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Positive Series #9-Trying Something New

April 3, 2013


For a while now, I have been researching Zumba classes in my area and peeking in the “aerobics” space in my gym. I have been wanting to try the Latin Rhythm class but haven’t had the courage to go by myself. I’m a gym gal and the only group workout I participate in is yoga. By coincidence, when I talked to my neighbor about a week ago, she said she wanted to go to Carlos’ famous class at our local place! So we arranged to go together this past Saturday, but because of the holiday weekend, she got busy and couldn’t go. I then contemplated going. I felt silly going alone, but I was all hyped up about it and they boys didn’t have any plans so I said the heck with it and decided to just go.

I have to admit the class was a bit intimidating. Dear readers, this is New Jersey! The class was full of Dominicanas and other Latina women that are born with the ability to dance! I on the other hand, am not very graceful. Nevertheless, the minute the music started I had a huge smile on my face. I love to dance and way back in the day I actually took some salsa lessons with my friend Vanessa. So I had a slight idea of what I should have been doing.  I don’t mind making a fool out of myself and I jumped right in with the regulars of the class. WOW! What a workout! Unlike my friend Bertha, I don’t think I will be teaching this class, or Zumba, or any thing close to it in the near future! All I could think about is how in the world does Bertha teach these back to back? Amazing.

For the record: mambo, bachata and a few of the salsa steps were difficult. When the musica tribal and the hip hop got going though…all me. jajaja! I had such a good time! The best part of it all is that the idea for this positive series post came up and I thought I’d share a little experience:

*Trying something new got me out of the routine! You can start with workouts too or something as simple as cooking. Spice it up a bit in your everyday life.

*I learned that trying something new helped me discover new strengths and weaknesses. I love going to yoga and working out at the gym. Those exercises are familiar and I was due for a new challenge. I can’t wait for the next one to see if I improved a bit in the Latin Rhythms class!

*This gave me an opportunity to meet new people. Since I don’t have family in New Jersey, it’s really important to make friends. Chatty Betty met a woman before the start of the class. She encouraged me and it turned out to be that she is an instructor herself. I got a free invite to another class! Even when you do have family around you, it’s important to leave your comfort zone and meet new people.

*I found inspiration. I was watching all types of women, young and old, all body-types, Latinas and non-Latinas shaking their hips to our music, all smiles, and I imagined their stories. I was dancing and thinking about this post. I was bursting, I was giddy, I was inspired.

*Try something new and take care of yourself. I mustered up the courage to go to a one-hour class by myself, it wasn’t easy but I had to go and discover something new. I’m so glad I did. I’m calling my neighbor up to join me soon!

Have you tried something new lately? How did it go? Would love to know!

Ladies working out: Google image.

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  • Reply Maria April 4, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Public Speaking! It’s weird, for a while now, I keep envisioning myself giving a TED Talk (!), about what – I don’t know. All I know is that my ideal audience would be women, a women’s conference of some sort. In my vision, I feel confident, eager to share this wonderfully worthy information.

    Recently, I’ve been asked to do just that – a lot! I’m an introvert, so while I may fantasize all about public speaking, I don’t really dig the limelight. I can and will perform public speaking for a very worthy cause, but, overall, I prefer to yield the limelight to someone who truly enjoys it. However, for the past three weeks, I’ve been speaking at College Open Houses, Information Sessions and making presentations on everything from cultural travel to African American Literature – (which I LOVE, by the way!).

    Anyhow, I guess my anxiety and nervousness aren’t as evident externally as I feel them to be internally, one of my co-presenters (a VERY shy young man) told me I did really good. But, I must admit it feels AMAZING to step outside of my confort zone, conquer that fear and feel that I’m better for it!

    • Betty
      Reply Betty April 7, 2013 at 11:48 pm

      Woo whoo! That’s a big one Maria! I love it-stepping out of comfort zone=possible happiness! xoxo
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  • Reply Bertha April 4, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    I love it! You did it and that’s all the matters. Before you know it, you will know exactly the steps to the songs and you will be loving it even more! But you still have to come to one of MY classes next time you’re in town. You are so right when you say you find inspiration. I too find it everytime I teach. The “older” ladies always inspire me. I hope and pray I’m moving as much as they are when I get to to be that age. Or the middle easterner who is always on the corner shaking, but always wears her Hijab. I always think to myself what would happen to her if she would of stayed in her country and move like that! Inspirational to say the least.
    I must say, I don’t try something new very often, but when I do I find my self saying “that wasn’t so bad, now was it?” Like trying Indian cousine, or making something new at home. I did Enchiladas for the first time this week! I always depend on my mother or Luis’ mom to make them and invite us over. But I said what the heck, it can’t be that hard to make, right? So I left work a little early, got everything and they were awesome!!! My kitchen was a mess, but we had food for two days!
    Te Espero.

    • Reply Maritza April 4, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      I’ve only tried Zumba a few times and whenever I’m dancing I truly feel like a pro, like Jenny form the block, J-Lo. That’s the way Zumba makes me feel since it’s totally out of my box even though I love to dance. Speaking to a crowd, especially adults makes me nervous. Open house and report cards start out rough but I just roll with it. Give me a classroom full of children and I can just talk away :). Have fun with all the new…that’s what this game of LIFE is all about, of course with a few hiccups :/. Xox

      • Betty
        Reply Betty April 7, 2013 at 11:50 pm

        Bertha, but look at what you ended up doing when you did try something new! Give yourself more credit mujer! I’m so proud of you and can’t wait to take your class this summer!
        Maritza, Join me then, ok??
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  • Reply Carpool Goddess April 5, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I’m going to a new exercise class today based on the Bar Method. I prefer to workout outside, swimming, etc, so this is new for me!
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  • Reply First Spring Weekend April 7, 2013 at 11:38 pm

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