Wow, wow, whoaman!

This week I got to speak to the “woman”. This past week I missed a couple of calls from the same number on the same day. The call ID came with no details whatsoever and that usually…

Source: Wow, wow, whoaman!

 


B.T.Dubs. If you haven’t had a chance to try our Passion Barre classes yet, we’d love to host you! Freedom and the sweet after burn has been spreading like a wildfire since we introduced Rancho Cucamonga to the barre! Your first trial class is only $15, or you have the option to try 3 Classes for $30. We’ll donate a portion of that to our partners who rescue women and children from human trafficking, so click here to reserve.
In Southern California, we serve Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Fontana, Ontario, Claremont, Montclair, Corona, Eastvale, Mira Loma, Riverside, Pomona and other surrounding cities. See you at the Barre 😉

2017 barre-a-thon and free classes

It’s that time of the year again, and we are stoked to be a part of this. Check out this really short video on why your next class to a toned body and an amazing mood is FREE this coming week! AND why it’s uber natural to aspire to be a part of something BIGGER than you 

https://www.facebook.com/karingah/videos/1625977197417768/

Passion Barre-a-thon 2017 Graphic

ENJOY YOUR ONE CLASS FREE from January 23-28 at a suggested donation of $15. Proceeds go to help our partners rescue and restore women and children in captivity to human traffickers.

Yes, this is our Human Trafficking Awareness annual Barre-a-thon – we’re just doing it a little differently.

So, choose one class & register at passionbarre.com/schedule (select the “New Client Trial Class” at check out. Not brand new? Select the Fit As You Go Single Drop In” at check out).

****All Barre-a-thon participants gain access to EXCLUSIVE specials after completing the class. Fantastic news for some who’ve been waiting to jump on a special, right?!****

Alright then, are you ready to commit to being in the best shape and mindset of YOUR LIFE and be a part of something bigger? 

Let me know in your comment and tell me which class you reserved so I can look out for you!

 


B.T.Dubs. If you haven’t had a chance to try our Passion Barre classes yet, we’d love to host you! Freedom and the sweet after burn has been spreading like a wildfire since we introduced Rancho Cucamonga to the barre! Your first trial this week is FREE, at a suggested donation of $15; or you have the option to try 3 Classes for $30. We’ll donate a portion of that to our partners who rescue women and children from human trafficking, so click here to reserve.
In Southern California, we serve Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Fontana, Ontario, Claremont, Montclair, Corona, Eastvale, Mira Loma, Riverside, Pomona and other surrounding cities. See you at the Barre 😉

Friends, here’s a journey to the Barre-a-thon I thought I would share from when I first joined the blogging team with with anti human trafficking organization, The Exodus Road. You can find the original post on my ithinkagain.com blog here.

A few years ago, right before I launched Tribal Marks (Passion Barre’s parent brand), I started to hear a lot about this “human trafficking thing”, but like with many others, the concept just wasn’t hitting home… until I actually listened. I was listening to Lisa Bevere with Pearl Alliance and she told the story of an undercover visit to a brothel. She spoke of a lady who was trapped in sex slavery and forced labor. We’ll call the lady “Pearl.” Pearl was accustomed to servicing about 40 clients a day while her children waited under the bed. She had concluded that there was no hope for her, but maybe someone could smuggle away her children… if she could just get them into the right hands, that is. She ran after them and almost blew their cover as she called out “Please, take my children.”

I didn’t know when a wail came from within me as I listened. Not just tears or sadness, but a long, painful WAIL! Oddly enough, Lisa had just said this a few weeks before in another one of her podcasts: “It’s not until you wail on behalf of another. It’s not until the plight of another touches you to the core… then will you do something about it.”

I had considered myself an orphan and abuse victim advocate, yet I had never imagined an industry where perpetrators maximized the very worst of this combination. Preying on orphans, “harvesting” babies, and putting children as young as 7 years into sex slavery and pornography while clients from suits to beach bums took advantage of them.

