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Dancing into August

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OK, so it’s been a while! (And I started writing this post days ago and have just now found time to finish!)

Life has had it’s ups and downs (as per usual, right?), but I’m feeling confident that the flow is moving in a positive direction. Change is in the air.

My back is finally healed (well, 90% anyway). The injury drug on for WEEKS, and I was quite pathetic toward the end of it. I don’t believe I will ever forget the experience. I know that sounds dramatic, but I now have a much greater appreciation for those who deal with chronic pain. It’s a huge pain in the ass (pun intended).

July is gone now, and I have attempted to wrapp up my month of dance. Considering I was injured most of the month, I didn’t do much actual dancing, but even so, I am calling the month a success. Here is why:

1.) I watched a lot of dance. I observed classes, went to a beautiful performance, and watched videos.

2.) I connected with A LOT of other dancers.

3.) MY CHOREOGRAPHY WAS CHOSEN TO BE PERFORMED AT THE AMERICAN DANCE GUILD FESTIVAL IN NEW YORK CITY THIS NOVEMBER! πŸ˜€

I am starting to feel like a real dancer/choreographer. It’s funny, because although I have a graduate degree in dance (from one of the nations top schools for dance!), I have never felt like a legitimate part of the field. Even while reading all of the resumΓ©s I’ve received lately, I think, “HA! I tricked them into thinking I’m a real choreographer!”… “Wait, I AM a real choreographer!” Things are looking up, though. And I’m hoping that with all the connections I’m making, I’ll be able to begin producing new work after the November performance. I still don’t really know what I want to do when I grow up (there are too many exciting things!), but I suppose I’ll take it one step at a time. For now.

In case you hadn’t noticed, it is now August, and I have switched my gears. August is all about the furry friends in my life (and the ones in the community around me). So without further rambling, here are my new resolutions:

1.) Take a walk

2.) Make time for training

3.) Notice puppy love

And… That’s all I have. Will add more/revise tomorrow!

Also leaving the usual ending off this post tonight… Embracing imperfection and ready to sleep.

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Boo boos all around

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Well, my keyboard has broken, and I can’t bear to type on my iPad, so I haven’t been writing. This month has held many surprises, both wonderful and not so great. My back injury lasted for weeks and weeks. I’m finally on the other side, but slowly easing into movement again. And last night as Husband was cutting J’s nails, he accidentally took a chunk out of J’s little index finger. 😦 No hospital trip, but it was a rough night.

On the up side, I seem to be weaseling my way back into the dance world! My choreography was chosen to be part of the American Dance Guild Festival in NY this November! So I’m very excited about (and busy with!) that.

Now if only I could type with more than my thumbs.

1. Take care of your body
2. Eat whole, balanced, nutritious foods*
3. Support your family’s health*
4. Clean, de-clutter, and increase usability*
5. Ease your mind*
6. Move your body*
7. Connect first, connect often*
8. Be authentic
9. Lead with confidence
10. Find a bubble*
11. Apply SALVE*
12. Say yes
13. Find space for ritual*
14. Capture rhythm in nature*
15. Cultivate a daily rhythm*
16. Focus on food, sleep, and home*
17. Find weekly, monthly, and yearly rhythms*
18. Go with what works*
19. Show appreciations
20. Touch more often
21. Work on projects together
22. Go to bed together*
23. Cut some slack*
24. Spend 25 minutes a day together
25. Learn to sew
26. Make it yourself*
27. Maximize gardening potential*
28. Become a master of oils*
29. Simplify and sanctify*
30. Think green*
31. Go room by room*
32. Make technology work for you
33. Organize your digital life
34. See the big picture*
35. Remember AEDH*
36. Create shrines
37. Watch dance
38. Take class
39. Reach out to other dancers*
40. Produce short phrases

I am thankful that my back is healing.

I am learning more about unschooling.

