Sometimes you meet someone and it seems as if you have known them for years, conversation is fun and easy and you feel as if you have an instant friend, enter Jenn Walters co-founder of Fit Bottomed Girls. I have followed Fit Bottomed Girls for awhile and out of pure luck I checked the bios on their website to see if my path may cross with either of the founders. I was in luck, Jenn was from Kansas City, MO which was smack dab in the middle of my path. I reached out to her to see if she would be open to meeting me and she responded immediately with an invitation to join her for a yoga class and lunch. It brings me so much joy to have so many people respond to my journey in such a warm and positive manner.
We met for a 10:00am Yoga Flow class that was being held in the basement of the Unity Temple located in the Plaza in Kansas City. I had purchased my own yoga mat for working out in hotels etc and was excited to roll it out for its inaugural yoga session. When it came to yoga I was essentially as new as my mat having only tried it once in my life. I have noticed that since working out regularly I have become more flexible so I had high hopes for this class. It seems that everything I do is a lesson in humility, the picture I had in my mind had me doing graceful yoga movements while reality had my sweaty wet palms sliding all over my mat. Looking around I seemed to be the only person who was struggling in this manner, I didn’t know if it was my precious Pacific Northwest reaction to the heat or if I all of a sudden started crying from the center of my hands. The instructor placed a heavy wool blanket in front of me to help me from my slip and slide however it did little to help.
I survived the rest of the class without drawing too much more attention to my sweaty challenges and vowed NEVER to attempt hot yoga. I am currently in R&D to create a velcro yoga mat and gloves combo.
Jenn and I dropped our mats in our cars and walked to lunch at Jack Stack Barbeque where she introduced me to true Kansas City BBQ with a burnt ends lunch. The food was great but the conversation was even better. I was able to chat with Jenn about the path she took to becoming a fitness blogger and the success and growth of Fit Bottomed Girls. In addition to blogging about all things fitness on Fit Bottomed Girls they also have two sister sites Fit Bottomed Mamas, catering to women juggling the stresses of parenthood and Fit Bottomed Eats, the tag line says it all “Being a foodie with a fit booty”.
I left Jenn not only feeling as if I had made a new friend but also feeling inspired. It is so wonderful to see the successes of women who are working hard to create an online business and community which is benefitting so many people.