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Zumba Training August 20, 2011

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thought i’d do a quick post about my zumba training last weekend. we met up at a dance studio and signed some forms, and by 9 a.m., we were all lined up and starting our Masters Class, which is an intense, one-hour Zumba class held by a Master Instructor, in this case, Marcie Gill of Sen Tao fame (if you’ve seen the Zumba dvds). She is an awesome dancer. we went through a warm up, many songs and lots of moves i’d never done, having never done a Zumba class before, and then a cool down and stretch. After the class was over, we took a little break before she got us back on the floor to cover the merengue and how to add in arms, movement, fitness components, etc. then, we covered the salsa. after our lunch break, we covered cumbia and then raggaeton, which is my favorite style. some of the dances i had a little trouble with, but the workshop was very laid back, and if you messed up, it wasn’t a big deal. i really enjoyed it and wish i could do it again now that i’ve had time to review the dances and practice some more. the great thing about the workshop is that you do get a review of the basic steps and some of the add-ons for each to practice with. unfortunately, all of the steps marcie taught us aren’t on the review dvd. she gave us a handout with the names of the moves, but i don’t remember how to do them all. maybe later on, i’ll take another “refresher” workshop. it really was a fun but tiring day. of the 6 or so hours we were there, i danced for about 4 hours. when i say dance, i mean, we were sweating and pushing really hard. i feel much more prepared to teach now, though.

my first Zumba class will be in a few days at Around the Clock Fitness. i have been choreographing and practicing a lot. i have several songs ready, although i want to add in some more in the coming weeks. teaching Zumba is a lot of work, but it’s so much fun! i plan on doing an extended cool down/stretch for the first few weeks, though, which will take up 10-15 minutes of the time. i am excited about teaching and hope to have at least a few participants to start off with.

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starting to see that sweet silver lining August 2, 2011


i love my life and am truly blessed, but i do feel that a few things are missing. it’s no secret that i have been unhappy with my career. i have worked for about the past 6 months to find other employment. i had recently resigned myself to teaching another year of high school. classes start back next monday, so i am preparing myself mentally for going back there. yet, i still have held out hope that something better would open up for me.

things have changed dramatically for me over the past week as far as my career goes. i was contacted by a local gym to begin teaching zumba classes. i signed up for a certification workshop which i’ll complete the weekend after my hubby leaves to go back overseas. i will get half of what i charge for the classes, so it could pay pretty decently. also, i would already work out on those days anyway, so why not have some fun and make money doing it?

on the first day of our trip to New Orleans last week, i was contacted by two colleges to teach English classes part-time. one was offering classes that were scheduled for day, so i had to turn them down. i was really bummed about that, but the second college, East Mississippi Community College, offered me a few night classes. i am really excited about this, because as the English department head explained to me, those that they would consider for a full-time position usually have to start out in an adjunct position. it helps them see if you are right for the position and college, and it helps you as an instructor get your feet wet and learn the ropes. with teaching high school full-time and two part-time gigs, i am going to be crazy busy this semester. i hope i can handle it all. i am also still trying to build my team beachbody business, but that doesn’t really take up a lot of my time.

jamie and i have been spending as much time together as possible. we went to New Orleans for a few days to shop and eat good creole food. we stayed in the Royal St. Charles and really liked the hotel. we did so much walking! even eating beignets and tons of salty, spicy rice dishes, i still lost weight last week. we also stopped in a few other cities in Louisiana, including Baton Rouge, for some shopping. Sunday was the baby dedication ceremony at our church, and several of our friends’ children were recognized. then, we had a big fifth Sunday dinner in the activity building, and i’m so glad jamie was here for that. he really misses church while being away. we spent the day today antiquing, and tomorrow, we plan on lounging by the pool and taking it easy.