Introducing the Soul Sister Series: The scoop from women who succeeded in career & life transitions.

I’m so super stoked about today’s entry. It’s been in the works for months, and today it’s here and ready for you. Starting this month I’ll be running this series every last Tuesday of the month.

As you know, my main focus as a life coach is to support you while you navigate career and life transitions. I am here to help you build a career that lines up with your ultimate definition of success so you can take action and start your own business or get that next big promotion.

As extra inspiration, I’m launching the Soul Sister Series, a new monthly Q&A feature with amazing women who have already gone through these transitions. I hope their success stories will motivate you to start achieving your own.


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We kick off the series with Kristin Quinn, who writes the Boston-based blog Misadventures in Mommyhood, which has led to TV appearances. In addition to Kristin’s interesting thoughts, we thought we’d make it even more fun and give you a chance to win a copy of Kristin’s book. So make sure you read all the way to the end to see how you can win.

For those of you considering starting your own blog or improving the one you already have, Kristin is going to give us a few tips and honest truths about running your own business as a blogger.

Hanneke: What made you decide to start your blog?
Kristin: About a month into nursing my first child, I started writing down all of the funny thoughts that would come to me in the middle of the night. That “journal” turned into my first-ever blog entry, “Tales From the Boob.”

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H: Did you ever think you’d turn it into your full-time job?
K: Not right off the bat. It was more of a way to document my navigation through new mommyhood. I didn’t want to forget a thing, and I wanted other new moms to know they weren’t alone. I have a background in baby-product marketing, and as time went on, I realized I could make a business out of it!

H: What’s the best tip you’d give someone who’s wanting to start a blog?
K: Have something interesting to say and then say it. It’s really as simple as that. People want to read about real-life experiences from your own voice. And don’t hold back! The entertainment value comes from the brutal honesty.

H: What’s been the hardest thing about working for yourself?
K: Knowing when to put down my work. When I had a job in an office, the boundaries were there. The hours were set in stone. Now there is no end time. My work is always right there, staring me in the face and waiting for me to finish. It doesn’t matter if it’s Saturday at 3 p.m. or Monday at 9 a.m. There are deadlines and new opportunities always popping up.

H: What’s been you biggest accomplishment so far?
K: My children, 100 percent. I put everything into raising them. I want to provide the right balance of letting them figure things out on their own and guiding them the best I can. It’s the hardest job I’ve ever had – and the best. The second biggest accomplishment I would say is my TV appearances lately. I never, ever thought I would gain that type of recognition. It feels really good to have someone trust you to represent their product or brand on TV to a larger audience.

To enter and stand a chance to win Kristin’s book – we’d like to hear from you: Are you toying with the idea of starting a blog? What’s the main thing that’s stopping you from doing it? Tell us in the comment section below to be entered and be sure to follow Kristin’s blog here. Winners will be announced on Facebook on Wednesday April 1st so head on over!

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Today we Party – the videos are live!

Today we Party! Shake it as we celebrating the launch of 3 new workouts.

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am about today! I created these workouts so all of you can move every day! Each new workout is 30 minutes long an it’s perfect to squeeze in when you’re traveling for work, working crazy hours, the baby is taking a nap or you’re on vacation. You can stream or download them any time & anywhere! I hope they’ll keep you fit, make you feel confident and realize how amazing your body is!

This launch has been in the making for the last 4 months and today it’s finally live and ready for you. (which means your bum will be working out tomorrow and I’ll finally get the day off, haha – just kidding). Hop on over to the store to check out all the new goodies, and be sure to check out the Super Pack – it’s my favorite creation of all.

The Super Pack includes:
All 6 my workouts,
2 printable workouts
and a 16 minute MP3 Soundtrack with voice instruction,
plus a 30 day calendar to your summer body!

The 3 new workouts are:
Pilates Long & Lean,
Pilates Barre Teaser,
and the Pilates Energy Booster.

And for today only I’ll be selling them as a bundle here.

Be sure to visit the store to check it all out!

I hope you guys love it as much as I do.

xoxo
Hanneke

**ps – please note that there will be no newsletter on Tuesday as I’ll be working on an exciting project to launch next week Tuesday on March 31st! It will specifically be geared to serve as inspiration for those of you who are wanting to change careers or start your own businesses. *I CAN.NOT.WAIT to show you what it is!**

Getting real about Pilates…

I am so excited about this entry today! My online workouts are finally here, before you run off to check out my new store, I wanted to share a little more about the behind the scenes’ action and drama of bringing these workouts to life.

