Teach Happy Pilates Financial Education and More

Teach Happy Pilates Financial Education and More


I need help navigating a business arrangement. I've started teaching at a gym that's converted it's tanning salon into a studio. I teach mixed level group mat classes and get paid $25 a class. I have an opportunity to teach a private session at this studio and was wondering what the gym owners cut would be? I charge $50 for a private session in my home studio. This would be a private mat session.
If you aren’t taking advantage of the wisdom that Debbie brings to the table you are missing out! Coming from a school teacher background, she has guided me through the intricacies of owning my own studio. From setting up your financials, to setting up your studio, Debbie has answered any questions that I have had in this process.

Concerned about keeping your studio's doors open? Thinking about transitioning to online teaching, finding a side-gig or making a career transition?

You've come to the right place. Let me help you make sense of it all!

Operating as usual

[12/30/20]   2020 is almost over!
What are your goals for 2021?
Have you written them out?

Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy, Healthy and Joyful holiday!

Do you have a Growth Mindset? If not, which of these 8 points could you implement in 2021?

I’d like to invite all of you to post your offerings here for everyone to see. How can we help each other?

[11/25/20]   Where do you see yourself in 5 years if you keep doing what you’re doing now?


Everyday Health Pack - Cleanse and Detox - Isagenix

As many of you know, in March I had to close down my studio due to the COVID-19 restrictions here in Arizona. I took that time to explore various opportunities that would align with my values and core beliefs about health and fitness. April rolled around and I partnered with an Arizona based family run multi-billion dollar international health and wellness company. Available in Canada, Australia, NZ, UK, France, Hong Kong and other countries too!

Their system is the one that I used to regain my health after spinal fusion and it’s incredible. Funny thing, I learned about it over 10 years ago when I was doing triathlons. Sometimes we have to look at something several times before we are ready to accept it.

I’d love to help you regain your health with this nutrient dense superfood system. They have a pre-Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale going on that I’d like to share and help you get started. Available in vegan/plant-based too. Message me with questions or put an emoji in the comments and I’ll contact you.

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To order the core three products check out this link: https://heartofwellbeing.isagenix.com/en-us/products/vitality-well-being/pak/everyday-health-pack

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My Work Life Story

Who wants to set some goals?
Try something new?
Change direction?
Increase your cash flow?

I’d like to help you with that!

What is everyone working on? Are you open yet? Teaching online? Thinking of changing careers? Let's discuss!

Come join me this Thursday as I share my story of overcoming spinal fusion. I’m joined by 4 other incredible women who share their stories of reclaiming their health despite the challenges of new motherhood, Rheumatoid Arthritis and sexual trauma. I would love your support!

[08/20/20]   What are your thoughts about money? 💵💰💶💳

I’ve had an interesting private discussion regarding teaching for other people online or at their brick and mortar studio.
💡About knowing the right questions to ask on how you get paid.
📝 What are the expectations on both sides?
📋 Most importantly- get it in writing so there are no misunderstandings.

There’s a big difference in the mindset from being an employee getting a paycheck for showing up to work and being your own boss and building you own business.

Even in these difficult times- whether you are going to stick with teaching Pilates or go in a different direction entirely, these are good skills to have!

What experiences have you had in negotiating your online or in-person contract or deal?

Let’s support each other’s businesses today- please post your Instagram account and page below in the comments. Like and follow each others’ to lift each other up! I’ll post mine first ⬇️

I think we all agree that Pilates is a helping profession. Most of us got started with Pilates because it helped us us in some way- to rehab an injury, stress relief, improved energy and concentration.

We wanted to share that love with the universe and change lives- so we changed our lives to learn how to become Pilates teachers.

We are laser-focused on improving our client’s lives every day. Our clients trust us- they put their bodies literally in our hands.

We have dreamed of success in our profession- whether it’s financial, supporting your family, recognition amongst our peers, being the local Pilates authority and go-to studio.

What is your WHY?

We have successfully transformed our clients’ lives- whether it’s overcoming pain, limiting beliefs on what they can do with their bodies, a sense of peace in their hour with you.

We get satisfaction from our MISSION. It’s serves our WHY.

We crave the personal contact and miss it so much! In this pandemic time, it’s a real challenge to connect with our students when we are wearing masks and maintaining 6’ social distance.

Teaching online can still give us the sense of personal contact and purpose. Our reason for being- our MISSION and can serve our WHY. But is it working for you?

It’s frustrating for a lot of us that our clients DON’t want to go “virtual”isn’t it? It was for me, I’m not afraid to admit it. I was really surprised that they didn’t want to go online. Undaunted, I reached out to my former clients and found that they did!

