Just a Few of My Favorite Things in 2017

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a “What I’m Loving” post but here it is. At the end of the year it’s kind of fun to look back and think about little things that gave me great pleasure during the year, so here we go!

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil

I recently discovered these lip oils by Clarins and I LOVE them. My favorites are mint and honey. They are a bit pricey but they just feel so darn good and they last a really long time – I’m still using the first one I purchased during the summer. This year has been really dry in my geographical climate, I mean like ZERO moisture in the air crumble up like a cracker dry and my lips along with the rest of my skin have been suffering. These lip oils look beautiful, no color really but tons of shine and deep, long-lasting moisture. Can’t recommend these enough.

Calm. com 

I think they won an app of the year award. And well done them! I love this app for guided meditation and I’ve tried a lot of them. I wanted to work on my meditation practice this year as a way to deal with stress, anger, frustration, all those bad feelings that happen when you are a human being but don’t want them to take over too much of your life. Tamara Levitt is the voice of calm.com and what a lovely soothing voice it is. A  nice sense of balance, not too much talking but enough to help a student of meditation learn. This year they added sleep stories, which are just that, stories narrated to listen to while you fall asleep. In addition, calm.com offers breathing tools, timers for non-guided meditation, a free and paid for features, and screen views with sound and or music. I used just the free app for several months but then paid for the full version and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend paying for the full features and get your meditation on.

Republic of Tea Peppermint Bark



I’m a coffee person. It’s probably part of my genetic code, my DNA strands, my blood on a cellular level.  I love it, love it. But I’m also trying to be more aware of health and trying to switch to tea and other healthy alternatives. This particular type of tea isn’t the MOST healthy ever, especially after I add a bit of sweetener but it’s heading in that direction. And truth is that I drink more water when I drink tea so that’s plus for me because I’m a bad bad water drinker. I’ve discovered a distinct appreciation of mint teas and this one has been a seasonal favorite.

Breaking Ballet


I’ve never been good at online programs of any kind. I get bored, distracted, and I’ve never been good with self-reporting accountability. But I’ve learned a lot about being able to work with online programs that have great communication, allow for questions and answers, and have a place for real-time accountability and an ability to support others and be supported. The online program Breaking Ballet fits that bill. I had the opportunity to email the creator of the program, Sarah Aspinall, and she’s great. Sarah is knowledgeable, helpful, and supportive of adult dancers. The workouts are serious but fun. They are doable as a single good long workout or to work out 10 to 15 minutes at a time. I’m going to dance again and I’m going to continue with Breaking Ballet as a method to help me train and get conditioned for dancing my way into 2018.

Find my post on my Breaking Ballet experience here.

2017 was pretty good to me, I traveled, I watched some crazy good ballet, I enjoyed some tasty eats, I played a lot, laughed a lot, I got to spend time with amazing friends, and I started working on my favorite research topics again and found a lot of joy in my work.

And these are a few of my favorite things… how about you, what were your favorite things this year?

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?