We all have them. We live within them and boy, are they hard to move out of. About a month ago I wrote about taking action – putting shoes on and just doing it. That applies to all things in life – in my case I equate it with writing or going to exercise…but what happens once your shoes are on and you are just doing it?
You grow! You try new things.
I am happy to report I have been putting those shoes on five times a week and dancing the afternoons away with the YMCA North Pointe Zumba crew. I have learned different things from both my teachers Maylen and Hady and most importantly from the ladies that share with me that daily hour. You see, in Zumba like in life you get back what you put into it.
Hady, the Wednesday and Saturday morning teacher is all about girl power and in your face. She pushes and asks you to exaggerate and simply to go look pretty somewhere else (meaning really do your work out girl). This afternoon she stood in front of me and for those 3 minutes I felt like my heart was going to explode but she makes you want to give her more. Maylen is all about salsa and rhythm, and loud music (which I love) and that pushes you in a different way – when you see her dance, you want to dance. It is obvious she enjoys zumba and salsa and dancing. Being in that class is like being in a club and if you don’t really go out dancing much that is awesome! Both their energies are infectious. And I now find myself dancing to their choreographies in the car every time one of the songs comes on.
I was happy in my dancing class.
And then one day as I was leaving something else happened. I was sweaty and yucky and was offered to go into a Spinning class. What? At first I wanted to say no, ’cause in my mind spinning is not for gorditas. Spinning is for gorgeous models that have abs. Spinning is for flacas with all the energy that I lack.
Had I been in a spinning class? NO!
Was I making up ideas and judging ahead of time? Totally.
When I told one of the girls I was scared she said not to be “This is your workout and you do it at your own pace”. To make the story short I walked into that class, hopped on that bike and did it! I survived a spinning class. And I survived zumba & spinning on the same day twice a week last week as well.
How did I apply this to life outside YMCA?
I pushed myself out of the comfort zone at my own pace.
And then this weekend I thought…hey! if I’m doing spinning I can leave other comfort zones as well. I took what I’ve learned in my work outs and applied it to life.
I didn’t worry about looking pretty. I enjoyed and was passionate about sharing it. And I let go the belief that this video making stuff is for other people. I made a video hoping to win a scholarship for Marie Forleo’s B-School. I recorded it at the playground while Ariel played and even though I was nervous to talk about where I would love my career to go, I did it. I have posted this video on Facebook and have asked people to watch and like it. I am sharing my experiences and numbers here (big or little?) – things that I am proud of but of course second guess because they are probably nothing to bigger companies…but guess what? I got on a spinning bike last week and conquered a class. That is big for me. I am putting my shoes one at a time and just doing it. I turned on that camera and made a very real video which I hope will bring great things. It already did – I stepped out of yet another comfort zone.
The video is 90 seconds. If you can watch and like on YouTube I would very much appreciate it. Have you stepped out comfort zones? How?
See you in spinning!
What’s a Guayoyo?
= n. In Venezuela a slightly watered down black coffee. Commonly served after meals and a great companion to conversations.
Go Pink, Have a Guayoyo