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Pilates Is A Service Business

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Pilates is a Service Business, not a personality cult!

In the Pilates world there are many "names" that are well known, and what all of the long-lasting names have in common is a combination of a solid Pilates reputation with a strong service record.

They cannot exist separately, the solid Pilates background and the customer service record, but must always be together.

If you want to make your name rise in the Pilates (or fitness, or any) field, you must offer a quality product backed by great service. Once your name is attached to a sub-par Pilates experience or to bad customer service, you will have problems.

Remember that in this age of the internet, anybody can be a reviewer or a secret shopper.

That client you yelled at when you were stressed out and had a bad day? She can turn around and blog about that.

That poorly cued and timed class you sailed through when you were hungover? That can easily turn up on Yelp, Rate Your Burn, someone's blog, or any social media site.

The consequences of a "bad day" for any service business are much more dire today than ever.

Tread lightly and remember that Pilates is a SERVICE business!

Happy Birthday Mom

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Happy birthday Mom - My mother would have turned 83 today.

I have been slowly getting better since my parents died. But today I am sad.

This would have been my mother's 83rd birthday. She spent the last 20 years institutionalized, first due to untreatable bipolar disorder compounded by dementia, and then spent her final 3 years in the nursing home in hospice acre for her failing physical body.

The last time I saw my mother, she was dying. She passed less than 24 hours from our visit.

Happy birthday Mom. I know you are in a better place.

Abundance Change Me Prayer by Tosha Silver

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Abundance Change Me Prayer

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From my friend Tosha Silver, author of Outrageous Openness: Letting the Divine Take the Lead

She posted this on Facebook this morning, and I am compelled to share it with you. It is simply beautiful and is something that we can all use.

Abundance Change Me Prayer.

If you feel drawn, let it enter your Being, releasing any old ideas of constriction or limitation and returning Your true essence as expansive, radiant Light.

"Divine Beloved, Change Me into someone who can give with complete ease and abundance, knowing You are the unlimited Source of All.

Let me be an easy open conduit for Your prosperity. Let me trust that all of my own needs are always met in amazing ways and it is safe to give freely as my heart guides me.

And equally, please Change Me into someone who can feel wildly open to receiving. Let me know my own value, beauty and worthiness without question. Let me allow others the supreme pleasure of giving to me. Let me feel worthy to receive in every possible way.

And protect me dear Lord from those whose hearts may be closed. Let me extend kindness to all who need, feeling compassion and understanding in even the hardest situations.

Change me into One who can fully love, forgive and accept myself... so I may carry your Light without restriction.

Let everything that needs to go, go. Let everything that needs to come, come. I am utterly Your own.

You are Me. I am You. We are One.

All is well.