Back when I was dancing, my life was hyper-organized. It had to be. I was working full-time and between training with Kurt and practicing on my own, I was dancing twenty hours a week. During my dancing career, each weekend day I prepared double-batches for dinner, measuring and freezing up the leftovers. Quickly I ended… Continue reading Do What Works
As I was writing my "What I Learned from Dance" post, I came across the following meme: While being a rebel like the girl on the right has never appealed to my rule-loving heart, I do see myself in this picture. I am the second girl from the left. I laughed when I first noticed her because… Continue reading Hurting My Brain
When I wrote my post on the idea of building a whole new me, I had planned to write about daydreaming instead. It was another hijacked blog post! Throughout my life I've been a big daydreamer. My mind creates fabulous lives for me to live. Some are short-lived, fanciful adventures, and some go on for ages. Despite… Continue reading Daydream Believer
One of my all-time favorite ad slogans comes from IKEA (Can you believe I remember who the ad was for?). In the ad, a woman is assembling a dresser all by herself for her new place. The narrator, an older African American woman, said that someday the woman "would find a man ... or a… Continue reading I Don’t Judge
A few months ago I read a blog post over at About 100% that talked about a reverse bucket list. My first thought on reading that term was that it was a list of things I never wanted to do. That seemed so much better and easier than the traditional bucket list. I was on… Continue reading Reverse Bucket List
Growing up, whenever we were in the car, there was always music playing. Ma and I would sing along - her in perfect pitch and me all over the place. Thinking about that period in my life always makes me smile, as I do every time Kenny Rogers or Mama and Papas come on the… Continue reading Music and the Mirror
In my post about the 18/40/60 rule, I came to the realization that I had been perceiving my attempts to learn a new skill as making a fool of myself. I thought about that for a good while after writing the post. Turns out, that wasn’t the first time I’d made that realization. It was… Continue reading Flashback – Finding Inner Strength
This year has been filled with ups and downs, new directions, exciting dead-ends and coming full circle. When 2011 started, I was a ballroom dancer. That was a HUGE part of my identity, and it was a central part of my future vocational plans. Then injury stepped in and poor medical treatment and … and...… Continue reading Let Go or Hold On?