Self Care September- The importance of Sleep

 

Welcome back to Self Care September and today we focus on Rest.

Getting enough sleep has so many benefits including-

💕 helps our bodies repair and restore themselves

💕 helps boost our mood

💕helps our metabolism function more efficiently.
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💕 helps the mind and body to de stress

💕 boosts our immune system

We are all unique, so as individuals we all require different amounts of sleep to help us function at our very best . For the majority of us it’s around 7-8 hours per night. This next week though just take note how much sleep YOU need in order to feel your best . Obviously new mamma’s need lots of sleep but don’t usually get much at all! In which case try and nap when baby does or at least try and make the sleep you do manage – good quality sleep!.

Here are a few tips though to help us all get a good nights sleep 💤.
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😴 create an evening routine. Try and go to bed and wake up around the same time each day so your body can get in a routine.

😴 Declutter your bedroom and create a calm peaceful environment that makes you feel relaxed just walking into the room. I have of course added Fairy lights and candles in mine – I love being cosy 😂.

😴 put down your phone!!!. I think most of us are guilty with this one – one last scroll of social media before bed 😳. But this next month , let’s try and put down our phones an hour or so before bed and allow our minds to totally switch off and see what difference it makes to your sleep!. Try reading instead and/or a little meditation.

😴 try and write down your to do list for the next day before you switch off so you can get it all out of your head – do a brain dump, so you can empty your mind .

😴 create a little routine for yourself- maybe a relaxing bath or shower , removing your make up , reading a book or listening to some relaxing music – anything that helps you unwind and relax and prepare for sleep and FYI that glass of wine does not count!!! 😂.

Sweet dreams Mis Fitters 💕.
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What if I fall?, but my darling what if you fly?

“What if I fall ? , but my Darling what if you fly?” 

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This photo was taken last  summer , when we went to Italy on holiday, it was such an amazing place !.  I came back from that holiday and knew it was time – time to take a giant leap of faith and believe in myself as much as my family and friends did . 

 

I believe the universe sends us signs and helps guide us to where we are meant to be and it was definitely sending me plenty signs to tell me the time to flutter my butterfly wings was now. 

 

I had spent 8 years building my fitness business alongside working part time as a senior business travel Consultant ( sounds proper fancy  doesn’t it 😂) .

 

My dream though was always to make my fitness business my full time job.  

Taking that step though was so scary –  I lived on my own , so all the bills were solely my responsibility.   Could I really make it work full time ?.  

 

My business was growing and It was getting harder and harder to juggle the two and I was exhausted.  Whenever I get run down , I lose my voice . Since my early twenties , this has always been how stress manifests itself within my body.  I’ve had the cameras down my throat , I’ve been for speech therapy and learned that when it happens , it’s my body’s way of telling me to slow things down and it was happening a lot. 

 

Travel work was getting more stressful, we were being bought by a rival company and the simple fact was I just did not want to be there , I wanted to be running my business full time.

 

My first day back at work after that holiday , I handed in my 12 weeks notice and left last November.

 

That was 6 months ago now and during that time I have not lost my voice!!!  ( hopefully not tempting fate 😂).  Is it easy – no! , is it worth it? – absolutely!!!! .  My fellow entrepreneur friends all said to me – “you will do it and never look back”. They were spot on . 

 

So if you sat reading this and are in a similar position thinking about taking that step of taking your side hustle full time  , don’t be afraid to at least try – even if it didn’t work out , I’d much rather have tried then always to have wondered.  I have more time to focus on my business, and as a result , it’s continuing to grow which is amazing . It has also allowing me to create a better work/life balance again too. 

Its just about putting a plan in place to get you there. I knew I had to give 12 weeks notice which seemed ages, but I also knew that was 3 months pay checks I could try and save as much as I could to give me that little safety net at the beginning.  I worked long hours fitting my clients and classes in to my week around my part time 9-5 job. All the time I just kept focused on my goal and that kept me going through the tougher days. 

so go do it – spread those wings and fly toward your dreams . 

Lots of Love 

Joanne x

 

 

 

May time at Little Mis Fit

Hey Mis Fitters ,

I hope you all had a fabulous Easter – how gorgeous was the weather!!! , at least here in the UK!.  It was glorious and really felt like summer had come early.  My poor boyfriend though was in Spain on a Stag do and it chucked it down! Still they took refuge in the pub and still had a great time and I think they just avoided all our social media posts of us all back home basking in the sunshine!. 

