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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Karaoke: Music Entertainment at Its Finest

Clearly I love to karaoke... 

Bohemian Rhapsody (Duet)                          Man I Feel Like a Woman (Solo)

"During an instrumental break longer than 0:45, it is permissible to dance, provided you don’t miss the cue for the next verse, as this is show business people. Well, a level of show business slightly below demonstrating how the latest in steam innovation removes wrinkles from a hat." --http://www.thesharkguys.com

The quote from the website that the link takes you to reminds me of one time when I was singing "Baby...One More Time" by Britney Spears at Tostados.  I decided to have fun with it and add some dance moves(I clearly take myself very seriously).  An older man (in his 60s) came up and started copying my moves.  We were then doing a praying dance move together to the part "I must confess...give me a sign...hit me baby one more time."   I had an unintentional "hype guy".  I just went along with it.  

Oh and by the way--he later proceeded to serenade me to the song "You are so beautiful."  Embarrassing...but hysterical. 

Someone else's interpretation of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody.  I promise I don't sound like this when I sing it.  Shudder, shudder, aaaand cringe.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Road to Becoming More Assertive

This has been a struggle for me my entire life.  I have come a very long way through trial and error, but continue to have trouble with this sometimes.  When one is trying something new, such as a 16 yr old driving in icy weather, he/she tends to over-correct when faced with a slippery spot.  I think that also applies to changing behavior.  Since being assertive did not come naturally to me, I "over-corrected" at times which left me coming off as harsh or rude.  I was still learning.  

I am a lot more confident about asking for what I want and knowing when I deserve it.  The situations I tend to still struggle with are saying "no" or speaking up at work and occasionally, handling conflict with acquaintances (not close friends).  I actively work on this when I am faced with an uncomfortable situation that I know I need to speak up about.  If you don't look out for yourself, how can you expect anyone else to?  

I like to keep my posts moderately light so I'll end on that note.  The link below is for you to look further into becoming more assertive (if that is also something you struggle with).    

This video is a pretty accurate representation of submissive and aggressive behaviors.  Plus, the accents make it even more entertaining. :-)