By Eve Lynn Kessner, SoulCycle instructor and holistic nutritionist
Dedicated to my husband Richie
Let me start by saying that the SoulCycle journey I’ve been on has been the single most rewarding and demanding adventure of my life. A labor of love, it has challenged and stretched me, made me examine who I am, who I want to be, and how far I’m willing to go to get there. I have sacrificed so much of my old life to find light in this new one — and I’d do it again in a second. On a daily basis I am pushed to my limit, and excited about each class I teach. I am seeing parts of myself I never knew existed, and am forever craving more. Motivation and inspiration now drive me in all my things, not just work — but my writing, and my cooking, and my passion for living.
I could have easily continued my life as a part-time nutritionist, small-time blogger, and predominantly stay-at-home mom. It was a very nice life. I spent much of my time reading and learning and cooking and writing, and bettering myself and my family. But I needed even more. And my husband knew that. And he believed in me. And supported me on this roller coaster ride which turned our daily lives upside down. And he makes the lunches before school, and picks up the kids when I can’t. He does the bedtime routine when I work evening classes, and takes them to the park on the weekends when I am teaching 3 times in a day. He lets me sleep a little late on my days that I don’t start until the afternoon, and makes the coffee when I have to leave the house before the kids are awake.
What I mean to say is that I could not have done any of this without him. I would not be who I am today if he didn’t push me. It is his support that allows me to be who I am. It is his passion that drives me to be more. It is he who’s not only believed in me, but forced me to believe in myself.
Happy Valentine’s Day Richie! And as is the custom for all big things these days, let’s celebrate on a bike and sweat our way into our future together.
Eve Lynn Kessner is mom to two little girls, Avital and Bar, ages 5 and 2, a sometimes vegan, a holistic nutritionist, and focused on living a organic, chemical-free, natural life. “Making our home and our diets safe, healthy, and chemical free is no longer a goal, but a necessity. It feels good, clean, and ethical,” she says. Eve studied at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and counsels clients on food and lifestyle choices, helping them make cleaner, more responsible decisions. Eve is also a SoulCycle instructor, and an all-around dreamer and believer.