I spent a lot of the Easter weekend out in the garden , it really is my peaceful place and I love to head out there with my book and a cup of tea or on occasion a cold glass of Sauvignon  Blanc. This past weekend I’ve been reading the Mrs Hinch book , I really enjoyed it.  It was her story and also had plenty of her cleaning tips in too.  Aswell as reading though I was also working on planning out May here at Little Mis Fit .  Though I did also fit in a trip to Ramside spa for a night with some of my friends to celebrate a few of our birthdays. We had an absolute ball and of course with the weather being so lovely, it felt like being on holiday sitting by that outdoor pool , sipping prosecco, loving life!. 

May for me is Birthday Month! , Its a big one this year aswell, so plenty celebrations. I always feel like birthdays are always special though – not everyone gets to grow old so every birthday should be celebrated.  

May Happenings 

May class passes will be on sale from Friday 3rd May and are valid until 31st May. 

8 session pass – £35 

12 session pass – £50 

Unlimited monthly pass – £60

I am away Wednesday 1st May and Thursday 2nd May so no classes either of these days.  We also have two bank holidays in May – Monday 6th May and Monday 27th May so no classes these days either.  

May Class Timetable 

 We have been incorporating lots of Weight work in our sessions.  We already use them a lot in our Barre Burn class and we have started using them in our Small Group Pilates sessions aswell, which the guys are loving. 

We will definitely be using the weights more in other classes too such as body sculpt.  Weights help us to build muscle which in turn burns fat and of course helps us tone up. Did you also know though that weights also help keep our bones strong especially as we get older and our bones become more brittle.  Keeping our bones strong by using weights and body weight exercises can help us reduce our risk of brittle bones as we do get older, so it is important to build that strength up and lets face it none of us want bingo wings do we!.  hands up if every time you wear a strappy top , you think to yourself – I wish my arms were more toned!.  

if you would like to invest in some weights for classes – get either 1kg or 2kg ones for the Pilates/Barre burn/Body Sculpt . I got both sets from Argos. 

Monday 

Barre Burn 6.30pm-7pm at North Durham Academy, Stanley 

Pilates 7pm-7.30pm at North Durham Academy, Stanley 

Tuesday 

Body Sculpt 7pm-7.30pm @ Tesco, Consett 

Wednesday 

Pilates 9.45am-1030am at Annfield Plain Methodist Church 

Pilates for mam and Toddler 1030-1115am at Annfield Plain Methodsit Church 

Thursday 

Pilates 6.45-7.30pm at Delves Lane Village Hall 

and

Men on Mats Pilates 7.30-8.15pm at Delves Lane Village Hall 

Friday 

Pilates 6.30-7.15pm at Annfield Plain Church 

Saturday 

Body Sculpt 9am-9.30am at Delves Lane Village Hall 

Family Yoga 1015am-11am at Delves Lane Village Hall – subject to minimum numbers. 

  • please do book for all classes as some do sell out quickly. if you are booked and can’t make the class, please let me know as soon as possible. *

At Home Workouts 

Our At Home workouts are currently available via a private Facebook group, though I am hoping by the end of the year to also be able to offer the at home workouts to those not on Facebook too – so watch this space.

For just £10 per month , you get access to our online workouts – there are a mixture of HIIT workouts, Pilates , Barre, strength and Conditioning and Core workouts so plenty to chose from. I also add two new workouts every week. 

For more information or to sign up for May, see me at class or drop me a message. 

 

Small group training 

our next Small Group training Programme kicks off Saturday 18th May  and will finish Tuesday 25th June. 

Both our Fat burning and Pilates small group both often sell out quickly. it is very rare that a space becomes available in the Pilates group but we do have a possible place in this next round. 

Pilates Small group details  

Saturday 8.15am-9am at Delves Village Hall 

and 

Tuesday 6.15pm-7pm at Tesco, Consett 

You can do both sessions per week – £120 for the 12 or you can choose either the Tuesday or the Saturday session and its £60 for the 6 sessions . 