How did women like Pearl get into this bondage? Was she lured with a great “job” offer that would help her take care of her family? Was she sold off by parents or guardians who couldn’t afford basic neccessities? Was she born into it? Or was she simply kidnapped and never heard from again, becoming another soul lost in the sea of about 27 million in captivity.

You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know. ― William Wilberforce

Tribal Marks launched, with the Please TAKE My Children campaign, and the brand I were bound to the cause of Freedom. “Please TAKE My Children”, is the cry of a dead or helpless parent, but ultimately, the heart of God– asking us to steward His creation-His children, and take up their cause as though they were ours, just as He did for us.

Our campaigns have allowed us to raise funds in a creative manner with evenings of art, fashion, food, dance, poetry, friends… and then we channel the funds through allies on the field as we build relationships.

Right before opening up the studio in the Rancho Cucamonga location, I was introduced to The Exodus Road team and fell in love with the coalition’s strategy of intervention; and had the privilege of spending a week with them in South East Asia, blogging about their incredible work. This was life-changing. The Exodus Road is a coalition of covert investigators and organizations working together to fight human trafficking through interventions. They gather legal evidence, support raids and prosecutions, and support aftercare facilities in our network. Read the rest at ithinkagain.com

Freedom has often come, and can only come, as a result of the free becoming distressed by the captivity of the enslaved.

 

As a coalition also with Pearl Alliance they enable individuals to be an important part of the work of rescue and restoration. A part of raising awareness about human trafficking is being aware not only of the issue, but becoming a part of the solution. Rescue is happening, and it’s happening in the hands of everyday heroes like you and me.

I have since met with more incredible teams since Pearl Alliance and Exodus Road; some of whom we consider featured partners at Passion Barre. Most also have their projects featured under Pearl Alliance, which is fantastic, as we thrive on the principles of partnership and unity.

This season and Human Trafficking Awareness month, we dedicate a lot of time, resources and energy to rescue and freedom, culminating in our Barre-a-thon for Freedom – a series of deliriously liberating Passion Barre classes in one day, free to the community, at a suggested donation. Proceeds from our Barre-a-thon and overall Fight for Freedom 24/7 Giving Challenge go directly to empower our partners’ work in rescuing women and children from slavery.

If you can join us for a Barre class, we’d love to have you. If not, you can still be a part of it. We encourage you to consider giving what you can towards our team goal of funding a raid (to seek, rescue and restore victims; and convict these criminals) this season.
Click here or call 909.276.5442 to register and reserve your spot for a class.

Click here to donate.

 


 

But this is what the Lord says:

“Yes, captives will be taken from warriors, and plunder retrieved from the fierce; I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children I will save. Isaiah 49:25 NIV

2 factors that help you thrive and live longer with the Passion Barre Freedom 24-7 Challenge

live life free

At the turn of the new year, we shared 17 ways to be transformed in 2016 and charged you to pick just a few that you would practice this year. Well, the consensus is out and this will help you narrow your focus to two! Read below, and watch the video to see how practicing these two factors will also make you a champion in helping to rescue women and children from torture and captivity.

Numbers 4 and 5 on this list say it in a nutshell: move more and connect more.We see new friendships budding and thriving here at Passion Barre all because people showed up to improve the way they move! And of course, it’s only natural – it’s a safe place where you’re celebrated- key elements to creating an environment for connection.

You were designed for social connection and meaningful relationships regardless of your personality type. This doesn’t make you needy, it makes you thrive!

So, I encourage you to challenge your comfort zone and invest in your longevity and growth. Get to “moving”; make new friends and be purposeful in developing the relationships important to you – and perhaps shed the ones that hinder your mutual progress.

i’m glad you asked

The 2016 Human Trafficking Awareness Barre-a-thon is racing near and here is how you can unleash your freedom and get involved!
Freedom 24/7 Challenge
1. Pick up 24 cards at the studio to share with your community; and engage by talking to 7 people about the Barre-a-thon.

and/or

2. Challenge Yourself! Commit to showing up 24 times in the next 7 weeks (some of you are already on it!) as a way of celebrating your health and freedom, because you can! This will also stimulate awareness and increase funds that will go toward ending trafficking.
Reply this email, call or show up to put your name on the 24/7 list! This is the last week to get signed up!

