If there’s a word to associate our work with you, it’s balance. You gracefully communicate your priorities despite your full plate. Tell us about your philosophy when it comes to balance.
I am always navigating the pull between being a high achiever and prioritizing rest. One way I find balance is by being very clear with my goals. I set SMART goals at the beginning of every year and then reassess every month. I get very specific with what is important to me to accomplish on a day-to-day basis. Becoming a mom has forced me to be realistic about my expectations for myself. For instance, I do not have childcare so I do not put pressure on myself to get work done until after my daughter goes to sleep at night. I balance the long days and late nights by scheduling down time during certain evenings so I don’t burn out. I also communicate my needs to my husband so he can help me where I need it most. Finding balance in motherhood is a never-ending balancing act, and one of the most important things a mom can do is give herself grace to be perfectly imperfect. Our effort and love for our families is more than enough, even when we don’t feel like it is.
You’re a source of consistency and inspiration amongst the Austin community and your social network. How would you define your relationship with social media?
My relationship with social media has evolved over the years. What started as a small account to share my teaching schedule with my NYC barre clients has developed into a sizable community of kind, inclusive, caring, incredible women! I am naturally a more private person, so I have had to step outside of my comfort zone to share my life on Instagram. While it is uncomfortable at times for me to be open, it is always worth the connections I’ve made with other women through being vulnerable. The way I find balance with social media is by drawing strong boundaries in the way I interact with it. Whenever I start feeling anxious or overwhelmed, I take a break so I can come back refreshed and ready to connect. If I feel burned out, I go back to my WHY of social media: to provide value to my community through my barre expertise and experiences with new motherhood, and to genuinely connect with and uplift other women.
Explain how you made the decision to build your own platform.
It all really started with Instagram. In sharing my short barre videos over the years, a far-reaching and passionate following began requesting a full-length class experience. I gave birth and became a new mom during the beginning of the pandemic, and I knew it would be awhile before I would return to teaching in-person at my home studios, Mod Fitness + Equinox. I realized it was time to follow my gut and create the Britsbarre on-demand virtual studio. The loyal support I have behind me in my Britsbarre community gave me the confidence I needed to move forward with building my own business.