Project 365+1: Still Has “The Groove”!

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I have finally found a dance studio! I have been searching for a while which caused me to lose interest at some point because no “beginner” classes seem a bit “advanced” for me. Well, as Angela (the Choreographer) put it, most of them are “too beginner” level. For someone who has some experience (hey, I could do headstands before!), then you want to definitely be “in”. So today, I went to OIP Dance Centre to give it a try and I couldn’t be happier with my choice.

Boy! Just 5 minutes in with the warm up, I realized how out of shape I am. I felt slightly embarrassed at myself for feeling those pains just anywhere I pull, push and stretch (no muscle tear so all is fine!). Add the fact that I didn’t eat any snack before dancing, I was exhausted at the end of the one-hour session and a bit forgetful (hey! empty stomach!).

But anyway, I had fun. Angela was very talented, nice and charismatic so it was easy to actually listen, follow the steps and enjoy the process. Of course, my vanity kicked in when I was talking to her and I just asked how I did. I do that because feedback helps me a lot and make me feel grounded [or otherwise] and for me to know straight up where I should improve. She said I still have “the groove” and that it’s not about perfectly following the steps, it’s the groove. I won’t let that get to my head I promise. Although, no, I can definitely tell she wasn’t just being nice. Haha. Anyway, I will definitely be back in that studio.

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Project 365+1: Which Way?

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Today is all about planning – for tomorrow, for the next few months and even the next few years. It’s not like the plans are set in stone. It’s more of a precaution to be prepared on what’s coming ahead; in other words, “seeing” the future. It’s an exhausting but exhilarating task. It gives you the energy that will last a lifetime.

The best way to see where you want to go is to lay down all of your options. It’s not going to be easy, but  you know that it’s going to be fun. It’s all about the journey.

Project 365+1: Simple Pleasures

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Some simple pleasures that we often disregard:

Our train leaving on time.

Arriving in a comfortable home.

Eating a healthy meal for dinner.

…and more. These are just what I realized tonight on the way home. Any simple thing that had happened to you lately and really appreciated it?

Project 365+1: Perspectives

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Through a mirror or not? In layers or not?

Despite the lack of sleep today, I had to sit down to do some real work. Quite surprisingly, it didn’t require too much effort to focus myself. It probably comes naturally when you’re passionate about what you’re working on. Because I had to approach this particular thing from different angles, I had to distance myself from it. Sometimes, distance is necessary, even if it’s hard, to grow and to approach something with a new perspective. The reward when you figured it out? A fulfilled and energized feeling enough to last me the rest of the long boring day.

Project 365+1: The Excuse

20120105-183103.jpgAs I pondered what photo should I post here tonight, the topic presented itself. I was a bit distracted on the bus ride home regretting the fact that I didn’t take a photo of the chocolate truffles put out earlier for everyone in the office. At the same time, I was reading a book while listening to music and texting. I heard the announcement that we were already at the major intersection close to my home but didn’t get ready yet. My place is two stops/lights away from that. I knew I had enough time to gather my stuff. As the bus moved, I readied myself. However, the driver drove so fast and before I knew it, we were speeding past my street! And so, I had to get off at the next stop and walk back up to get home. Good thing it wasn’t really that far and at the same time it was a nice night. Maybe it was the world’s way of reminding me that I ate too much truffles today so I need to walk a bit to burn it down. Oh well. I enjoyed the walk anyway.