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Preparing the Way

Preparing the Way

When it comes to digital (i.e. TV, video games, tablets, any activity that requires a screen), I try to be strict about it. I am a firm believer that you have to allow kids to be kids, meaning it’s okay to be bored, forced to use imagination to play, and actually play with all the toys given to them. During the holiday and vacations, I allow them to binge on digital, but I notice that too much of it leads…

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Wherever I Go

Wherever I Go

When I prepare to teach a Jazzercise class, it’s a multi-day process. Obviously, I have to follow corporate guidelines for set structures, but I really like to vary my sets week to week. This may require me learning new or old choreography. I’ll look at sample sets from other instructors to get inspiration or try to follow a theme. Once I figure out what my set will be, I like to listen to it so that I am familiar with…

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Not Perfect

Not Perfect

We have a saying in our Jazzercise classes. It’s not about being perfect. It’s about consistency. Cause lets face it. If it were about being perfect, we would all fail! And there is no competition. There will always be someone better, stronger, wiser, but it’s not about them. This journey is about you and me, moving forward, improving… being consistent. Now, if you’ve been reading my blog for a little while, you may remember that I ditched the scale. I used to…

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Our Success

Our Success

Is it true when they say all publicity is good publicity? If so, Jazzercise Corp has had some good publicity. Recently, the world-wide exercise program was featured on The Today Show in its “Behind the Brand” section. As a dutiful instructor and owner of a center, I felt obligated to record and watch the segment. Overall, I felt that it was a good representation of what we offer. I won’t go over the entire interview. I’ve linked it below for…

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Come as you are

Come as you are

All of my Jazzercise ladies can attest to one thing: I am not perfect. Nor, do I claim to be! Just this week alone, my music went on the fritz, I kept messing up my opener, and it was one trip up after another. We laughed, we danced, and continued on through my frustration. After class, all the ladies reassured me that the music and the mishaps didn’t bother them at all. We got a good work out, we finished…

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All the feels

All the feels

Saturday night, my husband and I had a very much needed date night. I think it had been over a month since we had our last date, and I was feeling it. He had been working long hours at home with work. My kids’ schedules are in full swing with school, soccer, and dance class. We finally got to check out Hop City Barleygarden at Pinewood Studio. While the atmosphere was very cool and upscale-casual (is there such a thing?),…

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Future Garden

Future Garden

I’m going to say something that every parent isn’t supposed to say or admit. Out of my three children, I have a favorite kid. There is one kid that I naturally get along better than the others, and our personality compliment better. However, I try not to show that I have a favorite among my children, but sometimes, that’s easier said than done. During the Labor Day weekend, I took some time to be alone with each child. It could…

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Liberation

Liberation

Sometimes, I’m obsessed with numbers. When I bake, measurements are important. I balance the checkbook at home and for the business, so dollar numbers are essential. I like the methodical approach of having things added or taken away and in the end, all things balance to an expected result. I find great pleasure and peace in knowing that there is sense and order in numbers. I also obsess about the numbers on the scale. I’ve mentioned it before. I’m a…

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The need to let go

The need to let go

One of my greatest joys in my life is baking. There is something truly satisfying about mixing what looks like random ingredients together into a bowl, throwing it into an oven, and after a certain amount of time has passed, pulling out of the oven something delicious and maybe a little indulgent. I love all types of baking: savory, sweet, quick, yeasted. The best part about baked goods is that it’s really meant to be shared, so I get to…

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