Writing Challenges for November #NoBloPoMo

So, my friends, I do not know what craziness I am possessed by but… I’m sure by now you are familiar with November being a month of writing – write your novel, write your dissertation, write your blog, etc. etc.  So BlogHer.com is holding #NoBloPoMo where bloggers write every day of the month of November. It’s not like I don’t have a million things going on this month but what the hey, I’ve been a very absent blogger so maybe this will be good for me.  These are the prompts from the BlogHer website. BlogHer isn’t a ballet blog so these prompts aren’t dance related so I’ll do my best. So let’s sharpen those pencils, pour a big cup of coffee and get going! Happy November and Happy #NoBloPoMo #NaNoWriMo #AcWriMo or whatever you might be writing this month!!

Monday, November 2

What was the one toy that a friend had that you wished you had when you were little?

Tuesday, November 3

What did you think was the coolest job in the world when you were younger? Do you still feel that way now?

Wednesday, November 4

When you were a kid, did you want to have the same job or a different job than your parents when you grew up?

Thursday, November 5

What is the most important lesson you learned as a child, and who taught it to you?

Friday, November 6

What was your biggest fear as a child? Do you still have it today? If it went away, when did your feelings changes?

Monday, November 9

What is the first thing you do every single day (I mean, after you hit the snooze button)? When did that step in your routine begin?

Tuesday, November 10

What is the hardest part of a big project: getting the energy to begin, finding the time to work on it, or feeling down that it’s over?

Wednesday, November 11

What was the last thing you fixed or built?

Thursday, November 12

If you had a personal assistant who would do your most dreaded tasks, which items from your to-do list would you assign out?

Friday, November 13

Describe your ideal day off. What would you do with your time?

Monday, November 16

Pretending you have the expertise to make the product a reality, what do you wish you could invent?

Tuesday, November 17

What is one place you need to see to feel like your life is complete?

Wednesday, November 18

What do you hope people remember about you after you’re gone?

Thursday, November 19

Where would you want to retire if money wasn’t an issue?

Friday, November 20

What do you hope happens by the end of this year?

Monday, November 23

What do you do better than anyone else?

Tuesday, November 24

Who is an expert you admire and why?

Wednesday, November 25

Do you think it’s better to be a recognized expert for one thing, or known to be really good at lots of things?

Thursday, November 26

If you’re celebrating Thanksgiving today (or even if you’re not!), tell us about the best cook in your family.

Friday, November 27

What’s the best purchase you ever made?

Monday, November 30

What do you like to do to celebrate an accomplishment?

Blogger Awards & Seven Things


So, guys, remember I told you that I was nominated for a couple of blogging awards – this is one of them. The Versatile Blogger Award is an award shared between bloggers. I think that’s fantastic. As bloggers, this award gives us the opportunity to share a happy thumbs up with our favorite blogs and to network and share our favorite blogs and bloggers with others. I think our blogging community of adult dancers is truly amazing! The information, the support, the pure joy that dance blogs share is a wonderful extension of the adult dancer world! Every now and again, I contemplate shutting down the blog – it takes time and energy that I don’t have a lot of extra of – but being part of the dance blogger community is as part of my dancing experience and I wouldn’t want to lose that ❤

I want to thank the beautiful Bush Ballerina for the nomination! I love her blog and have so much love and respect for her journey to embrace dance in the outback of Australia!

The deal with the Versatile Blogger Award is that you get to nominate up to 15 other bloggers for the award. Also I get to post 7 unknown things about me.

So let’s start with the 7 things:

1.  I have agoraphobic tendencies. Public spaces and crowds make me uneasy. People never believe me because I travel so much and I’m always out and about but I’m usually dealing with some level of anxiety whenever I’m not inside my house.

2.  I can’t wear flip-flops as shoes. I can wear them only when the occasion really demands it – the beach or the shower at the gym. I can’t wear them because I have anxiety about germs or other nasty things touching my feet. So I also rarely wear sandals. The idea that any kind of foreign object would touch my toes gives me the heebie-jeebies.

3.  I love Scrabble, Boggle, and other types of word related board games. I’ve been known to play them all by myself. I do not like electronic games.

4.  But I do love electronics, mostly Apple products. Interestingly I really hate to shop for them though! The idea of having to go into an electronic store to deal with sales people in order to buy a new phone or a new computer is beyond stressful.

5.  I don’t like J.R.R. Tolkien novels. Most people assume that library geeks love The Hobbit et al but I do not. Never have. I’m missing that particular geek gene on my DNA.

6.  My cat broke a tooth and I had sympathy pains for weeks.

7.  I always carry hand wipes, antibacterial hand cleaner, and disinfectant spray. Sometimes I can actually feel the germs… I can feel them! But if you ever need to clean your hands and I’m around, I’ve got you covered!


Here are the blogs that I would like to acknowledge and recommend!

My number one choice for adult dancer ballet blog will always be Johanna at Pointe Til You Drop. Johanna’s commitment, passion, and love for ballet – not just watching ballet but DANCING! is incomparable. She is always helpful, inspiring, and right there in the grown-up ballet class fray. If you don’t follow Pointe Til You Drop, you are truly missing out. Get on it!

Robin at These Lovely Things.   Robin’s blog is not entirely about ballet and Robin is a ballet teacher, not an adult ballet dancer but I’ve always found great wisdom and support from Robin. She’s an awesome photographer too.

Blogs that I’ve more recently discovered and am loving include All Round Girl, Poets and PirouettesThis Life and Times and Tia Paulina Flamenco. Funny, inspiring, and full of the reality of grown ups enjoying the strange world of dance, these are blogs that I truly enjoy reading. For me, it’s all about sharing experiences and less about being too cute and flippant for the sake of gaining followers. I like to think of us as a community rather than a popularity contest. Despite the fact that we are scattered all over the world, I think our growing community is beautiful and vibrant, filled with laughter and passion, and, most of all, lots and lots of dancing.