Fat Burning Small group details 

Saturday 9.30am-10am at Delves lane Village Hall 

and

Tuesday 7.30pm-8pm at Tesco, Consett 

£120 for the 6 weeks.  *currently just 1 spot left * 

After school Yoga 

I am looking at running another After school Yoga class from Thursday 9th May for 6 weeks  at Delves Lane Village Hall 4.30pm-5.15pm . for kids age 4- 10.  £35 for the 6 weeks.   Drop me a message for more information or to book a space. 

 

Wishing you all a Magical Month of May!

Joanne x

 

Finding Peace on your Mat

Mis Fitters meet Jacquelyn from Action Jacquelyn.

 

I came across Jacquelyn a couple years ago on YouTube and I loved her Yoga and Barre workouts. Even as an instructor, you look for inspiration for your own workouts and so I do a lot of Jacquelyn’s yoga and Barre workouts and I love her mediations too.

There is a quote – “I bend so I don’t break “. It is so true – For me practicing Pilates and Yoga helps me find balance in my life . When I was juggling two jobs and felt overwhelmed with a huge to do list , even though there were times when I felt I just did not have time to stop – I knew that by hitting the pause button and stepping on to my mat and getting in a Pilates or yoga workout would help me catch my breath and give me a sense of calm again. Now I teach classes full time – which I absolutely love , but being full time self employed is a little scary too . I continue with ,my Pilates and Yoga workouts as I find its a good balance for my body and Mind and actually help keep me stronger for HIIT style workouts .

I am currently working with a lovely bunch of teenagers who are preparing for their GCSE’s . We are doing a mix of Yoga, Pilates and Breath work. Exams can be incredibly stressful and so by teaching the students breathing exercises , it can help them to find a little calm and hopefully ease feelings of anxiety and overwhelm.

As adults , we can also face anxiety and overwhelm as we face various challenges on our journey through life. Life these days is so fast paced and its so easy to get caught up in worrying about what is going to happen or what could happen, that we forget to press the pause button and just be present in our life now.

Jacquelyn was a ballerina who went on to become a Laker girl. She has been teaching fitness classes now for the past 10 years.

A few months ago , Jacquelyn shared her story of how she came to find peace on her Yoga Mat after suffering from a panic attack and anxiety , this is her story –

So on my trip to Shanghai, China 6 years ago, I had my first and last panic attack. It was scary. I had never had anxiety or panic attacks prior to that, so I didn’t know what was going on.

After I got home from that two week trip, I was suffering from constant and absolutely unbearable anxiety.
Panic Attacks are scary. I don’t wish them upon anyone.

Once I got home from my trip to China, I was THIS CLOSE to living on anti-anxiety medication… but I promised myself it wouldn’t be my way of life.

I had a panic attack because I was so anxious about figuring everything out in my life at that very moment, controlling the outcome as best I could, without really knowing how, that I drove myself into severe anxiety.

I was focused on the future, not the present moment.

I was blaming everyone and everything around me for the way I felt, thinking it’s society’s fault, or my boss’ fault, etc…

But blaming others means you’re avoiding a difficult truth… about yourself.

I was in a yoga class when my breakthrough journey out of anxiety began. The teacher said (without knowing what I was going through), “anxiety is a choice”… a choice, I thought? BUT…

Later that day, I knew I was meant to be in that class at that very moment. She gave me the wake up call I needed to hear to reclaim my power back, to remind me that I am the one choosing to feel certain ways in my life.

The anxiety didn’t just go away overnight though…

I returned to yoga, and showed up on my mat, over and over and over again, day after day, to breakthrough the anxiety… by being present, to look within, to sit with myself, to get to know myself, to unionize my heart and mind, to deepen my breath, to calm my nervous system down…

I first stepped into yoga wanting to learn how to do handstands and all the cool poses, and then what made me stay was the peace of mind, empowerment, self-esteem, and the faith and trust in myself that I cultivated through the mindfulness of stretching and meditating.

After this experience I knew I wanted to be a yoga teacher. And now, every class you ever take from me, I remind you of the choices you have in your life. To hopefully touch you the way that yoga teacher empowered me.

Little by little, my anxiety dissipated. When it would come up, I would have a conversation with myself, and tell myself things like, “You’re ok. Everything is going to be ok. Life is going perfectly as planned. Learning is apart of life. You are loved. You are love. Your family loves you. God loves you.”

It’s these mindful conversations you have with yourself, and the people you surround yourself with, that makes the difference between unraveling out of control and living the life of your dreams.

