What do you move to?

Salsa dancing
I’ve made a commitment to do more cardio in my workouts so I’ve been riding the bike and walking on the treadmill. I enjoy  salsa dancing as a form of exercise and fellowship.  If  I could dance salsa all the time that would be great. I am committed to do more cardio in other ways so that means I need a little help to keep me pumped up. I was listening to one of my workout playlists which consists of 11 songs.

A few of the lyrics stuck in my mind as I was walking on the treadmill.  I love music and movies as great teaching tools and reminders of life lessons. Songwriters are artists and often say things more eloquently than we can through their expressions of songand art. A few excerpts from these songs are below – they are great reminders of things about life- these are a few wonderful reminders of  knowing who you are, being comfortable with who you are and being hopeful.

Who are you? are you really a gem – then don’t be a hard rock and pretend to be someone you aren’t

Lauren Hill’s –  Doo Wap Song -“That Thing Called Love” – for the girls – “don’t be a hard rock when you really are a gem. Respect is just the minimum.” For the guys – “How you gonna win when you ain’t right within…come again.”

Are you comfortable in your own skin?
Mary J. Blige’s – “Work That”
“Let em get mad
They gonna hate anyway
Don’t you get that?
Doesn’t matter if you’re going on with their plan
They’ll never be happy
Cause they’re not happy with themselves ”

What are you hopeful about?

India Arie’s – “There’s Hope”

“There’s hope.
It doesn’t cost a thing to smile.
You don’t have to pay to laugh.
You better thank God for that.”

Music changes your brain chemistry and helps when you exercise.  One of my workout playlists is below:

Whatta Man- Salt & Pepa
 I Am Not my Hair- India Arie
We B. Doing it -Quincy Jones
Georgy Porgy- Eric Benet
There’s Hope – India Arie
Doo Woop(That Thing) – Lauren Hill
Bring it On – Seal
Hit the Road Jack- Ray Charles
Shoop- Salt & Pepa
Just Fine- Mary J. Blige
If That was your Boyfriend – Michelle Ndegeocello.

Let me know any lyrics that resonate with you by leaving a comment below.

Check out my article on Salsa Dancing!

Bailando Salsa! (Dancing Salsa)

 When was the last time you tried something new? When was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone? Are you living life, or just simply existing? Think about the last time you did something new, if you can’t remember, it has probably been too long. Why not simply try something new?

About nine years ago a friend invited me to go to a “latin dance” club.  I had no idea what that was and I didn’t want to go.  I was over the going out to club thing and had done enough of that in my twenties.  She and another friend went without me.  The next day she came back bragging about how much fun they had and how it really was not likea typical club, on and on. Yeah, sure. The next week she kept bugging me about going.  I went. I went to shut her up. Well, that was how I started dancing salsa.  I stepped out of my comfort zone, tried something new and I found another way to truly enjoy life. Salsa dancing has become one of my favorite activities, it’s great exercise, the music is wonderful, I’m learning another language and having fun with a group of diverse people who enjoy life.In January I celebrated my 46th birthday salsa style.  A group of my salsa crew came out dancing with me at the Sanctuary and I got to do one of my favorite things, DANCE.  Every  birthday I thank my good friend, Ade, who got me to “step out of my comfort zone” to try something new.  And now, I can’t stop trying new things.  You never know when you will find your own “salsa.” If you are interested in more information about salsa in Atlanta, GA check out Afrisalsa – (www.afrisalsa.com) a cultural organization to promote cross cultural activity.  Anana Parris Harris is the CEO of Afrisalsa, she will add you to the mailing list for her classes and let you know when we go out dancing.  You can also check out www.salsaweb.com – look for the cities guide and find a local spot to check out the salsa scene.  Try something new, step out of your comfort zone, and remember, LIVE LIFE with Passion!  Hope to see you on the dance floor.