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Dance it off…

If you read my earlier post about music, then you would understand my unconditional love for music. Turning a bad day to a good day, is the magic that lies in a good music. When you feel that beat, turning the feeling in you around, then you gotta dance it off. This week we’re having a guest blogger, Chantelle Richards also known as ” Dancy pants chantz” is going to share with us her passion about dancing.

– I find the content of her message very uplifting and I hope you will enjoy it as well:

When I asked Christian if I could be a guest blogger on his blog he said yes right away.  At first, I was beyond excited…thinking “I have so much to talk about”, “what should I write about?”, “I wonder if he’ll let me do 2 since I just can’t decide what to talk about”.  Well, a day later and all the ideas that I was throwing around in my head don’t seem good enough…I want something Better!! But what???

I have not read many blogs over the years… I can count 3 that I actually kept up on and 2 were family members and one of my best friends who moved away. So this leaves me with little to draw on as to how to start.

So I guess, let me introduce myself and go from there. I am a registered nurse at McMaster Children’s Hospital, the oldest of 4 kids, and I love to laugh and have fun. I try not to take life too seriously. 

So what should we talk about?? We should talk about Dancing! Yes, dancing. Christian has posted how important music is in life and I agree 100% that music can turn a bad day around and make it better…but add dancing and there is no way you can stay mad or sad. Anybody can listen to music when feeling stressed or down and distract yourself into a better mood…but make the choice to get up and dance to that music and voila…no more blues!

Do you have to be good at dancing to do this?? Absolutely not…actually it’s better if you don’t even think about how you are dancing…just go crazy!  In university, I used this “technique” to relieve the stress of my classes and assignments a lot!!  My house mates and I actually called the upstairs hallway in our house “club de disco” (we made signs and everything!!). So if our assignments were getting overwhelming or we just needed a study break to bust a move…we knew where to go…club de disco. Very often I would get a message from my roommate upstairs saying something like “dance party in 5 minutes” and off I ran for a 10 minute dance party and then back to work…well let’s be honest sometimes these dance parties lasted a lot longer than 10 minutes (we actually have a routine, but that’s another blog altogether!)

What if you don’t have a “club de disco”?…well then make one! Other options include but are not limited to….

-Chair dancing (bust it to your favorite tunes right there at your desk!)

-Dance down the street (there is actually a man in Hamilton who has become quite well-known for this)

-Dance in any store as if you were practicing for an upcoming show (just like Baby does in Dirty Dancing) *note I have done this in Wal-Mart and got a few stares, but I was loving life

-Dance while you clean the house or make dinner

-Dance in your car while driving (keeping your eyes on the road of course!! SAFETY FIRST) *this option also allows you to sing out loud to your faves without judgment…just be sure you are driving alone*

So what is the take home message??? DANCE,DANCE, and DANCE … no matter what kind of mood you find yourself in, I guarantee you will be in better spirit after a little turn around the living room.

Quotations: Carpe Diem.

A LIST OF MANTRAS TO LIVE BY: SEIZE THE DAY MY FRIENDS…

* Life is short, God’s way of encouraging a bit of focus.  ~Robert Brault

*Don’t be fooled by the calendar.  There are only as many days in the year as you make use of.  ~Charles Richards

*Enjoy yourself.  It’s later than you think.  ~Chinese Proverb

*Live every day as if it were your last and then some day you’ll be right.  ~H.H. “Breaker” Morant

*Every man dies.  Not every man really lives.  ~Braveheart

*Do not take life too seriously.  You will never get out of it alive.  ~Elbert Hubbard

*As you grow older, you’ll find the only things you regret are the things you didn’t do.  ~Zachary Scott

*Spend the afternoon.  You can’t take it with you.  ~Annie Dillard

*Dream as if you’ll live forever.  Live as if you’ll die today.  ~James Dean

*And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count.  It’s the life in your years.  ~Abraham Lincoln

*For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life.  But there was always some obstacle in the way.  Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid.  Then life would begin.  At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.  ~Fr. Alfred D’Souza

*I’m less interested in why we’re here.  I’m wholly devoted to while we’re here.  ~Erika Harris

*To always be intending to live a new life, but never find time to set about it – this is as if a man should put off eating and drinking from one day to another till he be starved and destroyed.  ~Walter Scott

*To change one’s life:  Start immediately.  Do it flamboyantly.  No exceptions.  ~William James

*You will never find time for anything.  If you want time you must make it.  ~Charles Buxton

*Men for the sake of getting a living forget to live.  ~Margaret Fuller

*You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted.  ~Ruth E. Renkl

*You may delay, but time will not.  ~Benjamin Franklin

*How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.  ~Annie Dillard, The Writing Life

*Many people die with their music still in them.  Why is this so?  Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live.  Before they know it, time runs out.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

*Contemplation often makes life miserable.  We should act more, think less, and stop watching ourselves live.  ~Nicolas de Chamfort

We die daily.  Happy those who daily come to life as well.  ~George MacDonald