You may remember that I blogged a while back about wanting to take an Aerial Silks class. I found a Groupon for a place here in Lexington that has classes just right up the road from me and I felt like it was fate. So at 2AM, half asleep, scanning through Groupon deals – I impulse bought 5 classes at Fast forward a few months and I have now taken 3 classes! I procrastinated a bit and started to realize that my Groupon would expire in March, so one afternoon on my lunch break I signed up for a class and went right after work! There were two others in the ‘Intro to Silks’ class with me and they were quite a bit better than I was. They had more upper body strength. I had zero. I was doing pretty well right at first and then my arms just started to give out on me. I felt a little bit frustrated but I knew that this was my first class – how good could I expect to be? You only have to take one intro class before you can move on to the ‘Beginner Silks Class’ but I felt like I needed one more intro class under my belt to really grasp the basics. I went back this past Tuesday and did phenomenally better! I felt so great when I left the class because I really felt like I made a lot of improvement. Not to mention, I wasn’t in a ridiculous amount of pain like the week prior. I had delayed onset muscle soreness for an entire week after the first class and my body hurt in places that I didn’t know it could! It was a good hurt, but you know.. it’s inconvenient when you’re having trouble dressing yourself! ;]
Real talk: I’m a quitter. I’m super gung-ho about new adventures and then when they get a little bit difficult I change my mind pretty quick. I felt myself want to quit in the class today and it made me angry. I don’t want to be that kind of person, not in any aspect of my life. I know I have what it takes and I can be good at this if I put in the time and the effort. I’m determined to be able to look back on this post 5 or 6 months down the road and see the progress I’ve made.
I made a simple list of goals at the beginning of 2014 that I kept to myself. In the past I’ve made my list of goals for the new year well in advance and ready to blog; long lists full of big ideas that usually end up somewhat accomplished but mostly half-assed. I love making lists – so much so that I can’t keep up with all of them. This year I wanted to be more realistic and so far? Well, I feel like I’m on the right track…
1. Be kind to yourself.
2. Do the things that scare you most.
3. Spend your time on people who spend their time on you.
4. Accept that things don’t always turn out the way you want them to.
5. Be confident in yourself.
This past month I’ve done these 5 things more than I ever have. I’ve been kind to myself by thinking positive thoughts and taking time to myself when I need it. I’ve done some pretty scary (to me) things lately too, and I did them with confidence. I’ve been spending my time on the people who spend time on me. And I’ve really been focusing on accepting when things just aren’t meant to be – an especially important lesson this week. I know that this is all kind of a vague post – and that can be really annoying. But it’s just a little something I wanted to write down and put out in the universe: I’m doing better, I’m getting better, I can do the things I thought I couldn’t do.
What I Wore:
Coat: Maria D // Delia’s
Dress, Belt, Socks, + Hat: Forever 21
Sweater: New York & Co.
Scarf: Shi by Journey’s
Gloves + Tights: Target
Bag: Vintage Coach // Still Chic Boutique