Bad Class, Good Soup

29 Mar

Remember on Monday when I told you had an awesome dance class this past weekend?

Yeah, well I waltzed into my regular Tuesday night Hip Hop class like I was Rihanna herself. Thinking I owned the place, I took on last night’s new routine with gusto – only to find it wasn’t clicking in my brain, and when it came time to perform in small groups (very, VERY small groups), I completely and totally blanked out.

I completely froze. I was promptly knocked onto my sensitive, non-boss lady behind. {Very ironic that Drake kept insisting he’s so he’s so he’s so proud of me.}

He knows it was pretty awkward.

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It really sucked to forget all the steps, and after I got over my desire to shout to my instructor and everyone in the room that I actually can do much better than this, I began searching the internet for advice on what to do after a bad class (I told you I was embarrassed.)

After having 24 hours to peel my ego up off the dance floor, I thought I would break down my conclusions.

5 Steps to Surviving “Failure”

Give yourself a break. Let’s face it, we’ve all had a bad class, or a bad race, a bad presentation at work – you name it, but the bottom line is, we’ve all messed up, and if you haven’t, you should probably stop reading this and call the Pope. It’s a darkly humorous part of life, but these slightly painful experiences are actually a part of growth. We have all been there.

Realize no one cares about you. Sounds harsh, but it’s supposed to be comforting. For example, when I froze up during class last night, I was convinced my audience was wincing, shaking their heads and murmuring, “That poor, poor girl.” That’s pretty self-involved, considering every person in there is actually thinking over the moves in their head and imagining how they will survive their turns to dance. As soon as the next group gets up, they had forgotten how awkward I was. The bottom line is, we notice our own mistakes way more than others do.

Congratulate yourself. Whether you’re learning to play a musical instrument or running your first marathon, give yourself a serious pat on the back! Many people are way too intimidated or lazy to take these kinds of risks. In addition, it’s supposed to be fun, so don’t take yourself too seriously. Snaps! Kudos! Props!

Remember there is no substitute for talent … except confidence. This is where I fell short last night. When my brain switched from swag artist to mush pile, I wish I had just freestyled in the general direction of the moves we had learned instead of making my “please let this end” face. Confidence is arguably the most powerful tool we have in our arsenals for inspiring others, masking insecurities, and overall making us look a lot more savvy than we really are 😉

Move on. In the words of one of my best friend’s Mom, “Put it on a leaf and send it down the river.” (Hi Em!) Basically, learn from it, get over it, and recognize what’s done is done. Now what matters is that you continue to show up and do your thang.

And keep in mind, without minor failures, there would be no Failblog.

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However, for every epic entry in the “Fail” book, there is an equal and opposite little victory. And luckily for me, this slow cooker recipe I devised is pretty much accident proof. No amount of on-the-spot blanking out could screw up this tasty concoction 😉

I decided to make soup because the forecast informed me our temperatures would dip back into the 30’s. It ended up being 70 degrees, which I refuse to complain about. Cold weather or not, this soup eats more like a real deal meal – and serves up 4 enormous servings.

There are few dinner options in the universe more attractive to me than the “whole meal in a pot” concept. As you guys know, I always strive for veggies and/or fruit, lean protein, plant-based fat & whole grain to comprise a whole meal — this recipe makes it easy to fit in all of my food group amigos.

Hearty Mushroom Barley Soup

{Makes 4-6 servings, inspired by Everything Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook}

10 oz. baby bella mushrooms, sliced
4 oz. shiitake mushrooms, ends trimmed
1 yellow onion
4-6 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups low sodium vegetable broth
2 cups water
2/3 C. uncooked barley, medium pearl
16 oz. lentils
1 1/2 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Heat oil in a large skillet. Add onion, garlic and both types of mushroom; cook until softened, fragrant.

Here comes the tricky part … add everything to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Top with a bit of low fat shredded cheese…

Voila!

Makes for some seriously scrumptious leftovers.

Any “bad class/bad XYZ” stories to share so I feel like less of a dweeb and more like a wise soul? Do you agree with my survival pointers?

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One Response to “Bad Class, Good Soup”

  1. blair March 29, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    omg! looks soo tasty! I used to hate shrooms, but now they’re one of my favorite foods! I can’t say I’ve had a bad dance class because mostly I suck at hip-hop and avoid it all together. Sometimes I topple over in yoga though, haha

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