The other day, I opened the front door and J said, “Aw man! I thought you were Grandpa!” I asked him why, and he said, “Grandpa opens doors like that!” πŸ™‚

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Buddhisty thoughts

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Right now, I am sitting in a clean house, listening to the sound my sleeping child’s (and sleeping dog’s) breath. I have a “sattva” incense burning, and I’m drinking red wine and eating Escazu chocolate squares.

Life is pretty good.

I need to remember to meditate, and to read about the law of attraction, and to listen to Buddhisty podcasts. I have learned that these habits are essential for me. I am a much more positive and relaxed person when I can remember to be mindful.

My back is feeling MUCH better thanks to my amazing chiropractor/herbalist/ayurvedic guy. Apparently electrodes and myofascial release was what I needed. That, and rest. I pushed myself a little too much today, and I’m feeling it tonight.

I have Buddhism on my mind tonight – zen, in particular – so, what have I done? I spent about half an hour searching Pinterest for zen quotes, of course. Here is my favorite one. I believe it actually encompasses most of what I am attempting to accomplish with this whole Happiness Project thing:

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I’ve been slacking a bit on the project these days. Losing my focus and getting caught up in everyday life. However, when I do remember to track my progress, I find that I’m naturally following most of my resolutions now, so I have managed to embody change. πŸ™‚ The back injury threw me off quite a bit. I now have a much deeper appreciation for those who experience chronic pain.

1. Take care of your body*
2. Eat whole, balanced, nutritious foods*
3. Support your family’s health
4. Clean, de-clutter, and increase usability*
5. Ease your mind*
6. Move your body
7. Connect first, connect often*
8. Be authentic*
9. Lead with confidence*
10. Find a bubble*
11. Apply SALVE*
12. Say yes
13. Find space for ritual*
14. Capture rhythm in nature*
15. Cultivate a daily rhythm*
16. Focus on food, sleep, and home*
17. Find weekly, monthly, and yearly rhythms*
18. Go with what works*
19. Show appreciations
20. Touch more often
21. Work on projects together
22. Go to bed together
23. Cut some slack*
24. Spend 25 minutes a day together
25. Learn to sew
26. Make it yourself*
27. Maximize gardening potential*
28. Become a master of oils
29. Simplify and sanctify*
30. Think green*
31. Go room by room*
32. Make technology work for you
33. Organize your digital life
34. See the big picture*
35. Remember AEDH*
36. Create shrines
37. Watch dance*
38. Take class
39. Reach out to other dancers*
40. Produce short phrases

I am grateful for a smooth ending to a rather bumpy evening.

I am learning to embody calmness.

J’s fascination with fire trucks seems never-ending, and I love how devoted he is to all things fire truck-related. Tonight, we went to the pool for a swim, and J floated around the kiddie pool (walking on his hands) while making siren noises and insisting that I join him in the fire truck brigade. πŸ™‚

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I am old

20130714-232934.jpgWarning: Whine alert. (Followed by a bit of positivity).

Tonight, I feel like I’m 85 years old. My back aches and seizes every time I move, and sneezing is extremely painful. Luckily, I don’t have a cold. I am not able to dance, or run, or even touch my toes, so that’s fun. I have an awesome husband who has been massaging me and picking up the slack at home, but I am ready to be in motion again. C’mon back! Heal!

On a more positive note, I came across this little poem on Pinterest today, and I thought I’d share, because it’s inspiring me to (once again) quit nitpicking at home. I have no idea who the author is, but it’s short, sweet, and seems like something I would hang on my refrigerator:

I hope
my children
loo back
on today

And see
a mother
who
had time
to play.

There
will be years
for cleaning
and
cooking…

For
children
grow up while
we’re not
looking.

I want to take more time to play. More time to relax. More time to be here now.

