Ack, I missed my 5 year Pole-iversary! While @chas_girl and I can't remember the exaaact date we took our first class at @inversionspolefitness, based on my registration email from way back I'm pretty sure it was October 6th, 2012. 🎉 When I started (thanks to a Living Social deal) - was I nervous, awkward, bruised, and not strong enough to climb a pole? YOU BET! Yet, at the end of 5 weeks I signed up for a 2nd session of classes with Lisa and Saturdays at 9:00am became my favorite part of the week. After 6 months, I decided to sign up for 2 classes/week and was officially hooked, by which I mean obsessed. Though my friends and family thought I was going through a "phase", I had honestly never loved anything as much or felt more accepted around people than I did when poling (this includes the online community, so thanks to allll of you for your support and love in-studio and/or on the gram)! Not to mention, pole fitness helped me to appreciate what my body was capable of, versus being self-conscious about what was "wrong" with it.
Lisa - thank you for being such a strong, sexy, confident, successful, independent, badass woman for me to look up to! You inspired, pushed, and mentored me and it changed my life. Hello, passion! None of what I'm doing today would be possible without you having started me on this journey. 💜 Then, in 2015 I moved to Phoenix and started training at @prowesspolefitness where basically all hell has broken loose. Eagle, Phoenix, Iron X, Rainbow Marchenko (in-progress), performances, competitions, gigs! @emberpoledance - I feel like pinching myself almost every day when I look around and see that I'm doing things that were once just wild dreams. I am in awe of you and so truly grateful for all that you do and the experiences / opportunities you have given me here! You are one of the most generous, caring, encouraging, humble, crafty, and talented humans I've ever met and I'm ecstatic to learn from and dance with you each week! I can't wait to grow even more and melt faces with you soon! 💚
Here we go, year 6! 👊🏼
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