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Today’s 4 Miracles

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Miracle #1:  I made my own pants — and in half the time!  I’ve started meeting with my friend once or twice a month for sewing lessons.  So far I’ve made 2 pairs of pants and 2 pillow cases.  I’m a bit of a slow and steady learner, but I’m starting to get more of the hang of things — this pair of pants took me 4 hours!

Miracle #2: I fixed my computer keys!  After reaching the end of my rope with the “e” and “r” key randomly not working, I watched a youtube video today on taking the keyboard apart. I took the two keys off, cleaned a little around them, and put them back together.  They don’t seem to be 100% but they are MUCH, MUCH better. . .  which is fortunate, because when I began this blog post, I wanted to smash my keyboard into pieces.

Miracle #3: My rose bush is still alive!  You may have read in some of my previous blog posts that I’ve been having some issues with our rose bush, a wedding gift from this past May.  First there was an asian beetle.  Then, apparently — caterpillars.  The poor plant was left with nothing but stems.  I wasn’t sure the rose bush was going to make it, but I clearly still know nothing about plants.  The last few days I’ve noticed some beautiful fresh leaves with rosy trim.  Plants will never cease to amaze me.

Miracle #4: Zumba Learning Fix!  What if it were easy?”  At the beginning of this month I became a certified Zumba instructor, and I’ve started trying to learn the routine for my first class.  I received a “My First Class” DVD and started on the first song, but I struggled not to copy the instructor, as I normally would as a participant.  (As an instructor we have to learn to start with the opposite foot that we are used to, since we are mirroring the participants.)   I’ve started thinking about one of my coaching questions: “What if it were easy?” and I applied it to this scenario.  Why not actually capitalize on how good I am at following?  So, I video recorded myself following the instructor and today started following myself in my own recording!

What were your miracles today?  I’d love to hear about them! ❤  Much love and many blessings.

Dusted Off Dream

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I’m official!  I can officially teach Zumba!  Now I to just need to get ready for my first class and find a place to teach it!

I was reflecting during the Zumba training today that the universe works in mysterious ways.  If you look carefully at my vision board below (some images many years old), there are actually three images related to dance on there. (And still willing for the Dancing with the Stars one to happen!)

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I knew I wanted to dance — I just didn’t have a clear picture of what I’d be doing.  Brian and I have talked about taking a dance class together — and I’ve been playing Zumba on the XBox360 on-and-off for years now — but that’s as far as things had gone until today.   Today in training as I was grabbing a water break, I had a flashback to 2002, to that that cute instructor and aerobics class that I took when I studied abroad in Mexico.  It may have actually been my first Zumba class!

Now I feel like the doors have really opened since I accepted the universe’s nudge.   I’m sure I’m making that little girl happy, the one that used to dance around the house to The Nutcracker on my parents’ old record player.

Here’s to your dreams! Much love and many blessings. ❤

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The Coach, the Dancer/Thespian, the Comedian, the Rocker, the Author, the Artist

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Today I facilitated the Artist’s Way group. I was the coach.  Saturday I train for Zumba — I’ll be the dancer. In the car I am the rocker and scheme up karaoke night. Watching Dry Comedy I join the comedian; someday standing on my own stage.   Tonight I come to you as both the author and the artist.

Who are you today? What are the dreams you already live?  Which dreams are still waiting? 

Thank you for another day. Much love and many blessings. ❤

Art and Life

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So . . . it looks like my blog content never posted yesterday.  And. . . I didn’t save my post outside of wordpress, so, it’s gone.  Forever.  HOWEVER, I did technically write a blog post. There was a title.  And someone even liked the post.  So, it counts!  Still blogging every day! Ha! (Side note — or not-so-side note — Mercury IS in retrograde right now.  I completely blame Mercury for this.)

But in summary of what never appeared yesterday, I’ve been facilitating an informal Artist’s Way group that officially starts regular meetings next week, and it has been marvelous.  Things have been moving and flowing for me amazingly (except for occasional technology snafus), and I even had a complete mis-communication come to a head at the beginning of the week that blossomed into a beautiful re-connection and amazing life lesson.

Because of Artist’s Way I’ve been writing every day.  I’ve been taking at least one Artist’s date every week (a creative date that feeds your inner child).  And this week I’ve decided to follow the universe’s nudge a bit and become a Zumba instructor.  (Possibly more on this later — and if you’re reading this on Facebook, watch for my Facebook Live video on it Wednesday!)

