Monday, November 10, 2014

ZINspiration Monday with Deborah Currington

Deborah is from the UK, and her story about struggling with self-esteem and dealing with people who didn’t support her is very relatable. She’s overcome quite a few challenges, but through it all Zumba has continued to bring her joy! More importantly, Deborah says the thing she loves most about teaching is making a difference in people’s lives and bringing them happiness. Here is her story.

I developed a real passion for Zumba, which quickly turned into the desire to teach it. In 2011, I joined a budget gym and met an instructor who I became friends with (or so I thought); she invited me to hers and we had a few girls’ nights in.  I was always asking how she got into Zumba and what inspired her, and from our conversations and doing her classes I developed a passion for it. I also got a lot of compliments from people, but I kept thinking to myself that they were just saying it and didn't mean it!  So, I put off doing the B1 course because I allowed myself to think I wasn't good enough.

Anyhoo, I made a group of friends in my class who I stupidly introduced to the instructor that was my “friend,” and it turns out one of the girls I introduced her to had it in for me.  I was still going to this instructor’s classes, but meanwhile the whole time this girl was turning the instructor against me… and it worked!

I was getting ready for the B1 course and I asked for the instructor’s help. She refused to help me, so I decided to go it alone, and it was actually the best decision I ever made. I have always had low confidence and self-esteem as a result of being bullied and abused when I was 13. I overcame that to get to a point in my life where I finally felt I was worth something, and I wasn’t going to let jealousy, rumors, etc. deter me from my goals.

After what I have been through, I will not let something like this get me down. The past few years Zumba has saved my life (along with my boyfriend and good friends) and I am so glad I took the decision to do the course because if I hadn't I don't know where I would be right now.


  1. Hi all - I really, truly appreciate your comments. But, I do want to ensure this website is a respectful community, and that is why two comments have been deleted from this page. I also truly apologize if anyone feels disrespected by this post. Please feel free to email me if you have any concerns.

  2. Would like to email you Jennifer please can you supply an email address as I can not find one on here...thank you x