And now I have ZERO anxiety.

My purpose here is to remind you that you get to reclaim your power, that you get to unbury your joy and happiness, to remind you to not blame but rather look within for YOUR truth, every time you step onto your mat.

*** Seriously, if I could completely break free from anxiety, as a former skeptic, realist, controller, panic-attack-about-to-happen at any moment type person, YOU can too! I totally get it!
This is why I’m SOOOO passionate about what I do here, in sharing powerful breathing techniques with you, and cultivating daily stretching routines for personal awareness and pain relief.

You can follow Jacquelyn on

Instagram – @actionjacquelyn
and
YouTube – Action Jacquelyn

February at Little Mis Fit

Guys can you believe the first month of 2019 is just about over and we are about to enter Chapter 2 ?.  

I know a lot of people think January seems to last forever, but for me , Classes have been super busy  and I had a few fun adventures booked in – bonus a lot of them had been paid for in advance  – always good in January!.    I had got my sister afternoon tea at the Town House in Durham for her Birthday back in November and we had booked it for January . It was so nice!.  if you don’t know it, its a Gorgeous little twenties style boutique hotel right in Durham City, it really was like stepping back in time to another era, and the afternoon tea was really nice! . 

Then Peter and I had a date night to the Sage to see Dirty Dancing the musical  which was fantastic!. I have seen it on the stage a few times before, but just with the smaller venue , it definitely added a little more to the show.

  My mam and dad also  celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary ,

so its been a busy fun start to the year, with plenty more celebrations to come. throughout the year. 

Classes have been really busy which is brilliant!.  I honestly love teaching and we have really built such a lovely community within the classes ,and the small groups and in the  1-1 sessions  , that sessions are always so much  fun to teach with plenty banter and laughter alongside the workouts.  Its said your Vibe attracts your tribe and I am so so lucky with all you guys!. 

I’ve also been hooked on a couple Netflix shows this month too. Have any of you watched YOU on there?. so good!!! can not wait for season 2!.  I’ve also been hooked on Marie Kondo tidying up.  I read her book a couple years  – The magic art of tidying up and now she has her own Netflix show and I’m hooked.  I’ve been decluttering the house using the Kondo method. Its about keeping the things that spark joy for you – if it no longer sparks Joy, its time to thank the item and then declutter it. Have any of you guys been watching too?. Have you been inspired to try the Kondo method?. 

 

 

Here is what we have going on here at Little Mis Fit this coming month – 

Post natal Pilates 

Friday 1130-1215pm @ Taylored Fit Physio Langley Park , Durham  starting 22nd February for 5 weeks £30 

and 

Monday 1030-1115am @ DanceMax, Consett starting 25th February for 5 weeks , £30 

Kids After School yoga 

Thursday afternoons from 28th February for 6 weeks. 4.30pm-5.15pm , for kids age 4-10.  £35 for the 6 weeks. 

Small Group Training 

Our Small Group training programmes are currently all full at present!.   I have got a couple 1-1 Pilates spaces available though so do get in touch if you would be interested in more information on those.

Class passes 

Just a  reminder I am away on Saturday February 16th for the day , so no classes this day.  

8 session pass – £35

12 session pass – £50

Unlimited monthly pass – £60  

 

Core Class Timetable 

Monday 

Barre Fitness 6.30-7pm @ North Durham Academy 

Pilates 7pm-7.45pm @ North Durham Academy 

Tuesday 

Body Sculpt 7pm-7.30pm @ Tesco , Consett 

Wednesday 

Pilates 0945am-1030am @ Annfield Plain Church 

Pilates for mams and Toddlers 1030-1115am @ Annfield Plain church 

Thursday 

Pilates 6.45pm-7.30pm @ Delves Lane Village Hall 

Men on Mats Pilates 7.30-8.15pm @ Delves Lane Village Hall 

Friday 

Pilates 6.30-7.15pm @ Annfield plain Church 

Saturday 

Body Sculpt 9am – 9.30am @ Delves lane Village Hall 

Family Yoga 1015am-11am @ Delves lane Village Hall 

We also have our Online workouts – Just £10 per month!. Access is via a private Facebook group. There are a variety of workouts including HIIT, Pilates, strength and conditioning and Barre , with two new workouts added each week.  Drop us a message for more information or to get signed up. 

