When I tell you it has been a whirlwind of a few weeks, I’m not exaggerating. The last two weeks of January I packed up and moved to a different town, and then flew to Singapore to work for Tony. This is a journey I am so excited to tell you about. My roommate, Matt & I moved everything in in only 2 days, then we packed Matt & I’s suitcases and got on a plane to Singapore! To be honest, I was super nervous about this. The timing of it all didn’t seem perfect. I have more bills than I know what to do with right now, I am starting over in a completely new town, and I am just beginning my life again. But everything about this trip said GO, and even when I was nervous it still felt right.
The flight was long. But it was really really good to rest & reflect, and when we finally got to Japan – I was feeling more and more confident in my decision to go. When we got on the plane to Singapore I passed out – got some rest, and woke up at landing ready to roll.
Stepping off the plane just felt different. I felt something I hadn’t felt in a long time. Belonging. I felt like I was right where I was supposed to be, and with the people I was meant to be with. Matt grabbed my hand, and we began our Singapore adventure.
Day 1 // was pretty incredible. We woke up, went to the gym, then to breakfast and made a plan. I wasn’t expecting to do much because in my previous experience with Tony events, we rested up before the event.. but I’m so glad we didn’t do that. We ended up going to the Botanical Gardens and it was MAGICAL. I’m pretty sure I could have wandered through those gardens all day. Then we made our way into Chinatown which is a site to see for sure. After that, we showered up and went to dinner at what is called a Hacker. It was sooo good the first 2 days (I’ll go into that later). I have never eaten so much rice in my life. And I will say it is especially challenging to be a vegan in Singapore! But, we made it work.
Day 2 // we started off in the pool that overlooked the beach. It was SO needed to just get a little bit of rest before going and helping set up the event. I think what I love most about Crew is the family feeling of it. As we were just walking around the hotel, more and more crew members started to arrive and we all just gathered together with hugs & hellos. After the pool we made our way over to the venue to help with some set up. It was fun to get a feel for the energy of the place and meet some new people. Eloise, Kim & I ended up being apart of the lanyard team. Then we called it a day, I was really quite exhausted to be honest. Little did I know, that was just the beginning of this thing called sleep deprivation.
Day 3 // 7:00am-9:00pm Registration Day. Normally Registration is my absolute FAVORITE day because Registration might be my very favorite part of the event. But because this was a different company running the show, we didn’t get to do registration. But that was quite alright. Crew registered, and we began orientation. As always, we danced, clapped, and whoooooaaa’d. Eloise, Kim, and I all got up and had a flipping blast. So a little difference between this event and the others, we didn’t have our crew assignments first. We were all waiting for what was coming. Kim C was talking to Hilary and she turned around and asked… Do you want to be co-captain of Medical Team? Ha, I laughed a little inside at the immense pride this would give my father. “Yup!” I didn’t even hesitate. If I’m being completely honest, I had absolutely no clue what I wanted to do for the event and prayed that God would show me the way.. and that my friends is exactly what happened. So Kim C and I bonded like bandits and tried to figure out what we needed to do for Medical. I haven’t worked Med team before. I have CP
R experience, and knowledge based on life experience and working in a clinic.. but other that Kim was our Medical professional. Lisa had then informed us… it was just us 2 for Medical. 2 OF US FOR 12,000 PEOPLE? Nope. Not happening.
Guess what, it totally happened. We tried very hard to remain calm the remainder of Day 0 & 1 *Tony terms*.
DAY 4 // 6:00am-12:30am Morning of, I was pretty nervous I’m not going to lie to you. Kim & I had a little bit of a Koombya if you will and decided to remain grateful and positive no matter what happens. And Day 1 of Tony was total proof that God is SO super good. We got to the venue, Matt went to get himself in production and Kim and I headed to the crew room to pick up our walkies. Eloise got her job doing production work, Paul was usher co-captain, and Kim B & Eric were mic runners. When we got there we went over all of our supplies & we finally got ourselves somewhat of a team together thanks to Lisa. We went over to our Wellness are to set up. It was a lot on the spot decisions and following the flow. I was really lucky because I got put in charge of handling the care of participants with disabilities.This was probably one of my favorite part of the whole event because every morning I got to walk with themto their seats, and check on them throughout the day. I got to hear their stories and watch their transformations happen. So this was one of my first tasks & I thought to myself — this is going to be amazing. Tony took the stage, and then the everything picks up pace. Right as Tony was taking the stage, I was informed of a medical emergency in the bathroom. I sprinted to the bathroom, and saw a girl standing out side of a stall. I asked if she was ok, and she said her friend was puking in the bathroom. I knocked on the door, went inside, asked some basic questions and proceeded to hold her hair as she vomitted. Plot twist!! I asked if she wanted to come back to the wellness room and rest, she said “Nope, I’m good, just needed to get that out.” I replied, well. You freaking rock, my friend and my name is Jennie. Come find me if you need anything or find anyone with a walkie and they will come get me. I went back over to wellness because Kim & I had to meet with our team before we go full force into delegation & the Firewalk. Again, God is so super good. Our team was fantastic. Full of nurses & first aid! We did a debrief, and sent everyone to man the posts & prepare for firewalk. We then got another call, vomit, again. This girl was sickkkk. She got sick for awhile in the room & we sent her on home. It wouldn’t be much fun to jump around and puke, I said. She laughed and we walked her out. That day I logged 15 miles, and 30, 000 steps. I’m pretty sure most of those are calls. 9:00pm rolls around, and it’s time to get ready for YES. I cleaned up the vomit, and we started prep. We had everyone walk right outside the event – it was pretty magical to hear & watch. One of the most defining moments of the event was watching one of the participants I got to check on CRAWL across fire. YES.. Crawl. He can’t walk, so instead in a peak state.. he freaking crawled. After hearing about that, you’ll never complain about your too hot latte or poor wifi again. God is GOOD. We ended that night with a ton of reassuring smiles, hugs, and
“YOU WALKED ON FIRE — you can do anything!” Matt & I were some of the last ones to leave that night, but I left with the biggest smile on my face and holding his hand. I repeat: God is SUPER good.
