My friend lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. So finding a place and paying for a class took some planning. Here's where I'm going to plug Zumba's website a little (not a compensated endorser, just a Zumba fiend). They have a page where you can look up classes in any given area by entering a zip code (postal code for the Canadians). Then it will give you all the classes in that area starting with the closest, and you can limit the search by miles (kilometers for the Canadians) up to 100. You can also limit the search by days of the week and the specific type of Zumba class you're interested in. Knowing where my friend lives, I plugged in her postal code and found the classes closest to her. But I wasn't just looking for proximity. She's a very busy and successful realtor so her schedule is fairly tight. The studio I wound up choosing, and calling long distance from Michigan, had a wide variety of days and times available. I know for me personally, there is very very (-very-) little that I'll let interfere with my scheduled Zumba class; family illness being the main thing. But that is after having done Zumba for some time, I didn't start out that way. The truth is, exercise is always easier to commit to and stick with if it's easy to go to in the first place. In my case, I started out with a Saturday morning class and my husband made it easy for me to go by making sure our son was taken care of. The studio was only fifteen minutes from where we lived at the time, so that made it easy. The classes were inexpensive (they still are but were only $5 back then), and that made it easy. Easy is the key word here. Exercise can be a challenge for people all by itself, and if it's an inconvenience to even go to the class in the first place, people just won't bother. Group exercise in particular, and not just Zumba, can be out of a lot of people's comfort zones just because of the crowd. I know this from my own experience, so I took all that into consideration when shopping for my friend's birthday. Basically, I wanted to make it as easy as possible for her to enjoy the gift.
On the subject of birthdays and comfort zones... Back at the end of August, I wrote a couple of posts about what I received from my family as birthday gifts (all Zumba related), and in the second of these posts, I told you, dear readers, that Bry had gotten me something really great on behalf of him and our boys. But I never said what that was exactly...
For a long while now, the idea of becoming a certified instructor has kicked around in my brain, down in the dark recesses. This idea came to me after I'd been doing Zumba for about six months, so...over three years ago by now. It's something I thought would be fun, that I thought maaaybeee I could do. Okay, to clarify, I figured I could -do- it...but actually be good at it? I just didn't know. Quite frankly, I was afraid for a couple of reasons. One was, what if I paid $225 to become a certified instructor and I turned out not to be any good? I didn't want to waste the money. Two, was that I also didn't want to waste my time and thus be forced to face the possibility that I sucked at something I loved so much. Delusions of grandeur? Hrmm. There is a very long road between being a teacher's
Me: Stuff just got really real!
Friend: This is what you wanted!
Me: I know! I know...
The quote from Mr. Bill Cosby that you see up to the right, bottom-lines it perfectly. I've had almost a month and a half to settle into the idea and I'm ready to own it. I've even gone so far as to make plans for the new year. I've spoken to the pastor at my church, we had a meeting, I gave her my proposal, and the response was an enthusiastic yes. Starting in January, I'm going to have my own class. I want that more than I'm afraid of it. The truth is, my comfort zone has expanded to include this new version of me - The ZIN version of me.
Best advice: Re-read the motivation quotes. I think just about everyone has something in their life this could apply to. Think about what yours might be, maybe it's time.