I’ve now had over two months of funemployment. After being laid off, I’ve been keeping myself busy with a myriad of activities.

But I’ve still got a lot to accomplish.

Wait, no. What I need to accomplish is finding a full-time job. But still, I’ve been reflecting on my little adventure. There’s been so much accomplished in so …much… time.

Things I’ve nailed in my (f)unemployment:

1. Doy, becoming Pure Barre certified (see more on that here and here). I’ve been told I’m not allowed to call myself unemployed now that I have a part-time job, but I say as long as I’m stressing over money and not being able to pay bills, I’m unemployed. Barre has been great for me. It gets me out of the house, keeps me busy studying, and helps me meet great people.


2. Know what else I nailed? 80′s Day at the barre.

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And by saying I “nailed it,” I mean my wedgie-rific leotard (worn in the miserably wedgie-rific Wicked 10k if you recall that race) unsnapped at my crotch mid-class and I had a really cool show for all the clients in the 8:30 class. YOU’RE WELCOME.I need a raise.

3.  I have successfully abstained from selling my roommate’s dog on Craigslist. I am certain Lilly hates my guts since we spend so much time together, and she has taken to not only barking whenever I am trying to study, talk on the phone, or generally focus on anything, but she also MUST lay on me wherever we are. I love snuggles (and dogs) as much as the next girl, but it’s gotten bad.Her other favorite thing is barking at my door at 5 a.m.

And eating all the Quest bars out of my room. ALL of them. I think I cried a little when she ate a whole box of my beloved Cookies ‘n’ Cream bars, leaving the wrappers strewn around my bedroom floor. If you follow me on Intagram, you’ve already seen this gem from the storm a few days ago:

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We’re like, really close now.

4. I’ve fit in more trips home to my parents’ in NC than I’ve been able to in years. It’s been absolutely splendid. Since I no longer have my house in VA Beach (sob), my SUP board is there, so I’ve been doing my barre on it. I challenge you to try and get on those tippy toes. It’s harder than it looks.


5. Remember my adorable little sunflower I grew from a seedling?

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Yep. Killed it.

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Looks great, right? Turns out, sunflowers don’t like it when you go out of town for a few days in extreme heat.I guess I should go clean that out.

5. And lastly, I’ve kept my love for stupid teeny bob pop. I’ve been obsessed with Classic for months now, and it still hasn’t gone out of style over here (ha,
stupid puns). And now that I’ve watched the music video and seen how cute the singer is… well… let’s just say my poor Pure Barre clients will be
listening to that same playlist a lot. I’ve tried to keep my bopping to a minimum, but sometimes you just can’t stop the beat.

I’ve now discovered the “I’m Ready” song. I can’t decide if I hate or admire the addition of Spongebob’s voice, but I’m diggin’ the rest of it.



I’ve added one more thing to my unemployment bucket list. I shall learn to do the following flawlessly (thanks to Brit for bringing this video to my attention):

Funemployment for the win!

Now, time to pray the job gods hit me with something sweet. Stat. Or I’m going to become a professional clarinet pole twerker.


I’ve been bombarding you with a lot of Pure Barre talk. Partially, this is because my life revolves around my teaching and studying, and partially because I just love it. I can’t help it. ;)


This post, however, comes as a request from a few readers and blog friends. I love, love the fact that everyone’s getting bitten by the barre bug! I’ve been getting tweets and texts requesting a “Pure Barre tips” post from a teacher’s perspective, so I’m taking yet another opportunity to talk about Pure Barre. Whoop!

These tips are assuming you’ve been doing barre for a while and know the basics. Wear crops or leggings instead of shorts, make sure to bring socks (no bare feet!), and pick a spot where you can easily see your teacher.

1. The tinier the movement, the better.

So many methods of exercise incorporate large ranges of motion. Pure Barre isn’t one of them. The workout is designed to be teeny, tiny muscle movements that really target your trouble areas. Remember, an inch is the size of a paper clip. Try to keep your movements incredibly small. If you take class with any instructors from the studio, watch them. Think of each movement as a tight squeeze and quick release rather than a flex and relax of the muscle you’re working.

2. Talk to your teacher.

There are a few sections of the Pure Barre workout that require a lot of listening to your teacher. Pay attention to what she tells you you’re supposed to be working/focusing on. If ever you feel like “Gosh, I have no idea what I’m doing in this section, and it feels really easy”, ask your teacher after class for further explanation of that certain portion of class. The teacher is there to answer questions after class, and speaking for myself, I’m always impressed when clients ask and obviously want to get better. A little explanation can go a long way!

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3. Willpower is everything.

In class, you will literally “work for the shake”. Shaking muscles are changing muscles, and you’re working each muscle to fatigue before immediately stretching it out to create long, lean muscles. I know from experience how sore you may be upon arrival to Pure Barre from other exercises. Keep in mind, it makes a huge difference if you really zero in and give it your all to not come out of any position. You’ll surprise yourself that you can hold a 90-second plank, and you can get through an entire thigh section without relaxing. And if you’re not shaking, sink down lower into position. Your muscles should be completely fatigued after class.

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4. You can LTB daily, but stick to one class per day.

The beauty of Pure Barre is the low-impact, small, isometric movements that put no pressure on your joints and your body like other forms of exercise do. Because of this, it’s safe to Lift, Tone, Burn every day, if you wish. Although, I personally recommend varying your exercise routine and always taking at least one rest day per week. Your muscles need a day to recoup!

Some days, as teachers, we will end up taking more than one class a day to support each other through the teaching process. This is not recommended for clients, and many studios prohibit clients from taking class multiple times a day. Stick to coming to the barre just once a day, and get the absolute most out of that one class you’re present for. There’s no way you can give it your 100% best if you take more than one class in a day!

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5. Learning technique is a process.

Remember, no one is ever a Pure Barre technique professional right out of the gate, no matter what background they have. Form is meant to be improved upon over time, and learning the technique is a true process. You’ll notice a huge difference in your form over time as things start to click and you get more and more comfortable with the flow of class and the way you’re working your body. All Pure Barre studios offer Breaking Down The Barre, a FREE 75-minute workshop that really slows things down and explains in detail everything you should be doing in class. It’s a game changer for many clients, so if your studio offers one, I’d say drop everything and go. If you haven’t seen your studio offer one in a while, ask the staff! Studios may put them on the schedule if they know there is a demand for them.

Additionally, check out Pure Barre’s Technique Tip videos. They release a new one every Tuesday, and they are extremely helpful for explaining form.

Also, my good friend (and Pure Barre client!) Brittany posted Pure Barre Tips for Newbies from a client’s perspective. Check those out — I completely endorse those, too!

If there’s anything I missed, feel free to shoot me an e-mail, tweet me, whatever! I love nerding out about barre, and I’m happy to talk to you about it until I’m blue in the face.

Now, go lift, tone, burn with your new-found knowledge. If you’re ever in Richmond, Virginia, come do it with me!


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Found a job. MacDonald’s wants me. Life problems, solved.

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