Inspired and Perspired

After a year of reaching and smiling through a screen
we found each other again.
Every Tuesday late afternoon, I walk across a sizzling lot
and join other ladies, blood and limbs already hot.
Songs fused with a Latin American flare, we step
toward weightless joy and away from heavy cares.
Passion moves our hips and fuels our veins.
We become timeless in our energy infused space.
We aren’t fighting for a cause or engaging in serious debate,
but hopefully, in our expressive and small stepping way,
a more loving world we help to create.

Tuesday night is Zumba night! πŸ’ƒπŸΌ Photo below is my NIA Tucson tribe. πŸ’“

With Covid numbers on the rise, I am not sure if we will once again find ourselves connecting through a screen instead of stepping at a safe distance, but whatever the future brings, I will continue adoring the love exuding from smiling faces in our shared dance space. Thank you for visiting! Be well. πŸ’— Michele

Photo 1: by Kampus Production (Pexels) Photo 2: Surrounded by a few from my NIA Tucson tribe πŸ’ž My darker (hair) days. 😁

Β© 2021 Michele Lee Sefton.

46 thoughts on “Inspired and Perspired

      1. Ah, I thought that might be you ✌ My grandmother would say you’re “as cute as a button”, and so I’ll repeat the same. Have a great day, my friend 🌞

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    1. Thank you! The photo was taken a few years ago, before returning to my roots, in more ways than one. πŸ˜† People come and go, but I have stayed connected to my Tucson NIA friends, through Zoom classes and occasional visits down south, including co-teaching a class down there a few months ago. Following your heart is a good guide with most things in life. πŸ’– AZ is open, but the masks are coming back. 😷 Have a lovely evening and thank you for visiting and leaving kind words, as you do. 😊

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  1. Beautiful poem, Michele. Human connection is so wondrous. There is so much to receive inside of connecting and sharing with people. The pic is beautiful! Your poem and class also remind me of the precariousness of classes we are offering this fall in-person. Don’t know if they will actually happen. We will see. Have a lovely evening. πŸ₯°β€οΈ

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    1. A well written and well received comment, Jeff. Thank you so much. I had settled into Tuesday night Zumba Zoom and was so grateful for it, but there is something to be said about the collective energy of a moving group. πŸ₯° Best wishes on your planning and fall classes. I am sure you have multiple scenarios in place – flexibility and adaptability remain themes in our lives. Thank you, you too. πŸ’–

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      1. You’re welcome, Michele. Always. Indeed, we feel the same way; grateful for the remote classes, and, yet, the connection in the classroom is powerful. Thank you. We do, and, so true. Adaptation is key. Thank you. πŸ₯°

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  2. OMG Michele, this brings fond memories of my Zumba classes and gurrrllll…we were off the chain. πŸ’ƒπŸ½ Honey we danced so much until the sweat was a welcome relief! We met on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings and our classes were crowded as all get out. 😁 Of course we can’t do that anymore, at least for the time being, but trust me, I still bust some moves in the comfort of my home! The high energy in your poetry is indicative of that energizing photo of your tribe! πŸ˜Šβœ¨πŸ€— Simply FANtabulous!

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    1. Awesome! Yes, one must be prepared to shimmy, shake, and sweat! πŸ˜… Naturally, smiling follows. We have been back at it for several weeks, but who knows what the future will bring. We will keep stepping it up wherever and however we can. Right? Thank you so much dancing dear! πŸ’ƒπŸΌ πŸ’–

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    1. Thank you, Ingrid. Although I was very grateful for my Tuesday night fiery Zoom class, it is wonderful to share dancing space again. Hopefully we can continue doing so. πŸ™πŸΌ The photo was taken a few years ago with a different group of women – a few from an amazing dancing community in Tucson. Fortunately, we are able to share dancing space online. πŸ’–

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  3. That’s a lovely inspiration with the beautiful group pic. It was soo true inspiration to spread such positive vibes where world is really missing n searching for happiness n joy. Your inspiring words does matter which fills hope to live positively even in tough times. Loved the way you put the pandamic point in simple words but conveyed strong message to the world. You may have a beautiful day dear sweetest Michele πŸ˜‡πŸ₯°πŸ€—❀

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    1. Nice to have a visit from you and read your loving words. Thank you, Suma. I love the vibrant colors and smiles in that photo. Many songs, dances, and happy vibes exchanged with my Tucson ladies. People come and go but there is a core group that I love connecting with, and of course sharing dance space with. πŸ’– I hope life is treating you well – enjoy the rest of your week. πŸ€— πŸ’

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      1. It’s always a Positive strength and happy smile on my face to read you ewar Michele. Glad to know about your sweet friends n grwat that you all are still get together n create happy moments. Wish you too a happy Fyiday n weekend πŸ₯°β€πŸ€—πŸ€—

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    1. Ahh, you are so sweet! Thank you very much. πŸ™πŸΌ I am currently working on a book length project. Oh my! It’s going to take some time. ⏳ I will get there eventually.. one page at a time. πŸ€ͺ

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  4. What a beautiful and lively group! Glad to know you’re enjoying the dancing! A beautiful poem! I do miss the days before masks became a part of our daily routine. ❀️❀️🌹

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    1. Thank you so much, Natalie. πŸ™πŸΌ It truly is. Tuesday Zumba night is like my going-out-dancing-when-I-was-younger night. Kind of. πŸ˜‚ The other dance I do, NIA, is more healing and flowing and adaptable for all levels. πŸ’ƒπŸΌ πŸ₯° I agree! I ran for several years and it is a faster weight loss, but it is also a faster path to injured and worn joints. Thank you! Best to you Hot Goddess! πŸ”₯

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    1. You are so right, Zeenat. I did not realize how much I had missed the energy of dancing with others until our first night back, a few weeks ago. This pandemic has been challenging and downright devastating for many and it sure has taught us (me) to appreciate the little things, that are actually the big things. πŸ’— Enjoy the rest of your week. 🌻

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