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!