 



P.S. If it’s been too long or you haven’t had a chance to try our Passion Barre classes yet, we’d love to host you. Freedom and the sweet after burn has been spreading like a wildfire since we introduced Rancho Cucamonga to the barre! Your first trial class is only $15, or you have the option to try 3 Classes for $30 – and we’ll be donating a portion of that to our partners who rescue women and children from human trafficking, so click here to reserve.
In Southern California, we serve Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Fontana, Ontario, Claremont, Montclair, Corona, Eastvale, Mira Loma, Riverside, Pomona and other surrounding cities. See you at the Barre.

Human Trafficking Awareness Barre-a-thon 2016

Barre-a-thon 2016

Handholding picture symboling rescue of a child.January is human trafficking awareness month and we are thrilled to host the Barre-a-thon again in 2016! The Barre-a-thon is a series of Passion Barre classes in one day, free to the community for a suggested donation. Proceeds from our Barre-a-thon and overall Fight for Freedom 24/7 Giving Challenge go directly to empower our partners’ work in rescuing women and children from slavery. So Unleash freedom and just show up 🙂

Join us for free community classes during human trafficking awareness month
SATURDAY, JAN. 30, 2016
at 8:30am, 9:45am, or 11am
$15 suggested donation
Click here to register and reserve your spot, or call . 909.276.5442

 


CANT MAKE IT TO THE EVENT? You can still DONATE in absence. Please click here to do so.


Plus, from challenging your attendance, spreading the word, and joining us at the Ontario Reign game – Get warmed up and keep your ears and eyes open on how you can be a solution during this incredible month of maximizing our awareness and giving toward rescuing and restoring precious lives from heinous slavery. #humantrafficking #barreathon #freedom247


Half-Time Show

Leading up to our Barre-a-thon event we have the fun opportunity to perform for the half-time show and raise awareness at the Citizens Bank Arena with Ontario Reign on:
Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 3PM! 

Find out why some call this Zumba on cr__k?! (You didn’t hear that from me 🙂
Come say hello, support your fellow “barre-mates” and tribe members, and help us spread the word about your upcoming Barre-a-thon! We’ll have tickets up till Friday, January 15 for friends and family at group rates of $11 for those who would like to see us perform.


History

Human Trafficking/Modern Day Slavery is an issue that you might have started to hear about. But more than just a buzz, the shocking reality is that there are estimated to be 27 million in the world who have been forced into labor and sex. This is an estimated 32 billion dollar industry, and the average price of acquiring a slave is $90!

We are passionate about Freedom and Inspiration at Passion Barre and Karingah; and we believe that:

Freedom has often come, and can only come, as a result of the free becoming distressed by the captivity of the enslaved.

Individual freedom is still being threatened, and we want to raise louder voices this month with other abolitionists worldwide.

We’re focusing our giving efforts on projects by A21 Campaign and The Exodus Road through our partner, Pearl Alliance.

Also, if you’ve never heard of Human Trafficking; or you have heard, but didn’t think it was possible to make a difference; please reflect on this short clip on top 10 human trafficking facts and how you can help end slavery in twenty five years!



P.S. If it’s been too long or you haven’t had a chance to try our Passion Barre classes yet, we’d love to host you. Freedom and the sweet after burn has been spreading like a wildfire since we introduced Rancho Cucamonga to the barre! Your first trial class is only $15, or you have the option to try 3 Classes for $30 – and we’ll be donating a portion of that to our partners who rescue women and children from human trafficking, so click here to reserve.
In Southern California, we serve Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Fontana, Ontario, Claremont, Montclair, Corona, Eastvale, Mira Loma, Riverside, Pomona and other surrounding cities. See you at the Barre.

Hey now barre and karingah addicts! It’s our second year studio anniversary in Rancho Cucamonga this February, and in the words of June Lodge, we want you to know that “Someone Loves You Honey!”

…We’re conquering love handles with special treatment this February…

So pamper your health, or be pampered (hint the honey). In the meantime, you’ll be helping us further our continuous fight for freedom. Our tribe has a goal to fund two raids this season:

1. New Guests, Your Guest Premier Trial Cost of $10: will be donated towards freedom


 

2. Love your Body, Bring a Buddy Class Event: Members, bring a valentine to class for free on Valentine’s Day. Please reserve your spots in advance.


 

3. Two Year Studio Anniversary Soirée!: Come dressed up for some class sampling, Salsa dance, food, shopping, mini massages and the release of our new inspired tank top collection! Wednesday, February 18, 6:30PM. Please R.S.V.P. 

 

NEW CLIENT SPECIALS ALL MONTH LONG

GUEST PREMIER Trial (local residents)……………. $10.00 (this will go toward combating human trafficking)
ONE WEEK UNLIMITED Trial……. ……………………. $29.00 (regularly $60)
ONE MONTH UNLIMITED Classes Special ……….. $120.00 (regularly $165)


Now here’s some information on our regular pricing below for comparison.
Prices are simple and based on private small group classes – The perfect synergy between personal training and group energy with a balanced cost to suit your needs.
Please inquire on pricing for Private, Semi-Private Classes; and Life Coaching Sessions or Passion Parties.

FIT AS YOU GO PACKAGE

This flexible package is tailored to your lifestyle, plus, contract-free! ​
Packages apply to regularly scheduled classes, and are good for 12 weeks / 3 months / 90 days from time of purchase. You can “Top Up” at any time! Class packages are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

SINGLE Class Attendance (initial registration fee applies)……. $20.00
PERFECT-12 Class Package ………………………………………….. $186.00

UNLIMITED LIFESTYLE MEMBERSHIP

With the option to pay in full or in monthly installment with auto-debit, reward your consistency and SAVE 50% or more on unlimited classes.
• Unlimited access to all regularly scheduled classes
• Bring a new guest complimentary per visit (advanced reservations required).
• Save 10% on in-studio products and services
• Schedule complimentary coaching consultations
• Measurements & weigh-ins, wellness, nutrition and lifestyle plans with accountability
• Receive service discounts with our spa and beauty partners.

TOTALLY-YOURS Monthly (month-to-month)………………. $165.00 / month
TOTALLY-YOURS 6-Months (6-month agreement)……….. $129.00 / month
TOTALLY-YOURS Yearly (1-year agreement)………………. $99.00 / month​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
All policies apply. Please cancel 5 hours prior to class time if needed, to avoid a no exceptions $5.00 late cancellation fee / $12.00 no show fee or loss of class credit.

 


Again, if it’s been too long or you haven’t had a chance to try our Passion Barre classes yet, we’d love to host you in class. The sweet after burn has been spreading like a wildfire since we brought the barre to Rancho Cucamonga! Your first trial class is only $10,  and we’ll be donating that to our partners in rescue and freedom this February, so click here to reserve.

In Southern California, we serve Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Fontana, Ontario, Claremont, Montclair, Corona, Eastvale, Mira Loma, Riverside, Pomona and other surrounding cities. See you at the Barre

I had this great conversation with a guest ambassador (client) after Passion Barre class a couple of Mondays ago. We are thankful for the free world (as we insist on calling it that). People should be free to do whatever they want… But is it freedom if it enslaves another? It might be a touchy subject, speaking on social accountability. But during the Barre-a-thon for human trafficking awareness month, we did so because we have a community that cares enough to be uncomfortable.

