Hip hoppin' my way to being cool!

Tonight I performed on stage for the first time in about 8 years and I must say that it was the most fun I have had in a long time! Although every day I stand in front of a crowd and ‘perform’ for my own job, it is a completely different feeling dancing in front of a audience.  If you know me, you know I danced growing up - but never hip hop! 

When I signed up 6-weeks ago for the Run the Flex program (check out @aaronxaquino for more info), I was lacking confidence and feeling really unsure of myself in terms of my hip hop skills. I think I put more pressure on myself because I do have a dance background.  On top of that, I am a perfectionist and want everything perfect. What I quickly realized is that hip hop is the opposite of perfection. It is about the feeling and the style, something I knew I would have to work on. My goal at the start of the program was to feel cool by the end :P I quickly realized that confidence is the key to it all. I knew I could get the moves but it was believing that I could and then not doubting it. Fake it ’til you make it right? I had to learn to just own it!

Every day I ask my clients to step out of their comfort zones, try new things,  and push themselves further than they think they can.  The past few weeks I got to experience that for myself. Thursday nights ended up being my favourite part of the week no matter what stress was going on in my life or how tired I was. Reflecting back on the past 6 weeks I feel much more confident in my abilities, I made some new friends, and I am already looking forward to the next session!

Each and every day we are given an opportunity to try something new and get uncomfortable or choose to stay on the same comfortable path. This week I challenge you to find a way to step outside of your comfort zone. You might not know where the new path is taking you but trust the process. It may be a simple dance class like me, a change in friendship, a relationship, a career, or a new fitness goal. Big or small, change is good. New things help us grow and truly find what makes us happy. For me, I realized just how happy dancing makes me. I committed to myself for 6-weeks and I definitely feel much cooler - I learned it was always there, I just had to believe it for myself. I really can’t wait for the next session of Run the Flex! Until then, feel free to join me for as many drop in classes as I can fit into my schedule!

Be fierce.  Be strong.  Be vibrant.

Rachel

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