Thursday, December 2, 2010

Crossed Wires and Burlesque Inspiration


Major crossed-wires last night. Over the weekend I'd made plans with some friends and my daughters to go see Burlesque this week. I thought it was Wednesday, as the guys would be bowling. Shiloh thought it was Tuesday, but I didn't hear from anyone so I figured I was right. Yesterday morning I got an email from one of the gals saying they'd meet us at 7. So off we went. We got there early and grabbed seats, then I texted my friend, who informed me they'd been there the night before wondering where we were! 


Turns out her computer had crashed without sending that email the day before, so I got it a day late and there we were. Crazy!


Movie - Burlesque with Cher & Christina AguileraIt was a bummer to miss the group girl night, but Shiloh, Bethany and I LOVED the movie! Absolutely fantastic! I'll definitely buy the DVD! Amazing dancing, and do I really need to talk about the music? Cher & Christina Aguilera... yeah... INCREDIBLE!  Loved it! The girls have informed me they're going to be burlesque dancers. Lol. This of course horrified Bill, lol, but it got me thinking.

Burlesque show, August 2009. Scandalesque and the MYLF class.For years I had major body issues. I called it shy and conservative, but honestly it was severe insecurity and discomfort in my own skin (thin or heavy). I do NOT want that for my girls, and burlesque dancing is certainly something that doesn't allow for it! My own experience with burlesque opened my eyes, expanded my world, and gave me some needed confidence. I also learned that burlesque is an art, it is NOT "stripping", and it's sexy, feminine, fun and beautiful. The burlesque fitness class I took, the show I did, made me feel that way, too. With the exception of the show (lol) I'd do it again in a heartbeat. And it's on my post-surgery-rehab-bucket list. Maybe I'll sign the girls up too :-)  I got notice that Scandalesque is now offering a Burlesque Aerial class... how fun is that?! There's also a different aerial class I've been wanting to take, that the girls would love, too... I think I'll put that on my list! :-)  And there are some fun burlesque fitness DVD's out there... just might have to pick up some!


So... question. What would you do (or have you done) to feel more comfortable in your own skin? Have you (would you) forced yourself outside of your comfort zone? If you did... how did it go? What did you learn?

On another note... my knee. You probably know that I have some pretty deep fear going about my knees. I don't know what the future holds for me in relation to what I had planned. My fitness lifestyle and goals are all on hold while I await surgery and hope that it works, hope that rehab will make me better. I'm struggling with accepting the changes and the possibilities. As I watched the movie, Burlesque, last night, I heard the words to a song Cher did alone. And I was inspired. I may be down, but I'm not out.  


"You Haven't Seen The Last Of Me"
 Cher (Burlesque Movie Soundtrack) - Listen on iTunes

 Feeling broken
 Barely holding on
 But there's just something so strong
 Somewhere inside me
 And I am down but I'll get up again
 Don't count me out just yet

 I've been brought down to my knees
 And I've been pushed way past the point of breaking
 But I can take it
 I'll be back
 Back on my feet
 This is far from over
 You haven't seen the last of me
 You haven't seen the last of me

 They can say that
 I won't stay around
 But I'm gonna stand my ground
 You're not gonna stop me
 You don't know me
 You don't know who I am
 Don't count me out so fast

 I've been brought down to my knees
 And I've been pushed way past the point of breaking
 But I can take it
 I'll be back
 Back on my feet
 This is far from over
 You haven't seen the last of me

 There will be no fade out
 This is not the end
 I'm down now
 But I'll be standing tall again
 Times are hard but
 I was built tough
 I'm gonna show you all what I'm made of

 I've been brought down to my knees
 And I've been pushed way past the point of breaking
 But I can take it
 I'll be back
 Back on my feet
 This is far from over
 I am far from over
 You haven't seen the last of me

 No no
 I'm not going nowhere
 I'm staying right here
 Oh no
 You won't see me begging
 I'm not taking my bow
 Can't stop me
 It's not the end
 You haven't seen the last of me
 Oh no
 You haven't seen the last of me
 You haven't seen the last of me
  

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