The fourth annual Terez event, Linked Not Ranked, took place yesterday at Studio 450 in New York City. This year I had the honor of getting my hands on an invitation. Upon arrival, I could tell I was headed in the right direction. Through the midst of construction I was able to make out a few girls decked out in athletic wear headed my way.
Terez girls greeted me at the doors of building 450 and from there; I joined the line of girls at the elevator doors. I broke some of the ice with fellow instructors around me and at the same time, realizing how incredibly awkward it was to already know of some through instagram.
Here I was, a newly an instructor myself being side by side by so many well known leaders throughout this city.
The elevator doors open and I see a rack of Terez leggings waiting for our legs. I knew the second I saw them that I would choose the camo printed one. From there, I was assigned a cubby with a thoughtfully stored gift bag full of goodies. (Thanks, guys!)
Instructors started to pour in while my head was on a swivel waiting for my SoulCycle girls, Erika Shannon and Kaley Skoglund. Meanwhile, feeling pretty powerful rocking my barre3 shirt paired with these adorable camo Terez leggings.
I could see Taryn Toomey from theclass, scanning the horizon of this beautiful city. I could not wait for her to lead us through all the sweat our bodies would work up and all the resistance our minds would make up. I could not wait for it all to take place while facing this crazy view of the world that is constantly at our hands.
Funny thing is, this space looked so familiar to me at first but I could not figure out why. Then it hit me. Straight out of college I scored an internship in fashion, an internship that had me running all over the damn place. I remember walking around this space during Fashion week feeling so out of place. Thinking to myself; well I guess it was all worth it- to be here right now. Little did I know then- that I was never going to feel THAT small in my own skin ever again. It was like for a moment I had a split screen in my head. A screen of where I have been on one side and a scene of the place I am today. Just that alone, could have made me emotional. To be at Studio 450, and this time being able to set the record straight of who I am. That I am strong, that I am meant to be heard, and that I apart of something. I am apart of THIS front line of women.
All of us began to walk towards a mat on the floor, we said hello to the person next to us, and then we started to tune into the empowering conversations led by Natalia Petrzela and Patricia Moreno. These women reinforced how the work we do is purely a calling. It is a feeling embedded in our souls to reach into lives and hope that in the lives we touch, that people start to find and to feel their own light. We are all actively out there changing the conversation of beauty. The women of this profession are more than here for you. We are here to spread this infectious spirit for a better day, for a better future.
Taryn Toomey created theclass to encourage people to work through their thoughts and to use them fully by applying movement. With adding movement, we realize that we are much more than our thoughts. That our thoughts can in fact be totally wrong.
I stayed in that plank when my thoughts said otherwise. I kept going when my brain told me there was no way I could finish another set. I stopped but the chick next to me kept going, so I followed her. I dug up some dirt in myself regardless of how happy I am, there was something that still needed to be focused on.Am I crying?Yup.Hello you.So sorry it took me so long to love you...
Taryn continues to make people aware of their thoughts, to come face to face with our thoughts, and to scare the sh*t out of our own thoughts.
The part I loved most, is when Taryn kept reminding us all to commit to closing our eyes because what we are searching for was not out there. It was not in that beautiful view of roof tops, the sky lines,or the clouds beyond them. What we are searching for is and always will be, inside of ourselves.
Okay maybe there was just this other part that happened to be my favorite as well. The part she played Kid Rock's, "BAWITDABA,"and I literally got a punch of with excitement straight to my back by my girl, Kaley ( you better read up on this chick >>> http://fitcollective.nyc/forcefield/ ). Just when we thought that was a song that only amped us. Just when we thought,Taryn Toomey could not possibly get any cooler! Yeah, we lived our lives in that moment.
I am grateful for the Linked Not Ranked event because it brought more purpose to my career path. It was refreshing to be among others who I did not have to explain that, "yes, this is my real job." They already know and believe how real it is. Everyday I believe in my craft but it was nice to not just imagine it for a day. To take us away from our phones, and to lift up our heads and to REALLY meet each other in person. I got the opportunity to witness us all come together breathing life into the purpose we all share was something I will always take with me. No matter what our style of movement happens to be, our calling is this same calling.
We are real. We are raw. We are beyond pretty.
Thank you, Terez for bringing such girlpower together under one roof. Setting the tone and keeping the fire lit in our hearts to continue towards our mission of being more than just a body, more than just a woman with a body. Thank you for giving us all a day to give back to ourselves and refueling us to do this work.