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Achievement #443 - Last video filmed!

It's getting close now... My wife and I finished filming the last video we need to create the promo offer for my dance website yesterday. Now I just need to edit it and get the mail service setup, should be ready to go in a week or two :)See More
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Achievement #442 - Penultimate video complete!

I've finished my second-last video for my promotional offer yesterday. One more to go, and plan to get it done by the end of next week.See More
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Achievement #439 - Balancing work and play

Some mornings I feel so burnt out I just want to relax in front of the computer and play video games. The problem is, those games usually bleed into the afternoon as well, and I'm left feeling discouraged about a wasted day. Yesterday began that way, but I used a lesson at 2pm to break the pattern and refocus myself on work. And I actually got some important things done before the evening. So it felt like I'd gotten a chance to recharge, and a chance to be productive.See More
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Achievement #434 - A patient lesson

Good group class yesterday - a couple follower's were having trouble getting out of their own heads, and kept anticipating movements before they were led. By going slowly and pausing at places where they had the most trouble, we managed to make some real progress. One of them said she felt 'much calmer' about following those patterns by the end compared to before the lesson.See More
May 4
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Achievement #433 - Surrender

I just had a revelation I wanted to share. I tend to try and view things that happen in life as potential lessons we can use to get more good stuff and avoid the bad stuff, to put it simply. But what I realize is, it's very easy to start attributing intention to these things, as though they are 'meant' to teach us something. And then I grow upset when life seems to be trying to teach us too much at once. We call life unfair, cruel, harsh. Yet it's me who gave meaning to these things, then drew…See More
May 2
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Achievement #432 - Testing new steps

I went kizomba dancing for the first time in a while yesterday. I've been learning with my wife in private lessons, but haven't had a chance to test them out in the real world. I was surprised by how nervous I felt on my way there! Nevertheless, I had a great time, and got a much better idea of where I needed improvement, and what steps worked best with beginners vs advanced dancers.See More
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Achievement #429 - Bunny Meditation

We recently adopted a bunny, just the cutest thing ever, except he loves to chew on pretty much everything. This makes my morning meditation a bit distracted, so today I called him over and started scratching between his ears. He loves this and settled down in front of me, leaving me free to connect with myself in meditation. Not only did I still get the focusing benefits, he got a lot of attention himself!See More
Apr 25
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Achievement #428 - Monk Mentality

I've been reflecting on how short our attention span is lately. Everything around us is designed to hook our attention, pull us on to the next thing, the next thing. As a result, we (myself included) rarely focus deeply on any one thing. And as a result, we miss out on much of the true depth of life, that which can truly satisfy. I've begun to infuse this idea into my morning meditations, and when I'm out and about. With each part of my day, I decide in advance what I would like to focus on -…See More
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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 #445 - Going at my student's pace

Posted on May 25, 2017 at 9:01am 0 Comments

It's easy to get impatient with my students, to want them to improve faster than they are able to. I've gradually learned that pushing them this way means putting my agenda ahead of theirs. Yesterday I was teaching one of my toughest couples, but I decided to teach a bit slower. The result was a more relaxed lesson, with more laughs throughout. After all, isn't that the point of dancing in the first place?

Achievement #444 - Planning the day

Posted on May 24, 2017 at 9:41am 0 Comments

As I lay awake in bed yesterday, I visualized how I wanted the day to go, when I would get different parts of work done, and so on. It's amazing how big a difference a little preplanning can make. Some things took longer, but the beautiful part of having the plan was I knew how much time I could afford to deviate from it. Not only did I get my work done, I was far more relaxed doing it, and connected much more with the people around me. 

Achievement #443 - Last video filmed!

Posted on May 23, 2017 at 8:29am 0 Comments

It's getting close now... My wife and I finished filming the last video we need to create the promo offer for my dance website yesterday. Now I just need to edit it and get the mail service setup, should be ready to go in a week or two :)

Achievement #442 - Penultimate video complete!

Posted on May 18, 2017 at 10:08am 0 Comments

I've finished my second-last video for my promotional offer yesterday. One more to go, and plan to get it done by the end of next week.

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