Unique blogger award

the-unique-blogger-award-wander-summerIt’s been a while since I’ve accepted a blogging award. I’ve been nominated by the lovely Lacy for the Unique Blogger Award. I’ve never been nominated for this one before, so thank you very much, I really appreciate it (if you’ve nominated me for an award and I don’t accept, I’m very grateful for your nomination, but I’ve likely received it in the past).

The rules:
*Share the link of the blogger who has nominated you
*Answer their questions
*Nominate 8-13 people
*Ask them three questions

Their questions:
1. What is your goal in blogging? Who do you hope to reach?
I started this blog with the desire to connect with like-minded individuals and to share the struggles that many introverts experience on a daily basis. As such, I don’t necessarily have a defined goal, but if my writings can help someone who’s struggling, then I’m happy to share my own thoughts and experiences.

2. What is your favorite past time outside of blogging? What defines you?
I love working out, going for walks, taking dance lessons (a new addition to my schedule), meal planning, and cooking. Pursuing a healthy and active lifestyle is something that is very important to me.

3. Share with us your favorite inspirational quote.
I have so many favorites, but one I recently connected with is below.

The one who falls and gets up is stronger than the one who never tried.
Do not fear failure but rather fear not trying.
-Roy Bennett

My nominations (in no particular order):
*  Like Her Type
* Bare Necessity
* INFJoe Cartoons
* Peace With My Life
* Authentically Aurora
* INFJ Ramblings
* Warrior Freya
* Found in France

My questions:
1. If you could give any piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?
2. How would you describe yourself in three words and why?
3. What motivates you to improve (in blogging, life, etc)?

As always, please don’t feel obligated to accept this award if you’d rather not. This is just a small way I can share my appreciation of what you choose to share with the world.

Hope you have a great week!

Learning to dance

green-2559003_1920Yesterday was my first dance lesson. I met up with my friend for coffee, then we headed over to the dance studio a few minutes before our lesson was set to begin. We had signed up for an introductory package that included two private lessons and a group lesson. At the time, we hadn’t decided on a specific dance style. But upon meeting our instructor, he suggested we try east coast swing and country two step. Due to the versatility of both dances, we decided to go with those.

I’ve learned a little bit of jive in the past, but the steps in east coast swing are bit different and took some getting used to. However, both my partner and I picked up the basic step fairly quickly and moved onto a few moves. This is where things started falling apart. When you take two people with limited or no dance experience, and teach them to how to move in a completely foreign way, it can be quite the challenge. However, we definitely improved as the lesson progressed and the steps we first stumbled at became easier to perform. Having a relaxed and patient partner made learning easier, and as we both have a good sense of humour, there was a lot of laughter. We also had a really funny and encouraging instructor who kept things light. We wrapped up the lesson with country two step, which I found the easier of the two. By the end of the lesson, we had a good foundation of both dances, something we’ll be able to build on in the future.

I had never assumed dancing would be easy, but I think I underestimated how mentally draining it was. But having an awesome partner and an encouraging instructor made the whole experience so much fun. I’m really excited for our next lesson. But in the meantime, I really need to practice the steps so I’ll be more fully prepared to learn new ones next time. I can already see how addicting dance can become and I want to keep learning more!

Have you had similar experiences?