On Wednesday night, Kristen and I held our second Pilates with Purpose event. We were both a little nervous for our second one. We had so much help from District Hall the first time around to share in the planning and make the event a success. This time, it was just the two of us (admit it, you just sang the song in your head) working through newsletters, word-of-mouth and of course good old social media in the hopes of getting another great group of women together.
It was so exciting to see tickets sell like hotcakes on our Eventbrite page when we started pushing it last week. Our goal (and capacity of our amazing venue 315 on A) was 30 people. We couldn’t have been more delighted with our turnout! 22 enthusiastic and fabulous people showed up, and we raised $550 for the Ellie Fund.
A run down of events:
After everyone got settled and took in some of the amazing and breathtaking views that the beautiful Skye Lounge of 315 on A had to offer, we got down and dirty with a kick-ass Pilates session, compliments of yours truly. From where I was standing, these peeps loved their hard workout and took all the extra reps with a smile. I guess it was all part of knowing that we were there for a great experience and a great cause.
What was really cool was how quickly the room broke into chatter after we finished with the workout. Most of us hung around until 9pm, and from what I could tell made some real and genuine connections. This includes us!
My 3 biggest take aways from the event:
1) The connections made were organic. It didn’t feel as dry as networking sounds! No one felt judged or too shy to start chatting with others. We were all there for the same amazing cause and we took advantage of engaging with like-minded individuals. I can’t wait to see what this will grow into and how this group will empower each other!
2) The genuine interest and enthusiasm to help make a difference in our community. Change starts with you and me. We hold the power to make a meaningful contribution with our time here.
3) Fulfillment. Being part of something bigger than yourself can truly add to feeling like you’re living with a purpose. It’s so true that there is no I in Team. Nothing feels as good as working together and being part of a tribe!
All in all, we couldn’t be happier! It was such a great event at a beautiful venue with even more beautiful people! We cannot wait for our next one – the holiday event!!
Special thanks too:
More special moments of the night: