Wednesday, April 15, 2015

730 Days

730 days ago I gave you a hug.
     A long, but oh-too-short hug.

And in these 730 days I have done lots of things.
I started high school.
I watched my aunt die.
I've spent a lot of nights dancing.
A lot of mornings dressing.
A lot of school days working.

  I've won two science fairs.
I've practically failed Algebra out of laziness.
  I read To Kill a Mockingbird which is my new favorite book.
I've been to sleepovers, learned to drive, and re-organized my room.
 
  I've danced in weird, extremely long performances,
toured collages with my older sister, and celebrated the baby of the families 9th birthday.

It's been joyful and beautiful, messy and complicated, lonely and full.

 The past 730 days have sucked up energy, motivation, perseverance, and grace, only to have God fill me when I ask.

  I have asked and revived.
I have forgiven, and been unjustly forgiven.
   I have been judged, and judged others.
I have cried out to God asking for direction.

Life has moved on.
Storms have passed.
Sunshine has radiated.

Rain has fallen
and flowers have grown.

 
"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned in life; it goes on."
                               -Robert Frost

God is faithful, and has unending love.
He will guide our steps.


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

week 18- Healthy Eating on the Move


Eating really isn't activity only experienced around the table anymore. How many times this past week have you eaten on the run? What about the car, your desk, maybe even the bathroom! Our time is valuable and we need food that’s easy to grab and go. And during the chaos of finding food, one detail is easy to forget – making sure that the choices we make are healthy. Regrettably, it’s mainly bad stuff that falls into the "fast" and "easy" categories – chips, candy bars, sodas, etc. So what if we took some time to make our healthy snacks portable and easy for on-the-go eating?

Between classes, school, and other activities, eating healthily can fall to the bottom of your priority list. Planning ahead is a task in itself, but coming up with new ideas adds to the challenge! It is widely known that a well balanced diet aids in your physical wellbeing, but it can also provide a multitude of other benefits  Your body will be grateful as well. The benefits of health outweigh the costs. Here are a few ideas to get you started!

 Check out these suggestions.

• Celery sticks with peanut butter and several raisins on top
• Rice cakes with peanut butter (good for getting protein)
• Hardboiled eggs
• Fruit yogurt cup (add in some fresh fruits or nuts for a boost
• Trail mix
• Nuts or nut mix (
• Vegetable sticks with a little packet of dip
• Broccoli or cauliflower bites
• Half of a turkey or tuna sandwich on whole-wheat bread
• Cucumber slices (lightly salted or with Italian dressing)
• Yogurt and granola
• Leftover chicken or turkey slices (great to eat cold)
• Healthy fiber-rich or grain cereal (great to eat dry from a baggie)
• Pickles (wrapped in foil or plastic wrap)
• Box of raisins or other dried fruit
• Whole wheat bagel with light cream cheese
• Apples, bananas, strawberries (any fruit works, these are naturally portable)
• Mixed berries (these freeze well in plastic bags)
• Whole-wheat crackers and string cheese
• Grapes in a baggie
• Fruit smoothie in a thermos
• Tuna or chicken salad

Happy Eating!  

NOTE: My tail is in between my legs as I post this........late........My spring break was last week, and was filled with catching up on some school. I am happy to be back though! :)

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Monday, March 30, 2015

I wonder


(photo credit here)
I was born in a ambulance
Bright red and white
A sign, perhaps,
Of what is to come?

I was born at 8:07 on a Sunday morning.
Always in a hurry, struggling to rest

I wonder about my being born-
Why I made it out,
But the next beating heartbeat in my mother's womb did not.

Why God chose me to gasp in
Exhaling in scream

What He had in mind when
Sculpting,
Composing;
Designing my soul.

What immense work
I was knit to accomplish  

I’m perched here.
     Waiting
           Preparing
                  Learning.

They say the sky is limitless
That you can do anything,
Be the person you want

How can you embrace yourself
While striving to become
The person you wish to be?

How can you do anything
When told no?

I wonder these things.

Sometimes I fantasize.
Me wiping runny noses,
cooking dinner for my sweetheart.

