This post is not sponsored by Pure Barre or SportRock.
"Curiosity is a willing, a proud, an eager confession of ignorance." - S. Leonard Rubenstein
This quote happens to capture the essence of my life starting June 2016, when I started this blog. Reviving my own curious self means a consistent acknowledgment that I don't always have the answers. It's actually a relief. I had in a sense given myself freedom. Freedom to start discovering, learning, taking risks, exploring. I don't have to be a know it all! In graduate school, I studied Childhood Development. Curiosity is that which fuels their development. I used to test my own baby's curiosity all of the time with new toys, images, and music. I was in absolute awe watching his reactions. I remember intently watching his eyes. Eyes wide open meant surprise. Squinted eyes meant confusion. Blank stares meant further study. My child is seven years old now and his curiosity manifests in a steady barrage of questions everyday. He's unapologetic and looks to me as the all knowing Mommy. Often times I have to admit that I too do not have the answers and use the opportunity to teach the both of us. Also known as, "Let's google it." Watching my son succumb to all his curiosity led to me to examine my own. Where did my own curiosity go? His mind doesn't discriminate a good curious question versus a bad curious question. He's very innocent that way. However, when I rummage through what I am curious about, I would often find myself dismissing a lot of potentially powerful positive experiences. Hence, Paula Fay Fit. My wellness journey where I have been engaging in new and challenging physical activities. An added bonus has been the development of positive social relationships. Since June, I've organized two outings with the loveliest group of women. All I did was start a private Facebook group "Paula Fay Fit" and asked if anyone was interested in coming with me on my next little adventure. The social component has been a very happy experience for me.
The first event I posted in my private Facebook group was to SportRock for what turned out to be a few hours of rock climbing. Their staff was so helpful and our Belayer, Brian, was super supportive. He's a great teacher, especially for us newbies. At some points he was even dictating where to make our next moves. sterling.sportrock.com/. My first experience at SportRock was a huge lesson in humility. Check out my experience in my blog post www.paulafayfit.com/paula-fay-fit/rock-climbing-a-lesson-in-humility. The experience of going back again with a group of adventurous women was so much better! We cheered each other on. High fived our accomplishments. It was positive and supportive. I was honored to be joined by such beautiful and strong women.
The second event I posted was to Pure Barre. It's a 55 minute workout that incorporates a ballet-barre. The workout consists of a series of small, isometric movements that engage your smaller, lesser -known muscles. Third woman in from the right was our Instructor, Christina. She was personable, and her energy was great. You can tell she loves what she does. I'd like to mention that I am thankful that other women want to join me on these little adventures. They could very well have said they're not interested, and have gone on their own. I hope they enjoy the group experience as much as I do. Science shows that there are many health benefits that come from surrounding ourselves with positive people. I can testify to this. I left Pure Barre feeling happy and excited for the next adventure.
My little community outings are not just for selfish reasons. I've mentioned 1/2 a dozen times about my own positive outcomes from these experiences. I also want to share with other women that trying new things can be fun. I want other women to know that stepping out of their comfort zone in theses way are good for our self development. "You will either step forward into growth, or you will step backward into safety." - Abraham Maslow. In my life, being safe got really boring. Cheers to being proud of our curiosity!