Are you on Instagram? , if so come follow us over there – @littlemisfitjojo for behind the scenes  at Mis Fit on Insta stories.  

we are also on Facebook – www.facebook.com/lilmisfit1

Did you see my Social media post this week – do it for the woman you want to be a year from now?.   How do you want your life to look? , take some time this week to think about that and set  your goals to help get you there!. lets all aim to live our best lives this year and every year after!. 

Wishing you all a Fabulous February , may it be filled with lots of love, laughter and adventure.  

 

Joanne x

 

What will be your word for this New Year?

Can you believe we are getting ready to say goodbye to 2018! I mean I honestly feel like I just said Hello! 😳. Is anyone else feeling the same?

The past couple of years rather than making New  Year resolutions, I have opted to choose a word or a theme of how I want my year to look. For some they may chose the word calm as they want to bring more calm into their life or maybe its health, if you want to make your health and well-being a priority this year . Maybe you want to travel lots in 2019 so maybe Travel could be yours . You could even have more than one!, you make your own rules 💕. 

For 2018 , my theme was Building my Dream , I wanted to focus on working towards making my dream of taking Mis Fit full time and in November of this year , I did just that! 😋.

I’m currently in a business group – the  Dream life Academy programme and as part of that, we each had to come up with our hashtag  for the year when we started back in September. I opted for a bit of only fools and horses inspiration and went with the #  she who dares! , so I am going to stick with that as we go into 2019. A reminder to stay brave , especially when stepping outside my comfort zone as that is most often the time when you find the magic! 💕.  A reminder for myself to always reach for the moon , because even if you don’t quite reach the moon , you’ll still land among the stars 💕.

My boyfriend and actually some friends and family have also suggested I may need to learn the art of chilling out/relaxing a bit more 😂, so I guess my theme of 2019 is to work hard but also to ensure I  make the time to play too. 

This past year I got to travel more , which  I loved especially as I hadn’t had the chance  to do much the past couple years and it’s something I used to do a lot more of , so definitely hoping for a couple more adventures in 2019 and I already have a couple fun trips booked 😀. It’s my 40th birthday so plenty of celebrations!. 

What about you guys? I’d love to hear what your word / theme for 2019 is? Let me know in the comments below 💕

Wishing you all a very happy and healthy 2019!. May it be filled with love, laughter and Adventure. 

 

Joanne x

   The Amalfi Coast 

Capri 
                                                                                        

 Portugal 

 

12 days of Christmas workouts and December happenings

Hey guys,

Can you believe its almost December??.  Its only 4 weeks until Christmas !!.

From this Weekend, its lots of Festive adventures for me , so I’m super excited.  If you follow me on Instagram @littlemisfitjojo , be sure to check out my Insta stories as I’ll be sharing my adventures over there and I’m thinking of doing Blogmas – so check back here each week for my weekly festive adventures too.  Do tag me in your Festive adventures too – I love seeing them. 

Who has their advent calender at the ready?.  My mam always gets me a Dairy Milk one , and this year I also got this Christmas train one! 

 

So what is happening at Mis Fit HQ over December?? check out all our updates below –  

12 Days of Christmas workout

From Saturday 1st December – I will be doing our annual 12 days of Christmas workouts. If you want to join in the fun, just send us an email – info@littlemis-fit.co.uk  just with a little note saying you want to join in, and I’ll add you to the list . Then from 1st December you will receive a daily email for 12 days , with that days mini workout. By Day 12 you will have a 12 minute workout that you can do over the festive season!.

Online Classes

Who wants to join us for our December online classes ,? . just £10 per month and you will get access to our at home workouts , that you can do at home and fit around your schedule. Access is via a private Facebook group. Two new workouts added each week!.

December class updates

December class passes will be available from next week.

I am away Saturday 1st December so no classes that day.
I will also be away Friday 7th December so no Friday evening class that night. We will finish classes for Christmas on Saturday 22nd December, though Our last Tuesday evening class will be 11th December as the Community room closes for Christmas on the 12th December.

On Saturday 8th and 15th December , There will be an additional Pilates class 8.15am-9am at Delves Lane village hall. This is our usual Small group Pilates session but for these two dates , The class will be open to any of you guys that would like to come along.

December class timetable :-

please note classes will run subject to minimum numbers as I know it is a really busy time for everyone.

