Sunday, January 13, 2013

Ten Thoughts for 2013...Add Orange Juice and Pole Dancing

and I get 


The "S" Train

The picture above is the decor on the S train yesterday. Tropicana is the sponsor and the train is decorated in green and yellow and is so bright and sunny. Last month I showed a pink car and that was part of a different promotion. I was in a good mood yesterday, but looking at these colors made me break into a smile, spontaneously.

And pole dancing? No I'm not about to take up pole dancing for a wide variety of reasons and I've never had a desire to try it. But yesterday I went to a program on exercise and nutrition for the full figured woman and one of the features was a pole dancing session, without the poles. One of the themes of the day was to consider exercise and types of movement we wouldn't usually think about. The instructor was young, so lively and energetic, and led our group in movement to music. It was primarily a stretching session with fun, fun music, but it was also the first step in pole dancing. If I'd been told it was part of the program ahead of time I think I would have said that's not for me, but one of my goals this year is spontaneity. I want to be open to fun, good times and following where my heart is leading and not always my head. 

My work life is very structured. I know I have meetings every Thursday at 10:00 am, as well as the third Tuesday of every other month.  For the last month we've added a standing Friday meeting at 11:00 am and then there's the every other Wednesday meeting at 1:00 pm. There's the prep for these meetings and the notes to review. Is it any wonder spontaneity has gone out of my life? The weekends are structured too, not with exact times, but personal things that need to get done. 

Besides getting laundry done today, I tossed away the list of chores. I went out to lunch, visited blogs, read magazines and decluttered. The decluttering didn't feel like a chore -- as it usually does -- and I made good progress. I don't think a stranger would be struck at my apartment's neatness, but there are a few spots that are definitely neater.   

Here's to finding things that happen naturally and freely, like a smile, in 2013! Have you tried things that were totally off of your plans and was it enjoyable?

Here's to a week of smiles! 

19 comments:

Maggid said...

So entirely FUN!!! I didn't know trains were decorated like this.

AND - it sounds like the exercise routine was great fun.

I'll have to look for fun stuff like that here . . . looks like a time to "giggle and snort."

love & love to You!!
-g-

Barbara F. said...

Pole dancing....not for me either! Happy 4th Blogaversary, btw. xo

Lauren Davenport said...

I love the poster about someone in a really good mood. Brought a smile to my face, Thank you!

Susie said...

With a name like Buttercup, that had to be the seat for you. I have found an exercise lady ,Margaret Richards, on one of our channels. She does stretching exercises. I am going to try and do 3 of her sessions a week. I have not been getting enough exercise at all. Some times we just can't do everything on our chore lists.:):) Enjoy this coming week. xoxo,Susie
p.s. Flooding scares me. It's on it's way out.

Mevely317 said...

Wow. You sure caught my attention with that header, Carol! :)
Props to that instructor for thinking outside the box. I can just imagine the laughter and camaraderie taking place!
Hope you'll fall asleep tonight with a smile on your face!

Melinda said...

Wow, I really thought you were going to take up Pole Dancing!

It' s a nice surprise when we realize that we have stepped out of our comfort zone AND enjoyed it!

M :)

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Thanks for the smile this morning. Your title really caught my attention. One of those things I'd never thought of doing either. I know it won't be on my list to do either. It's nice just to enjoy the moments as they come though. Hope the week ahead brings you many smiles too!

Amrita said...

Really fun,, have a good week

Mary said...

It sounds like you really enjoyed your free time. There is much to be said for spontaneity. . Thanks for your visit today. Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

Theresa said...

Oh girl, pole dancing sounds like fun:) I am in the de-cluttering mood here in my house too! Have a blessed day, HUGS!

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Paula said...

I would like to see a picture of you sitting in that seat with a big smile on your face!

We don't have any Pole dancing classes here, but I have danced with a Pole(ish) person...does that count??

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LadyCat said...

Love the sign! I second your motion for a week of smiles.
That might lighten up the meetings : )

Ms Sparrow said...

Happy fourth anniversary. I think I might be approaching that in the coming year, however my output has been significantly lower than yours.

Pamela said...

Sometimes the lists just needs to go out the window. I'm a list person and sometimes it's hard to think something might not get crossed off. I really don't think the world would end if I didn't. Ha1 I think I need to follow your example once in a while.

Deanna said...

Pole Dancing....probably not, but it sounds like you had a good time. Way too many scheduled meetings in your life....you definitely need some spontaneity in your life, yeah for tossing away that list of chores!!

Lynda said...

With all those meetings at work, you need a little less structure at home. I pray for God to lead my schedule each day and it works out way better than my planning. It's more productive and relaxing, too. I like the Subway car - - - what a great idea to have sponsors decorate it. It makes sense about the moves for the pole dancing - - kind of like the videos with dancing for exercise and not just sit-ups, jumping jacks, etc. More fun and gets great results! Hooray for you living life as it comes - - - and seeing progress at home. Others might wonder what all we have accomplished at our place - - but I know and am proud of it!