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A More Personal Post - Update on Me!

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A More Personal Post - Update on Me!

I was looking through this blog, and realized that I had not written much about me lately. And there is quite a bit happening with me here!

Looking for Expat Opportunities

The most exciting news right now is that I am actively seeking expat work opportunities out of the US. I spent six years out of the country when we worked and lived in Turks and Caicos (on Providenciales and then at Parrot Cay by COMO), moving back to NYC to support my dying parents. They passed in 2013.

Then we didn't really want to move Smiley, who was sick and old, and she passed at the beginning of 2016.

So, now it is just the two of us and our 30# Juniper. And after this presidential election, I am pretty sure that the US is not where I want to spend the rest of my life. If I do decide to stay here, I will most likely move to California.

I have always wanted to explore Asia, and to that end I had a Skype interview last night with a wellness resort on Koh Samui, Thailand. The interview went well, and I look forward to the next steps.

But, as I am also a believer in not overlooking anything, if you know of any opportunities in the Pacific or Indian Oceans (Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Bhutan, Australia, New Zealand), or CA, please let me know!

Got A Handle on Finances

Finances are tough for me. I hate tracking money, although when I do track money my life is much easier (go figure). After a crisis at the end of December, where we were just dead broke and in the hole, hubby and I have started tracking every penny, and it is working!

Ignoring problems doesn't help. And I have a tendency to just say yes to everything, because I want everyone to be happy. It never works out well.

So now we save receipts and do spreadsheets every week. Bills get paid on time and we know what we are spending. What a relief!

Launched New Six-Week Pilates Programs

In my push to move more of my business online, I launched two separate six-week Pilates programs - Bye Bye Back Pain and Restore Your Core Diastasis Repair. Both are doing well, with the participants feeling better each week.

We are halfway through this first round, with a new round starting next Monday 13 February.

More about Bye Bye Back Pain Program here.

More about Restore Your Core Diastasis Recti Program here.

I am Teaching More Pilates via Skype and Facetime

As I transition to more global thinking, I am focusing more on teaching remotely. There are lots of folks who would like to work with me, most cannot make it to NYC to see me (and now that I only teach 4 days a week it is increasingly difficult to get a studio hour with me), and many are Pilates teachers.

I really can effectively teach people via video - skype or facetime. I just need to be able to see you, which simply means finding a good spot for your device! One of my remote clients is an experienced Pilates teacher who lives in California, and he is seeing changes in his body and how the work feels, as well as learning some new exercises and cues, in just 4 sessions.

And right now I am offering Skype/Facetime sessions to Pilates teachers for only $80 or 5@$360, and to none-teachers for $90 or 5@$400. You really can't beat the price (since a regular private with me is $160) and you get all of the benefit of a great Pilates session.

I am growing to love remote teaching more and more! Contact me using form below to set up your Skype/Facetime sessions.

So, there you have it! My 2017 is, so far, working well. How about yours?

Want to Work with Me? Send Me A Message!

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Summer Vacation In Mystic, CT

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Our Summer Vacation In Mystic, CT Was Relaxing and Wonderful

Sometimes you just need to get out of town, and summer vacation is the perfect time.

Mystic, CT

Mystic, CT is a great destination from NYC. It is about 2.5 hours on the train, and about a 3 hour drive. There is plenty to do for adults and children, with great shopping, great historical Seaport and Navy sites, a nice Aquarium, plus hiking, fishing, boating, and swimming. There are interesting, good restaurants and the people are just lovely. Driving is easy, walking is easy, and all the major sites are within a two mile radius.

Mystic Seaport

NYC is Awesome, but Tough to Live In

I love NYC, but am finding it increasingly more difficult to live in. My neighborhood (the undefined area in the middle of FIDI, Tribeca, South Street) is generally quieter than many, but even here it is hard some days to steel myself up to leave the house.

Seriously, every time I go outside I have to prepare myself. I have to look out for pedestrians (especially tourists) who are so intent on their cell phones or maps that they don't look at the street and people at all. I have to be aware of drivers who don't stop at corners, or who try to run a yellow or red light irrespective of human beings in the way (you see, most drivers who kill pedestrians in the city get off free). I don't even worry about crime so much as getting killed or injured by people just not paying attention!

And then there is the noise - the construction sounds which never go away, the subway noise, the street preachers, and the folks whose cell phones allow them to have intimate and angry conversations on their phones in public. Oh yes, a one-sided crazy fight is always awesome first thing in the morning!

Summer Vacation Planning

So this year we had some vacation parameters, and Mystic, CT met every single one. We wanted a place that:

  • We can get to by train and is pedestrian friendly
  • Has enough historical sites and tourist stuff to keep us occupied
  • Is near water, but not a beach
  • Has major hotels where we could get expected service, like room service

Mystic, CT is A Great Summer Vacation Destination

Mystic, CT met all of these requirements.

Mystic Seaport Sunset

  • We took Amtrack from and to Penn Station.
  • We had a great time at the Seaport, the Aquarium, and the other sites.
  • We sat by the water, but didn't have to deal with messy beach.
  • We stayed at the Hilton, which met all of our requirements and more (even under renovation). Here is my Trip Advisor review of the Hilton Mystic with photos.
  • We bought Mystic Passes, which gave us multi-day admission to the Seaport and Aquarium, a 20% discount at the Hilton, and discounts at most of the shops we went to, including Vault Coffee and Mystic Army Navy.

Vault Coffee Sign

In addition, we had fabulous coffee every morning at Vault Coffee Roasters, great food and drinks at the Engine Room, grilled cheese at Bleu Squid, I had a great Pilates class at Aproma Studios, and we saw the last free Blue Monday blues concert at the Mystic River Park.

We brought home clothing from the Bass and Van Heusen outlets, jacket and gear from Mystic Army Navy, soap from Becca Rose Natural Body Care, Smoking Lamp coffee beans from Vault, and fudge from the General Store. And, yes, some hats and T-shirts.

Walking was interesting, as cars stop for pedestrian crossings, even when there is no light or stop sign. It took us a day or so to realize that cars would actually wait and not try to run us over! There are a lot of classic cars in the area, and we saw some beauties. The Hilton has a shuttle service, so we were always able to get a ride to town or the Seaport and back when we didn't want to walk.

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We Will Return to Mystic, CT

We plan to return to Mystic, CT. There are more things we want to do and more restaurants we would like to eat in. I may try to get there in the Fall, as the colors will be stunning.

Have you ever been there? Leave a comment and let me know how you liked it.

The Traveling Pilates Teacher

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As a Traveling Pilates Teacher you must be organized, on time, and ready for anything!

In my workshop on how to handle traveling as a Pilates teacher, it was clear to me how little most Pilates, fitness, and yoga teachers really know about working in other studios, cities, states, and countries.

Yet, demand is growing for teachers willing to travel.

What are some things to consider as a potential Pilates Nomad?

How long is your commitment? Hours, days, years... have everything clear. Maximum hours per day, maximum days per week... it is all important.

Who pays travel costs and expenses? To and from at beginning and end of contract and for annual vacations.

If out of your home country, what paperwork do you need for a work visa? Don't go into another country as a tourist and then work. You can be arrested, sent home, and banned from any return visits.

What currency will you be paid in? Are local banks safe? You may need to wire your salary home each month, so be ready to ask.

And before you go, make sure you know what the food, accommodation, and social scene will be like so you are not shocked.

If you take care of the basics, you can then just sit back and focus on teaching and on your experience. You will be more present for your sessions and you and your clients will benefit!