Festive Fit- Mas is back!. What is Festive Fit -mas? – We will be taking a variety of workouts and classes to create some fun and effective workouts for over the festive season!. Imagine our Festive Fit Mas classes , like a box of choclates – you never know what you’re gonna get (who else said that in their head like Forrest Gump haha)

Mondays

Festive Fit Mas 6.30-7pm

Pilates 7pm-7.45pm

Tuesday @ Tesco Consett – please note last Tuesday class is 11th December

Festive Fit Mas 7pm-7.30pm

Wednesday

Pilates 0945am-1030am @ Annfield plain Church

Thursday

Pilates 6.45pm-7.30pm @ Delves Lane village hall
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Men on mats Pilates 7.45-8.30pm @ Delves Lane Village Hall

Friday

Pilates 6.30-7.15pm @ Annfield Plain Church – no class 7th December

Saturday

No class – 1st December, otherwise 

Pilates 8.15am – 9am @ Delves Lane Village hall

Festive Fit Mas 9am-9.30am @Delves Lane Village Hall

January .  

Small Group Training

our January Small group programmes are already sold out!!! .

However I am looking at possibly doing a day time Small group programme aswell if interest is there. 

Currently looking at Monday 9.30am-1015am at Dance Max , Consett and Wednesday 9.15am-1030am at Annfield Plain Church. Please do let me know if you would be interested. £120 per person including nutrition guide and twice weekly group workout sessions. However sign up before  Monday 26th  November and receive a £10 discount.

I may also run a second evening programme if we have more interest and if we can fit it in the timetable somehow.

1-1/ Private small Group training sessions. I have a couple of Daytime slots available also for 1-1 Pilates sessions or perhaps a small group if 2 or 3 of your friends/family members wish to do a session together. Please get in touch regarding pricing and availability.

Wishing you all  a brilliant Festive week and don’t forget those advent calenders!

Joanne x

 

Having the Courage to follow your heart and Intuition Guest Blog Jayne from Lulu Charles Jewellery

Joanne recently asked me to write a blog post about how I went from working as a freelance textile designer & lecturer to a fully self employed business owner, working with my husband, Ashley, to design and hand make jewellery. Prior to setting up LuLu & Charles Jewellery I had worked as a part-time lecture at Newcastle College teaching fashion & textiles and self employed freelance designer. After the arrival of our second son I decided to leave education and focus on the freelance side of my career, which worked perfectly around the boys while they were little. Ashley on the other hand was working for my dad at Christopher James Jewellers, based in the Metro Centre.

My daily routine consisted of designing and making garment fronts for the fashion industry. I specialised in mixed media textile designs, combining hand embroidery, print & embellishment. Reworking antique lace and vintage prints. While Ashley was happy working at Christopher James Jewellers, he loved his job working in a busy jewellery shop, employed as a finisher, jeweller, sales assistant. He would never in a million years have dreamed of working for himself.

 

It wasn’t until my dad’s shop closed and Ashley was faced with redundancy that the idea of us working together crossed our minds. At the time I was pregnant with our 3rd son, so the timing was a worry. However despite the bad timing, I now look back and believe it was the best thing that could have happened! Freelancing was getting harder and the industry had shifted towards digital trends, which just wasn’t my design style. So I had been looking for a new direction and what with Ashley’s redundancy on the cards, we were forced to do something and make some decisions. I knew I wanted to do something new with a creative focus that would work around our hectic family life. Jewellery was all Ashley had ever known and something I’d been brought up with, so combining my vision and design skills with Ashley’s knowledge, the idea of setting up a handmade jewellery brand was born. 

 

The shop was a huge part of our lives, it’s what brought us together in the first place and as a result of the shops closure the idea of LuLu & Charles Jewellery was formed.  In a short space of time our business started to take shape, growing from world of mouth and social media. Initially the idea was for myself to design jewellery for Ashley to make, however that soon changed when I realised I wanted to learn the trade and make jewellery too.

Surprisingly we work really well together, our strengths and weaknesses seem to create the balance our business needs, we couldn’t do it without each other. We love, live & breath our little business, it’s like our fourth baby!

