|Posted by Olivia Westenskow on August 31, 2011 at 11:25 AM|
I LOVE people. Anyone who knows me well knows that I am not just saying that. I love meeting new people and getting to know the different nuances that make people so unique. It's one of the very best parts of my business. I meet so many new people all the time, from all walks of life and with all kinds of histories. I feel richly blessed to have that. The worst part is that eventually people move on, going on to grad school, to new jobs, new phase of life, leaving La Grande etc. I am trying ot have more of a Zen attitude about it, and just be grateful that I get to cross paths with you all at least for a time. So just wanted to give a shout out to people who have left La Grande, but made an impact on me, that I remember fondly from my Liv Fit classes. These are just off the top of my head. I'll be adding to the list as I think about it.....
Tiffany Foy- A dedicated dental student who loved YoPi so much she probably is responsible for a large part of my first few months attendance as she brought friends with her. Thanks for believing in me in the beginning there!
Deborah Koller - Another of the dental students who impressed me with her sacrifice as she and her husband juggled school between here and Portland.
Dan Lees - One of the first men to give YoPi a chance. His work moved him out of state, but his willingness and openess to try everything was inspiring.
Anda Yangson - Gorgeous talented doctor who graced us with her presence in Zumba and YoPi for almost a year before getting a new job in the valley. Witty and fun spirited---miss ya!
Teresa ORoark - One of the first 'young' people who took my Zumba class. Stayed until grad school called her across the country
Clair Clark - Another 'young' one who rocked my classes. Loved having her in the Express classes where she was front and center, helping people follow the choreography.
Carlee Novak - This blonde spunky girl brought all kinds of bold fun energy to class. A former gymnast, she took on everything and pushed herself to her limits. Loved watching her move!
Carl Thomas - Very short stint with us before moving to a new job But in that short great time, he reminded all of us that men can move! He brought the greatest energy to class everytime. Miss the singing and whooping esepcially.
Gina Galavig - One of the 'young; women who helped get Zumba energized. Loved when she and Carl were both in attendance. They were hilarious.
Fune Tautala- Another fun-loving man who could shake it with the best of em. Wish he had found us sooner--but we wish him luck in his acting/dancing work in Seattle!
Atsuko Kikugawa - One of the students I met during my time teaching classes at EOU. She joined my community classes, attending faithfully every week. Such a gentle, gracious calm energy to have in YoPi. Finally getting to go home to Japan after five years in the USA.
Alyssa Garro - Leaving on September 9th for a new job opportunity. Beautifully talented with great dimples when she smiled. Totally gonna miss ya!