It’s so easy to think that it’s all fun, games and happens easily, so I wanted to get real with you today and share a little more about the process of bringing these workouts to life. Over the last few years, when I’ve shot new workouts you’ve seen me post beautiful pictures on-set: shots of beautiful South Africa, glam photo shoots, smiling poses and the works. But today we take a look at the other half that intagram and twitter didn’t see and hear

During production frustration of days when:

  • Mother nature’s wind or clouds and the city’s buzzing noises disrupts our perfectly quiet scenes.
  • The times we’d have to schlep to the studio at 8:30pm at night after a long day’s work.
  • When people walk right through your set while you’re filming.
  • Or as the blooper’s video shows: the times when I can’t get my words right and waste a ton of time.


Post Production self-doubt: No matter how hard or good the workouts are, there’s always that little voice inside me that will say:

  • “What if no one likes this?”
  • “What if nobody buys it?”
  • “What if…all the horrible things that can go wrong goes wrong.”

That’s the thing about working for yourself and creating something: it brings up every single insecurity that you never even knew you had. You’ll go through a whirlwind of emotions from excitement, frustration, and anxiety, to overwhelm and amazement, joy and back again –  while your facebook feed captures all the glam shots. While your facebook feed captures all the glam shots.

But here’s the thing – if I let my lack of confidence get the better of me:

  • I wouldn’t have move forward,
  • I’d always wonder “what if I had created ….”.
  • I would never would have learned as much as I have or grown as an individual.
  • And most importantly: I would have robbed everyone who’s ever bought my workouts from living a healthier and more active life.

So, here I am: super excited, wrapped in a little piece of nervous with a splash of insecurity with my 3 new workouts and a Pilates Super Pack just for you. I hope you’ll enjoy them, I hope you’ll use them often get fit. And above all I hope that they’ll inspire you to also create your dreams. 

AND NOW our winner – CONGRATULATIONS: Anna akitsosdmd@aol.com -please email me to claim your prize!! 

Join me for my release party on March 22nd at noon at South Boston Yoga, RSVP here.

With all my love,
Hanneke

I don’t know where to start, do you?

How often do you shy away from doing something because it just seems too big to accomplish and you don’t know where to start?

I often find the main thing that holds most of my clients back is the sensation of feeling overwhelmed. They have a big plan they’d like to execute, and the massiveness of the task at hand keeps them from getting started. Then they feel stuck. (And let’s face it, we’ve all been there before.)

In those particular sessions, we work on breaking things down into smaller, more manageable steps.

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And here’s how you can do it, too:

  1. Write down exactly what it is you’d like to accomplish. Be as clear as you can.
  2. Take note of everything that needs to be done to accomplish your goal. Don’t think in any particular order; just begin by getting it all out. Then prioritize your list.
  3. Start immediately. Once you have the first step down, build momentum by beginning straight away. Don’t worry too much if some of the stuff on your list is not 100 percent clear or organized yet. Solutions and new opportunities will present themselves as you go along.

Remember: Indecision is a decision. It’s the decision not to take action, and the longer you wait in limbo, the more time you waste in achieving your goal.

What you resist persists.

Last week I tried a yoga class with a new instructor. I had heard that this particular teacher’s classes were quite hardcore, but being a fit Pilates instructor myself, I decided I’d be fine. Fast forward five minutes, and I was practically cussing up a storm and getting incredibly frustrated with the speed and intensity of the class.

Thoughts like: “OK, seriously, you need to slow down. What? I don’t even have time to breath. Come on! Are you kidding me?! This sucks! That’s it – I’m gonna leave! Yeah, I’m definitely out of….”

Then, somewhere between what felt like the 100th high-to-low pushup, it suddenly hit me: Something deep inside of me was totally resisting the experience of this class and what I could learn from it. I instantly adjusted my mindset and chose to let go of all my negative, judgmental thoughts and just submerge myself in the experience.

Not even five seconds later I had this giant smile on my face. The faster-paced flow from one exercise to the next started to feel like a fun and graceful dance. It even took me all the way back to my fond memories of practicing ballet as a child. By the time we got to savasana (the moment where you lie on your back for meditation right at the end of class), I was so happy, excited, and grateful that I could hardly lie still. (Can’t wait to take it again soon!)

The whole experience made me think of something Marie Forleo, an American author, web television host, and business coach, says all the time: “What you resist persists.”

Resisting a new experience can lead to missing out on an awesome opportunity. Next time you feel that frustration bubble up, remember that you have a choice: You can keep resisting it and being negative or you can ask yourself, how can I use this to learn, grow, and have fun?

Now I’d love to hear from you. Have you been in a similar situation recently? What did you do to make it better for yourself? Tell me below!

ps – and who was this awesome instructor? Well, it was the talented Adena Muncey.