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Achieve Your Goals With An Accountability Partner

You’ve set a goal, and now you actually need to achieve it!

Hard work and self-discipline are essential ingredients, of course, but to really supercharge your success, grab a buddy. According to the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD), goal-seekers who have an accountability partner are 65% more likely to complete a task – and 95% of those will achieve greater success compared to those who go it alone!


What Is An Accountability Partner?


Achieve Success with an Accountability Partner


Simply put, it’s someone who helps you to keep the commitment to your goal. This could take many different forms, from an active role like coaching, training, or teaching, to a role more in the background like friends or family, who can provide support when you need it most.


Starting with an accountability partner is really easy! All it takes to start is sharing your goal with them. Just telling your goal to someone is the beginning of your commitment –...

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How To Reflect Before Setting New Goals

We’re usually thinking about making our New Year’s resolutions at this time of year, but there’s always one step that people forget!

To move forward with new, realistic goals, we need to evaluate and reflect on what we’ve actually achieved and accomplished. 


So, we wanted to share our framework for self-reflection and some key questions you can ask yourself to figure out realistic goals in the future. 


To What Extent Did I Meet My Goals?

Pilates To Achieve Your Goals


Notice that we don’t ask the question ‘did I meet my goals?’ There’s a great reason for that! Framing the question this way allows you to reflect on your progress. Including progress not only motivates you but is more accurate when you think about what you’ve actually achieved. And you should recognize your wins – both big and small! 


For example, let’s say you set a weight loss goal of 20lbs. If you’ve “only”...

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Treating the WHOLE Person with Myofascial Release

“Love is our basic and most important nutrition and healing power. Without love life is a struggle”  – John Barnes PT


There is magic and healing in touch; In love; In human connection.


I spent 4 days last week completing my level 2 training in myofascial release (MFR) with John Barnes- the pioneer in the field- exploring how using MFR can be used to treat the whole person. Witnessing how the body can heal itself when the client and practitioner are open to the process and are willing to trust one another has been an incredible experience that I am so excited to be able to share with the Pilates in the Grove family. As a practitioner who always struggled with a “traditional” approach to healing I was consistently being told that I needed to “be less intuitive and more scientific” and “don’t work so far outside of the box”.


In my humble opinion, helping people to heal isn’t just about knowing...

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The Music That Moves You

“Music…gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” Plato

We’ve all been there before…. You’re just about to leave that party… just about to end that run… just about to put away that project… just about to turn off the car… but then… THAT SONG comes on over those speakers or through those headphones.


It’s absolutely, indescribably, exactly what you craved at that moment.


Maybe it’s a total throw back to “the good old days” of fond memories and bright spots in your mind’s eye.


Maybe it has words of encouragement you needed to hear that day, or the song shows you that you’re not the only one who feels/thinks that way.


Maybe it’s that song that reminds you of someone you love (so, of course, you immediately turn it up, start lipsync-ing, and send them that goofy...

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I love this time of year! There is a certain excitement in the air – everyone seems to be rushing around with a sense of purpose, an urgency to get things done in time for the holidays when they can finally sit down and relax with family and friends.


I love the aromas associated with this time of year – especially cinnamon and apple spice! I love the sense of accomplishment felt when the tree is up and decorated. And the relief when all the presents are bought, wrapped and placed under the tree.


This hustle and bustle can however elevate out stress levels and make us more absent-minded. Caught up in this whirlwind of things to do, places to go, people to see, we might inadvertently become complacent.


Rushing around doing errands, we are less mindful of our surroundings. Have you noticed that there are more car accidents and petty thefts during this time of year? Be smart, be safe. Pay more attention when you drive, pay more attention to your personal...

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Falling in Love with Florida Fall

Hurricane season is OVER and Florida Fall has officially begun. 

While the rest of the country is busy donning scarves and beanies, this is my favorite time of the year in Miami because it has finally cooled off enough to open the windows and let that fresh ocean breeze flow into the house.  With the gorgeous weather we’ve had lately, I was inspired to share some of my favorite outdoor activities to do in the area.


1. Go for a long bike ride! Some of my favorite spots include Black Point Marina, Key Biscayne, and if you really want to go far, you could join the early Saturday crew as they trek all the way to Florida City. If road biking isn’t your thing, then try out mountain biking at Virginia Key.


2. Go scuba diving or snorkeling! A really close and beautiful option is the Lauderdale-by-the-Sea beach.  They have shops close by for you to rent anything needed and you don’t even have to reserve a boat… just shore dive right in.


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Service with a Smile

“Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.”

Blaise Pascal, Mathematician, physicist and inventor


Lately, I’ve been thinking about and hearing much talk about “service with a smile”. It doesn’t cost anything to be kind to others, to take into consideration that someone else may be having a bad day, have some pain or discomfort or simply be going through trying times. Service-based industry is dependent on customer satisfaction and how better to achieve that than to provide service with a smile.


Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.” – Benjamin Franklin


At Pilates in the Grove, we strive to provide “service with a smile”. By that, I don’t mean that your Pilates instructor should be cheesily grinning throughout your class but that they should be considerate and...

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The Power of Now

family motivation Aug 03, 2015

I’m currently reading Eckhart Tolle’s “The Power of Now” and there are so many wonderful, practical messages about how to live a better life and be more present that I wanted to share it with you.

 Even before reading this book, one of my many mini New Years resolutions was to be more present. I would find myself driving to the grocery store on a Sunday thinking about a million things and before I new it I was actually driving to work. My brain had gone into autopilot and I had completely lost focus on the present. For another example of not living in the moment I’m going to call out a friend- you know who you are.  I have a great friend who whenever we got out to lunch is always on the phone- planning her schedule, checking Instagram, texting a friend, etc. – and it drives me crazy. To be honest, I am also guilty of this sometimes, especially with the Instagram… But recognizing the problem is the first step to recovery...

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