Being Balanced

Being Balanced

May 4, 2017

It’s Day 5 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I feel as though God’s got my back on this blogging daily thing. Tonight’s plan was to write about balance. I’m a strong proponent of work life balance, but for me, a day when the line between my professional life and my personal life blurs in a positive way is balanced perfection. I love my job and I love to dance! And at least once a month I get to dance at work! Tonight was one of those nights.

I attend Zumba class a minimum of four times a week and have been known to attend up to six out of seven days. Those weeks were awesome! Zumba is offered four weeknights at my neighborhood YMCA and I also sub there. And as if that’s not enough, I attend a weekend class at a fitness center as a guest of one of my closest friends. In fact, though I’d once joined in on a Zumba demonstration at a community event and had a blast, she was the one who really got me hooked when she invited me to lunch and then to work out with her. At first we tried using the equipment and machines, but that didn’t last. Not so with Zumba, which we’re still doing most Saturdays going on five years.

I dance really hard and am a sweaty mess when I’m done. And it hurts! On top of that, I’m severely asthmatic and have to grab puffs on my rescue inhaler the whole hour. But I’m burning calories, understand there’s no gain without pain, and feel more alive and closer to my Creator than when I’m taking in oxygen without being mindful of doing so. And talk about the emotional benefits. No matter how weary, stressed, angry, or depressed I feel going in, I always feel better when I’m dancing. There’s a Scripture that talks about putting on a garment of praise for a spirit of heaviness. When I don my tank, spandex leggings and New Balance shoes, the gym becomes a sanctuary of praise for me, no matter the music. Another Scripture talks about God turning mourning into dancing and lifting our sorrows. I experience that every time and know it’s so much more than just a positive release of endorphins. I found my fit! And balance.

Saturdays are a double blessing because I get to dance and then have lunch and girl time with one of my soul sisters. In fact, though I’d once joined in on a Zumba demonstration at a community event and had a blast, she was the one who really got me hooked when she invited me to lunch and then to work out with her. At first we tried using the equipment and machines, but that didn’t last. Not so with Zumba, which we’re still doing most Saturdays going on five years. The time fellowshipping with a kindred spirit refreshes, restores, and rejuvenates me as much as the dancing.  Fit and balance.

So much dancing may seem excessive, but I do it intentionally, purposefully. I’m a better Christ follower, wife, mother, friend, Life Coach, leader, team member and employee when I purposefully maintain balance. So, when the opportunity to teach a Zumba class at work presented itself, I maximized it. It not only adds value to the team members and Coachees who participate by making exercise and practicing healthy habits fun, it models being balanced and Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose.

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Me, The Pink Collar Coach, front left, with my YMCA Pink Ribbon Zumba Sisters

After Dancing for the Cure! 

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