Sunday, January 31, 2010

Let's ZUMBA....

Ditch the Workout, Join the Fun!!
Exercise has always been a challenge for me, but I have recently discovered a new exercise / dance class called Zumba. It is a Latin rhythm aerobics class that is not only a workout, but a TON of fun!! Although, it is a "Latin" based class, the music alone will keep you coming back for more. One of my favorite Zumba songs, is the one that is playing with the video, but don't let that fool you....we dance along to Nickelback, Shakira, Miley Cyrus, Michael Buble' and many more.

So why "blog" about zumba??? Because like I said, exercise has always been a burden for me...and something that I felt I had to "fit" into my life although I didn't want to. It was one of those things that would put added "stress" on me to try and fit in, because I never found the type of exercise that was right for me. Now, I am making time to go to every Zumba class I can fit it. It is NO longer a challenge, or something that "complicates" my life! In fact, if I don't make it so Zumba, I feel like I am missing out!

So, to recap.... Tons of FUN, just makes you feel good, you get to hang out with all your friends, listen to some GREAT music, and burn the calories all at the same time! It don't get much better than that!!

Many of you don't know a little secret about me....
I'll get this blog up and running and I'll plan to share this with you around the 1st of March, then maybe you'll know why finding a workout that works for me is SO important!!

So....if you haven't already, step outside of your box and go ZUMBA!!!

Friday, January 29, 2010 it anywhere to be found?

I can only hope that I am accepted into the blog world with open arms. For those of you who don't know me, I will give you a brief description of my life and my family. I am a 37 year old mother of 2 who has been married to my wonderful husband, Rich, for 15 years now! The last few years of my life has been anything but SIMPLE! Our world was turned upside down when my oldest daughter, Haley, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at the age of 3 months. She was beautiful, smart, determined, inspirational and so much more. About 3 years ago, her health took a turn for the worse and our focus and mission in life was to do everything possible to help her beat this disease and buy her enough time for a double lung transplant. Unfortunately, God had a different plan for her. Haley passed away in June, 2008 at the age of 12. The path our lives have taken over the past few years have been full of complicity, heartache, pain and depression. Lucky for us, we have another beautiful daughter Brenna, who keeps us going everyday. So where do the 3 of us go from here?? That is the question! We are looking for a new direction in our life and are hoping to simplify things a bit and try and become that loving family again that we were when the 4 of us were together.

It's kind of funny.....I have been wanting to launch a blog for over a year now. Although, I have been somewhat "blogging" on Haley's Caring Bridge for the past 2 1/2 years, I realized I needed a place where I could go and just be "me"!! A place where I can talk about things other than CF, let the world know some of my new directions in life, meet new friends (followers) who knows me for my life now and not only for what it has been for the past 10 years or so. When I decided that "blogging" was the way to go, I couldn't believe how much trouble I had coming up with the perfect "blog title" that fit ME!! That is when I knew....I tend to make things much more complicated than they should be. I have a new goal in life and I can proudly say I am now....Seeking Simplicity. Not only in the area of finding the perfect blog name, but in many other areas of my life.

I am very excited to open this blog and am looking forward to following others and maybe even finding new ways to live the "simple' life. Life's too short to live the hectic, crazy lives we live....