Empowerment and Gratitude

The office holiday parties have passed. The shelves in stores have emptied. The trees are decorated and candles lit. The city seems just a little quieter as everyone has headed home, or off to their holiday vacations. The snow has yet to fall — yet everything in the city has that White Christmas hush, as if it did. After a month of merry madness, now comes the other most wonderful time of the year.

It’s time for a bit of much needed regrouping and reflection. It’s in this moment when we have both the chance to look back at the year that just passed, and look forward to the year ahead. It is that space between our past and our future that allows us, if only for a brief moment, to be completely present wherever we are. And in that presence, I find myself feeling both empowered and grateful for where I am, the year I have had, and the year that is to come. They are two seemingly separate sentiments, that, in fact, make a perfect pair.

Looking back at this past year, I feel empowered by seeing what we have built here at The Sweat Life. It amazes me to think of what each of us has the power to accomplish in merely a year’s time. Just over a year ago today, I had an idea to create high-quality video content that would help empower people with knowledge and motivation about how and where to get healthy. Now a year later, we have filmed 15 episodes; built a platform of written content with over 150 articles from countless (and incredible) contributors and experts; and the most important part – we’ve built an amazing community of people who constantly tell us how The Sweat Life has empowered them. This community is YOU - and it is you who I am most grateful for.

While we work tirelessly at The Sweat Life to create the best possible content and fulfill our brand promise — to empower you to find your healthiest life — we would just be another website if it weren't for our amazing and dedicated community of viewers, readers, contributors, studios, and so many more who have empowered us to do what we do. Every Instagram “like,” every Facebook comment, every article read and shared, is not only seen and appreciated, but it is what keeps us going day in and day out. My very favorite moments are when I open my inbox to find a heartfelt message from one of you about how you are loving The Sweat Life, and moreover, that you have been inspired to make healthier choices for yourself because of our work. Again, for these moments, I feel empowered and grateful beyond any words I could ever write in such a brief letter.

We also could not do what we do without the support and warm welcome we have received from the health and fitness community — who offer up their methods, their knowledge, and their talent for us to show off to all of you. I could not feel more empowered or grateful to know I am now a part of this incredible community, this family of people who work so tirelessly and want nothing more than to help people get healthy, feel happy, and be empowered in all parts of their lives. We would quite literally not exist if it weren’t for you, so thank you - all of you.

I am thrilled about the new year ahead, with some exciting programs and developments which I just can’t wait to share (but not quite yet!). What I can share is that I hope to continue to inspire, entertain, inform, and empower each and every one of you through our work. In the meantime, I couldn’t think of a more perfect moment to share this week’s lineup, featuring Lyons Den Power Yoga. For this is everything they seek to accomplish through their practice — offer you empowerment, show you how to stay present, and help you find gratitude for yourself and for all that you have in your life. If you are yet to think of a New Year’s resolution, I encourage you to take heed in what you hear from Bethany Lyons, Founder of Lyon’s Den, and all of our amazing contributors this week.

We will also hear from noted blogger Andrea Howe (of @GwynethMadeMeDoIt fame) about how she was empowered to push for an answer to her constant fatigue and strep throat instead of immediately getting her tonsils removed; holistic nutritionist Eve Lynn Kessner teaches us how to make holiday treats you can feel good about (peppermint patties!); and Peloton Cycle co-founder Marion Roaman shares how she keeps her kids humble during the holidays. Oh, and speaking of Lyons Den Power Yoga, owner Bethany Lyons’ husband — John Murray — talks about what it means to support and stand behind a strong woman.

We wish you a happy, healthy, and sweaty New Year! We will see you in 2015!!!!!!!

Aly Teich
Founder, CEO, and Host
The Sweat Life