Thing I love

Went dancing today. Took an Afro-Haitian class (for the second time in my life).
For an hour and a half – I was transformed to another land.

Live drums, understanding the dance and the story behind it. Learning about the culture and what’s behind the moves. and why. At one point it felt tribal, ceremonial. Like we’re all in Haiti, surrounding a bonfire… with the drums and the singing and the dancing. Amazing feeling that allows you to let go of everything and just surrender to the beat, music and feeling.

To give the credit – the instructor’s name is Michelle Martin and she teaches at Dance Mission, SF.


Something I loved about today, which I do a lot actually, was walking on the street and deciding on a soundtrack for that moment.

I know that listening to music on your iPod is a pretty generic thing to do, but a. I am writing about the little things and b. There’s an intention behind the music.

So, when I go out of my house, based on the time of day, weather, location and mood – I choose what music to play. Then, this music becomes my day’s soundtrack (as if it was a movie scene…;-)). I do that in many situations – whenever I get a quite moment –  on vacation, hiking, walking, driving – I try to match music to the moment.

Today was a beautiful San Franciscan weekday and everyone was rushing to their busy life – not because of the lyrics but because of the energy of that song – my way-to-work’s soundtrack was:

And sometimes, I do the opposite – I hear a song and imagine what a TV/ movie scene or just a random place, with this song in the background, will look like.

It’s kinda cool – you should try it.

I teach Pilates. Sometimes, it turns out that I plan a really good class. And then – when I see my students progress, do great and enjoy it – it is one of the best feelings. So satisfying! Especially when I see them leave and I notice the difference in their posture and mood. It makes all the pressure of leaving work and preparing the session and the place – worth it. Love you girls, thanks for supporting and being so great!

Women exercising on yoga mats

Just wanted to give an update about bringing dancing back. Few months ago I stated that I am missing dance in my life. Since then – I got back into Cuban Salsa dancing. Big time.
For the last 5 months I’ve been dancing 3-4 times a week. Taking classes – Hip Hop, Rumba, Salsa, Afro Haitian and of course social dancing in clubs.

It added so much into my life lately – it’s hard to even put it into words. Joy of life, Confidence, happiness and great friends.

Today, the thing I love is that feeling of coming home from dancing, so tired that I can barely even wash my face and yet so happy and light that I can’t fall asleep… All at the same time.

I wanted to start a tradition where I write every day that I can about something I loved about that day.

After seeing this movie yesterday (Date Night with Steve Carell – cute movie,  nothing special) and based on the fact that I’ve been together with my husband for 9 years – I realized that there will be days that I will have to remind myself of the good stuff. This is why I want to be able to find something I love about every day.

So I start a tradition –

I’m going to try and write something, even a very small thing, that I love about every day.

So, what I love about today is that Stanley (our sweet little dog ) let me sleep till 10am… I know that it’s ridicules, it’s just that it’s rare… and it was so good πŸ™‚

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This tradition may be more facebook or Twitter fitting because of the ‘1 line-short messaging’ nature of it. However, in facebook and Twitter it’s a ‘push’ to people kind of thing and if anyone ever wants to read my blog – I prefer it will be a ‘pull’ thing πŸ™‚ So if you’re here – welcome and thanks for reading my thoughts πŸ™‚