Benefits of Movement, Personal Stories

Do You Need Stress Relief?

Life is not easy all the time and being human, we all deal with a certain amount of stress. It is just a fact of life.

Stress is something that will diminish your energy, cause anxiety through your body, leave you feeling like you either need to run away or stand up and fight.

It really does affect us all.

So what’s the solution?

I can only speak from what I know.  What I know if that I spent MANY years being a prisoner of my stress.  It would build up in my body until I felt paralyzed and couldn’t think of what a possible “next step” could even be!

One day while feeling super bummed out and wanting to hide, I heard a fun song on the radio that I knew. I could feel the corners of my mouth turning up. Soon I realized I was singing along.  By the end of the song I was up and moving around cleaning up while doing a little dance.

I felt great. Like the cement blocks on my shoulders were starting to crumble.

I started to do this more often when feeling super stressed out.

It wasn’t until years later that I discovered Zumba…and then really…like no kidding…I DANCE OUT ALL MY STRESS every week and feel amazing…even to this day!!!

Zumba became my full-time stress reliever.

I discovered that rhythms and moving my body to rhythms allowed not only my physical body to “feel good” but it also rearranges molecules in my thinking and how I react to difficult situations.

Zumba became my solution to dealing with my stress. Maybe it could for you too!

Check out a class OR even start by just heading over to my videos and trying one song at home! 🙂

Health & Well Being, Personal Stories

Quitting Is NOT An Option….Discover, Be Honest.

Do you ever just want to quit? Quit your job? Quit your relationship? Quit whatever it is that at one time you were lit up about and then it got “hard” and you couldn’t see how to make it work?

If you have never had this thought….you may not be human…

In relationships I have wanted to quit. Give it all up and run away. Call it a day and be by myself again too.  I have, in my thoughts, actually seen me putting on running shoes and lacing them up like if I get the lace all the way done up, that means for sure I have to go!

I have learned that it really is normal to have these kinds of thoughts.  It is what you do with that thought that will either take you out of whatever it is or that will get you so determined that nothing will stand in your way.

To become determined, often times we require a support system. Someone or something that will not allow us to sell out on ourselves.  Whether that be from a friend, family member, stranger or an app, etc. Something or someone that holds you bigger than you know yourself to be.

When I have been at my lowest points and quit or gotten ready to quit, I could pretty much look around and see that I was either all by myself with my thoughts or the people I had in my life at the time were the people who thrived off others failures and were happy to see me crash and burn.

Either way, we always need to be aware of our environment, of what we surround with or who.  If you are not where you want to be in life and you are ready to quit, look around. What does your current environment look like?  Do you need to make adjustments to who you hang out with? Do you need to discover what it is you stand for so that it is clear to you?  Are you on track to meet the goals you wanted and then things got tough?

Look at the BIG picture before you throw yourself out of the game of the life you are creating.

When I have stood back and looked at my life as a whole, with a coach, I have always been able to discover what I couldn’t see before, make the adjustments and keep going.  For instance with changing careers, I loved the people I worked for but I was not enjoying the job.

Why? Because I love to dance, move and motivate people. It is who I am.

What type of job was I doing?

I sat at a desk and on a computer for 8 hours a day.

Can you see the disconnect?

I was miserable.  I really struggled with leaving what I was doing because although I was miserable, I loved the people I worked for and I felt that I would be letting them down.  The truth is, they knew I wasn’t happy and while they loved me too, it just wasn’t a fit for what they were up to or what I was up to.  When I got really honest with myself AND with them, it was just natural for me to leave and I ensured that they had someone in place to take over and that they were trained before I left.

Taking the time for me to actually see what lights me up and what I was committed to gave me the freedom to come clean to my employers in such a way that we all got what we needed. I didn’t just quit (and I had just quit jobs before and that never really goes well) I got honest with myself, my environment and the people in it.

It takes courage to stay in the game and be in communication where you need to however, if you are willing, the rewards of priceless!


Do you need to gain perspective on where you are at and where you want to be? The conversations and assignments on life I provide will get you moving in the direction you want to be in whether it be your career, relationships or health and fitness.  Let’s Talk:

Benefits of Movement

Summer Body Work Starts in Winter!

My clients often hear me yell out “WOOHOOOOO SUMMER BUM!!!!” while we are in the middle of an awesome song that includes squats or leg lifts in Zumba Toning or Zumba Sentao…..

Your summer body/bum doesn’t get worked on just when the weather turns beautiful out…you got to work that NOW…yes! In November, December, January, February…all the way to summer to get it where you want it and to maintain it!

It would be great if when summer rolled around you could just dive into that bikini and look fabulous, however, let’s face it….YOU CAN IF YOU WORK FOR IT ALL YEAR ROUND!

I am a FIRM believer that taking care of your body in the winter months is almost MORE important than in the nice weather. (although ALL YEAR really is the goal!)


Because in the winter month’s many people tend to go into hibernation.  No matter how many times we say we are not Bears…we do this… 😉

We hibernate, we stay in by a cozy fire with a bottle of wine…or two…and we indulge in our favorite hearty comfort food….AND THEN when the weather gets nice again and we go to leap from our hibernation state it actually occurs more like a crawl because our bodies have been sleeping and inactive for a certain time period.

Your first goal to maintaining a SUMMER BODY is by walking out your front door and into class. You do that and I can support you in the rest. Just come out….don’t be a bear this year….maintain your summer bum and get into that bikini QUICK this year!

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