It’s Time to Start Wrapping It Up! (And I’m Not Talking Presents)

Can you believe that 2014 is almost over!?! Every year about this time we all proclaim, ‘where has the year gone?!’ Indeed, where did the year go. It was an outstanding year and a lousy year. I didn’t do much dancing myself – injuries, illness, work, and stress kept me sidelined for most of the year but I got to see a lot of wonderful dance and meet some incredible people, so I can’t really complain. Physically, I’m doing better, getting stronger little by little. Work is starting to balance out. And stress… well, someone very wisely told me that things don’t have to be easy to be okay so I’m holding onto that right now.

I like the end of the year though. It gives me time to reflect on things and to start gearing up for a new year. I’m not one for resolutions. Instead I love planning and organizing. I enjoy setting goals and work plans to meet them. I like to account for the reality of my situation and dream big all over it.

Here are a few of the things that I like to do at the end of the year!

It’s time again to go through my ballet gear – throw out the old and destroyed; mend what can be salvaged; give everything a good cleaning; restock and replenish.

It’s time to start a new ballet journal and calendar – I like to journal and calendar everything. This year I’m actually planning on expanding my journaling. This year’s journal will be part how-to manual, part training log, part workbook, part diary. I plan to use it to find my best training, my best thoughts, my best dancer, my best self. “Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own thoughts, unguarded. But once mastered, no one can help you as much.” ~Buddha. If you are interested, I thought that I would share worksheets as I create them, I’d love your feedback, so let me know.

I want to calendar my blog this coming year. I’ve been so spotty about it this past year. It’s mostly reflected of my not dancing. When I don’t dance, what do I have to talk about…

I want to really consider my goals for dance this year. I want to see and experience a lot of live performances. I want to expand my knowledge. For my own dancing, setting goals is harder. I forever feel like I’m starting all over again. I know that I want to get back to class regularly, I want to feel like I’m dancing again, I want to fall in love with it again. But I’m not sure those are ‘goals.’ I really need to think about it and maybe sit down with a teacher and talk about it.

So here I go, ready to end this year strong and begin a new year even stronger. Does the end of the year signify anything special for your dancing self? How do you plan to end the year and begin the new?

~All will be well

 

Half Way Thru November’s Big Commitment

Whew. We are half way through November, where is this month going???  This AcWriMo thing is tough, pair it with a commitment to ballet-everyday and I’m a tired girl. Interestingly it’s not really that physical kind of tired so much as that tired you feel when you are trying to make long-term changes. That’s more of a mental sort of tired and emotional tired. Even when it’s something that you want to do, change is hard. I’ve been away from ballet class for a long time and going back has been spotty at best, even this month it hasn’t been a class every day, rather something dance related movement or exercise every day. It’s great that ballet is more than just exercise but sometimes it complicates things. Sometimes my love for ballet class is challenged by how I’m feeling about all those crazy things that don’t actually have anything to do with ballet class. For the remainder of this month, I will remind myself everyday that even though I’m working on a brighter and better version of me, I will be thankful for what I have, where I am, and what I am right now.

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