How to Welcome the Season Ahead with Presence, Balance and Joy

How to Welcome the Season Ahead with Presence, Balance and Joy

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Barre3 Mariemont Studio Owner, Karey Matteucci, shares five ideas for tackling the Holiday Season with grace and ease.


Start a gratitude journal. Even on days when you don’t think you have anything to write, just the intention of sitting down with a notebook can help you find something you can be grateful for or appreciate in your life. Challenge yourself to find three things to write down every day. It can be repetitive—sometimes it might even be the same three things for a week. Writing down what we are grateful for can help us stay in that positive mental state.


During the Holidays and as we approach the beginning of the new year, it can be tempting to write out a list of big, lofty goals. Instead, try to focus on the “mini moments”. Throughout your day, look for the smaller moments when you can center and take care of yourself. That can be as simple as taking two minutes to write in your gratitude journal or settling for a 10-minute stroll at lunch.


Aim to work out three to four times a week. The key to reaching that goal is not limiting yourself on what that looks like. Some days, you’ll be able to make it to the gym, (or your local Barre3 Mariemont Studio) for a challenging class, but on days that your schedule doesn’t allow for it, focus on getting in a 10-minute or 30-minute workout during some downtime. Whether it’s a walk on the treadmill, a ride on the bike or a barre3 online class, give yourself the grace for your movement to look different day-to-day.


Try not to feel guilty for not accomplishing what you set out to do. There are days when we just can’t find time for a workout. Instead of beating yourself up about it or getting frustrated, choose to reflect on the good things that came of your day. Take your wins when you can get them! It’s a healthy balance of prioritizing yourself but also not stressing so much about it. If you don’t achieve it, try to let it go and feel grateful for what you did accomplish and move on.


For so many of us, working out and moving has been looked at as a chore. It’s been something we dread and something that we HAVE to do in order to check a box and attain whatever ideal is in our heads. In that process, you may start to loathe the movement. That makes it even harder to prioritize and budget time for it.

Seek out a form of movement where, when things get real in your workout, in those moments of serious challenge and burn, you are empowered to make a choice that serves your body. Then, yourself an internal message that reaffirms that choice. Practice internal mantras like, “I’m doing what’s best for me,” “I’m brave enough to stand up to my inner critic in this moment,” “Any choice I make that serves me is right”. By flooding your mind with positive and reaffirming messages while you’re moving and making smart choices for your body, you’ll start to get used to that feeling of accomplishment and empowerment, and you’ll crave the movement more – even in this crazy time of year!