….At the Spark Women’s Retreat
One week later and I’m still kvelling and looking for words to describe the awesomeness of this event, so I’ll give it a shot:
Some of our fav “F” words are Food, Friends, and FUN…did I mention Food? Oh, and of course, FUNIQ™Fitness (a shameless little plug for my fun and unique asset-moving creation). 🙂
Over 100 women gathered at the luxurious Reunion Resort and Spa in Orlando to celebrate, eat, shmooze, and be inspired by some outstanding presenters including Sarah Gittleson, Rachel Slavkin, Yaffa Palti, Lori Palatnik, Stacy Soll, Gitty Schepansky, and yours truly, The Asset Queen.
As wonderful as the event-packed schedule was, I believe the best part of the weekend was the amazing sense of spirit, friendship, fun and abundant love, that emerged; the girlfriend camaraderie was immeasurable. We sang, danced, ate, shared in prayer,…OY, did I mention that we ate? It is mind blowing how the “sisterhood” thing just happens… and many of us met for the first time! Take a bunch of women from all walks of life, with and without kids and careers and throw them together for a weekend and…WOW! Mishugaas seems light-years away when you are amongst your sistas from other mistas, doesn’t it? Life-long new friendships now emanate as triumphantly as the smell of Grandma Sylvia’s deliciously fresh, yet oil-laden latkes.
As a Spark Retreat presenter, the feedback I received was incredible. Saturday morning I led 40ish women on Trail Mix (aka my posture-changing walk and more) and later showed attendees how to Move a little more and kvetch a lot less. It was Shabbat so I could not video our awesomeness nor could I blast rhythm-pounding techno tunes. But take my word for it, lives were changed in less than a few hours! I LOVE moving assets from chairs and teaching eager new students to make tiny tweaks that can bring lotza joy and way less kvetching about aches, ailments, and jiggly areas. So when dozens of women approached me saying things like, “You have such a gift for inspiring people,” or “You taught me how to change my posture with your ‘eyes and girls front’ mantra,” and “Can you come do your program at our JCC?” or, “Can I please purchase 1000 copies of your book NOW?” how can I not be totally verklempt? (OK may not 1000 copies.) Of course I want to travel from city to city and spread the asset-moving love! Needless to say, I sold lotza books, got quite a few new students to attend my FUNIQ Fitness class, and I booked future asset-moving and speaking engagements.
My intent is not to make this post a brag fest about my asset-moving skills, even though the retreat has certainly reinforced my purpose on this planet which is to help people deal with life’s curveballs. I am genuinely humbled in soul, lifted in spirit, and empowered even more in mind and body because of the incredible interactions I witnessed, new relationships that were made, and the life-changing takeaways from this incredibly uplifting event. So ladies, we need to do these WAY more often, how about
biannually, monthly, daily? OK weekly!
Bethanne Weiss B.S., is an Orlando based motivational speaker, author, and ACE-certified fitness and nutrition profession with 30 years of moving assets from chairs and changing lives. MoveYourAssets.com