We spoke of being aware of our surroundings with all there is to notice if people actually paid attention and concern. We even spoke on parenting both ours and other’s children, and bringing back the “it takes a village” mentality. With runaway youth being at a high risk of being trafficked in the United States, we encouraged families to allow their youth to be vulnerable with them so they didn’t have to be vulnerable outside. We talked about getting in their business and social media life, and not being afraid of not being “their friend” temporarily. I know, hard balance to keep, but possible, with love. And how about offering accountability to those who are old enough to do whatever they want? Because they account for much of the market that victimizes the trafficked.

During my interview with one of the investigators with the Exodus Road in SE Asia, the investigator shared that a primary way to prevent trafficking involved reweaving the moral fiber of the society. I nodded emphatically! You see, during the eighteenth century when English abolitionist William Wilberforce sought to abolish slavery, he had to start with reform – by restoring public manners and by influencing people to see how wrong and inhumane slavery was. Apparently it had been so engrained in society, people weren’t moved about it. As we say, freedom has often come, and can only come, as a result of the free becoming distressed by the captivity of the enslaved- and doing something about it. From there, they were then able to combat slavery. But the common form of slavery then was obvious. Today it’s a little hidden because it’s so much in our faces.

There is a freedom that enslaves. But then it’s not freedom at all. It’s licentiousness. It’s the type that says “I’m old enough to do what I want and what I feel; I’m a responsible adult; we’re consenting adults; no one would ever know; I shouldn’t have to answer to anyone; it’s harmless; it’s necessary; anyone who opposes me is just a religious freak; and why should I feel bad about this?” Or it’s the type that says “It’s not my business; I don’t want to seem judgmental.” It’s the type that engages or does not discourage cheap labor, pornography, prostitution, terrorism and so on – not realizing how often these behaviors are serviced by forced victims. The type is a person, and a behavior. They are the market, they create the industry. The $32 Billion industry. After all, you cannot sell what people won’t buy.

The purpose of moral standards isn’t to prove we’re better than anyone. It’s to protect one’s self and others, whether one know how far it reaches or not. That’s why it’s called a standard.

If you’re looking for opportunities to fight for freedom or give to the cause of freedom, start while your conviction is fresh. Click to read more on our passion, partners and projects in the rescue of women and children from human trafficking. Join us in a Passion Barre class as well because your attendance is a freedom point!


P.S. If it’s been too long or you haven’t had a chance to try our Passion Barre classes yet, we’d love to host you in class. The sweet after burn has been spreading like a wildfire since we brought the barre to Rancho Cucamonga! Your first trial class is only $10 this February, and we’ll be donating that to our partners, so click here to reserve

In Southern California, we serve Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Fontana, Ontario, Claremont, Montclair, Corona, Eastvale, Mira Loma, Riverside, Pomona and other surrounding cities. See you at the Barre

Which made me ponder… What would you give for your freedom, or another’s? We had just opened the studio in Rancho Cucamonga, California, and Rebecca, new to our barre classes at the time was lit up by the fit-for-free concept of stimulating freedom and rescue.

The freedom space, as I like to call the studio, was barely two and a half weeks old. We hit the ground running as I returned from a trip with the Exodus Road to get the place open. We were pleasantly surprised that our social enterprise model, “Fit-for-Free” was touching the hearts of clients as they walked through the doors and automatically become ambassadors in the fight for freedom. Their faces lit up as we told them about the trip to SE Asia with The Exodus Road; and the encouraging news that came to us while we were there- that a ring had been taken down, and more children had been rescued by members of the coalition. Again, rescue is happening.

Although about 27 million are estimated to be in slavery worldwide, rescue is happening, and there are unseen warriors on the field actively working to ensure the freedom of more! John, a co-blogger, who blogs at johnflurry.com and I had the privilege of meeting the undercover investigators who could care less about the glory – because they care so much more about the enslaved. They have given up their seen identity, recognition, comfort and safety… those things which are usually important to human existence.

