Stick with What Is Fun

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If you enjoy something, you’ll stick with it! Find out what you like to do. For me, that’s Zumba. The classes I attend are filled with very different women. Each of us is there for the sole purpose of strutting her stuff and having fun while staying fit. And don’t get me wrong: It is a workout! We do squats, jumping jacks, and a ton of side crunches, all while dancing pretty complicated routines. If I skip a class, I not only miss it, my body misses it too. I start feeling stiff, and full of pent up energy.

To the ladies who don’t try it, fearing they won’t get the moves or something, here’s what you do: Ask which teacher is the easiest (there’s a huge range!), then stand in the back and familiarize yourself with the steps (or do it at home on YouTube). Make sure your shoes have a pivot point, and are at least half a size bigger than your shoe size. And have fun with it! Remember: No one is looking!

And guys: What do women love about men, maybe even more than the all-hailed sense of humor? You guessed it: Being able to dance! What’s more romantic than being swept away by a man confident enough to lead? When a man comes into Zumba class (there are a few brave souls), he reminds us that we are women. More on that in the “Men” category (soon!).

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Favorite Art: Dolce Far Niente – 1

Dolce far Niente 2One of my favorite artists, John William Godward, painted a few images by the title Dolce Far Niente, which means Sweet Idleness. I adore the beauty he was able to project, teasing the senses with warm colors and materials contrasted by shimmering water and cold marble. But most of all, I love the depiction of those eyes, lost in thought. We are allowed to be part of this enchanting lady’s private moment, which I can savor forever.

Beautiful Light

University of SydneyI found this (uncredited) photograph online of the Sydney university. I love how the illumination brings such warmth to the image of the cold mammoth, creating yellow and orange tones akin to the glow of a fireplace. The purple bloom and green of grass add the final splash of vivid color.  I like to imagine myself inside, curled up near a fire, a book on my lap and a cup of tea in my hand.