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Archive for January, 2011

So I guess I’ll be making up for not posting over the last 3 weeks of my challenge (yes I’ve still been doing it J)..so here it goes…I’ll include the 2 previous weeks in this post and this weeks in a new post.

14. Learn a new skill/36. Start learning a new language.

I love picking up different languages as I get the chance to travel. For years I’ve wanted to learn Spanish, not because I plan to move to a Spanish speaking country (but with me who knows) but because it has always intrigued me. Oh, I’ve tried to learn it a couple of times, but would always get preoccupied with something else and stop and then forget everything that I learned, but not this year. Things just seem to be popping out of nowhere since I’ve opened myself up to say yes to things I thought I would never try. So I’m checking my email and up pops this article “Simple guide to speaking foreign languages” from the blog ZEN Habits, now I hadn’t really thought about going back to learning Spanish until this popped into my inbox (the universe is very funny). Well the article started to talk about the best ways to learn without taking formal classes, which fit right into what I was looking for, and brought up the idea of using meet up groups like meetup.org to practice and meet with other like minded individuals. I never would have thought of doing something like that, but I signed up for that weekends meet up and ended up having a great time even though I didn’t know a word of Spanish. I read my first couple of Spanish paragraphs with everyone’s eyes on me (I’m sure I was butchering those words) and I didn’t even flinch. Everyone was so supportive and I’m so glad I took the chance to go.  Hopefully, this will be a start to my love affair with Spanish (and helping me learn a skill that I can use in my work won’t hurt either J)!

 

PS. OK, I cheated a little with posting 2 in 1 but you get the point!

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Coming in at number 20 on the “50 Ways to Open Your World to New Possibilities” was to join an adventure club.

20. Join an adventure club to try new activities, like white water rafting and rock climbing, and meet new people at the same time.

So what do I do? I started  taking Bikram Yoga. Now you may be saying (only if you’ve never taken this kind of yoga) ” well that doesn’t count as adventure”, but if trying to hold a tree pose in a 105 degree room with sweat dripping down your legs creating a constant slip action is not an adventure I don’t know what is.

Now I had previously heard about “hot yoga” and thought it sounded like something I would want to try. I’ve really been testing the limits of my body lately and I try to mix things up so that I don’t get bored with my workouts. I’ve managed to lose and keep off over 40 pounds in the last almost 2 years so I have to switch it up a bit to give my body something new to do. Considering that I am about as flexible as biscotti I thought taking yoga would help me to get the flexibility that I’ve always wanted, so I found a studio near by. I had no idea what exorbitant price I was going to run into but luckily the heavens were smiling down on me and I got a $29 unlimited pass for 30 days.

Bikram Yoga consist of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises, one right after the other in a highly lit (hot)  room. Trust me I had no idea what I was in for my first day of class. Now I work out a lot but when I say I wanted to run out of that room the first day I am not joking. Regardless of what people say about it, how many calories it does (or doesn’t) burn, I got a work out like no other and my body was just as sore from doing this as it is when I lift weights. Plus I just feel refreshed when I leave and more limber…if that’s the only reason you go then do it just for that, but you have to try it.

Maybe it wasn’t outdoors and I didn’t jump out of a plane with nothing but a parachute tied to my back, but trying to kick my leg back so far that I can see it over the top of my head was just as much of an adventure to me. It’s out of my comfort zone, and with so many changes happening my life I figured why not dive in and go with flow of change. I’m learning that life is a lot more giving when you move in tune with it instead of swimming against it. So here’s to new things, (new flexibility in all parts of our lives), and new possibilities! Happy New Year everyone!

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