 

Although it feels like a distant memory now… at the time, it was quite a bold and scary move, which just seamed to happen accidentally more than anything. Maybe it was fate….I don’t know? However upon reflection it was the best thing that could have happened to us, the timing was perfect. Inevitably Ashley’s redundancy gave us both the push we needed to change path and follow our dream, creating a business that works for us. Fast forward four years and our business has grown steadily, we have repeat customers from all over the world, who keep coming back.

 

As a husband and wife team we share the highs and lows of running a business, I still have to pinch myself sometimes when customers get in touch to say, they LOVE what we do & have always wanted to own a piece of LuLu & Charles Jewellery.

 

One of my own pieces of Lulu Charles Jewellery, made using gold from old sentimental jewellery I had , that was just sat in a drawer gathering dust, until Jayne and Ashley, took that gold and made it in to my Joanne necklace, I absolutely adore 💕.

To find out more about LuLu & Charles Jewellery please visit www.lulucharlesjewellery.com

 

 

When nothing is certain, anything is possible

Happy 1st day of November!.  

In the States , its the month , they celebrate Thanksgiving. As a Brit  it’s not a holiday we celebrate, but regardless of our nationality, just taking the time to note down the people, experiences and things in each of our lives we are thankful for , is something we can all do. 

This  is the month, I take  a leap of faith and take Mis Fit full time!. I have just 6 days left at travel work.  I am so so grateful to each and everyone of my Mis Fit family, past and present  who have helped me build my little business up  these past 8 years.  Without you guys coming to classes, I wouldn’t have a business!.  So I am incredibly grateful to each and everyone of you. 

I am so grateful to my family and friends who support my dreams too and are there cheering me on always and believing in me. Who understand aswell that my working hours are different to most people who work a 9-5,so I can’t always be there for nights /days out.

I am incredibly grateful for my travel job, as I got to travel to some pretty amazing places – I even got to work in LA and Vegas looking after a tour group – lost a couple in the Airport on the first trip but I found them shortly afterwards so thankfully all was fine ha . They had sneaked off for a cigarette after the flight landed without telling me. I had everyone else on the bus ready to be dropped at their hotels and I had to go hunt Vegas airport for these two !. There was also the lady who came into the shop when I worked for Going Places ( showing my age here – who can remember going places travel agents lol) , she had a family holiday booked to Majorca, and she came in looking all flustered with her confirmation in hand and said she needed to cancel , as the confirmation stated there was sharks in high season and she was going in August.  I was a bit perplexed , thinking – Sharks in Majorca? ,  and how on earth do Airtours know they are going to be there in the summer.  I took the confirmation from her to read it and had to try so hard to keep a straight face – if you know me , you know how hard this was , but  Airtours were actually referring to their  kids club  which was called Sharks and advising it only operated in high season  🤣.  To be fair to her, the way it was worded was a little confusing. It did make me laugh though. 

I am also grateful to my travel job as it provided for me financially, as I paid for my fitness courses and built my business up.  It’s this part that is the scariest- leaving behind the safety net of that regular income. I also get  health benefits, such as dental and my glasses – obviously I have made sure and bought my new glasses and had a dental check up before I Leave!. Going from getting that same amount in my bank account, on the same day every month , to now never knowing from week to week what I will make. You could have a full class booked in  and then get a bunch of last minute cancellations , or we are also approaching the time of year , when the weather turns bad – we got our first snowfall last Saturday- 27th October!!!!.  Which of course also effects classes .   I just feel though as scary as that is,  what is even scarier is being still Sat behind that travel desk in a year or twos time, still wondering if I could possibly make it work , teaching classes full time, doing a job I adore and am passionate about, rather than doing a job I endure to pay the bills. Life can be incredibly short and I would rather try and if it doesn’t work , at least I’ll know, rather than be too scared to try and always wonder what if.  

As my leaving day approaches I am so excited , but after 24 years of working in the travel industry, some sadness too at the end of this chapter, plus I’m not going to lie – i’ll Definitely miss my travel,perks! . I’m also getting some lovely messages from my current colleagues all with lovely messages of support.  I have made some lovely friends  in my travel journey, including my best friend Stacy . We met on the bus as we used to get the same one to work  – she was  on a YTS for Lunn Poly and I was On one with Going Places. 24 years and much mischief and mayhem later, we are still best friends 💕. 

I’m a Huge Believer in the universe and how it responds to the vibrations we send out, and if we are sending positive vibrations out and we have faith in ourselves and it’s for our  own higher good, I believe the Universe will always lead us to exactly where we need to be in life.