So what exactly was it that Rebecca said? She came to me after a Barre class expressing what she does to get through some of the routines as the intensity increases and her body feels it can’t take it anymore. We usually tell our students to retain control of the core and breathe deeply through the most intense rounds, but Rebecca said she would picture a child trapped in slavery, awaiting rescue, and then decide that this was nothing in comparison to what they have had to endure… and so she would continue. Mmm.

Our clients know that every time they show up for Barre or Karingah! classes to get fit, they are helping someone get free- because we match their attendance with funds to send to our chosen partners – and that’s plenty of motivation. But Rebecca took it to the level that I hope for most – carrying them in our hearts, in our consciousness, in our prayers and in our giving… or giving up of something.

During our expedition to SE Asia, I saw things my imagination had not previously fathomed. I shared a bit of that experience in a previous post on the Think Again Blog“What are You Doing Here, Lord?”

Don’t get me wrong, my first impression as we landed was the breathtaking beauty of the land, temple architecture; with the serene, respectful disposition of the people; and of course, the merchandise! But then there was the dark contrast on the other side in the brothels that just didn’t add up. It didn’t add up that these young girls weren’t covered or protected anywhere. Exploited by those who held them in captivity as they blended in with the widely available prostitution activities. Exploited by sex tourists and locals who enjoy these services. Exploited by their own people who might have given them up sometimes knowingly to put the next meal on the table. And what about brotherly solidarity? That went out the window as even cab drivers presumptuously offered us portfolios of girls available for sex… you never knew where you would turn and run into the dark offer of poverty– and that was my clue. Poverty. Poverty doesn’t add up. It manifests itself beyond just the lack of money and grips the soul to wickedness, betraying its very self and others for the sake of survival. Poverty in this region offered a solution that pushed many to give up their freedom and conscience, or have it taken away forcefully.

So how can we be a part of the solution? One investigator emphasized the need for support in the target areas of counter-trafficking that need strengthening– Intervention for instance, because if crime is not confronted, it continues unrestrained. “We must equip and prevent, and we also must care and restore, but we must be bold to rescue the ones currently in the jaws of bondage.” Making the industry less lucrative and difficult to get into is a highly preventative solution.

Another investigator touched on a reality that our western world may find harder to swallow because of our increase in the “personal relativity” of moral standards: “Restore/bring change to the moral fiber of the nation” is what he said. “We must confront immorality for what it is and bring reformation to the souls of people by working in partnership with the church out there”. To take it a step further, it’s time to start getting in each other’s business again as a society. It’s not okay that “tourists,” travel overseas because of the widely available unrestrained sex market. Or that the U.S. for example is the top destination for the smuggled and trafficked victims. One person’s pleasure “feeds” knowingly or unknowingly into one another’s captivity or a child’s “stardom” into pornography!

Many reading this post may have never experienced poverty at this level but maybe battled with the mentality. But what would you give up to survive? Your possessions? Time? Dignity? Your kids? It may be hard to say if you’ve never walked in those shoes, and for that I’m thankful that you haven’t had to. So because of that, the more relevant question should again be “what would you give?”

What would you give for your own freedom? Would you give it for another’s?

There are opportunities around you to give… get involved somehow.


P.S. If it’s been too long or you haven’t had a chance to try our Passion Barre classes yet, we’d love to host you in class. The sweet after burn has been spreading like a wildfire since we brought the barre to Rancho Cucamonga! Your first trial class is complimentary this January 2015, so click here to reserve

In Southern California, we serve Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Fontana, Ontario, Claremont, Montclair, Corona, Eastvale, Mira Loma, Riverside, Pomona and other surrounding cities. See you at the Barre

Yeahhhhh! The Barre-a-Thon was phenomenal! We had a great turn out for the community barre classes, and you, our tribe gave above and beyond the suggested class donation! We’re excited to see the aftermath and online donations in reaching our total goal to fund two brothel raids ($1400 funds a raid).
We cannot thank our beautiful ladies and staff enough for everything you guys do!
Just by showing up, you gave freedom to women and children in need of rescue. It was a great and fun morning filled with talent, inspiring videos and everyone in one place for one purpose learning more about human trafficking and how we can stop it while getting fit.

