Zumba for the Soul, week 5

Are we in week 5 already?  (I suspect we’re in week 6 already, actually.  Late, late, for a very important date!)

Aaaand the Zumba tasks for this week, assigned by Ms. Grout:

a) make a hat out of newspaper.

Ehhhhh.  MORE ORIGAMI?  Can I just cut a circle out of the middle, plonk it on my head and call it a sunhat?

b) then, to write 500 words.  About someone you hate.

Yuck, that’s not a nice task.  Must I?  Well, I suppose it need never see the light of day.

c) Plan a beach holiday, make cocktails for it, get straw hats for the sun.


But hey?  With my newspaper-with-a-hole cut out, I’ve got the sunhat all ready!  (The boozin’ bit I’ve got down.  I can do that all right.)

‘If you like pina colada, and getting caught in the rain…’


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Zumba for the Soul, week 4

Week Four!  We’re back again!

Task One:

Eh.  Three instructions for this week, and the first is to catch fireflies or make snow angels.  Uhhhh…  I don’t know where I could catch fireflies.  I’m not sure it’s even the time of year for fireflies.  And no snow here, bud.35082682316_f7f9615c71_k

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I think this one’s a bust.

Task Two: wear all one colour, yellow or purple or blue.

Well, my sis gives me so many cloes that I could probs do this one.  Will go and poke about in my wardrobe and chest of drawers.


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Task Three: remember as many Christmas carols as possible.

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…timing much?  Ooookay.  Just remember ’em, though, right?  I don’t have to actually sing?  Because that would be cruel and unusual.  (For everyone around me.)

What I’ve been reading – ‘Art & Soul, Reloaded’ by Pam Grout


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Yes, yes, I’ve only just begun working through the projects – but I actually finished reading the book itself a little while ago.  And I think it says something, that I had such a good time with it that I decided to actually put it to work and do the weekly projects.  Right?  How often does a book actually inspire you to action, including ones that are designed specifically for that purpose?

I have a print copy of the book (and it’s a lovely object, well-designed.)  It’s structured on a weekly basis for a full  year.  Each chapter has an essay linked to the main project assigned for the week.  Then there’s the ‘Zumba for the Soul’ section per week, three more random activities/tasks/suggestions.  And an inspirational quote/biographical tidbit to sign off.

I think – and Ms. Grout herself notes – that it would be easy to read the book purely as inspiration, to feel good and get lit up with enthusiasm and then…  move on and forget about it.  That would be a shame, though.  I forget who I’m quoting when I invoke the law of precession – Buckminster Fuller?  Things happen, when you take action.  Things you couldn’t have predicted.  Many more than you would have expected, all flowing from your original act like a fountainhead.

But it was pretty probably Goethe who said something about action having ‘genius, power and magic in it’, and how therefore actually getting off your arse and doin’ it – whatever magic act of creativity you  have in mind – was probably the best thing.

The results you get in life – good, bad, indifferent, astounding – depend on how much you engage.  Engage 10%, get 10% results – i.e. results that you’ve actually brought into being as a result of your interaction.  Engage 90%, get 90% results.  If you don’t engage – get out there, interact, create, ask, try – then you’re not getting results at all.  You’re just a null object, having no effect on reality whatsoever.  You’re a bit of flotsam, along for the ride.  You might as well not exist.

Lemme quote Taylor Parkes: ‘Activity is king’.

What would happen if you engaged 100%?  I’d like to find out, personally.

This book is terrific. But the results if you follow its prescription, if you treat it less like a pretty recipe book, and more like the actual contents of your food cupboards that you’re gonna cook and eat – could be truly astonishing.

Zumba For The Soul: Week 3

Wow, here we are in week three of this adventure I’m sharing with you, courtesy of Ms. Grout!  And the random, mercurial, downright mystifying tasks for this week are:-

i) Invent a new drink.  A boozy one.  Not just a beverage.  Hey, this is my kind of challenge!  Ooh, lemme see…  I know.  Lager and peppermint cordial.  As boozing goes, that’s the kind of disgusting that tests your resolve and your dedication to the bottle.  How much do you really want to get hammered?  That much?  Wow.

ii) for this, you gotta paint some old trainers, sneakers, somesuch.  I don’t know if I’ve got any.  Old ones tend to go in the bin!  But if I can find any, I’ve got some silver spray paint…

iii) ‘Eat breakfast somewhere you’ve never eaten before.’  What, like a sandwich out at the local pond with all the froggies in spring?  I could do that.


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Pammie, you’re making my brain hurt with some of these.

Zumba for the soul week one – SHAKE IT, BABY!!!

This is about the Zumba section of ‘Art and Soul, Reloaded”s weekly tasks.  This is like a little section of additional ‘fun’ tasks.  Yikes!

And this week, it involves buying a crazy outfit from a charity shop (or thrift store, if you’re located a long paddle away from where I am.)  A little historical research (can do).  And making body-part shaped biscuits.  (Again, or cookies, if you’re a champion doggy-paddler.)


Ehhhh…  maybe.  I make no promises.  The ideas alone are making my brain squeak and seize up like an old banger.

The book really is fun to read.  The ideas, a little unnerving in places!


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