Who is Jade anyway?
Updated: May 3, 2022
I always love to learn about other people, so I thought I would share a little about who I am :) I was born in Texas, but grew up in North Seattle with my 3 younger sisters and parents. I am honestly blessed with a very close and awesome family (i know, i know... eye roll) but I genuinely love them and don't know what I would do without them!
As a kid, I always loved performing... I would set up plays, concerts, and dances to show anyone who would watch. I have never been good at sitting down for very long or staying still.... and that has been the one thing that will probably never change about me! Music, acting, and dancing was such a big part of my childhood that I knew I wanted to do something creative "when I grew up". I originally thought that would mean being a fashion designer. I spent a lot of my energy designing and creating clothing, I designed 2 "trash" fashions shows (which was so much fun but that a story for another time), and was planning on going to FIDM in Los Angeles.
Fast forward a few years and I randomly walked into a yoga studio in downtown Bellevue and asked if they were hiring. Turns out that they were and hired me right then! I had never been in a yoga studio before much less tried yoga, but after a year or so working and taking classes, I ended up really loving it and going through a 200 hour certification through the studio to teach! During this time, I started hearing a lot about barre and a couple of my girlfriends told me to try out Pure Barre. I had my daughter and decided this was my moment to try out a new workout to get into shape. Boy was I humbled! That first barre class I will never forget... I could barely walk down the stairs to get to my car. I was hooked, so after talking to the owner I went through a 4 day intensive in Denver to get certified in Pure Barre. What a blast that was!
After teaching for a few years as a yoga and barre teacher, I decided to go through a 500 hour pilates certification as well. I had started doing pilates in high school and had been saying for years that I wanted to teach it one day... but the training is so rigorous (and expensive, tbh) that I had always been intimidated to go through with it. This was honestly the most challenging year of my life, the same time I was going through my training I also went through a very difficult divorce which taught me that I am SO much stronger that I had given myself credit for up until then.
Now, I know that teaching fitness is my passion, my energy, and my way of life. I love the feeling you get after teaching a class and how the energy in the room can be completely changed by your words and voice. I am so lucky to do what I love, and I hope I get to share that with each of you!