When I was three, I started taking dance classes and loved them so much that I stuck with them for almost 20 years.
After living in New York City for almost (gulp) 19 years, one of the things that I love is bumping into people I know or haven’t seen in a while in any number of places. At a show, on the subway platform, on the street, you name it. It should be noted that the only place this rarely happens is in Times Square because locals avoid it like the plague.
I’ve taken a fair number of yoga classes in my life and have seen all kinds of instructors. Last week was the close talker, which I understand will happen when they’re teaching, but she did this before class started. It was a packed class, so as she got closer and closer to my face, I felt trapped. I had nowhere to go. Luckily, she didn’t have coffee breath.
About a month ago, the Wienermobile was in the news because they were looking for the next round of Wienermobile drivers aka Hotdoggers. As a former Hotdogger, friends posted this news from various media outlets all over my Facebook wall and I loved it. I also get a lot of ice cream news posted on my wall, which is very sweet (pun intended).
When I started this month’s challenge about saying no, I thought it was going to be mostly me literally saying no to people. What I’ve realized after doing it for 11 days is that a lot of it is about simplifying things in my life. Saying no to invites, events and really anything that pulls my focus.
When my Mom was pregnant with me, she had a hiatal hernia, so the doctor told her not to eat solid foods at night. That’s when she turned to ice cream and who could blame her? Every night she’d watch the 11:00 news and let that cool sweet creamy nectar slide down her throat, into her belly and into my bloodstream.
As I mentioned in a recent blog post, I get easily distracted when I go to my co-working space. I see new and old friends there and I love catching up with them. The problem is that it takes me away from my work because I have a hard time with boundaries, saying no, politely excusing myself and more.
Lately I’ve been working from home a lot and while I love it for the incredible focus I get, I can get a little down from time to time. I’m a complete extrovert and feed off of other people, so going to my co-working space can remedy that in no time, but it can also get me into trouble. Since I love people so much, I also love to talk to them (A LOT) and that can get me off schedule.