It’s not to take that rejection personally especially since we care so much for them and KNOW how much we are able to help them!

We don’t know what the future is going to bring us with our Pilates businesses but waiting for *something* to happen or getting *permission* is not paying your bills. It’s not helping your family. It’s not helping anyone!

I’ve personally had to start over many, many times in my life. I’ve had three successful and fulfilling careers- professional orchestral flutist, financial advisor and Pilates studio owner. I’ve moved cross-country several times, dealt with rejection and adversity. Family and professional challenges. My WHY has kept me going and kept my mind open to new possibilities.

What would it mean to change your mission? What would it take to make that happen?

A different perspective.

A change in mindset.

A belief you can still be successful.

A belief you can still achieve their dreams.

What if I could show you a way to retain those connections and make new ones- continue to improve their health and still be in total alignment with your mission- would you be open to exploring it with me?

So many stories this week about studios closing due to COVID19. Loss of income, not qualifying for PUA (Pandemic Unemployment Assistance)and Unemployment Insurance, struggling to negotiate rent terms. So much stress, uncertainty and yes, depression.

I am here for you 💓
How can I help you?

Well gang- it’s been almost a month since we finished our Business Plan 101 intro. Who’s ready to go in depth?

53 Pilates teachers just completed my six day free Business Plan 101 workshop in my private group this week and I have been blown away by the interest!

Who else wants to take control over your Pilates business and learn how to live a wealthy life?

Let’s change your mindset and learn how to manifest your dreams!
Message or comment below to join in. I’m looking for a small group of 5-10 Pilatespreneurs who are ready to commit for a 6 month course.

[06/10/20]   A few of you have requested to join the private group. I’m having trouble adding you. Please check your privacy settings. I’d love to help you!

Wow today was the day! I’ve been waiting for a sign- the universe sent it. Business Plan 101 starting Wednesday. I will limit the group to ⭐️20 ⭐️ people. I am not charging- this is totally from my heart to help. It might take a month to 6 weeks to complete if you put in some good pondering but we can whip out a quick version if you’re in a hurry. This will be up to the participants. Message me and I will add you to my private FB group to do all the things.
⬇️ That’s me below last week in Sedona- playing golf and taking in all the beauty and energy.

A couple of you have requested help with creating a business plan. I will be offering help with this in my private group at no charge. Msg me if you’d like to be included.

[05/13/20]   For some of us, studios are being allowed to open. What are your thoughts about that? Ready or waiting?

[04/28/20]   What has been the biggest takeaway or “ah-ha” moment you’ve had from the shutdown?


FTC Sends Warning Letters to Multi-Level Marketers Regarding Health and Earnings Claims They or Their Participants are Making Related to Coronavirus

There’s a lot of temptation out there to add a side-hustle especially with furloughs and self-employed businesses at a halt. Side-hustles can be a lot of fun, nice benefits to buying products at a discount and an additional income stream—but be aware—the FTC and the FDA are cracking down on misleading claims on social media. Specifically promises to cure/treat/prevent COVID19 and unrealistic claims about making quick money. Click on some of the links in this article to read what “red flags” are no-no’s. I’m not saying don’t do a network marketing or MLM (I do and love them) but don’t overpromise results or make unrealistic claims. My years in financial services with. Sry strict compliance officers taught me to never use the “G” word—guarantee.

ftc.gov The Federal Trade Commission today announced it has sent 10 letters warning multi-level marketing companies (MLMs) to remove and address claims that they or their participants are making about their products’ ability to treat or prevent coronavirus disease or about the earnings people who have rec...

Having fun making social media and advertising projects with Canva. Who would like to have a tutorial on it?
Some examples below are for Facebook "Covers", logos, banners, gift cards, newsletters and Facebook and Instagram stories. Canva is free (there is a paid version but I haven't needed it).

Earlier this week I changed this page’s title to reflect the changing times. Over the past few weeks I feel it’s no longer about “creating your dream Pilates studio” but hanging on to it!

It’s about taking steps going forward to improve your financial situation- both business and personal. To be prepared for the future and not get caught short again.

What steps have you taken to improve your financial and health situation since the COVID19 lockdown started?

