written by Marcellina Mele, Pure Pilates Instructor

One of the benefits of the pandemic is that Marcellina has rejoined the team at Pure Pilates, teaching virtually!  Her energy and positivity is infectious in person and on the computer screen.  Her personality shines through when you read her responses to her Up Close and Personal blog post!

What makes you smile when you get up in the morning? 

When my alarm goes off and I figure out what day it is… I can’t wait to see my two boys! EVERYDAY!  Knowing I get to have a hug and a smile from them (at some point) and see their eyes twinkle, is totally worth getting up for. (Savoring this for as long as it lasts!)  Motherhood has been the hardest job of my life!!  And yet, the MOST rewarding.  I get lots of random but daily “I love you mom” from one and extra snuggles and belly laugh giggles from another.  Ups and downs everyday still with a now 6- & 7-year-old but they warm my heart and give me the strength I need to conquer absolutely anything. I am forever grateful for the joy they bring and for making me work toward being a better person. 

What absolutely excites you right now?

My family is excited to be planning our move this summer to South Carolina! My husband is retiring from the Police Department after 25 years of service.  One of the many reasons we chose South Carolina is because it is home to my husband’s alma mater, Clemson.  I grew up in California, then moved to the Northeast, now we will get to experience and explore the South! Life is very busy right now in preparation and we are building a new house near a lake. We can’t wait!

What kind of music inspires you? 

I feel inspired by music – music that makes me want to dance (in the house or car or even the supermarket!), move my body, be happy or even help to have a good cry.  I feel like music is the backbone of life, it can cause you to remember a moment or a phase of life.  I love ALL music, except for slow jazz and new rap.  The 80’s dance music is still my favorite happy jam though!

Favorite person in the world? 

My brother Dominic is my favorite person in the world!  From the time I can remember life, my brother put me on a high pedestal and treated me like gold and I’ve never been removed. He is 10 years older than me (I have 3 older brothers) and I have always looked up to him.  Not only has he always been there for me but he is the most positive person I know; always encouraging me to look at a situation or life from another angle.  Whenever I’ve been faced with a big decision, he is my go-to person for advice, and he never actually gives advice – he simply asks lots of questions for me to come to my own solution.  He is the best role model and person I know.  Always trying to just do the right thing, very loving, giving and smart.  Living across the country for the past 18 years I still get excited when he calls and excited to see him on the rare occasion of visits.  He has such good energy you just want to be around him and I am so very blessed to call him my brother.

Rapid Fire:

Morning or night person?   MORNING

Left Handed or Right Handed?  RIGHT

Tidy or Messy?  SUPER TIDY

Extrovert or Introvert? INTROVERT

Coffee or Tea? COFFEE

Mac or PC?  PC

Apple or Android Phone? APPLE

Bath or Shower?  BOTH!

Dogs or Cats? DOGS

Sweet or Savory?  SWEET

Beach or Mountains?  BEACH

Coke or Pepsi? COKE!!

Meat or Fish or Vege?  CARNIVORE

Summer or Winter? SUMMER

Texting or Phone Calls? CALLS

Vanilla or Chocolate? CHOCOLATE

Favorite Pilates apparatus or Pilates exercise? 

I can honestly say that I do not have a single favorite. Each apparatus I use, I love in the moment. They all offer something unique and different for my body. As a past dancer, pole vaulter and runner my body took a beating and then later I was diagnosed with Scjogrens (lots of daily joint pain and fatigue).  I crave how the equipment helps ease my pain, allows me to move and stretch the way I did when I danced without the tears, and gives me more energy.