My Journey to this Blog and Onwards
I never thought I would be sitting here writing a blog. Why would anyone be interested in what I had to say? And why would what I say be different to anyone else? My Journey to this Blog and Onwards.
But here I am and maybe no one else might find this interesting, but I thought ‘why not do this for myself?’ I’m not going to be telling you what you should or shouldn’t be doing, but instead share my thoughts, feelings, and experiences just in case anyone else out there can relate.
Let me start by telling you a little story about myself.
PASSION FOR DANCING
Since I was young, I have always had a passion for dancing, I remember dancing in front of the TV, driving my brothers mad! Soon my dancing took over my life and my parents would drive me from place to place, all over the country, dance lessons, competitions, auditions, you name it they did it. I owe them a lot.
I then went to a full-time ballet school in London, which was a great life experience for me. Professionally, I danced around the world mainly on cruise ships, I had the time of my life and in fact, met my husband Jairo onboard Costa Europe ship.
MOVING TO LONDON
When we moved to London, we both had the chance to start a new life, but what would we do? Well let’s say it wasn’t easy living on land at first, we were so used to the sea life we had forgotten what it was like. (We eventually found our way and that’s a whole other blog!) and now we have our own little flat in Hertfordshire, with our gorgeous cat Tango, by the way, I am a huge animal lover. I was a vegetarian from the age of 11 and now have been vegan for over 5 years. I would say I became vegetarian because I love animals so much and became vegan for environmental reasons. But that’s another day another blog…
Here we are, I have been working in the fitness industry for over 8 years now. Wow! I can’t believe it’s been that long! I have moved around different gyms teaching a selection of different types of classes as well as Personal Training, but I decided that I had enough of running around from gym to gym and teaching for peanuts. And this is what brings me to the here and the now and this very blog.
I guess my energy levels and body were both giving up, I was tired and getting stressed and anxious and even my physical appearance had changed; I was losing weight and had developed Psoriasis, and that’s when I knew I had to change my crazy work life.
Even though I loved teaching all those amazing members and honestly, we became so close more like friends – it was time to move on.
So I have now started my own business gemmabfitness, which I guess is always something I wanted to do but I never had the confidence or time. My lockdown silver lining is having the time and space to develop this. And the best thing is that I still am in contact with many of the gym members I taught before. I have always wanted to share my passion for dance, for how it can make you feel, for how it can take you to another place and suspend your worries, thoughts, and fears – just for that moment.
My goal is to promote exercise in a holistic way that can be enjoyable and to help my clients on their own journey to a better lifestyle.
Just recently before the first lockdown I started teaching 3 Zumba classes a week and am able to pick and choose my classes in gyms plus am working on online personal training and classes too.
It feels good to be finally on this path, even though if you had said I would be doing all this while I was dancing on cruise ships, I would have said that you were mad. Life changes and sometimes it’s not in your hands, but we can always find a positive in these changes to make the most of what we have or could have. I believe everything happens for a reason – no matter how big or small and sometimes we don’t like the changes life brings, but I believe we have to live and move on with them anyway. You could say we have to dance with them and make them beautiful.
Life is always changing and I think we have to find our calm place where we can find our own true happiness – that is within ourselves. I guess my aim is to help people find that place in themselves, through the movement of all kinds, so that calm and happiness is something they can achieve and pass on.