Here is my short list:
➡️ My monthly scheduled expenses keep coming but not taking on new ones
➡️ I’ve started a small but growing online teaching studio on Core to Coeur (fantastic platform btw)
➡️ Applied for unemployment (that I’ll probably not see for a long while).
➡️ I did not apply for PPP (we are in the midst of a refi and was advised not to apply).
➡️ Saving money by not driving or going out to eat but food shopping is more expensive using Instacart delivery service. Still saving money overall.
➡️ Stopped buying anything made in China. I will do without.
➡️ Started on a healthy weight loss program (down 12 lbs) to take off my “spine fusion” weight gain.
➡️ Walking 3+ miles a day with hubs and meeting neighbors.
➡️ Baking with my 4 and 2 yo grandsons. Lots of chocolate was involved 😜
➡️ Calling lots of old friends and family to check in.
➡️ Diversifying my income streams
➡️ Updating my website to reflect my studio’s changes
➡️ Started sending out emails to my clients and “general interest” email list after a long pause. The result was reconnecting with my former studio’s clients who are now coming to my online classes!
➡️ Learning new social media strategies
➡️ Made some new friends
➡️ Trying to find joy and gratitude in everyday activities.

❤️ How can I help you?

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Come take online classes with me from anywhere in the world. Mondays at 10am BellaBody Bones+Balance
Tuesday 5pm R+R Foam Rolling
Wednesdays 9am BellaBody Bones+Balance
All times Pacific Time

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One thing this COVID-19 crisis has demonstrated is the importance of having a back up plan. Whether it’s having 3-6 months of savings (based on expenses, not income—big difference), additional income streams or the ability try new ways to teach people (online) it’s obvious that doing the same thing going forward isn’t going to cut it.

The Ocotillo is an unusual desert plant. Most of the year it has brown, thorny sticks and is not attractive. After our spring rains and monsoon storms it erupts with little green leaves and these magnificent flame-like flowers. The hummingbirds love them. We are in the thorny stick stage of life right now but given sustenance we will bloom again too. Have faith!

What adjustments have you been making to your business and marketing plans in reaction to this crisis? What are your plans going to look like going forward? I’d love to hear what’s happening with you 💓

[04/16/20]   Who here has applied for the SBA PPP? If so, have you gotten your money yet? If you haven’t applied, why not?

[04/12/20]   Who has dipped their toes into the online teaching space? Who is still on the sidelines? Let’s talk!

When times change we must learn to adapt or go out of business. Here’s my way to adapt to the times.

What have you been doing to adapt to our “new normal”?

Hi all! I’m excited to announce that I’m making the jump into the online teaching space starting this Monday and Tuesday. I’m bringing two of my most popular classes back from BellaBody Pilates.

Monday morning at 10am Pacific is BellaBody Bones + Balance—mat Pilates with an emphasis on strength, core, balance and fall prevention. Lots of modifications and tips to improve your bone density.

Tuesday at 5 Pacific is R+R: Restore and Recover foam roller class. Have a foam roller sitting around and you don’t know how to use it? Beginner friendly yet challenging creative movement designed to stretch, strengthen and provide myofascial relief to every nook and cranny of your body. You will need a 36” long foam roller.

Depending on demand I will be adding more times and maybe even my barre classes 👯‍♀️ 🔥 😜

Follow the link below to see the details and register.
These first two classes are FREE and limited to 20 participants. After the initial trial period classes will be affordable. C2C uses a credit system - a credit is $5 and you purchase credits that can be used for my classes as well as privates/duets with me. I am teaching privates and duets by appointment only. Contact me to schedule.

Core to Coeur is an awesome woman-owned company and I’m so excited to partner with them. The platform seamlessly integrates with Zoom so its a one-step process. We might have some tech issues starting out (keep calm!) as we are all still new at this but plan on having fun while staying healthy and sane! You can workout wearing whatever you want- no skill or perfection is required. My goal is to help you for an hour here and there to forget the craziness going on 💓

Come play with me!

➡️➡️➡️ https://www.coretocoeur.com/app/teacher/865/profile

My sweet little Roy learning Pilates at the age of 2! Both grandsons make a beeline to my studio to ride my Reformer (and raid my ball collection).

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I’ve been spending lots of time these days taking long walks with my hubs which helps clear my mind and inspires me.
Arizona has a short Spring season and we had a lot of rain (for us, anyway) recently. Our reward is unusual, vibrant and beautiful cactus flowers and wildflowers. Very brief displays before the high temps come in a month. Enjoy!


SMALL BUSINESS Disaster Assistance

Sole props and LLCs should check this out!

eventbrite.com The Federal Government just passed a $2T stimulus package. Let's talk specific provisions made for small businesses affected Coronavirus.

Navigating the SBA Loan Fund Process

Here’s a link to an informational video on how to apply for an SBA loan. This was provided by a former colleague of mine, Carolyn Sechler, CPA and Local First Arizona (but it isn’t specific to AZ).

