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Achievement #460 - Correct bad habits

One student of mine has a bad habit that he's been struggling with for years: He moves his partner by pushing forward from his shoulders and arms, rather than moving his body. Yesterday however, we had a breakthrough. I had him dance facing his partner without contact, then instructed him to think about moving her 'with his belly'. To my amazement, he made a full pass around the floor without hunching forward! His partner was very grateful, and I'm excited to have finally found something that…See More
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Achievement #459 - A friend I haven't met yet

Got an important piece of advice from my life coach yesterday: Treat every new student like a friend I haven't met yet. People tend to enjoy learning from from they genuinely like more, and they're more likely to continue with that person. I applied this (with some difficulty) to some newer students I had later - good thing I did too, because the woman was very stressed out from a long day at work and having a little fun and humour helped improve her energy. Looking forward to practicing that…See More
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Achievement #458 - Catching up with my partner

The hard part about rushing to meet business deadlines is that I don't always feel as present as I want to be when I wrap up for the evening. Much as I would like to have gone dancing, or just go to bed early, I'm glad I took some time to catch up and reconnect with my wife. She has been incredibly supportive throughout this journey, and so much has been easier because of it. I made sure she knew it too :)See More
Jun 19
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Jun 18
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Achievement #457 - It's done

As of yesterday, the membership area of the site went fully live. It's been a crazy ride, learning about forums, payment schedules, site security and so much more... But I met my deadline. There's a few odds and ends of course, and there will be ongoing maintenance. Still, I've earned myself a bit of rest I intend to take advantage of VERY soon.See More
Jun 16
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Achievement #454 - Lots to learn

Yesterday I may have worked harder than at any time in my life. It didn't start that way, was just supposed to be setting up a paypal button on an email people could use to access certain parts of my site. Before I knew it, I was messing around with membership plugins, site security, payment integrations... I'm still trying to wade through it all, but I understand a lot more than I did yesterday. Can't wait to work the rest of it out, so I can go sleep for a million years.See More
Jun 13
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Achievement #453 - Catnap

It seems I've been working myself harder than I knew. Was very tired yesterday, despite having slept like a rock the night before. In the past, I wouldn't have allowed myself to rest, telling myself 'you've already had a full nights sleep, stop being so lazy!' Not listening to my body has sometimes caused me to become very depressed. So I made sure I squeezed a short nap when I could, just 20 minutes. It improved my mood considerably, and helped me get through my last two lessons. Then I…See More
Jun 9
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Achievement #452 - Seeing it from their perspective

Had a frustrated discussion with my wife yesterday, about communicating when something is wrong. It's worth remembering how much tougher it to see a person as someone who's finding their own way to happiness when they've made you upset. Nevertheless, I learned a few things about why she behaves the way she does, and that will help me be more patient about similar issues in the future.See More
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Achievement #449 - First promo email - sent!

It's been possibly the busiest week I've ever had, but it was worth it. After messing around for hours with video hosting sites, email automation, and half a dozen other things I've never had to learn before, I sent out my first promotional email yesterday, enclosing the link to my first instructional dance video. I can't express what a relief it is, finally taking this first major step towards my dream of an online dance business. Phew!See More
Jun 5
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Achievement #446 - Keeping the pace

One challenge I face teaching dance is I pause frequently to gather my thoughts. While in my earlier years I needed to do this more to make sure I hadn't missed anything, increasingly this has become a kind of paranoid double-checking. In recent days, I've become better at going with my gut and knowing I can always make a quick correction if I need to, and yesterday's class was the best yet. The result was a much more continuous experience of enjoyment from the student and a lot less fear from…See More
May 30

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About Me:
Rhythm and smooth ballroom dance instructor. Love to read, cook, play chess, sample wine, and wax philosophical and/or spiritual. Still a skeptic at heart, but open to Truth as it comes.
Intentions & Goals:
To invite greater positivity and confidence into my life by identifying and changing my thought patterns. To accept a helping hand when it is offered, and offer a helping hand when it is asked for. To become a guide for those who are lost and searching.
Practices:
Journaling, Gratitude Journal, Reading, Fitness, Getting coaching, Take 100% responsibility for my life

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Achievement #460 - Correct bad habits

Posted on June 22, 2017 at 9:34am 0 Comments

One student of mine has a bad habit that he's been struggling with for years: He moves his partner by pushing forward from his shoulders and arms, rather than moving his body. Yesterday however, we had a breakthrough. I had him dance facing his partner without contact, then instructed him to think about moving her 'with his belly'. To my amazement, he made a full pass around the floor without hunching forward! His partner was very grateful, and I'm excited to have finally found something…

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Achievement #459 - A friend I haven't met yet

Posted on June 21, 2017 at 8:11am 0 Comments

Got an important piece of advice from my life coach yesterday: Treat every new student like a friend I haven't met yet. People tend to enjoy learning from from they genuinely like more, and they're more likely to continue with that person. I applied this (with some difficulty) to some newer students I had later - good thing I did too, because the woman was very stressed out from a long day at work and having a little fun and humour helped improve her energy. Looking forward to practicing…

Continue

Achievement #458 - Catching up with my partner

Posted on June 19, 2017 at 8:54am 0 Comments

The hard part about rushing to meet business deadlines is that I don't always feel as present as I want to be when I wrap up for the evening. Much as I would like to have gone dancing, or just go to bed early, I'm glad I took some time to catch up and reconnect with my wife. She has been incredibly supportive throughout this journey, and so much has been easier because of it. I made sure she knew it too :)

Achievement #457 - It's done

Posted on June 16, 2017 at 9:07am 2 Comments

As of yesterday, the membership area of the site went fully live. It's been a crazy ride, learning about forums, payment schedules, site security and so much more... But I met my deadline. There's a few odds and ends of course, and there will be ongoing maintenance. Still, I've earned myself a bit of rest I intend to take advantage of VERY soon.

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