TGIF: Dance, Yoga and Goal Setting

Friday, at last! And it’s a beautiful Friday here in Des Moines. TGIF, indeed.

Fridays on the blog are TGIF posts, inviting you guys to reflect on your week and share your big wins and aha moments. Here’s how they work:

  • T – Truth: Tell me something you learned about yourself this week.
  • G – Growth: Describe one way in which you grew this week, whether it’s in the direction of a goal or something unexpected.
  • I – Inspiration: List one thing that inspired you this week.
  • F – Fun: Talk about what you did to have FUN this week!

I’ll start us off…

TGIF truth growth inspiration fun


Apparently, I still get self-conscious of my body. Here I am preaching about how I’m over it, and then those little thoughts came back up again in a hot yoga class filled with about 30 people – all of us sweating profusely, extremely close to our neighbors. Which makes me think, maybe the fact that I’ve been working out in our home gym has really helped me with my body confidence, because I can’t worry there about what anyone else thinks in the solitude of our garage. But I was surprised to find those little worries creep up in my yoga class.

There’s a difference now, though. Years ago, I would have driven home from yoga still freaking out that people were judging my body. Now I realize that 1.) everyone is looking at their own body in the mirror and either thinking the same thing or actually doing what they came there for, to make sure their form is right, and 2.) I love my body! My legs, though they are more toned now, they are big and that’s okay! They allow me to practice yoga!, and 3.) with my breath, I can shift my focus from how my body looks to how it feels.

Check out this post for a little help with positive body image.


While I didn’t take a huge, definitive action toward my goals this week (yet!), I took the time to step back and re-assess. I’ve been reading The Success Principles, and instead of zipping through it and moving on to the next productivity book like usual, I’m actually doing the steps in here! There are a few chapters on goal setting, affirmations and visualization that I’ve been implementing this week and feeling good about.

It’s funny, the goals I wrote down are the same goals I set at the beginning of the year. Mainly they’re things I want to achieve but I never made a clear action plan. I didn’t look at my goals very often. The author, Mr. Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup for the Soul, anyone?), is telling me to look at my goals 3 times a day. If anything, this practice is certainly making me feel more optimistic and driven to do the things on my list.

notebook and coffee mug
Ready to goal set like a boss!


Last weekend, Kyle surprised me with tickets to Derek and Julianne Hough’s Move Beyond dance tour, and OH MY WORD! First of all, I had no idea they even did a tour and had didn’t know what to expect. I was so surprised, but even more surprised that Kyle was going to go sit through a dance performance with me.

Of course, he loved it. I DEFINITELY loved it, crying like a little girl through the whole first act. Not only was their movement amazing and inspiring, but the message they put out through the whole show was incredibly motivating. Think about it – this brother-and-sister team started out learning to dance in their living room as kids, and here they are the best, most widely known dancers in America getting sold-out shows across the nation.

Such good seats, I could almost make out Derek’s abs!

I love dance, and their show made me want to pursue more in every area of my life. This motivation carried me through this week and gives me something to draw on for inspiration.

Good job, Kyle.


Read “Inspiration.” The whole dance day was so fun. Kyle and I went back to our old stomping grounds in Ames, hitting up a coffee shop, brewery and winery before the show. Go big, right?

And hanging out with friends over Memorial Day weekend. We’ve been pretty busy traveling to Illinois and back the past couple months, so it’s always nice when we have a relaxing weekend at home in Des Moines. We took the opportunity to catch up with our friends here and enjoy the nice weather.

And we signed up for a month of hot yoga classes – possibly inspired by the dance show – and I’m loving every minute of it. It’s nice to mix things up in your workout and everyday routine.

Kyle and Michelle
This is my I’m-about-to-see-a-whole-lotta-dance face!

There you have it, capping off a darn good week! How was your week? What aha moments did you have? I’d love it if you share your own TGIF in the comments, and enjoy the heck out of this Friday!

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