International Women’s Day Can Be Any Day

March brings many events to our attention. Women’s History Month, International Women’s Day (IWD), St. Patrick’s Day, and March Madness are just a few well-known commemorative dates. According to the National Day Calendar, there’s more where that came from and it’s hard not to relate to these initiatives. They all share a common base, to recognize actions to be made aware of and/or to celebrate those who have made an impact.

Zumba instructors Jen Gilmore, left, and Felice Merzel Danielson, Zumba Fitness Instructor & PoundFit Instructor at ZING Fitness Zumba studio are putting the fun into fitness for residents of The Summit of Plantsville, CT.

IWD is both a shout out to all women achievers and those that make the world a better place. In Southington, two individuals have been doing just that. Zumba instructors Jen Gilmore and Felice Merzel Danielson, Zumba Fitness Instructor & PoundFit Instructor at ZING Fitness Zumba studio provide exercise for inbound patient/residents of The Summit in Plantsville.

The idea came about as a way to bring variety of exercise to folks that typically have a routine in place. “The residents are waiting for us, the dancing ladies, at the door,” Gilmore said. “We wanted to bring Zumba to patients at The Summit, because exercise can help in many more ways than just physical,” added Danielson. “It’s about connecting with people and being social, that can really help improve the quality of someone’s day. We call it ‘Zingfit Zumba through the ages’ at The Summit because it’s something everyone can do!” Classes held at The Summit take place Friday mornings at 9:30 am.

The Summit At Plantsville is short-term rehabilitation, long-term, respite, hospice and dementia care facility. The Zumba classes add fun to physical activity, with lively music and movements. Safety is well accounted for, says Danielson, with Occupational Therapists present during sessions. “We modify the sets according to ability of each participant.”

Gilmore and Danielson share their story here: https://youtu.be/MQZF-T-eJLo. Their actions are a reminder that putting your best intentions into the world can be something that happens everyday, if you want it to. The theme for IWD is #BeBoldForChange. The next time you see something you’d like to change, remember it only takes one step, one action to affect change. Why not start there?

For ZING Fitness Zumba class schedules and costs use email:  jointhecircle@sbcglobal.net or visit their Facebook page for more information.

 

 

 

 

Sighting Inspiration

Who knows when you’ll get it. It happens momentarily and in its own time. First morning light enters a room like an unexpected guest. Oh – take notice of a fleeting presence!

Inspiration is like Grace – it’s spiritual and not to be underestimated. It can sweep you up into a place where time stops ticking. I call it that, inspiration, but it’s a combination of things. Willingness to surrender to light and the mood that light creates is when I most want to have camera in hand.

Today I looked for moments. The sun made yellow light in the shapes of angular slanting lines. The sky was very different from this past week where big, blue, black and gray clouds consumed wide expanses of sky, gobbling it up as though wide were not enough. From sharp shards of glass to soft tulip petals anything can be interesting when photographing it with light that accentuates its innate qualities. A handle looks like ‘drama’ and a flower appears like a painter’s stroke on canvas.

Waiting for a tinge of color shift from bright noon to a dusk mood seemed most desirable for picture purposes. Patience yields a rush to capture a pink imbued flora that drinks in the sun before petals close for their nightly repose.

 

Sighting Friday moments are just the inspiration needed to welcome the weekend! Don’t let the overcast light limit image making possibilities. If it’s overcast colors are cooler, but are still worth capturing, nonetheless!