Friday, December 31, 2010

one resolution only

i sit in a chair all day at my job.

for eight hours, my bones hibernate. locked in place, the only movement being my fingers on the keyboard, littered with crumbs. as a result, i've noticed my body acting differently. aching, physically yearning, for movement.

in the mornings, during that initial roll up in bed, with legs stretched before me and arms above my head, i hear the cracks in my elbows. it's like they're yelling for activity. nudging me, in their not so subtle way, to use them. push them to their limits. engage them.

so last night, i did a little something different.

with the melody of "pocket full of sunshine" blasting in my head, i dropped my pocketbook at the doorway of my home, ran to the nearest mirror, and had a 20-minute dance party.

right there in the living room. in my work clothes, sans heels. in curls and pantyhose. a few minutes later, robert and pablo joined in on the action. we reconvened a few hours later to dance in our pajamas.

and i felt every fiber in my body thank me. applaud me. for the simple sways and makeshift pirouettes that my  amateur feet made on the sisal rug. for the dynamic fluidity of the movements. the opening up of pores of happiness.
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i don't have a list of new year's resolutions. no set of goals or ambitions.

but i do want one thing for 2011.

more dancing. 

and i'm convinced, everything else i need this year will fall into place.

31 comments:

Thisisme said...

I can feel the joy from here from the dancing girl! I don't make New Year's resolutions either, but I wish you, Robert & Pablo a very happy, healthy and blessed new year, filled with magical (dancing!) moments.

Ana* said...

I like your resolution.
Happy new years my friend!!

the southern hostess said...

Count me in!

Diana Smith said...

I remember that feeling when I worked...no movement during the day! It was horrible, thats funny that you just started a jig!

linsey grae said...

love it! i have random dance parties tooo, not because i want to move but because i'm silly

Shalyn said...

I love that song and that resolution is awesome- I just may join you on that one:-)

Tanya (a Taste of T) said...

20 minute dance party! I LOVE IT!

Happy New Year!

Mo Pie, Please said...

Dancing makes everything better. I will do more of that this year too. Happy New Year!

Amber Blue Bird said...

spontaneous dance parties are the best! Have a lovely New Years Eve!

Jessica said...

Happy new year!!!

Grace said...

dancing is the best medicine along with laughter. reading this post made me think back on the times i used to stand right in front of the mirror and dance hahaha. yeah, awkward but fun! i hope the best for you in this new year! have a blast tonight! :)

therufflyowl said...

haha, this made me giggle! i was sure you were going to say you went for a jog or something, but when you bursted our with the dancing line it was almost as if i saw it in real life. good stuff. :) happy new year!

bethani said...

okay so i dont know how i wasnt a follower sooner, because i could have sworn i was.. oh well, i am now. and your little sweet card is in transit to you. :)

Happy New Year love.
Cheers!
xoxo

Kristen said...

This sounds perfect! Happy new year!

Trina Curran said...

Happy New Year to you...doesn't it feel good to move? I am a teacher and I stand in one place all day instead of sitting now...and move as much as I can...it feels so good. I am so glad that you came by my blog to say hi, because I love your little space too! :)

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I think that sounds like a great and fun resolution!

nadiine said...

happy new year!
i love dancing!

Brooke said...

such a cute photo and I don't dance, but I think I should try that!

I'm AE Jones said...

FABULOUS!! This makes me so happy. Dance parties are a usual with my younger sister and me... totally changes everything!! xoxo

The Many Colours of Happiness said...

Lovely :) I know exactly what you mean, I just got a desk job too and my body just craves movement! Spontaneous dance parties are the best :)

Cara-Mia said...

I should dance more. My boyfriend loves to. :)

My name is Renée. said...

What a lovely resolution! Happy New Year!

Haley K said...

you're SO right...everything WILL fall into place :) I love that perspective. And i get a smile thinking about your little dance parties...I going to propose to the hubs that we have one tonight. cheers to more dancing in 2011!!!

a whole lotta love said...

Yeah! I love that. Dance is the music of our lives in motion. Here is my fun playlist that I like to put on when I just want dance or listen to upbeat music (the first song is pocketful of sunshine!)

http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=5C4419C1D7A9B1B3

Happy New Year!

A Whole Lotta Love,
Adrienne

Marissa said...

I'm going to join you in that. And I'm going to raise you "more singing in the car". ;]

Also? Inspired by you, I'm going to add "get back into creative writing" to my list of 2011 goals. Reading your blog makes me miss "serious" writing so much!

Happy New Year!

Victoria said...

That's perfect! I love it! I really need to dance more. I took dance classes from age 4 to 13 and then had to quit until I was 17. It was the only thing that kept me going during senior year of high school. Keep dancing!!

Amy said...

YES! For more dancing! You so deserve it! I love the fact that you have such a fun, realistic resolution! You deserve a dance sesh to make you smile darling! I spent my first whole day in the office today at my new job and boy it did a number on me!
Love to you friend :)

Baily Jones said...

I love this post! It reminds me to never take things too seriously and always enjoy a good dance. One of the things that made me fall head over heels for my guy is his love for spontaneously dancing with me when he hears music! I love it so much! It makes us happy!

Thanks for sharing the joy!
Baily

pickingwildflowersblog.blogspot.com

Ashley said...

Dancing is the best & this is the BEST resolution! Can I make it my resolution, too? :)

Lynn said...

vibrantly love this post! my feet are tapping to the beat as i read it. i def need more dancing in my life too. thanks so much Courtney, you've inspired me once again. happiness to you as the new year begins my long-distance friend. xox ♥

Peaches said...

YESSS more dancing! It makes your mind, body, and spirit happy! Dance on friend!

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