Day 5 // 6:00am-10:30pm OK, so maybe I got a few hours of sleep in between dreams… but I still woke up on FIRE. (Not literally). I was ready to roll.
Tony Day 2 is SHAKE THAT ASS DAY. And honestly, I did just that. Day 2 was full of calls, but more so getting to know our team & crew. I really loved being able to catch some content in and out of the room too. It was a great day; howe
ver, I was determined to get a flipping salad from the room and a glass of wine. Fun Fact about Singapore: EVERYTHING CLOSES EARLY (except for the Hawker stations). So I had literally until 10:30 to
get that salad ordered and glass of wine for Matt & I. Pshhh, don’t you know I wrapped the event and made that happen. Then it was an awesome night of.. SLEEP.
Day 6 // 6:00am- 12:00am – Fireball. Day 3 Tony’s back! And stronnggger than ever. The highlight of this day wasn’t just the calls, or actually getting to listen to some of the content, but the Dicken’s Process. On Medical we had to keep our eyes open and alert watching the participants transform. OH MY GOD was it life changing. To watch someone go from extreme pain to extreme pleasure in the matter of a moment.. wow. I loved every moment of the transformation. Then we got a call. I don’t know that I have ever run so fast in my life. They originally said front of the stage so we busted to the front, then ran all the way to the back of the house. I’ll spare the details.. but little did I know this moment and story would be inspiring to so many people. A beautiful lady had fainted by the back, and was in the bathroom. I’ll spare you those details, but here’s what I’d like to say. She ended up having to go to hospital. There are 3 main points to this that I love. There was a fellow crew members named Ophiela (SHOUT OUT GIRL, YOU ROCK) in the bathroom holding up our participant. She went above and beyond for no other reason than she was standing there. I loved seeing that because genuinely she didn’t have to be there, but she showed up FULLY. Second point, to see all walks of crew from higher ups to volunteers come running to help… just WOW. Tony crew is so loving and responsive, it was truly beautiful to see such care and compassion. And final point, this beautiful lady. Do you know what she said to me while leaving in the ambulance? She held my hand, cried and told me this was the happiest she’d ever been. Explain that to me people – MINDSET IS EVERYTHING. I was filled in on her story later, turns out she’s done some remarkable things in this world… and Tony helped her be set free of pain. Absolutely incredible. The whole thing took about 2 hours, then Kim & I switched into our black shirts and ran up on stage to dance. YES. I said dance! And it wouldn’t be the first time. We had a few more calls, then we wrapped up the night with a concert from Pitbull.
Day 7 // 7:00am-9:30pm. This was the last Tony day. I’m not going to lie I was tired. My body hurt, and I was just sleepy… but I was ready to rock and roll. I did my normal tasks, gave the participants some EXTRA hugs & high fives. One of the participants was so sweet, she asked to take a picture with me and told me how much she loved me. It made my morning. Then Kim and I had some serious moments in Wellness. I should clarify, between the two of us. One – to make you laugh, a bug flew down my shirt and got stuck in my bra. Yup, that happened. Therefore I ran into medical like a 4 year old ripping off my shirt. Kim got a kick out of it. Second, Kim and I really bonded! We packed up welliness together and talked shop. It was awesome. I was feeling pretty out of it, but sill going. We danced on stage with Lisa 3 more times, it was AWESOME. And then we got ready to wrap up the night. We did a closed eye process and then got up on stage with Joseph for crew appreciation. Right as I was walking off stage, Daniel (the super-badass who crawled through fire) gave me a note, a hug and said thank you. It was that little push I needed to keep making moves. So I walked out to help great all the participants and congratulate them. Afterwards I grabbed my things and went up to find my Matt who was working the Mastery event. They needed dancers — so guess what I did. Danced, LOL. But I got sweaty and gross so I decided to head back to the hotel to get ready for the crew party. We were in an uber on the way back with Lisa announced they were having their final crew meeting. BUMMER. I thought, but I knew I’d see everyone in a little while. We tried to watch it live, but then it got cut off. We got back to the hotel, sat in the lobby and my phone lit up with one text. “OMG @JennieMichelle, you won Bali”. Wait, what? Then my phone went NUTS. I actually one a 7 day trip to Bali for being an “outstanding” Tony Robbins crew member. HOLY SHITTAKE MUSHROOM. I ran around that hotel lobby screaming like a five year old child. I was so excited. Not really for Bali, but just happy in general.
