Drumroll please! First things first! You probably know that we held a competition for Valentine’s Day and I am delighted to say that we picked 14 random winners out of a hat, and they are from all over the world: Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, India, Ireland, Netherlands, Switzerland and right here in the USA. My assistant Roz has been touch with each of them and my team will be mailing each of them a copy of Love: a story about who you truly are signed by both Angie and myself.
Congratulations to Angela Dacosta, Linda Dewees, Colleen Doherty, Renee Gallegos, Maya Hetman, Jan Hoffart, Sunita Kapur, Jovana Moeke, Angela Moreno, Jana Nachlingerova, Deepak Patil, Christine Stone, Nicole Straten and to the final winner who asked to remain anonymous.
Speaking of drums, I have to tell you what Danny and I have been up to recently. You probably know we’re going on a cruise in a couple of weeks right? Well, we found out that there’s going to be 2 formal nights so we thought that it would be really fun if we took some dance lessons before getting on the ship! So, for the last two weeks, Danny, who insists that he has two left feet, and I have been learning the Waltz, the Tango and the Foxtrot. I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun it’s been and while it’s probably a little too early for us to enter “Dancing with the Stars”, 😂 this has certainly been something that I can see Danny and I continuing to get better at. Now, if you’d asked me a few months ago if I could see myself learning to dance, I’d probably have said “no”. But you know what? I’d often thought to myself that I’d love to be able to dance, and at least have some good moves when there’s music on, and I’m on stage, but didn’t know where to start. When I was younger, actually a lot younger, I used to dress like Cyndi Lauper. I had the short spiky hair with the color streaks, and that’s how I expressed myself. I used to love dancing back then, but haven’t done it in years.
Recently, when I got over a really bad case of the flu, I became much more diligent in my self-care routine and started re-evaluating what was important in my life. One of the things I decided I wanted to do was to have more fun, and to exercise more! I had been working too hard. Even though I enjoy my work, I seem to always be either sitting on planes, or sitting in front of a computer (when I’m not on stage). The other day, Danny and I were walking down the street within our own neighborhood, and as we walked past the dance studio that’s always been there, we both stopped to read the notices posted on the glass front of the studio, because they were eye catching. They were posters advertising the dance classes for beginners, and he looked at me and said “Wouldn’t it be fun to do this?” And I said “Let’s go in and at least enquire!” Well, once we were at the front desk, that was it! We were sold! So we enrolled for their ballroom dancing classes, and have already had four lessons in just the last 10 days or so! But the main thing is, we have been having so much fun!
Speaking of Cyndi Lauper, many years ago, during my younger days and when I was still single, my parents used to put a lot of pressure on me to get married. In fact, an arranged marriage to be exact! That was back in the 80’s, and it was the norm in our culture. We are ethnically Indian. I rebelled, and Cyndi Lauper’s song “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” was my freedom song! One time, my parents even took me to see an Indian Guru, who actually told me that it was fundamentally wrong to allow myself to be who I truly was if it did not fit with ‘their’ cultural model of correctness. In my FaceBook LIVE last Sunday, I speak about that very visit to the ‘guru’ and the impact it had on me.
The video from that FaceBook LIVE is below and for those of you that prefer a podcast, that’s below as well.
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