It's the last day of 2020 and I'm sitting in my pjs writing this post first on lined paper, with a hot cup of tea next to me, on a small table. I'm trying to reflect on the year we just had and it's difficult, because we are in a second lockdown and it feels … Continue reading Work-Life-Dance Balance – Roller Coasters, Trees and Looking ahead to 2021.
I looked back at my "Welcome to 2020" post and asked myself, "have I taken the time to reflect and/or have gone after what I want?" Well, er...kind of. I was lucky to have had a winter session with my wonderful dance students and just as we were excited for the Spring session, the COVID-19 … Continue reading Work-Life-Dance Balance -The Wrench in the Gears of 2020
At one point or the other in our dance lives we look at other dancers and start to compare them to ourselves as well as others. We like this dancer more than that dancer, because we liked how they interpreted our favourite song and they were really nice in person and you like their style, … Continue reading Finding Inspiration instead of Self-Judgement in Dance
It's been a new year for the last five days and many people are well under way at working on their resolutions or goals they have for 2020. When that clock struck midnight many believe that we get to reset the clock and believe that anything can happen this year; always hoping for the best. … Continue reading Welcome to 2020 – Back to the Basics
I survived getting into my costume, fixing the armbands and putting on my makeup and I’m now waiting backstage. There is a small space for which I unfurl the veil I have chosen to enter the stage with and see how it will behave. I am pleased that the veil is behaving; there doesn’t seem … Continue reading Work-Life-Dance Balance – Chapter 4 – Competition Day – The Performance and the Aftermath
After hours of practice and planning, competition day has arrived and there are a few things to consider and/or keep in mind before you step on stage. Your dance bag, change room and backstage etiquette are three important things to manage. The Dance Bag First thing to consider for any dance bag is being compact … Continue reading Work-Life-Dance Balance – Chapter 3 – Competition Day and Backstage Etiquette
Work-Life-Dance Balance - Chapter 2 - The Pandora’s Box of Choosing to Compete I have made the choice for a new adventure in dance. I have made the choice of putting my belly dancing more at the forefront so I can experience a competition the right way; prepared. I have experienced doing a competition unprepared, … Continue reading Work-Life-Dance Balance – Chapter 2 – The Pandora’s Box of Choosing to Compete
Work-Life-Dance Balance – Chapter 1 - Choices When I was growing up I lived out in the countryside outside of Ottawa. It was a beautiful area with forests and farmer fields. My sister and I ran around free and created adventures around our backyard, in the forests, the large ditches on the side of the … Continue reading Work-Life-Dance Balance – Chapter 1 – Choices
I’m sure many of us have heard the phrase “work-life balance” thrown around and are often trying to figure it out. In my full-time job we hear this phrase more often as we deal with stress of deadlines and/or when we work more hours than planned. Having a job where I’m sitting for extended periods … Continue reading Work-Life-Dance Balance – Prologue
Valentine’s day is just around the corner and whether or not you celebrate it there are so many media messages and “Hallmark” type quotes that float about our daily lives. One line that comes to mind is “feel the love”. I have no idea where it came from but that is what popped into my … Continue reading Feel the Dance!