Last Saturday Morning was nothing short of fabulous, embodying the very essence of why MBAC came into existence. It was a celebration of connection, community focus, movement, creativity, and mutual support among women. Our event, aptly named "Movement and Mindset for Mardy Bums," was a testament to our commitment to these values.
The day kicked off with an invigorating Pilates session, infusing our bodies with energy and our minds with clarity. But the journey didn't end there. We transitioned to a heartwarming session of coffee and cake, where Marina, a life coach with a mission, introduced herself and her objectives. It was in these moments, surrounded by the aroma of coffee and the warmth of shared stories, that the magic truly unfolded.
Our conversation delved into the 'why' behind the event. It became evident that our intentions were aligned: to encourage and motivate women to embrace physical movement. The intriguing part for me, even as a Pilates instructor, was realising how the mental barriers that prevent others from moving affect me too, especially in sports I haven't tried. This shared vulnerability opened up a rich dialogue about the power of mindset over our physical abilities.
We explored the reasons behind our gathering and what we hoped to achieve. A common thread emerged: the fear of sport, often rooted in past experiences with competitive and almost militaristic teaching styles. This fear, instilled during our school years by the daunting figure of the PE teacher, has lingered for many. For me, growing up as the only girl among three brothers, sport was a means to connect and compete. Yet, despite my efforts to match their prowess, I learned that enjoyment in sport isn't about being better but about participation and the joy it brings.
Sport was not just an activity in my household; it was a way of life. Yet, as we grow older, the pressures of life often push our passions to the sidelines. Despite being physically active through my work, I've felt the need for more – a personal quest for fulfillment beyond professional obligations.
Our discussion ventured into the realm of gratitude, shifting our perspective from what we lack to appreciating our capabilities and achievements. This shift is crucial, especially for someone like me, who has had to recalibrate life's expectations following a serious accident. Learning to celebrate what I can do, rather than lamenting over lost abilities, has been a transformative journey.
This is where our brand narrative resonates deeply. MBAC is more than just activewear; it's about inspiring women to find fun in movement, to discover the joy and physical benefits it brings. Our event was not just a gathering; it was a step towards redefining our relationships with our bodies and minds.
Did you attend our event? We'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences. Your feedback is invaluable as we continue to build a community where every woman feels empowered to move, to think creatively, and to support one another.
Here's to moving forward, together.