I didn’t expect ANYTHING. I go to crew because I love love LOVE serving. I push myself whole heartedly in these environments because I believe in it. The people that inspire me do the exact same thing. I watched Matt run from one end of the room to the other I don’t know how many times. I am celebrating all of us crew that push hard and work together, because there is no I in Team.
I got a celebratory drink with the girls, Matt came back to the hotel, and off we were to the crew party & dinner. I just loved being with everyone. We danced, sang, and took silly pictures.. truly it was amazing.
Day 8// I was thinking maybe we might rest……. But I forgot we are Tony people. We started off in the pool, then we went to Little India for some food. After that, we went to Marina Bay Sands Resort area and walked through these beautiful illuminated trees (which are actually water pipes helping the planet). We went into massive bio domes with spectacular scenery, we saw waterfalls and walked in the clouds. It was truly truly magical. The pictures don’t do it justice.
Day 9// Eloise, Paul, Matt & I headed out to Universal. OMG, so much fun! So many rides. After Universal we went and did the Luge & the Sky rides. Holy shit I haven’t laughed so hard in a while. So much flipping fun!
Day 10 // Eloise, Paul, Matt, Brian & I did something I have dreamt about doing since I was little. We SWAM WITH THE DOLPHINS. Yes, literally. And it was AMAZING. I learned so much about these beautiful creatures. Truthfully – it was amazing. It was the perfect end to a perfect trip.
At the end of every trip, I like to journal about 3 take aways I have learned from the experience – and I want to share them with you.
“Everything in you will be pulled to a relationship. But if you approach a relationship with fear you will end up pushing it away and sabotaging your relationship because of that very fear you think is protecting you.”
We have this little saying on crew that you’ll always be in the room when you need to hear something… this moment happened. I was sitting by the riser for our response and Tony went into this whole ‘relationship equals pain’ segment. This quote really stuck out to me from him because it’s truthfully about life and not just relationships. ANYTHING you approach with fear you will wind up sabotaging because of your fear. With this trip, I literally had to tell myself consciously to not be scared and that God would provide. Financially, physically, everything it wasn’t the “right time”… but time isn’t something you chose, right?
“The past does not equal the future.”
I used to feel so broken, so damaged, and so empty. I used to tell myself the limiting belief that no one would want this bag of broken bones & broken heart. Literally thats the words I would say to myself and kept me in something longer than I should because I thought that I was unloveable. I was caught up in the story that made me that way. When Tony said it this time around, I literally jumped out of Wellness to listen to the rest. Because I needed the affirmation. And once again, it feels so right. YOUR PAST DOES NOT DEFINE YOU. It is in the moments of your decisions that your destiny is shaped, so if you want a different outcome, DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT. Take massive action. I opened my notes on my phone, and wrote out the title of my book. Under I wrote, “It’s just the story that will help others, you have created a new story line. Don’t get caught up in the old one.” F*CK Yes.
The Power of Physiology
Matt’s going to call me out on this one, but I learned from my experience. Day 3, I was EXHAUSTED. Literally. To the point of no return. I didn’t have any 5 Hour Energies (they don’t sell them in Singapore – trust me I checked). I was just out of it. So I took myself down to 7-11 and chugged (AND I MEAN CHUGGED) a red bull. OK, I did get like 3. Guess what. To my surprise that red bull did nothing but taste good. I still felt freaking exhausted. And as fate would have it, I walked right into the room as Tony was talking about the power of physiology and ‘wake your body up.’ Changing your body movement creates change, and starts an energy flow. It literally changes what you’re thinking and feeling. All to often I forget about this. I sit all day for readings and when I stand up I feel super tired. So hearing this again, I felt motivated. I went and grabbed my earbuds and put on my favorittteeee song right now (The Middle – Zedd & Maren Morris) on FULL BLAST. I danced around like crazy, and wouldn’t you know… I felt better. So next time you hear about me chugging a red bull or a 5 hour – remind me of this please, haha! And I’ll remind you too. GO DANCE. It is awesome.
In a nutshell, I LOVED this event. I loved the people I worked with, and I especially loved watching the man I love kick some serious butt. I learned a lot, and gained a lot from this experience and I can’t wait to do it again.
P.S. If you haven’t seen Tony’s documentary on Netflix – GO. I don’t know what you’re waiting for.
Love Always, Jennie