Welcome to September

September feels like a waiting period, waiting for Fall and Winter, waiting for holidays, waiting for the last semester of the year. I would like this September to be a wonderful month of being, being here, being present, being about whatever this month brings and not just looking out the September looking glass. This month I would like to drop some weight (a healthy 1-2 lbs per week) by making good food choices, cutting back on calories and working out. I would like to clean my house top to bottom so that I can enjoy my living space. I would like to reclaim my home office for work and then do joyous work in that room. I would like to meditate every day this month, at least once in the morning. I would like to spend the month preparing for a more successful return to ballet class – stretching and strengthening my legs and feet in particular. I would like to read a lot and write a lot in a way that is good for my soul and not just about productivity. I want to cut back on Diet Coke and increase my water intake significantly. I want to push hard at work but shake off the stress that doesn’t belong to me. I want to go for walks, spend some time in the sunshine, listen to music, and enjoy every day in September.

What do you want this September to be?

~All will be well. Let’s dance.

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C-Ya 2013! Hola, 2014!

 Happy New Year!!!

 I love New Year. Every year for the past 10+ years, I’ve written a list of very specific goals for the impending 12 months. And every December before I write the next year’s goals, I read through all the previous years. This year I stand in awe of my own little self. I’ve come a long, long way. It’s gratifying and humbling. Last week I was talking to a friend about how I felt like I was just sitting in a trench and I didn’t know how to get out. This week I realize that yes, I am still sitting in a trench but my little hole is on a mountain top and the view is amazing. The air is clear and the sun is bright; I made the summit! For now I enjoy the view because soon I must decide upon my next adventure and begin a new journey because as much as this is perfect, I cannot sit on the same mountain top forever. There are more peaks to scale and more valleys to traverse.

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As I sit down to write my goals for this new year, I begin with this, in dance class and in life:

Less fear. More gratitude. I will welcome the adventure instead of cursing the challenges. I will be my own best self and I will encourage those around me to embrace their very best every day. I will work and dance with discipline and with abandon – yes – both! equally and magnificently focused and free.

I look forward to a wonderous and exciting new year and I hope to see you all at the barre.

~ All will be well. Now, let’s dance.