First a shout out to my homegirl LAQ for inspiring this post. You can check her at http://www.laquillen.com. She just made a pretty big job change which is resulting in an even more major life change. Both of us have spent the past few years juggling multiple jobs and working strange hours which pretty much eliminated any sense of a “regular” day. Who are those people who work 9 hour days and then just go home? What do they do? Isn’t it boring?
I remember when I first made the change from running a dance studio (hello, odd hours!) and took on an 8-5 job. I LOVED being able to go home after work, cook dinner or go to happy hour to see friends. I had a choice to go to the gym or take a dance class. I never had to watch my favorite shows a week later on the DVR (then, it was my friend Tivo).
And then I started teaching again, and life has never been normal since…
Whether it’s been teaching dance classes or group fitness classes, my evenings and weekends have always been full of commitments. I love what I do. It’s so ingrained in me that when I have a night off of teaching, I’m usually there anyways checking out a friend’s class. My husband is used to eating dinner at 8:30 or later, if we even eat together at all. It’s been the new normal.
But man, it’s all so exhausting! I often feel overwhelmed or burnt out… my house is never as clean as I want it and I struggle at keeping in touch with friends I don’t see everyday.
So with this move, I swore I would take my time before jumping into another crazy schedule. Despite the stress of moving, unpacking and lots of traveling, I’m actually finding space to breathe, and it’s because I’ve been in control of my schedule so far.
Case in point: I’ve intentionally stayed away from the Gold’s Gym all week. I’ve taken a few classes recently (with mixed results… man it’s hard being a participant in a class that you teach… we’re just so JUDGY!) and realized I just need a little break from the scene. No, I’m not talking months off here… Just some space from the familiarity of it all to allow me to explore other things that I enjoy. There is a yoga studio on my block and I signed up for a new member package. I’ve taken Vinyasa classes the past 2 nights and I LOVED IT! I think yoga practice is so healing, challenging and renewing, and the classes and instructors were fantastic. I used to take Bikram Yoga regularly and shared the same feeling… it’s so nice to take a class just for fun… and not be in a position to already know the choreography and walk in knowing you’re an “advanced” student. I definitely plan to make classes at Uptown Yoga (www.uptownyoga.com) part of my regular schedule (hear that… REGULAR schedule).
I’ve finally eaten a few home-cooked meals too… I love cooking in my new kitchen! Here’s what we had for dinner Monday evening to go with our highly comical viewing of the Bachelorette premiere (don’t judge…). Thanks for the recipe, Pinch of Yum. Check out this delightfully delicious site at http://www.pinchofyum.com.
I’m also hoping to get back in the dance studio. There are some great studios in Dallas that have classes for adults and even professional dancers, and I’ve neglected my dance training for too long. I’m super excited to check them out.
I know what you’re thinking… there she goes over-committing herself again. I always will… it’s in my nature. But I’ll have a choice. If I need the night off or don’t feel like doing anything… I DON’T HAVE TO!
I definitely look forward to picking up some classes at the gym once the right one becomes available and I’m ready, but how cool is it that I have ZERO commitments on my calendar after work for the foreseeable future. I am so excited to explore this new city, make new friends, try new things, and get back in the kitchen!