1. Take care of your body*
2. Eat whole, balanced, nutritious foods
3. Support your family’s health
4. Clean, de-clutter, and increase usability*
5. Ease your mind*
6. Move your body
7. Connect first, connect often
8. Be authentic*
9. Lead with confidence
10. Find a bubble
11. Apply SALVE*
12. Say yes*
13. Find space for ritual*
14. Capture rhythm in nature
15. Cultivate a daily rhythm*
16. Focus on food, sleep, and home*
17. Find weekly, monthly, and yearly rhythms*
18. Go with what works*
19. Show appreciations*
20. Touch more often*
21. Work on projects together*
22. Go to bed together
23. Cut some slack*
24. Spend 25 minutes a day together*
25. Learn to sew*
26. Make it yourself*
27. Maximize gardening potential*
28. Become a master of oils*
29. Simplify and sanctify*
30. Think green*
31. Go room by room*
32. Make technology work for you
33. Organize your digital life
34. See the big picture*
35. Remember AEDH*
36. Create shrines
37. Watch dance
38. Take class
39. Reach out to other dancers*
40. Produce short phrases

I am grateful for the beautiful rug that is now in our music room.

I am realizing how weak my core is.

J is growing into himself so much these days. He is so confident and surprises me constantly. Tonight, we went out to dinner and as soon as the waitress came to our table, J spoke up to place his order. During our meal, he serenaded the restaurant with his rendition of Yellow Submarine. He is so proud of who he is and hides nothing. I hope he somehow manages to hold onto that.

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Back pain is a pain

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July has had a rough start.

I am currently sitting in my desk chair with an ice pack pressed against my lower back. I have never before injured my back this badly (and I am the world’s worst icer, so if I’m icing, you know it’s bad!). Just to complain a little, it hurts constantly. All. The. Time. With every move I make. Needless to say, I haven’t been dancing, or even exercising. That doesn’t mean I’ve totally failed my resolutions, though. I have been watching dance. And I’ve been contacting other dancers on my search for two people to perform my duet.

We are home from Asheville (arrived on Sunday), and although I miss the mountains dearly, I have to say that my post-trip transition back to daily life has gone more smoothly than ever before. For some reason, I’m on top of my game. Injured back and all.

1. Take care of your body*
2. Eat whole, balanced, nutritious foods*
3. Support your family’s health
4. Clean, de-clutter, and increase usability*
5. Ease your mind*
6. Move your body*
7. Connect first, connect often
8. Be authentic*
9. Lead with confidence*
10. Find a bubble
11. Apply SALVE*
12. Say yes
13. Find space for ritual*
14. Capture rhythm in nature
15. Cultivate a daily rhythm*
16. Focus on food, sleep, and home*
17. Find weekly, monthly, and yearly rhythms*
18. Go with what works*
19. Show appreciations*
20. Touch more often
21. Work on projects together
22. Go to bed together
23. Cut some slack*
24. Spend 25 minutes a day together*
25. Learn to sew
26. Make it yourself*
27. Maximize gardening potential
28. Become a master of oils
29. Simplify and sanctify*
30. Think green*
31. Go room by room*
32. Make technology work for you
33. Organize your digital life
34. See the big picture*
35. Remember AEDH*
36. Create shrines
37. Watch dance
38. Take class
39. Reach out to other dancers*
40. Produce short phrases

I am learning about back injuries.

I am thankful to have had a smooth sailing day.

Tonight, J and I went to the fire station downtown, and while we were there, they had a call! We got to watch the firemen throw on their clothes, hope into the areal ladder truck, and rush off! It was exciting!

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July is the month of dance. And the month of ADF (the American Dance Festival). So far, I haven’t gotten off to the best start – my back is a mess, and I am two days behind on resolutions – but THAT’S OK! Embrace imperfection. Embrace imperfection. Embrace imperfection.

On a good note, I just found out that my choreography was chosen to be performed at the North Carolina Dance Association (NCDA) Showcase in October! I’ll be reproducing a duet I choreographed in grad school. I’m also submitting my contract for Rainbow Dance Company this week – a small, multi-generational company here in Raleigh that I’ll be joining from September to March this year.

It looks like dance is starting to fill my life a bit more.

As far as resolutions go, I have finalized this month’s. July will be unique, because I will have four resolutions instead of six. I decided that my need to have the same number of resolutions each month was a bit silly. Sometimes I felt as if fewer would be plenty, but I was set on reaching six, so six I found. This month, I have found four.

