Dear Hot Mamas,
I’ve sat here now for a few days trying to find the words to write to all of you but no words could ever possibly do justice to the emotions coursing through my body. I started Hot Mama because I love teaching fitness, I love my kids and I love empowering women to be their best selves. It’s who I am and when I teach, I am the happiest version of myself.
This company has been all of me for seven years now. I’ve been able to “stay home” with my kids (while working 18 hours a day, lol), it’s given me an outlet to follow my passion and I think we all did a damn fine job at building a supportive and loving community of women supporting women. I’ve received hundreds of messages over the years about how we’ve changed lives for the better and I know we’ve made an impact on generations to come. Well, at least my own kids have been impacted by Hot Mama, and for that, I am grateful.
I met some of my very best friends through Hot Mama and I have met the most incredible women while I pursued my dreams. I cannot explain to you how important you all are to me and how much you’ve changed and formed the rest of my life. The gratitude and love I have for each and every one of you will never diminish, no matter what happens.
I grew an empire. It may be a very small empire, but it’s mine and I will look back at this time, smile, sigh and lift a glass of wine to its success.
But, the time has come for me to step aside and take a break. It’s time I put myself and my family ahead of anything and anyone else. I’m sure this will be a surprise for most of you, and to be honest, I have agonized about this decision for a long time. I’m a little scared, sad and a whole lot…tired.
I need a rest. I need the company to grow and be the powerhouse I know it can be, and for that to happen, I need to rest and let someone else take the reigns. The Hot Mama team will be in touch as decisions are made, but know this…this is not the end of this community…this is a shift where a shift is needed. We do good work…it cannot all be for nothing. So please, continue to support your local Main Mama, continue to love and support and honour one another. Continue to sweat, swear, cry and cheer. Please.
If you feel I’m letting you down, please know that my goal was never to let anyone down. My goal was only ever to support and love, inspire and encourage. I could not be more grateful for the support and love you’ve all given me over the years. Without you, I would not have survived the seven years without all of you support and encouragement. You are the heart of this company and I only wish I could truly express what you’ve all meant to me.
A few weeks ago I taught my last Hot Mama class. At that time, I wasn’t entirely sure if that would be it, but my heart was pretty sure. I cried as I taught, though I’m uncertain anyone saw my tears (we were all a little sweaty), I cried only in celebration of the strength and sense of community I felt in that room. You cannot know how it felt to teach that class and to feel the love from you all at that moment. I will never ever forget it. Ever.
This isn’t the end of me. This is a pause for me. I need to reset, recharge and get healthy. I need to remind myself of who I am and what I want and I need time to do all of that. The Hot Mama community is incredible and even playing the smallest role in building this business has been the most wonderful experience of my life (aside from being a Mom).
I need you ALL to know that through it all I have loved every moment, every person and every memory created. I love you. I love you all so very much. I only wish I could have been more and done more for you. You deserve it. You truly do.
I will be offline for a time now to rest and surround myself with only those closest to me. I hope you’ll respect my desire to rest at this time.
Again, please continue to support Hot Mama. It truly is an incredible business with wonderful and strong business owners giving it their all.
Thank you, Hot Mamas. Those two words could never possibly be enough, but until I see you and am able to wrap my arms around you and let love seep from my heart to yours, it is the best I can do. I am grateful for Hot Mama and I am most certainly grateful for any woman, man or child that has been a part of this crazy ride that is Hot Mama.
Until next time…
With love, gratitude and respect,
Lindsay, Your OHM