and I'll even make it better." Each year, I design our marketing plan for the following year. I ask myself tough questions regarding our strategies that took place the prior year. Did the strategy meet the objective it was intended for? Next, I determine if it needs to be vetoed from the marketing plan, or if it can remain. If it remains, how can I improve upon it? This pattern to continuously reform our marketing plan to promote change and success has kept The Bar Method, Sugarhouse fresh, fun, and forever changing.

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Carrie Goodwin Headshot
Be courageous to do what works, and be brave to change what doesn't.

Carrie Goodwin, The Bar Method Salt Lake City Studio Owner 
 
I consider it successful to say, "I gave that idea my best shot, and it didn't work. I'll stop doing it." Or, "that  idea worked! I'll keep doing it, and I'll even make it better." Each year, I design our marketing plan for the following year. I ask myself tough questions regarding our strategies that took place the prior year. Did the strategy meet the objective it was intended for? Next, I determine if it needs to be vetoed from the marketing plan, or if it can remain. If it remains, how can I improve upon it? This pattern to continuously reform our marketing plan to promote change and success has kept The Bar Method, Sugarhouse fresh, fun, and forever changing.

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Instead of FINDING your dream job, CREATE your dream job.

Anna Trepanier and Lara Meehan, The Bar Method Darien and NYC - NOHO Studio Owners 
 
We’re crazy passionate about the product, the results, and the change we can create in people’s lives, and this is what led us to open our two studios. In addition, we have built a work environment that inspires us every day. We have created a workplace culture centered around positivity and empowerment among our staff and clientele. We encourage feedback, continued learning, and lots of laughter along the way. Perhaps most importantly, we’re best friends and get to bring our dogs to work with us every day! Having created our ideal “home away from home,” we find joy and purpose in our work. 

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Instead of FINDING your dream job, CREATE your dream job.

Anna Trepanier and Lara Meehan, The Bar Method Darien and NYC - NOHO Studio Owners 
 
We’re crazy passionate about the product, the results, and the change we can create in people’s lives, and this is what led us to open our two studios. In addition, we have built a work environment that inspires us every day. We have created a workplace culture centered around positivity and empowerment among our staff and clientele. We encourage feedback, continued learning, and lots of laughter along the way. Perhaps most importantly, we’re best friends and get to bring our dogs to work with us every day! Having created our ideal “home away from home,” we find joy and purpose in our work. 

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Surround yourself with like-minded and supportive people.

Verna Lin Le, The Bar Method Tustin Studio Owner 
 
Going after your dream job is a great thing, but by no means an easy task. There will be many hard times, and you'll need to rely on others to help you because you can't do everything by yourself. When you have like-minded people in your life (personally and professionally) who are supportive of your dreams, you'll find delegating some tasks easier or asking for help feeling less like a burden. Even though you might be going after your dream job alone, just knowing that you have people in your corner cheering for you to succeed helps you to keep going when times get hard. And when times are good, these are the same people who will celebrate with you!

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Verna Le Headshot
Surround yourself with like-minded and supportive people.

Verna Lin Le, The Bar Method Tustin Studio Owner 
 
Going after your dream job is a great thing, but by no means an easy task. There will be many hard times, and you'll need to rely on others to help you because you can't do everything by yourself. When you have like-minded people in your life (personally and professionally) who are supportive of your dreams, you'll find delegating some tasks easier or asking for help feeling less like a burden. Even though you might be going after your dream job alone, just knowing that you have people in your corner cheering for you to succeed helps you to keep going when times get hard. And when times are good, these are the same people who will celebrate with you!

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Practice active listening.

Mandy Cylc, The Bar Method Wexford Studio Owner 
 
I've been leading teams my adult life, and even before while in college. I spend, and always have, significantly more time listening than I do talking. Witty banter is fun for TV, but in real life, people need to be heard. And as an active listener, I can't be thinking about what I am going to say next, or else I will miss the message being sent by the person talking. Instead, I look people in the eye (not at the computer or my phone) and take in what they are saying. It sounds basic but has enabled me to build lasting, strong relationships both inside and outside the studio.  

