Design Team Call - Let's Get Sketchy

I am applying to be a member of the design team for Let's Get Sketchy. If you're new to scrapbooking, or just like the ease of using a sketch, this is a great blog to follow - lots of great inspiration and many challenges to fuel your creativity! Make sure you check them out!

RAK - Project Life Aqua Edition!

Happy Friday, everyone!

I am giving away the following Project Life cards from the Aqua Kit that recently became available at Hobby Lobby. They include one of each of the 3x4 cards and 1 of each of the 4x6 bifold journaling cards.

To be selected - leave a comment below. Winner will be picked on Sunday evening.


Have you tried Zumba®?

You haven't???

Well, you should!

I've been doing Zumba® for almost 4 years now. When I knew for sure that my teaching contract in Custer wasn't going to be renewed, I went on a journey of self-care. There was so much I couldn't control in my life at that moment, but I could control how I took care of myself. I joined Weight Watchers that spring, and then set foot into a Zumba® class during the summer.

I had never felt anything so exhilarating and liberating in my life!

For those who aren't familiar with it, Zumba® is a fitness program based on latin & international dance rhythms. In any Zumba® class, you will do a merengue, salsa, cumbia, and reggaeton along with hip-hop, samba, tango, flamenco, belly dance, etc. Zumba® instructors take basic steps from each of these rhythms and incorporate fitness moves to make a class fun yet "butt-kicking." "Exercise in disguise" is the philosophy.

And I love it!

The moves are slightly provocative (it is Latin dance, after all!), but not in a "slutty" way. I could never imagine shimmying my chest or shaking my butt in any other aspect of my life, yet in Zumba®, it feels totally natural. Zumba® makes me feel strong and powerful, yet sensual and sexy as well. Can you get that from kickboxing???? :)

Two years ago, I became licensed to teach Zumba®  Since then, I've taken trainings to teach Zumba Kids®, Zumba Toning®, Zumba Sentao® (using a chair to tone & sculpt), and will soon be trained to teach the new Zumba Step® program. I teach Zumba® every Saturday morning, and team-teach Zumba Kids® with my buddy Abbi every Wednesday evening. I now probably have more Zumba clothes in my wardrobe than work-appropriate clothes!

Zumba® has changed my life, both physically and mentally. I am more confident in my body. I now have a core group of friends who all share my passion for Zumba®  I have learned so much about Latin cultures through Zumba®, which I am putting to use when I'm in the classroom.

Want to check out a Zumba® class? Click here and enter your zip code. It's that simple! And while you're at it, get yourself a pair of cargo pants with long tassels hanging off the butt. It looks awesome when doing a salsa!

Almost Like A Real Scrapbooker!

Yesterday, I had an amazing experience - I was a guest panelist on the Paperclipping Roundtable! For those of you outside the scrappy universe, the Roundtable is a podcast recorded by Noell & Izzy Hyman, who usually interview the giants in the scrapbooking industry on the show. But, for this week's episode, they decided to have everyday scrappers on to discuss scrapping our significant others. In particular, they wanted participants who had taken Noell's Romantic Scrapbooking course & who had completed several of the challenges outlined in the course. Well, I met these requirements, so I threw my hat into the ring as a possible participant.

Last Thursday, I got the e-mail I had been waiting for (more accurately, I had been refreshing my e-mail on my phone every 15 minutes), and I had been selected. OH HAPPY JOYOUS DAY!!!! See, I really love this podcast! I stalk iTunes every Tuesday waiting for new episodes and when there are none, I go back and listen to the library of past episodes. The guests they have on are scrapbookers whose influence can be seen on just about every layout I complete. And I was going to join their ranks!!!

Yesterday was the big recording day. I was FREAKING out - so so so nervous! Who am I to offer advice on scrapbooking??? What expertise do I have??? What if I say something stupid, or can't think of anything to say? What if I belch, or cuss, or do something else obnoxious?

Noell & Izzy were so fantastic - they immediately put me at ease! And the other guests they had on - Davida & Jen - were awesome! I got along with everyone so well! By the end of the recording, it felt like we had known each other for years!!! The time went by so fast & I was so sad when the recording ended!

I've listened to the broadcast several times now. And amazingly, I somewhat sound like I know what I'm talking about!!! I made Rob listen to it in the car last night while we were running errands, and he kept giving me that "oh, aren't you cute" look he often gives me when he's amused.

So, if you haven't listened to the podcast, go check it out! I'm the one with the weird, obnoxious laugh! :)

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