LisaLisa Hirsch reflects on another amazing year at the sanctuary that is The Studio (MDR) … Holiday lights are coming up everywhere, especially here in The Studio (MDR)! We don’t need to hang the holiday sparklers because we have so many shining stars and bright lights in all of YOU, our amazing clients and friends! Many of our clients are getting ready for their weddings, preparing to head out of town on holiday, and enjoying the rush of last-minute shopping for their families or that new special someone in their life. All I know is that there’s a LOT more of that “special something” going on in the air this year!

This is the month where we indulge in the good life, toast to celebratory happenings, share extraordinary holiday meals with family and friends, and start to think about resolutions. As many of you have heard us say before at (MDR), our resolutions always commence early so that we are already ahead of the game! Our clients are incredible in their determination to do whatever it takes to maintain a healthy body and an active, fit mind. That explains why I am seeing so many happy and healthy people walk through these doors. Even when I catch someone who is going through an unexpected rough time, it seems they have the tools readily available around them to fight as hard as they can to face (and conquer!) whatever challenges they face.

We have a client who lost her husband this year at a young age and she keeps coming to The Studio (MDR) because it has helped her to "keep going" and has become her sanctuary. Every day I watch people walk through these doors who are facing all kinds of ailments, from injuries to cancer, and I can’t help but admire them each time they get through a class and walk out with big smiles. These clients epitomize the value of healthy inner strength and a genuine belief in oneself – that nothing in one’s life can be so bad that one cannot overcome it in some way. We all experience blips in life as well as the highs (and here’s hoping we all experience more highs than blips!). I hope that you view The Studio (MDR) as a safe haven – a place where all of you can enter at any moment in time, no matter what you are feeling, and just be you. That is why we created this space. Not just to provide the most incredible workout, but to make it a fun, safe space that you truly love. It was always my goal to make The Studio (MDR) a place that would give you the confidence necessary to succeed in life.

As we approach the end of 2013, I want to sincerely thank my friends, family, and clients for helping to make this the best three years of my life. Thank you for helping me to build the most satisfying, most fulfilling career of my life. In fact, it really isn't a career; it's my world and my sanctuary, and I am grateful for the role that each of you have played in allowing me to blossom into the woman I truly am. I am beyond grateful for the trust that you have placed in me to allow me to provide the best workout possible with your best interests in mind.

Love to you all and Happy New Year!

Big hug,