If you haven’t read The Universe has your back by Gabrielle Bernstein, definitely check it out.  I also love this quote below, so as I embark on this new journey , I am going to indeed embrace the uncertainty, enjoy the beauty of becoming and know that’s when nothing I say certain, anything is possible!.

 

Wishing all of you guys a magical November with lots of love and laughter and memories made with loved ones. 

Joanne xoxo

Pumpkin Power Workout ,and November class updates

Hello Mis Fitters 

So Its almost Halloween and would it be Halloween week – if we didn’t do our annual Pumpkin Power workout??????? . Of course not! so grab a pumpkin and This Tuesday 30th October – our Barre class will become Pumpkin Power workout instead! forget your weights – it will be all about the Pumpkin!. 

Online Classes  –

You can sign up for our November online classes now!. Just £10 per month, you will get access to a variety of  workouts you can do, at home, at a time that suits you , maybe first thing on a morning or later at night , or somewhere in between.  Two new workouts are added in each week. Just drop us a message to sign up, or for more information.

November class updates 

From Saturday 17th November , we will have Festive Fit mas on a Saturday morning 9am-9.30am at Delves Lane Village Hall.  This will be a HIIT style class – getting us in shape ready for the festive season.  We will be mixing up Boxing style workous, aswell as weights and  other cardio workouts and maybe even a  Metafit sneaked in there too haha – I know you guys love those!!. 

I am also looking at doing a couple Festive Retro Robics classes in November and December – Dance based ones. So please let me know if you would be interested in these  – It would probably be a Monday / Tuesday or Thursday just one offs in leui of the usual class. 


After School Yoga at Believe and Be – 

Our last after school yoga of 2018 , starts this Monday 29th October for 6 weeks. 
At Believe and Be. 4.15-5pm.  £35 per child – suitable for kids age 4-8.  To book your little Yogi in , just drop me a message. 

Post Natal Pilates for Mam and Baby 

Our next Post Natal class for mam and baby, starts also Monday 29th October for 6 weeks.   

Mondays 1030-1115am @ Dance Max, Consett.   

£35 per mam/baby for the 6 weeks or pay as you go for £7 per session.

Pilates 1-1 / private small group training 

I also offer 1-1 or Small group  Pilates sessions at your home/Work place .  From the end of November, I will have a little more availability to take on a couple more , so if you would be interested please do drop me a message for more information. 

 

Class passes  

November class passes will be available from Thursday 1st November 

8 session pass – £28.00

12 session pass – £45 

unlimited monthly pass – £55 

From January , the monthly class pass prices  will increase .  The class pass passes have remained the same for the past few years now, and our class prices and most of the hall hire costs have gone up in that time. so I do need to look at increasing the cost of these 

so from January Class pass prices will be as follows – 

8 session pass will be £35 

12 session pass – £50 

unlimited monthly pass – £60  

 

Timetable for this week :- 

Please do book for all classes – and please let me know if you can’t make it. 

Monday 29th October 

Pilates for mums and Tots 1030am-1115am @ Dance Max, Consett 

After School Yoga @ Believe and Be for kids age 4- 9 ,  4.15pm-5pm  

Barre Burn   6.30-7 pm @ North Durham Academy £4.00

Pilates 7pm-7.45pm @ North Durham Academy £6.00

or do both evening sessions for £8.00

Tuesday 30th October 

Pumpkin Power Workout –   7pm-7.30pm @ Tesco Community room, Consett £4.00   ***** Don’t forget your Pumpkins ! *****

Wednesday 31st October 

Pilates 0945am-1030am @ Annfield Plain Church £6 
and
Pilates for mams and Toddlers 1030am-1115am @ Annfield Plain Church  £7

Thursday 01st November 

Fitness  Pilates     6.45pm-7.30pm  @ Delves Lane Village Hall  £6 
  
and
 Men on Mats Pilates   7.45pm-8.30 pm   @ Delves Lane Village Hall £6 

Friday 02nd November 

Pilates 6.30-7.15pm @ Annfield Plain Church £6 

Saturday 03rd November 

HIIT   9am-9.30am  @ Delves Lane Village Hall £4

and

Family Yoga 1015am-11am @ Delves Lane Village Hall £7 for 1 adult and 1 child 

 

Joanne xoxo