lessons learned, MIndful, Move, possibilities

Dancing that brought me to tears and grateful for it!


You may or may not know that I have recently taken up dancing. It actually was first brought to my attention by Angela, who told me about this…mmm, over a year ago. Then more recently by Jessica. As fate would have it, I had the time and took it on myself as a personal challenge..one created as part of my work goal (Yes, I work for a pretty kick-awesome place…but that’s another story!) I am going to take a dance class.

Every Thursday now, for the past few months, I join other women and men and take an Adult Contemporary Dance class at Studio at Ryans American Dance in San Luis Obispo. When I first joined it was more for the workout…and boy did we get worked! I love the fact that I was a sweaty mess and had to take a shower again by the time I got home, but it is so well worth it!

What’s even more amazing is the community of people I get to be part of every Thursday night. Serendipity, karma, laws of the universe…call it what you want…but this group was brought together for a reason…and whatever reason we each hold in our hearts, we treasure as sacred. No judgement…just a love to move! AndI brought my friend Anne into it to!

Tonight’s class was an exceptionally amazing one. Our teacher, Josh, recently had a loved one pass away. Jessica and Angela went in to action and via social media, we were able to come together to provide him a care package for his trip this weekend. You have to understand , Josh is simply a loving, kind, genuine, soul who loves to teach. I feel very fortunate to be his “student,” but really he treats us more as his friends…which I am happy to say…we are! He often says how he looks forward to our class each week because of how we are really so eager to learn!

This week he created dance numbers for most of his classes as a tribute to his Nanna. We did our usual warm up, but it seemed tonight we were all in sync and I felt myself breathing harder and pushing my warm up limits. Then we learned this beautiful routine…full of flow and ability to take to it and run with it kind of feel……By the end of our class we were feeling elated and connected. Julia asked to take video of the routine…I love her for this! She does this for all the routines and then drop boxes them to us to study and use. Normally we would all also join, but we all just wanted to see Josh….see him perform and let go. He had the whole hanger floor to himself…and he flew! In those few moments of watching him….we were moved with such emotion to tears. Now most of you know me and I cry at just about everything! But I realized I have never been moved to tears through the sole act of movement and dance. Watching him dance…with such passion, care, and freedom….was amazing to see. I was transported…as if to a tribute…which it was, that was breathtaking and full of grace, humility and love. We all felt it, as did he and we thanked each other for the experience.

It’s one of those experiences in life that you can’t quite explain to it’s full vivid glory (I tried, but still…my words don’t do it justice)! We all realized and take to heart that what we have is something simple but something so special….every Thursday night, we come together to stretch, to learn….and to fly.  I am so very grateful for all the people here and no doubt more to come……..for those who will soon be joining…you are so lucky! To those of us already there…..so are we! Thanks for this.

As I was driving home tonight…I was thinking of the dance… I had to stop to take pictures of the sky as I always look to the sky to talk to those who forever remain in my thoughts. Look up and know they are alway there for you. Then do something specials for yourself…cook something new, dive into a good book, take a dance class…..and you to will learn and yearn to fly…and you never know…just may find a community of kindred spirits too! Kara, Cathie, Angela, Jessica, Julia, Anne, Josh…..and more….Thank you!



IMG_2392(Little dark spec in the sky above and to the right of the crescent moon was a balloon…a sweet sign if you ask me!)


Another year, a new List!

Here was this year’s list with the things I have done highlighted! Below is the new list for 2013! I will transfer over and add a few new things and change at will! But it’s a guideline and challenge to do many things and live life to the fullest.


1. Practice yoga more than once a month to start and more later.

2. Take Spin Class

3. Once a week, steady mindful meditation

4. Participate in Move More Eat Well class

5. Participate in One Little Word (mine this year is mindful)

6. Organize, organize, organize

7. Do the polar bear dip! DONE 1/1/12

8. Use Evernote

9. Start draft on book

10. Conduct interviews and write articles on fabulous women I know

11. Redo massage brochure

12. Be honest and mindful in the everyday

13. Purchase and use a neti pot

14. Join a Bunco group

15. Write letters

16. Join PTA-and I’m the Secretary!

17. Learn new massage technique

18. Train for Triathlon and 5k

19. Knit a project

20. Submit photos to the midstate fair

21. Blog about each of these events

22. Start running

23. Do more with less

24. Keep email inbox purged and updated

25. Create with my girls

26. Volunteer at the girls school

27. Plan date nights with Trevis

28. Make more green juice

29. Do a cleanse

30. Read the Hunger Game Series

31. Write at least 3 book reviews

32. Paint the bathroom

33. Make a mosaic

34. Take the girls to the snow.

35. Visit Tobi in Ojai’-The Dirty Girl Mud Run

36. Do a month of themed blogging.

37. Rollerskate with girls.

38. HAve another India Boutique

39. Dance with Trevis

40. Cook at two new recipes per month.

41. Practice patience and kindness and mindfulness with my girls, my husband, my family, my friends and myself.

42. Print and post this list where I can see it everyday.


The List

1. Run in at least five, 5k’s

2. Run in the SLO Marathon

3. Do a team Triathlon

4. Take a Zumba class

5. Drink more green smoothies

6. Take Probiotics

7. Start Yoga

8. Continue with Jillian Michael workouts

9. Do the Color Run!

10. Read all the books I have, don’t buy any more

11. Blog at least three time a week

12. Sell art work

13. Take Girls to someplace new

14. Learn to knit with the girls

15. Dance with Trevis

16. Plan a family Trip

17. Take girls to Ojai

18. Take family up north to visit everyone!

19. Clean out sheds

20. Help people

21. Write letters

22. Learn to compost

23. Garden more

24. Spread kindness, generosity and wonderfulness-Like Jodi

25. Join a wine club

26. Play more Bunco!

27. Clean up desk area

28. Donate to Achievement House

29. Make allowance and chores schedule for the girls

30. Take girls to the movies

31. Make home made ice cream

32. Make crock pot recipes

33. Digital scrap!

34. Find new one little word for the year-Done…Move

35. Write more for Today’s Mama

36. Work on home

37. Redo the girls room

38. Do the Polar Bear Dip in Cayucos!

39. Make a mosaic with the girls

40.Fly Kites

41. Play frisbee with Trevis

42. Dance with the girls

43. Print and post where I can see this everyday!

-To start, here is my word for next year: