Meet the Contributor: Billie

A little bit about Billie – an alumni lululemon educator.

I believe that any bad mood can be cured by chocolate or a big bowl of cereal. I am most alive in my spontaneous and courageous moments. I met my husband on in 2007 and he helped me get over my fear of the water. One of my most proud moments was in 2008 when I completed a 2.5K Open Water Swim in Lake Michigan. I was terrified for at least the first 20 minutes, but once I relaxed into my stroke it was FANTASTIC!

After graduating from university, I pursued my dream and moved to Mexico. I spent the mornings and evenings teaching English at a private language school (with a 4-hour break in the afternoon for a workout and a siesta), and my nights and weekends salsa dancing with some of the best dancers in Mexico.

I love naps, and I have an amazing ability to sleep anywhere, anytime. This was a brilliant skill to have when I was a Flight Attendant for United Airlines because I often found myself on long layovers in random airports. I wonder what the passengers in the concourse thought when they saw their safety professional sleeping on the chair next to them in full uniform.

Although flying was not an easy career, I had the opportunity to see many cities that I may have never chosen to visit had I not been a Flight Attendant. I witnessed flying salmon in Seattle, had lunch at Cheers in Boston, took the tube to a Broadway show in London, sampled schnitzel in Frankfurt, listened to the sound of the coqui in Puerto Rico, and was left stranded in the Denver International Airport numerous times.

I love talking to strangers, which is a dead giveaway to Chicagoans that I’m from up North. I grew up on 40 acres in the middle of the woods in Central Wisconsin with the Hemlock Creek literally running through our backyard. I love my job with lululemon athletica because it gives me the opportunity to talk to tons of amazing athletes, instructors, and wellness-minded individuals from all over Chicagoland.

my life as a dj…

I mean, Spin instructor! Spin classes have a reputation of being for super athletic and highly in-shape individuals, but what I have always loved about spinning is that it truly is an all-levels workout. Everyone gets to choose their own intensity, speed and resistance. No matter what your fitness goals are, spinning is an excellent […]

meet an alumni ambassador

Meet Jocelyn Davis: She studied at the Broadway Dance Center and Creative Acting Company in New York City, toured with numerous modern dance companies around the U.S., teaches at Harpo Studios Fitness Center in Chicago, and owns Akemi Fitness Method in Evanston. When she moved here in 2005, Jocelyn’s intention was to spend three months […]

three days of dedication

This Fall I attended the opening ceremony for the Breast Cancer 3-Day benefiting Susan G. Komen for the cure. 2,200 participants came on Friday morning to kick off their walk around Chicagoland and dedicate the next 3 days and 60 miles to their mothers, friends, daughters, wives, teachers, husbands, and themselves. I am grateful to […]

tata tamer test drive

After receiving feedback from lots of athletes in the fit rooms about the Ta Ta Tamer II, I wanted to share a blog post about its fit and function. However, since my tatas are pretty tame to begin with, I turned to fellow educator, Caroline, for her expertise on the matter. Here’s what Caroline had […]

dance, sing, floss and… travel?

What?! Travel?! Who does that these days? We don’t have enough time, and we certainly don’t have any money! Actually, if you look on the average 18-39 year old’s facebook profile, most of them consider traveling as one of their interests. We all know that tourism has decreased dramatically in the past couple of years. […]

50 yards to your favourite workout

A lot of athletes want to add swimming to their cross training, but have a difficult time developing a good workout for their level. If you’ve decided to get back in the pool for the first time in a while, remember one thing when designing your workout: Swim for distance, not for speed. What I […]

how i stayed fit with an injury

About a year before I started working at lululemon athletica, I injured my back at my previous job. I saw a chiropractor, three orthopedic specialists, a couple of massage therapists, and at least seven different physical therapists over the course of a year. I’m an athlete, but living with my injury left me feeling sorry […]