30 Things I Love About Elite

Nearly 2 years ago, I took my first steps into Elite North Shore as a member. As a Passport Member, I’ve had the chance to visit all of the Elite Clubs. I’ve come to find that each one has their own “personality”  that make them unique, and together, Elite becomes this wonderful community where staff, instructors, and members work together to make positive experiences, and achieve goals!

In just a couple of years,  I have become stronger, healthier and even a happier person. While fitness was a big part of this, it is the people that I have met and worked with that make Elite so great! So, in celebration of Elite turning 30, I’ve made a list of my 30 favorite things about Elite! Continue reading 30 Things I Love About Elite

How to Rediscover your Relationship with Tennis

Today, I played tennis for the first time in 20 years, and I’m hooked for life. The drive to Elite River Glen took only 10 minutes, but mustering up the courage to walk through the door and pick up a racquet took decades longer. The last time I played tennis was the summer before 5th grade through the Whitefish Bay Rec Department. I moved on quickly to other interests but somewhere in the back of my mind, I always thought that tennis may have been “the sport that got away.” So, when I heard about the Mom’s Tennis Group at Elite, and how it’s for beginners and seasoned players alike, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to rekindle my relationship with the sport. Once you know the Who, What, Where, When and Why about this group, chances are you’ll want in on it too!

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Music: The Unsung Hero Behind Motivation

“Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.” ― Hunter S. Thompson

Some things in life just come naturally to us.  For me, fitness is not one of them. Whether it’s dealing with the daily shoulder pain I have from a high school swimming injury, or exploring a new yoga class which makes me feel like a rock star, (until the mirror stares me right back into reality), working out and staying in shape have never been my strong suits.  And yet, as I grow older, I look forward to challenging myself physically more than ever before.  Perhaps, it has taken me 30+ years to understand the sweetest rewards often follow bitter struggles. And I’m sure many of you know, starting a daily workout routine from scratch after 2 kids and a 5-year on-again/off-again relationship with the gym is a valid struggle to say the least. Continue reading Music: The Unsung Hero Behind Motivation

Navigating Your 30s: The Silent Awkward Stage and How to Find Balance

“Everything I know I learned after I was thirty.” -Georges Clemenceau

When we think of growing up, and the many awkward moments that accompany us for years, adolescence often comes to mind.  The bad hair, breakouts, growth spurts….We’re told to hang in there.  It will pass.  But there’s one stage that no one warned me about.  One that for me, came out of nowhere and hit me like a ton of bricks; arguably harder than puberty—my 30s. Continue reading Navigating Your 30s: The Silent Awkward Stage and How to Find Balance

Working from Home: A Delicate Balance

Imagine.  After searching for a little over a year, you land a job for which you are a perfect fit.  It’s an exciting field, your co-workers share your passion for what they do, and best of all, you get to choose your own hours, including whether or not you work at the office or from home.  Who could ask for anything more?

Now, picture your first day on the job.  You’re pumped and ready to dig into your first assignment.  All of a sudden, out of nowhere, the smoke alarm goes off.  But here’s the catch.  You can’t turn it off.  It’s daily protocol for the company to sound the alarm every day for 20 minutes.  So, you take a deep breath and attempt to tune it out for a while, until a car alarm starts blaring outside the window.  You are so excited to start on this project, but the distractions are almost too much to bear.  If you stop working, you’re not performing your job.  But working with this chaos is nearly impossible.  So, what kind of job is this?  It’s the best, and at times the worst of both worlds; A part-time job working from home…with kids. Continue reading Working from Home: A Delicate Balance