The Small Business Administration has opened applications for small businesses in Arizona to apply for emergency relief loan funds. Join expert Carolyn Sechl...

Why I created @TeachHappyPilates

For the past few years an idea has been rolling around my brain on how I could use my many years in business to help lift up and bring light to my fellow Pilates teachers. Unlike so many Pilates teachers who started out in the dance or fitness worlds, I came from the business world via a few twists and turns along the way. I wanted to share some of my background so that you learn about my experiences and how I can use them to help you!

My very first job came when I was only 15 1/2 years old. My dad worked in a customer service department for a large clothing manufacturer and he was able to get me a summer job as a “go-fer”in the New York City garment district. I was a pretty sheltered, nerdy high school incoming junior and this was exciting and scary. What an education- I learned how to take the 21 bus from my home in NJ to the Port Authority in Manhattan, find my way to the office, take orders from strangers, go to Gristede’s Market to buy coffee for the office, witness unbelievable sexual discrimination (including having one of my dad’s co-workers expose himself to me), learned which was the safe side of the street to walk on, how to not make eye contact on the street (to avoid catcall whistles and kissy sounds from the guys unloading trucks), had my first martini, found out I hated doing paperwork and most important- I learned that no one said thank you for doing anything. As my dad explained, my paycheck was my thank you. That stuck with me and contributed to my strong entrepreneurial feelings. I was fortunate to have this $100/week job for two summers (got a raise to $120 the second summer). That’s $2.50/hr and was just a bit over minimum wage in 1973. It was a fortune! I was able to save $500 from the first summer and use that money to go to France with my French class in the spring of 1974. Plus I could afford some trendy clothes from the stores on 34th Street and Broadway. I learned my way around mid-town Manhattan and had quality time with my dad eating greasy NY pizza and walking around Bryant Park at lunchtime.

My first real career was as a professional orchestra flutist. When I graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, my big task was auditioning for the rare and terrible paying open flute positions. As with many courses of study-how to get a job once you had the degree was not taught. I did learn and memorize dozens of orchestral flute solo excerpts but not how to find a job to perform them! This was pre-internet and cell phones so we had a few options. One was to wait until the International Musician (musician’s union newspaper) came out each month to see what job offerings were in the classifieds, the other option was to meet with the music contractors who did local hiring. In the meantime, I was living at home in the Philadelphia suburbs about an hour from Center City and didn’t have a car. I was waitressing and when I was off, trying to connect with other serious musicians around town to get jobs. Using the Yellow Pages and getting some help from Local 77, I was able to call on music contractors. I literally knocked on their doors with my flute in hand and asked to play for them. Looking back, I realize how much risk I put myself in doing that but everyone was honorable and kind. A few bones were thrown my way and once I proved that I was capable, showed up prepared and not a flake, more and better work came my way. I also built up from scratch a home studio teaching flute. After a year of saving I bought my first car, “Shake and Bake”, a 1980 Datsun B210 in British Racing Green with no A/C, vinyl seats and an AM radio. It was a manual and I learned how to drive “stick” on the way home from the dealer with only stalling twice. That car got me to many playing jobs for $5/week for a full tank of gas and was my ticket to freedom.

After 20 years of auditioning, free-lancing, teaching, then getting married, moving several times, having two kids it was time to move on to something different. My hands were hurting and I was getting tired of freelancing. We had just moved to Akron, Ohio and I made the decision to go in a totally different direction. I had always been fascinated with investing and was a strong believer in life insurance. I saw first hand the results of not having any life insurance when my dad passed away at age 52 from prostate cancer. No life insurance and my mom had to “firesale” the house. Neither of my parents talked about money, investing, saving, credit cards-- ever. My father-in-law was financially very savvy and helped to educate me on finances. I applied and interviewed with several insurance companies and was brought on by the Equitable. Before I could even begin work I needed to take and pass several exams which were tough for me. It had been 20 years since I last took a test! So much knowledge to absorb-- laws, theories, calculations,financial software, product knowledge, and sales training. Financial services was a totally male-dominated industry but I dealt with that as a professional musician. Many of the skills that I developed over the years in previous employment carried over and I was a quick study. Developing a thick skin was harder to do but I was stubborn and determined. I excelled at helping people gain clarity about their financial situations, loved to educate audiences through seminars, and was successful at getting them to take action. The sales training I received was the most valuable part of my financial education but I admit I resisted it at first. Life insurance agents are compared (unfairly) with used car salesmen and I felt that a lot of what we were taught to say and do was manipulative. Later as I gained more experience, I realized we were helping people get what they needed and wanted. Selling was no longer a “dirty word”.

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