1.) Watch dance daily. In a performance. In a class. On YouTube. On an artist’s website. My own work. Whatever the medium, I will watch dance every day this month. I am inspired by seeing others move and create, and I could use some inspiration these days. Today I watched ADF’s 2013 Season Highlight Reel and Kyle Abraham’s (Abraham in Motion’s) ‘Pavement’. Kyle is amazing, and I was so sad to learn that he performed here LAST WEEK, and I missed it. 😦

2.) Reach out to other dancers. Talk to dancers I take class with. Email and call dancers and choreographers I know. Network. This is something I’m not great at. Actually, I don’t usually get along with most dancers very well! I’m not sure why, but I have always felt that while I am very much a dancer, I don’t have the typical dancer personality type.

3.) Take class. Simple (haha). Go. To. Class. Move your body.

4.) Produce small phrases. Choreograph in the living room. Find studio space to begin producing new work. Dance at the park. I will strive to activate my creative glands, and move, move, move.

And now, we are off to Asheville! πŸ™‚ Tomorrow morning, we pack up and head out for a weekend of fun, family, friends, and fireworks. I could not be more excited!

1. Take care of your body*
2. Eat whole, balanced, nutritious foods*
3. Support your family’s health*
4. Clean, de-clutter, and increase usability*
5. Ease your mind*
6. Move your body
7. Connect first, connect often*
8. Be authentic*
9. Lead with confidence*
10. Find a bubble*
11. Apply SALVE*
12. Say yes
13. Find space for ritual
14. Capture rhythm in nature
15. Cultivate a daily rhythm
16. Focus on food, sleep, and home*
17. Find weekly, monthly, and yearly rhythms*
18. Go with what works*
19. Show appreciations
20. Touch more often
21. Work on projects together
22. Go to bed together*
23. Cut some slack*
24. Spend 25 minutes a day together*
25. Learn to sew
26. Make it yourself*
27. Maximize gardening potential
28. Become a master of oils
29. Simplify and sanctify*
30. Think green*
31. Go room by room*
32. Make technology work for you
33. Organize your digital life
34. See the big picture*
35. Remember AEDH*
36. Create shrines*

Tonight, I learned so much more about my Vitamix!

I am grateful for our upcoming trip tomorrow.

Tonight, J and I were reading his new favorite book, “Little Blue Truck Leads the Way.” On every page, I read the first three lines and he recited the last. It still amazes me how much he takes in.

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Simplicity surge

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I am slacking on July already. It’s the 1st, and I don’t have resolutions yet. However, I simplified like a mad woman today, so I suppose my mind is still in June. I have a list of about 15 possible resolutions that I’m still narrowing down. Tomorrow, I will make the cut and begin my month of dance. I re-injured my back while moving boxes around upstairs today, so I suppose that’s an appropriate beginning. 😦

1. Take care of your body*
2. Eat whole, balanced, nutritious foods
3. Support your family’s health
4. Clean, de-clutter, and increase usability*
5. Ease your mind
6. Move your body
7. Connect first, connect often
8. Be authentic*
9. Lead with confidence*
10. Find a bubble
11. Apply SALVE*
12. Say yes*
13. Find space for ritual*
14. Capture rhythm in nature
15. Cultivate a daily rhythm*
16. Focus on food, sleep, and home*
17. Find weekly, monthly, and yearly rhythms*
18. Go with what works*
19. Show appreciations
20. Touch more often*
21. Work on projects together
22. Go to bed together
23. Cut some slack*
24. Spend 25 minutes a day together*
25. Learn to sew
26. Make it yourself
27. Maximize gardening potential
28. Become a master of oils
29. Simplify and sanctify*
30. Think green*
31. Go room by room*
32. Make technology work for you
33. Organize your digital life
34. See the big picture*
35. Remember AEDH*
36. Create shrines

I am learning how to create soup recipes.

I am thankful for our clean upstairs.

Today, while J napped, I organized the upstairs of our house. My back hurts worse than it has ever hurt in my life. Not sure it was worth it.

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