Friday, June 22, 2012

Accentuate the positive...

With all the shit that has rolled down hill on top of me lately, I feel like I need to try to focus on that awesome things that have been coming my way. 

All things Zumba - Zumba has been my life line through all the bad that's going on.  My Zumba family has been amazingly supportive and loving to me in my time of crisis.  I've been feeling more powerful and strong and stable because of my newly acquired family.

I've also gained two amazing Zumba family members! Sue and Sarah and I have become an unstoppable Zumba force! And I love that we have each other to not only Zumba with but as friends and sisters in Zumba.  We've got big things coming to the Wilson Zumba scene.  Sarah and Sue have started lunch time classes.  Sue and I are teaching a Zumba/Zumba Gold class together.  All three of us are working together on some big events and it's a really exciting time. 

I recently added a new class to my solo class out at the senior center in a neighboring area.  I'm feeling confident in my ability as an instructor and that's huge.  

This past Monday was my 1 year Zumba birthday.  I've been an instructor for a year! A whole year! That's AMAZING.  I wasn't sure about getting my license because I wasn't sure I was going to use it.  One of the best decisions I've made in a very long time. 

In July I'm taking the Zumba Basic 2 license class and I'm giddy like a school girl about it!  Then a week and a half later is the Zumba Instructor Convention in Orlando.  4 days and 20 hours of Zumba.  I can't wait!

My job - I recently got a promotion and have taken on some very cool new projects.  It's really satisfying to have a job that I enjoy and am challenged by on a daily basis.  I'm truly grateful for the chance to go to work every day right now. 

I've been reading a whole lot lately.  I'm in the middle of New Rules of Lifting for Women and Eat That Frog right now.  Personal growth and more ammunition to add to my healthy living and organizational fire.

With all the stress and awful and grief right now I'm trying to focus on the good and work on me.

And now for some tragic levity ... my inappropriate emotional response of the week.

On Thursday night I taught my first class of the night but I had made my playlist on the fly and it was short so we did the Electric Slide at the end of class as part of cool down to stretch the class out.  I started thinking about my grandparents 50th wedding anniversary and doing the electric slide with my cousin Megan and dancing like a fool there.  I made it through the end of class and then started bawling like a baby in the car on my way to my second class.  I felt like such an idiot.  It's weird how things hit you in the weirdest way.  The good memories are the important ones, right?


  1. Sorry to be commenting so far after the fact, but I just found out about your blog from my awesome Zumba instructor and am reading the whole thing to catch up to real time (cyber-stalk much?). First let me say that you are so inspiring to me - I just started doing Zumba recently, something I never thought I'd be able to do being overweight, and sometimes it's a struggle to get past the negative self-image in my head to let it all go in class. Reading your open and honest accounts of your struggles with a lot of the same issues I have has meant more to me than you will ever know.

    That verbosity aside, I just have to ask (and forgive me if you've talked about this in a later post I haven't read yet!) - what do you think about the New Rules of Lifting for Women? I've been debating on getting it for a while now and would love to hear what your take on it is.

    Thanks so much for putting yourself out there and inspiring and proving wrong all of us who think we are the only ones going through this stuff.

    1. LOL... I may or not have your blog open and about to go all cyber stalk on you in return. I'm glad my journey and story is able to inspire you to keep going. No one is alone out here in the wilds of the internet.

      As for NROLFW - It's a great read, I haven't had the time or energy to really dig in to the workouts but I've learned so much about nutrition and strength training that I've been able to apply to life and to my Zumba Toning classes. Very enlightening. And someday, when my Zumba classes aren't owning my days and nights I will conquer scary sounding exercises like Romanian Deadlifts.


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