The owner and CEO of The Studio (MDR), Lisa Hirsch, talks about the power of patience.

When I was growing up, my mom proclaimed a number of “truths” that I rolled my eyes at countless times. “I have eyes in the back of my head.” (Please.) “If you keep making that face, it’ll freeze that way.” (Mmmhmm.) And one of my all-time least favorites: “Patience is a virtue.” (Just, ugh.)

Of course, she usually uttered this last one when I was totally exasperated about something, like having a 5-year-old hissy fit when I couldn’t find my ballet shoes or as I sat nervously waiting by the phone when my 9th grade crush was supposed to call. And I think this was the mom-ism I hated most because it ringed most true.

Lately, I can hear my mom’s voice on repeat in my mind (and, well, when I call her!), uttering those same words—Patience is a virtue, Lisa—as I wait for our next location, The Studio (MDR) Playa Vista, to open. It feels like an eternity since we started working with the architect on plans and broke ground on this exciting new space. And yet, it’s still not done, and I find myself getting a little (OK, a lot) impatient for the opening of this studio that I cannot wait to unveil.

I’m sure so many of you can relate to the frustration and angst that often comes hand in hand with having to wait for something you want really, really badly. Our weight-loss and get-fit goals tend to fall into this category. I see so many of you at The Studio (MDR) working your butts off and getting impressive results and honestly, your hard work inspires me more than you know. Not only does watching you persevere and stay the course prompt me to do the same, but it also serves as a reminder that sometimes in life, putting in the work and having to wait for the payoff makes that payoff even sweeter.

I know I’ve been saying it for a while now, but we are so close to this third location of The Studio (MDR) opening. And as we get closer to this day that I’ve been impatiently waiting for, I’m getting even more excited for all of you. In a matter of days, there’ll be yet another space in this city for you to get a world-class workout. There’ll be a clothing boutique that’s going to truly wow you. And there will be the same, incredible Studio (MDR) community that you’ve come to know and lean on—the one you have helped create.

My wish for each and every one of you—and for myself, especially these days—is to remember that patience really is a virtue. We live in a society where we want everything to happen immediately. Yet we forget that the things in life we cherish most often come along with a wait. What I’ve learned in the last few months is that there can be so much personal growth and evolution that happens during that wait if we stay open to it, rather than letting that inner 5-year-old in each of us throw a hissy fit.

So, as we all wait for the things in life we want the most, here’s to all of us remembering to be patient and staying open to all of the incredible lessons we might learn along the way.

Big hug,