We had the good fortune of connecting with Vanessa Workman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vanessa, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Finding a healthy work-life balance has always been tricky for me. I have always aspired to be someone who can do it all, which is equally as rewarding as it is exhausting. I try to be an inspiring fitness instructor, an involved and present mom, a supportive wife, an advocate for change (socially, politically and environmentally), and a positive leader for my team. However, full transparency, I feel like most of the time my life is like an all you can eat buffet; it has all the foods, which is cool, but none of them are really THAT great.
However, my work-life balance has never been as challenging as it has been this past year and a half. On the business side of things, obviously there was the pandemic, the closure of my business, and much of my staff moving away from LA. Then came baby #2, working from home, the rage felt over social injustice, and the all encompassing crazy world we live in has definitely thrown what little work/life balance I thought I had a handle on, down the drain. They became one in the same.
I take inspiration and guidance from my fellow business owners, moms, friends, co-workers, and family. This pandemic has thrown everyone for a loop- but I know we have this, and it is because of the amazing people in my life that inspire and encourage me every step of the way. We adapt. Also, by no means do I think my situation with my studio closing while having a second child is anything in comparison with what some are going through; I am actually very blessed and incredibly grateful everyday for my family and the fact my business has be able to stay afloat through these crazy times.
Overall, my my work- life balance has changed a lot in the past year, and will continue to change. Pure Barre Hollywood is open again! (Masks and social distancing enforced of course). I am teaching again after my recent maternity leave. My 3 year old is going to be in school full time and my husband is working back in his office (that is not at home). While it is a lot of change to swallow, by tackling each obstacle one at a time, one foot in front of the other is how I am adapting. Also, I try to find joy in the things that make me happy! Including family, loyal clients, the outdoors, pure barre, animals, friends, friends and wine, exercise, and more recently, slip-n-slides.
What should our readers know about your business?
Pure Barre Hollywood is not just a fitness studio- it is a glorious, judgment free love filled space where people can come to not only exercise, but connect with others, gain health and strength, and receive an hour long escape that builds a confidence that will make you feel all around incredible, inside and out! Our clients, staff and the West Hollywood community love Pure Barre Hollywood and we love them back! In addition to providing workout classes, (pre COVID) Pure Barre frequently held and participated in charity fundraisers, neighborhood events, and community outreach programs. These are the real reasons I do what I do and am passionate about owning this facility and teaching the clients that walk through the doors. Having a client tell me they quit smoking because they found Pure Barre, or saying our classes helped them get through a tough life situation is really what matters. I love my dedicated teachers and staff, and our beloved loyal clients- all who have become like family to myself and to each other. You come to Pure Barre Hollywood for a workout, and leave with new friends, laughter and connection (and a great booty;).
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would pick Katie up at LAX and head to In-n-Out burger off Sepulveda for a little post flight nom-nom. I would have two bikes on the back of my car so we could head to Marina Del Rey and ride along the beach to Hermosa, have some Margaritas and chips on the pier, then bike back. Sunset on the way to my place while stopping to watch the crazy strong hand balancers/yogis/jugglers/sword swallowers at the Santa Monica beach park. We stay in on the first night so she can settle in, having vino and catching up.
Runyon or Westridge hike the next day followed by a Pure Barre class of course! We have lunch at EL Compadre across the street. We would have my dog Roger, with us so we sit outside. From there we would drive Hollywood Blvd…..because, you have to see the stars of course, then head downtown!
I think downtown LA has transformed into such a hip and interesting area in LA within the past 10 years! Trendy restaurants, art galleries, and unique shopping areas are all amongst historic downtown buildings and architecture. We would hopefully hit a street festival, an art walk, and probably the fashion district. I’d take her to Grand Park for the views, and then the historic Grand Central Market for some snacks, then finish in the art’s district to wander through few museums including The Broad, The Grammy Museum, and maybe make it down the road to The LACMA.
The next day we would finish out her stay at the beach, of course!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My husband Mark. He is a serious rockstar. While working full time from our makeshift home office/guest room, he manages to wake up in the morning with our toddler so I can get a few more ZZZs. He stays up with me while I feed our newborn. He handles our kids while leading a zoom call with his co-workers. He can grill like a pitmaster. He supports me and my business unconditionally, and he can create one awesome obstacle course.
My parents have also been one of the main reasons I have been able to keep Pure Barre Hollywood open. They have helped so much with child care so I can take a few days a week to focus on reopening and running the studio. And my mom is an amazing cook and helps clean the house- so that rules.
And of course my team of fellow Pure Barre owners! Without our tight knit group of LA owners to work with, cry to, and ask ALL the questions, I would be lost as a business owner. They are a very rad group of women.
Instagram: @V_Workman01 @Purebarrehollywood
Yelp: Pure Barre Hollywood
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