Sorry, I got a bit off subject there, I was going to discuss the fact that I like to compete with myself. Each time I go to Zumba I go a little bit faster, or reach a little bit higher so that I still am sweaty and slightly red faced when I finish. It will be sometime down the road before I am not surprised with the image that I see in that wall of mirrors. Don't get me wrong, I don't have a poor body image at all, it's just that I'm not used to seeing myself all jiggly and breathless when I look in my mirror. I usually have a makeup brush or a curling brush in my hand and am in another kind of zone completely.
Oops, I did it again... I was going to mention that even on days that I don't have group exercise to motivate me, I push myself to walk faster and even run a bit when I'm on the track. I like to use the recumbent bicycle and cross trainer machine and each time, I try to work a bit harder in hopes of building up my strength and endurance levels.
I promise that all of this is actually leading somewhere, so try not to doze while I get to my point. What point am I trying to make? Stick-to-itiveness! Yep, that made up word that says so much, it's now in the dictionary. Perseverance, tenacity, just plain old staying power...whatever you want to call it, it's got to be what makes the world go around. You just can't get anywhere by fizzling out, or by giving up or by quitting. If you think you can, you might as well just sit in the floor and cry because you won't get what you want from life.
Having a goal and working for it is healthy. If you are like so many of us and you sit for hours at a time, try to set simple goals like getting up and walking around the room every hour. It is so easy to be at the sewing machine, or the art table or surrounded by colorful yarns and forget to move. Yep, we forget to move. It's a good thing that breathing is involuntary, or we might forget that, also. So, let's challenge ourselves this month and at least set a goal to make some changes, and possible move more. Park at the end of the lot at the mall (making sure you are in a safe spot if you will be shopping until dark), or take the stairs instead of the elevator. Even little things like standing up straight, instead of leaning on the shopping cart will also make a difference in the way you feel about yourself.
Normally, I don't rant about these kind of things on my art blog. It's just that I think it's important to do my personal best, because I seem to just feel better when I do. That's why I did a second version of my bucket and tree painting. I liked the first one I did, which is on the right, but I wanted one that was more transparent and went with the barn paintings that I'm doing.
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So that's what I did this week, as far as art. I am also thinking of doing another version of the covered bridge in this same fashion, so be on the look out for that.
Well, that's it for me for today. Hope you are ready for a great weekend. Take care of yourself so you, too can do your personal best.