We really got to see the effect human trafficking has on the world and the direct impact it has even in the Inland Empire itself. We are so blessed to have had this opportunity and hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did.
If you could not make it, remember you can still donate! This is the beginning of our online giving challenge!

Also, If you haven’t tried a class yet, we’re still offering complimentary trials until the end of January, so click to schedule yours now.
Special thanks to Jordan, Tish and D’Marti for giving their time to teach class for this event, as well as the lovely Doris for giving her time to help at the desk! We love you all!♥

Be free, and check that upcoming email for prize winners!
Click here to donate.

 


P.S. If it’s been too long or you haven’t had a chance to try our Passion Barre classes yet, we’d love to host you in class. The sweet after burn has been spreading like a wildfire since we brought the barre to Rancho Cucamonga! Your first trial class is complimentary this month, so click here to reserve

In Southern California, we serve Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Fontana, Ontario, Claremont, Montclair, Corona, Eastvale, Mira Loma, Riverside, Pomona and other surrounding cities. See you at the Barre

What a DAY! Our hearts are were so warmed with the generous support of our Passion Barre and Karingah tribe as they walked with us last Saturday at the Terra Vista Farmer’s market to raise awareness about human trafficking.

A pivotal moment for us was when we witnessed the young, extremely shy, son of one of our ladies transform into a bold abolitionist right before our eyes. His mother had shared the issue of human trafficking with him along with it’s unfortunate exploitation of women and children. He showed up, asked to pick up the biggest sign and went on his walk to stand in the gap for fellow children. His youth and passion made an impact on many because he returned rather quickly to pick up more cards to share.

When captives are silenced, we speak twice as loud…

It was such a profound moment for me as I thought “with the quiet and shy ones, sometimes all you need to do is give them something that matters to help them find their voice.” Give them something worth talking about… something worth leaving their comfort zone for. When our young advocate heard that too many kids have been silenced, he could no longer remain silent. He spoke twice as loud.

You see, my voice found me too. I’m not a quiet person, but I’ve experienced being silenced on the inside. Yes, it’s the loud ones who lose their voice. My destiny got shaped by the passion and call to freedom. Freedom helped me regain my voice and made it clearer… and louder.

Passion Barre tribe walk at Terra Vista Farmers MarketAs the afternoon went on, we had other outstanding opportunities to share facts and solutions with the community. Several learned new things and thanked us for being there; some committed to showing up at the Barre-a-thon this Saturday to help raise funds; plus, we were able to spotlight our partners’ great work.

All this, and yet we were faced with some ridiculous opposition! And I mean so ridiculous you couldn’t miss it. Some were uncomfortable just by us simply being there… but of course. Empty barrels that tried to make the most noise. But we had already been heard.

And while I won’t bother getting into the details, the opposition actually made it exciting. It was a reminder for me, and I’m glad I caught it.  There’s always resistance when you’re gaining ground and doing something that matters! People vary, and reasons for opposition are as many as there are people on earth, haha. So you can’t always predict where the resistance will come from. In fact, you would be surprised. But this is not the time to get sidetracked. Focus. And just like we say at the Barre: resistance is necessary to build muscle. Stumbling blocks are useful as stepping stones for you to CONTINUE on your way to the top. Find or regain your voice, and speak up for what matters.

See you at the Barre for the final run on Saturday, the 24th! Register here to guarantee your spot at the Barre-a-thon, those classes are filling up! (:  Those who can’t make it are encouraged to donate here

 

P.S. If it’s been too long or you haven’t had a chance to try our Passion Barre classes yet, we’d love to host you in class. The sweet after burn has been spreading like a wildfire since we brought the barre to Rancho Cucamonga! Your first trial class is complimentary this month, so click here to reserve

In Southern California, we serve Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Fontana, Ontario, Claremont, Montclair, Corona, Eastvale, Mira Loma, Riverside, Pomona and other surrounding cities. See you at the Barre