The Artist’s Way has re-entered my life and created miracles, and maybe if you’re reading this it is talking to you, too!

Thank you for sharing another beautiful day.  Much love and many blessings! ❤

It’s the Weekend! (And, Boy, Am I Grateful!)

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Image courtesy of digitalart / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I actually don’t technically don’t have a weekend, so, having Thanksgiving and Friday off this week has been pretty, pretty wonderful.  Yesterday, Brian and I spent time with family, and today I accomplished quite a bit.

I am thankful for. . .

  • keeping up with my metaphysics exercises
  • meditation
  • remembering my dreams
  • finishing 1/2 of Power vs. Force
  • spending some entertainment time with Brian
  • pumpkin pancakes and Brian’s fantastic over-easy spiced eggs!
  • dinner at Olive Garden with a scrumptious cheesy appetizer and fabulous pasta
  • a clean kitchen
  • a start to laundry
  • Zumba and Dance Central games!
  • Rent date in March for our 1st date anniversary
  • glass storage containers
  • this blog entry
  • finalizing and printing out pictures for my inspirational people collage
  • my talk with Cindy
  • a significant visit to O-Net to get career ideas
  • Culver’s frozen custard pints (Chocolate Oreo Volcano!)
  • Facebook inspiration
  • finding my vision

I’m sure there’s more, but that’s a start!  Happy Friday, everyone. 🙂

Today’s “Yay”s

Well, “Today’s Yays” are actually yesterday’s yays because today was really yesterday because I’m scheduling this post ahead of time, so ya know.  Anyway. . .

Zumba was fantastic.  I made myself try the full hour, and it felt great.  Yes, I was exhausted by the end, but I felt refreshed and like I worked some muscles that hadn’t been worked in a while.

The weather is beautiful.  I don’t know why I’m not sitting outside enjoying it right now.  Maybe I will after I finish this.

Freebie time.  I had a cancellation in my tutoring.  Not great money-wise, I know, but I always appreciate surprise free time.  It’s like the universe gave me a bonus to have a little more fun.

Fabulous backwards walk.  Got some great sun time in my cutoff shorts and sun top.

Breaded fake chicken.  I have decided I could probably eat most anything as long as it has breading on it.  (Except for those fried peppers I had that one time  . . .)

Sweet things.  I asked Brian to pick me (us . . . ?) up something on his way back from yoga.  Probably ice cream.  🙂  I don’t really need any more dairy and sugar, as my poor skin has broken out like crazy.  But, yes, I DO need more!  It is decided.  Can’t wait. 😀

Finally, I read a post with essays by unemployed people and watched a video on a homeless person, and while these posts were depressing and made me feel I need to be more involved in helping these people, it also reaffirmed that I am truly blessed in what I have.  I will end with this tidbit from a post on Facebook by “The Idealist.” (Yes, sometimes Facebook actually does cheer me up, too.):

(I need to be more like this guy.)

Pickin’ Myself Up

"Earth And Sunset" courtesy of Idea go / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

“Earth And Sunset” courtesy of Idea go / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

As a sensitive person, my emotions can take me on quite the roller coaster.  You may not see it, but I can certainly feel it!  I felt down as I got up this morning. I was a complete 180 from Saturday morning, when I’d woken up feeling at one with the spiritual plane, happy to have this experience on Earth, and amazed with every aspect of life.  Today I felt lost, misunderstood, direction-less, purpose-less, helpless, and listless.  I wanted to just stop caring.

So, I picked myself up.  I made sure I had protein in my breakfast.  I took my Vitalizer vitamins (hadn’t taken them since Thursday), popped a Vitamin D, some Moodlift Complex, and had some Vivix.

I got some grading done, applied to another job, and did rough lesson plans for the rest of the school year.  And after I finish this post, I plan to get in some exercise.  (Yay, endorphins!) I haven’t done Zumba in quite some time, and I could really use a good full-body aerobic workout.  Finally, I hope to get some more leafy greens in during lunch today. (Yesterday I overdosed on yummy cheese and crackers, and I’m sure that didn’t help things.)

One day at a time.  One moment at a time.  As long as I’m still here on Earth I know there are still things I’m meant to do, experiences to be felt, and lessons for me learn.

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