Goodness. So much to say. So much to get caught up on.
And while I don't need to go into detail on everything... I can hit some bullet points of life around here lately...
I had an amazing trip recently with Bryn. Our first trip ever with just the 2 of us... aside from 1 volleyball tournament earlier this year to Nashville that was more of a road trip. This trip involved flying to another country... Mexico... and when we do it, we do it right.
All-inclusive. And we enjoyed every single second of it. Even the part where we had a cancelled connecting flight on the way home and also both ended up with some stupid stomach parasite... mine escalating to a fever & a 10-day antibiotic prescription. Two antibiotics to be exact, but who's counting. Insert big sigh. No regrets though. We had a blast & I'd do it again in a freakin heartbeat. I mean, the trip was full of guacamole til we busted, Zumba at the pool & IN the pool... it couldn't have been better. We're already talking about doing another trip next summer as her graduation gift. Maybe not to Cancun again & hopefully without the parasite as well!
And yes.... she's a senior. Her first last day of high school was on Wednesday. Insert another big sigh. School is off to a good start. She's on the varsity volleyball team again... middle hitter... and also has a job working as a server at a local retirement/nursing home. I'm very proud of her, as I'm sure you all know. She's not perfect, who is?, and we get along sometimes like sisters, but she keeps me sane & laughing, which is really all that matters!
Additionally, Bob & I are now divorced. The actual settlement day that happened this past week was emotional to say the least.
Nothing between us happened overnight. Not our decision to separate. Not the actual filing which happened literally a year ago this month. And not the actual signing of papers. It was a journey, to say the least. But it does bring a sense of closure with it.
What I do know to be true is that I've known him for half my life so I don't take any of this lightly & I don't think he does either. He'll always be a part of my life. We will always be co-parenting & I'm very glad we are still on amicable terms with each other. It matters for all 3 of us.
In today's day & age of social media you wonder... am I supposed to update my status as divorced now? Or single? Or do I really have to have a title? I think we all feel like we have some kind of title or branding of who we are & quite honestly... does it really describe us or is it society's description of who we are?
I'm happy to say though that in the midst of everything... something made me decide to attend another group fitness training over the weekend & I left it being on a "high" I haven't felt in awhile. So it was the perfect ending to an emotional week.
I had started this blog post a couple weeks ago in anticipation of the training and had started writing about the whole story of how I ended up teaching Zumba 7 years ago in the first place, because trust me... it was NOT a goal at all to teach... I liked being a student & that was it! But I deleted it all & will save it for another day.
Since then though... I've added on the following certifications/licenses. All of the trainings have had their crazy stories, some of which I've shared on this blog:
- Zumba Toning
- Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) Group Fitness Instructor
- Les Mills Body Pump
- The CRT Method
Can I just say though that THIS training on Saturday was by far, the most unpredictably FUN training I've ever attended! I mean... it spoke to my soul in ways that I just can't describe. But I'll sum it up as saying it was almost 9 hours of dancing &/or learning to dance better with a format that is near & dear to my heart.
The MIX by Piloxing is a commercial dance format. Essentially that means, any kind of dance EXCEPT Latin since basically Zumba has got that covered already. And quite honestly, all the stuff we do in Zumba besides the Latin is what speaks to my soul the loudest, so this is a good fit for me.
Learning all the new choreography (which is repetitive just like Zumba), not to mention the verbal cueing that needs to happen while on a mic will be a whole different beast, but I'm practicing & memorizing as much as I can. We'll see where this leads, but I'm a happy camper to say the least!
Quite honestly, there's no way it couldn't be fun. Our instructor is a very dear friend who is also my boss & one badass on the dance floor. In fact, she's so good she's in their promotional video. Check it out...
And with that, it's Monday, which means I'm headed off to take her class tonight & commit some more of all this to my ever-fading memory!
Hope you have a fabulous week! XOXO