moonlighting at lululemon

You could call me superwoman… but I can't fly, I don't have any magical powers, and I don't wear a cape.

But you may catch me changing costumes. Sometimes I'll enter my car dressed in business slacks, a sweater set and heels – and just minutes later, I'll step out of the car donning sneakers, moisture-wicking luon, and a matching headband to boot.

I'm just one of the many educators moonlighting at lululemon athletica. By day, I work full-time at a non-profit organization. By night (and sometimes on weekends), I am a part-time educator at lululemon athletica Ala Moana. Many people ask me why I do it. The money, the complimentary yoga classes (yes! lululemon gives its employees the gift of fitness!), the discount? All great reasons, but it's not what keeps me going during those 14-hour days.

lemons after spin class
Marisa and the honolululemons after a recent spin class.

It's the people. I feel fortunate to be surrounded by those who believe self-growth and development are non-negotiable, guests who put health and wellness as a priority, and colleagues who make it fun to come to work. People who are passionate, enthusiastic, and live life to its fullest. People who believe that integrity is a must in the workplace, who help me set goals and hold me accountable, and who allow me to be my authentic self. And ultimately, it is lululemon athletica, a company that encourages entrepreneurship, motivates us to take ownership of our lives, and expects us to help elevate the world to greatness.

So don't be surprised if you see me wearing a bright colored Power Y tank under my wool cardigan at my full-time job. Or if you see me pulling on my Groove pants at a red light while driving from one job to the next. It's what I do. I'm a lululemon superwoman.

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Comment by Lulugirl — December 16, 2009 @ 5:53 pm

You ARE a superwoman, Marisa! Look at you doing all these postings and juggling between two jobs and still making time for health/fitness and your family. Thanks for all that you do.

Comment by akiko — December 17, 2009 @ 3:51 am

You rock my luon wonder unders Marisa! Lululemon Super-wo-man! What a great post. So true about the moonlighting. And lululemon is the best place to do it!

Comment by Phoenix Monroe — December 17, 2009 @ 3:55 am

You Rock!!!!! Even though I took a hefty pay cut from my old job as a skilled tradesman to come to lululemon, the benefits of goal setting, personal development and a supportive environment all make it worth it. Who could ask for more than to be able to share their passion ( for me that’s running and yoga) with the world???

Comment by Brian — December 17, 2009 @ 1:09 pm

I got shivers reading this Marisa. We are so lucky to have you as a part of our Online Community team!

We are also so fortunate to have so many incredible people that choose to join this company. We are showing the world that you really can have it all.

Thanks for this post! I eagerly await everything you write.

Comment by Carolyn — December 19, 2009 @ 12:49 pm

Haha! That was me for 8 months! And I gave up the full time gig and came over to lulu full time and haven’t regretted it! It’s the culture and people that definitely sets lululemon apart. You’re not alone, Maris, and we’re so lucky to have you!

Comment by Corey — December 20, 2009 @ 8:13 pm

YES! We used to joke at Robson that everyone was moonlighting as something else. Actors, teachers, dancers, mothers, trainers, volunteers, designers…the list goes on. Over the years, I have come & gone from this company (travelling, school, and what not) and it is certainly the people that have me eagerly coming back time & time again. Great blog.

Comment by Elissa Joy — December 21, 2009 @ 10:06 am

Pretty cool that you get that opportunity. I was recently turned down for a job at Lulu despite having ample availability. I was told it was because I did have another full time job. I guess my day job of coordinating transplants for children with leukemia prevented me from my dream 2nd job. Cant lie, pretty dissapointed in lulu.

Comment by Kara — September 6, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

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