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I have been thinking for days about what to write or share with all of you for my first RISE blog. Then this happened to me…

This weekend I was attending a party for a courageously strong friend of mine who is going through a challenging transition in her life. On her coffee table was a book named “Medicine Cards: The Discovery of Power Through the Ways of Animals” by Jamie Sams and David Carson. I was immediately drawn in and wanted to know more about how the book and cards worked. Another friend of mine began to take out the deck of cards and shuffle it around. She presented the deck to me and said “pick one”. I shuffled them up again, closed my eyes and confidently pulled the card of my choice. I pulled a Blue Heron ~ Card of Self Reflection. Blue Herons have continually shown up in my life for the past 12 years while I am whitewater rafting down the French Broad River. They are strong and beautiful creatures. The card read:

“Like the Phoenix who rises from its own ashes, Heron emerges from the unseen worlds of spirit into a new balanced sense-of-self in order to embrace its potential again and again.  The magnificence of your human spirit lies waiting for the joy of discovery, if you are courageous enough to follow the waterbird throughout this journey.  Heron reminds you that every traveler on life’s journey is a messenger, and that every destination is the beginning of a new life cycle on the medicine wheel.”

Three years ago I walked away from a successful career in Social Work to follow my dream of being a full-time Classical Pilates instructor. At the same time as this career transition, my mother passed away from alcoholism at the young age of 61. I marked both these enormous life transitions, of loss and love, with a Phoenix tattoo on my arm. I vowed to move forward and not allow fear and sadness to hold me back. Challenging times are when you have to dig deep into who you are, who you don’t want to become, and what is most important to you. My tattoo reminds me every day to be strong and stay true to my core beliefs…Love, Honesty, Family and Friendships.

As the Blue Heron card has reminded me again that I am on the right path, I feel humbled by the support and love I have received on this once again new adventure in my life. I am hopeful that RISE: Authentic Pilates is able to make you feel empowered to RISE up to new beginnings with an open mind and heart full of love. Now let’s do this Asheville!

Meagan Witkus
RISE: Authentic Pilates

  1. I’m sitting here sobbing while reading this Meagan… YOU DON’T KNOW HOW ABSOLUTELY PROUD I AM OF YOU! Once again, you blow me away with your strength and drive. You are an inspiration to many… and especially to your older sister. I love you with all my heart. Your DREAM has finally become your REALITY.


    • Love and miss you terribly! I can’t wait to see you soon. You are the best sister anyone could ask for.

  2. Wow Meagan, that was so well written and clearly from the heart. Just beautiful, like you :).

    • Thank you so much Sharon. You keep me inspired everyday. Your dedication to the Pilates method is outstanding and you are a wonderful friend.

  3. I can’t wait to Rise with you again, Meagan. Your new blossom simultaneously blooms near mine giving me the ability to make Pilates a part of my health again. Looking forward to many more teasers with you…! Felicidades on the beautiful website and blog!!

    • So excited for your new massage business, space and website! You are going to do phenomenal! Can’t wait to see you in the studio for some Pilates.

  4. I love that imagery, Meagan. SO YOU. I have a similar story with cranes and a friend I lost last year. So so very proud of you and this new journey. LOVE YOU.

  5. Love it, and you! I got goose bumps:)

  6. Laura,
    It is no surprise that we would share some stories and life events. You are such a strong woman and I look up to you as an entrepreneur and friend. This is going to be an inspiring year!

  7. I’m so excited and proud to see you continue on your path in life as well as the world of Pilates! You’ve been with me since the beginning of my Pilates journey (going on 6 years now!) and needless to say, I can’t wait to get back to my feelings of peace, strength & confidence from working with you. You are loved as a true friend and mentor!

    • I am so thankful for your support and friendship my dear! YOU have been an inspiration to me of strength, values and endurance. I am proud to share my knowledge of Pilates with you and support you in finding peace, strength, and confidence! My job couldn’t be any more rewarding than that! 🙂