Applying thick make-up  
Ready to run on stage,
To dance?
         To sing?
                  To act?

 Sitting in a clinic
Befriending muscles and bones
A framed parchment on the wall.

On a set  
Screen behind
Waiting to tell America their morning weather.

I wonder these things.

I wonder what God made me

    To fulfill 

Friday, March 27, 2015

week 16- A Few Book Recommendations


With my birthday and Christmas relatively close together, December is the jackpot of gifts for me. Gifts+ homeschool mom= books 

    Today I am going to share some of my favorite (ballet inspired, of course) books. 

  The first is Life in Motion, by Misty Copeland- You can find it on Amazon here. There has been much  talk in the dance world about the author, Misty Copeland, and her shaking up the ballet world. Misty is a soloist for the American Ballet Theater in New York City, and has been willing to share her inspiring story with the world. I enjoyed reading her perspective and back story, as it's always best to learn from the source. I would definitely recommend this book to dancers and biography lovers alike:-)


   Next is Dancing Through It, by Jenifer Ringer, found on Amazon here. Another dance biography, Jenifer shares her journey to the rank of principal dancer with the New York City Ballet. I loved this book, not only because I love ballet related books, but because Jenifer shares about her faith. To hear about her experience in the ballet world, as a Christian, was intriguing and inspiring. Another worthy read.


  Last, but most definitely not lest, is Footnotes, by Frank Augustyn. You can find it on Amazon here. This is one I pull out again and again. I found it at the library and checked it out a few times before I decided I loved it enough to by it! And I continue to pull it out often. This isn't a biography like the other two; it's more of a commentary and inside look at ballet. Anyways. I'll stop jabbing and let you read it for yourself. You'll like it ;-)

      Happy reading!! 


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Friday, March 20, 2015

week 15- You're a dancer when....


Hello friends! Today I wanted to share some of my favorite "You know you're a dancer when.." quotes. Let me know what I'm missing! 









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Monday, March 16, 2015

Not Ready


She stares in the mirror

Eyes settling on her inferior abdomen.

She persuades herself that this new bulk is the enemy

Lean cellulite, spread around her body,

 Has never received a second glance

Why she’s becoming a Jelly-Belly is beyond her.

Her friends are ignorant to her distress-

It’s just her, facing the mountain of womanhood.

The girls are busy flirting with Jeremy King

The King of the school;

How is Jeremy going to notice her,

The rounding girl?

Her Aunt has assured her she is becoming a woman,

a natural part of life.

“But what if I’m not ready to be a woman?”

She pulls on a worn t-shirt.

It hugs her torso, pulling in places that it never has before.

An unprepared child, she is.

Not ready to grow up.

Stepping back from the mirror

Still disgusted,

She lets out a long, heavy sigh.

She will never be ready to become a woman;

Only ready to embrace womanhood.  

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Friday, March 13, 2015

week 14- What's in My Dance Bag?



I don't know about you, but I have wasted an ungodly amount of time on YouTube watching 13 year olds go through their Coach and Lululomon dance bags. Add that to the Facebook links on Russian ballerina's dance bags, and I am pretty much certified expert on dance bag contents. 

   So today you get a little peek in  mine :-)
 

This is my non-designer bag, from Target. I actually got this for my birthday because my old bag was falling apart, and I love it so far!


Let me tell you something. It may be relatively new, but it doesn't smell new. 

a peek in the top


This bag is my leg warmer bag. Because of my feet issues, I use a hefty supply of legwarmers and fuzzy socks regularly; this is their home!
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Next, is my pointe shoe bag. I use a mesh laundry bag to allow my shoes to breathe, and last longer because of the sweat. For some of my pointe shoe tips and tricks, click here


Next is my ballet slippers, that I keep in this yellow drawstring bag:-)



the line up


This bag holds my tap and jazz shoes (I may have a thing for bags......)

Next, is random stuff that I keep in this bag- usually a extra pair of tights and a leo, granola bars, lady things, ect. 

And finally, I have trash bag pants, a sweat shirt, and a thero band.




Happy dancing!! 

Q: What are your go-to items to keep in your dance bag? 


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