This post was originally published on the Pure Barre web site. Many thanks to Pure Barre SouthPark’s Caroline Taylor for letting us share this post with you. AND, a huge congrats to her on her upcoming wedding in one week from tomorrow! If you notice something missing from this post, it’s that she forgot to include her AMAZING fiance (her own words), Chad, for being “her biggest supporter” :-). Since this isn’t an Oscar speech, we thought she totally deserved a re-do, and Chad deserves a huge shout-out for sure. Stop by Pure Barre SouthPark, Charlotte, or Ballantyne to get your lift, tone, burn on, and don’t forget to check out one of the hottest classes in town – Pure Barre Platform. Unlike anything you’ve ever done, we promise! In the meantime, enjoy getting to know Caroline! ~ CSP Team
I fell in love with Pure Barre instantly. I initially loved how the 55 minutes flew by, and how it was a time that I only thought about myself, my mind, and my body. I could put the stresses of daily life aside and get in “the zone.” I loved how the music drove me through class and how my body experienced a shake and burn different from any other workout. With time, the love for Pure Barre grew deeper. I began to “get it.” My form improved, I understood the movements, and I was able to push myself a little further each class. At Pure Barre, I have developed lifetime relationships and friendships and am a part of a community of inspiration. Women of all ages, sizes, and walks of life come together at Pure Barre.
I went to the College of Charleston and UNC-Charlotte and majored in Elementary Education. For the last 8 years I was an elementary school teacher for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. I graduated from UNC-Charlotte in 2007 and began to teach immediately following graduation. I taught 2nd, 4th, and 5th grades over those 8 years. I started to teach classes at Pure Barre Ballantyne in Charlotte during my summer break in 2014. I loved how my experience as a classroom teacher effortlessly transferred into the studio. I was able to take all of the parts I loved about teaching and use them to inspire and challenge my clients at Pure Barre.
If I were to write a description for what I would want in a job, it would be a Pure Barre studio owner. Combining fitness, community, leadership, teaching, and management into one job is the best of all worlds and I couldn’t be more thankful and excited.
So far the most surprising challenge about becoming an entrepreneur has been taking it one day at a time. I’m used to a fast-paced, multitasking, jam-packed day. Every day I have come across new challenges that I have not yet endured, or something new for my to-do list that had not yet crossed my mind. I’ve had to teach myself to slow down, be thorough, and not try to get everything done at once. I think this quote explains it well– “The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time” – Dean Acheson