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Practice active listening.

Mandy Cylc, The Bar Method Wexford Studio Owner 
 
I've been leading teams my adult life, and even before while in college. I spend, and always have, significantly more time listening than I do talking. Witty banter is fun for TV, but in real life, people need to be heard. And as an active listener, I can't be thinking about what I am going to say next, or else I will miss the message being sent by the person talking. Instead, I look people in the eye (not at the computer or my phone) and take in what they are saying. It sounds basic but has enabled me to build lasting, strong relationships both inside and outside the studio.  

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Don't lose sight of the end goal.

Stephanie Smith, The Bar Method Boston - Downtown & The Bar Method Boston - Back Bay Studio Owner 
 
When going after any dream, it takes a lot of time to bring it to reality.  In order for me to purchase the Downtown and Back Bay Boston studios, I had to prove to the previous owners that I was capable of running them, get approval from Bar Method Headquarters, and finalize a bank loan in order to make the studios my own. This could get discouraging at times. Set smaller goals or tasks and celebrate when those are accomplished. Don't get disappointed if landing your dream job takes a lot of time—as long as you are completing tasks to bring you closer to your goal, then you'll get there!  
 

We hope you are feeling inspired and ready to take on the world! Remember that you are capable of anything you set your mind to, whether that’s getting through an entire set of pushups on your feet, or landing your dream job. Shine your light, barre babes! We hope to see you in the studio soon. 

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Stephanie Smith headshot
Don't lose sight of the end goal.

Stephanie Smith, The Bar Method Boston - Downtown & The Bar Method Boston - Back Bay Studio Owner 
 
When going after any dream, it takes a lot of time to bring it to reality.  In order for me to purchase the Downtown and Back Bay Boston studios, I had to prove to the previous owners that I was capable of running them, get approval from Bar Method Headquarters, and finalize a bank loan in order to make the studios my own. This could get discouraging at times. Set smaller goals or tasks and celebrate when those are accomplished. Don't get disappointed if landing your dream job takes a lot of time—as long as you are completing tasks to bring you closer to your goal, then you'll get there!  
 

We hope you are feeling inspired and ready to take on the world! Remember that you are capable of anything you set your mind to, whether that’s getting through an entire set of pushups on your feet, or landing your dream job. Shine your light, barre babes! We hope to see you in the studio soon. 

Sara Lesher
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Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As Mindbody’s marketing content associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).
shanila sattar
Wellness
Published Wednesday Mar 17, 2021 by Shanila Sattar

Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice

Self-care
Expert Advice
Personal Growth
Wellness

When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do. 

How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love?

As self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.

 

Step 1: Learn to set boundaries

Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.

When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:

  • How do I feel without having boundaries?
  • What would I like to have boundaries around?
  • Are my boundaries actual boundaries or am I creating walls in my life?
  • How do I plan to uphold my boundaries?
Step 2: Cultivate self-compassion

In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect. 

Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.

When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:

  • How do I respond to stressful situations?
  • How hard am I on myself?
  • How do I celebrate myself?
  • How do I show myself kindness?
Step 3: Nourish yourself

In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.

Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion. 

When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:

  • How do I nourish my emotional well-being?
  • How do I nourish my mental well-being?
  • How do I nourish my physical well-being?
  • How do I nourish my spiritual well-being?
  • How do I nourish my social well-being?
  • How do I nourish my financial well-being?

That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain. 

If you’d like to try breathwork, mindfulness, or play classes with me, check out these workshops and training sessions that work with your schedule. For other breathwork classes, browse Mindbody.

 

About the author
Shanila is a 4th generation sound healer, breathwork coach, mentor, women’s researcher, and speaker. She is the Founder of AlwaysPlayStudios where she trains breathwork facilitators and sound healers. Her background is in tech, having co-founded an award-winning web agency, and in women’s research, specifically in mindsets, implicit bias, perfectionism, women's health, and societal experiences supported through the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and several universities. She has implemented several health and wellbeing programs in underserved populations throughout the US. Shanila mentors healers on their healing and intuitive wellness journeys. Connect: @shanila.sattar